When we last left our heroes, the Ohio Bobcats held a 21-point lead heading into the second half. UMass tried early on to claw their way back into the contest giving Ohio faithful the "not again" feeling.
On Ohio's first possession of the second half, Massachusetts defensive lineman Kevin Byrne batted a Tyler Tettleton pass to himself to give the Minutemen great field position. One play later A.J. Doyle heaved a bomb up to Tajae Sharpe who fought off two Ohio defenders for a diving touchdown grab.
On the ensuing kickoff, it was Ohio's turn to turn it back over to the kicking team when Nathan Carpenter put the ball on the turf only to end up in UMass' lap. Brendon Levengood's second field goal of the game made it 31-20 early in the third quarter.
The Bobcats built their lead back up starting with a four yard touchdown pass from Tettleton to Landon Smith. From that point, it was field goal after field goal from both teams. Josiah Yazdani added two more to his first half kick making him a perfect 12-for-12 on the seaosn. Levengood added one more in the second half giving him three on the day.
When Ohio's lead was at 21 and with the clock running down, the Bobcats added one more score. Doyle would be picked off one last time, once again by sixth-year senior Travis Carrie who would return it for his second touchdown of the game.
Tettleton finished the game with 243 yards and two touchdowns. Beau Blankenship finished with over 100 yards on the ground for only the second time this season.
Freshman Shadrach Abrokwah rushed for 110 yards and a score giving Minutemen fans hope for the future.