Even riding a three-game losing streak, Ohio couldn't lose to 1-10 UMass, right?
The 'Cats came out explosive needing only two plays on their first offensive drive when Beau Blankenship slashed straight through the Minutemen defense for a 50-yard score putting Ohio up 7-0 early. After a UMass three-and-out, Tyler Tettleton marched Ohio 54 yards down the field putting the Bobcats up 14-0 with a 2-yard flip to Chase Cochran.
UMass looked to make it a game as the quarters changed. Right before the end of the first quarter, the Minutemen forced a fumble immediately after putting their first points on the board via a field goal. Six plays later, running back Shadrach Abrokwah plunged it in from three yards out to make it 14-10.
Ohio finally caught the break they needed when Travis Carrie picked off UMass quarterback A.J. Doyle taking it 66 yards to the house. Massachusetts muffed the ensuing kickoff allowing Ohio to score again two plays later on a Ryan Boykin six-yard scamper to make it 28-10.
Just before the half, Ohio added another three points off the toe of Josiah Yazdani, who is a perfect 10-for-10 this seson on field goal attempts. Yazdani's kick makes it 31-10 at intermission.
Blankenship has been the highlight for the 'Cats offensively. Through one half, he's over the century mark which is only the second time this season he's hit 100+ yards. That resulted in a win over Miami, Ohio's last victory.
As for Massachusetts, Abrokwah's been strong with 58 yards and a score on the ground. Doyle is 3-of-7 with 71 yards and one interception.
Sitting at 6-5, Ohio is playing for a winning season and are still hopeful for a bowl bid. An impressive win could help their case. UMass will start with the ball in the second half down 21.