Ohio put itself up early on Kent State in some Tuesday night #MACtion and made easy work of the visiting Flashes in its 27-0 win.
Really, this was just an episode of "Too Many Punts."
Ohio put the game on ice about halfway through the third when Jovon Johnson intercepted a pass in KSU territory when the flashes elected to go with a funky Colts-esque awful play design in which most of the offensive line aligned to the left. It didn't end well for Kent. Frosh QB George Bollas threw the ball directly into the hands of a leaping Johnson to set Ohio up deep in KSU territory. Two plays later, Vick was in the end zone and Ohio found itself up 17-0.
In contrasting styles, Ohio moved the ball with a crew of players in the first half with Derrius Vick, Daz'mond Patterson and AJ Ouellette all contributing to the run party. Kent State meanwhile decided to do its damage with...punting. Frequently. On the day, Vick rushed for 107 yards, Ouellette ran 13 times for 74 yards and Patterson romped for 61 yards on 9 carries. On the night, Ohio finished with 333 yards on the ground.
Kent State went three-and-out most of its drives in the first half. Its only drives in the half that weren't three-and-out lasted five plays (nine yards) and 10 plays (42 yards) respectively.
Kent State struggled mightily on the offensive side of things. PUNTS. Sorry. That word is buried in my mind. PUNTS. Sorry, I can't even help it at this point. Kent only put up only three drives of five or more plays and punted the ball NINE TIMES.
Freshman quarterback Bollas struggled to manage an anemic offense that moved the ball for 191 yards and eight first downs. Is this any better than a Colin Reardon led offense?
A late field goal and a passing connection from JD Sprague to Jordan Reid left the game at its final 27-0 mark.
Ohio called Vick's number in the passing game a limited amount of times, with Vick throwing the ball 13 times on the night. Ohio's first score of the game did come on the 'Cats first drive of the game in the form of a 49-yard connection between Vick and Sebastian Smith for an early touchdown.
Ohio with the win was surely satisfied with its first victory in exactly one month. Kent on the other hand has not scored more than 17 points since a 20-14 win over Miami at the beginning of October.