Ohio was forced to punt early on in the third quarter from Eastern's 34 yard line and backed the Eagles up to start the drive from the 1-yard line. A few tough runs by Bronson Hill and a much needed 3rd down catch by Dustin Creel to keep the chains moving was the setup for a big scoring drive. First and ten on the EMU 38-yard line, Tyler Benz found Tyreese Russell downfield on the hash marks to his left for a 62 yard pitch-and-catch score to complete the 99-yard drive in 7 plays, evening out the score at 21 a piece.
It's funny how one costly mistake can change the whole direction of how a football game is going to go, isn't it? Well, that mistake was Benz's first interception of the game.
The 'Cats offense was held to a 3-and-out the very next drive, forced to punt with all of the momentum on EMU's side. Driving all the way back to the Ohio 4-yard line, Benz rolled out the the right, missing an open receiver in the end zone and threw an interception to Devin Bass. Ohio's very next play was an 80-yard pitch-and-catch from Tyler Tettleton to Chase Cochrain.
This all led to a snowball effect, giving Roack and Mark Ianotti a little bit of playing time under center for Eastern Michigan as well as JD Sprague for the men in black.
Tettleton had himself a day. He completed 23 out of 30 passes for 375 yards with four touchdowns and an interception, but that didn't really have a big negative effect on the scoreboard. I mean, a blowout's a blowout. I doubt the guy's going to lose sleep for not getting that fifth touchdown pass. His main target, Donte Foster, exceeded all expectations for his single-game accomplishments. Foster caught 11 passes for 143 yards with a long of 44 and a touchdown.
As for Hill, he led the way for the Eagle offense. 23 carries for 258 yards and a touchdown. Benz finished the day throwing 12-for-22 for 151 yards in the air, 11 on the ground, with a pair of touchdowns and a pair of interceptions. Creel had five receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown.