Greg Windham dropped back to pass for the two point conversion in triple overtime in his first game as Ohio’s starting quarterback and was met chest-to-chest by Ishmael Davis of Texas State to end the game 56-54 in favor of the visitors.
What started as a relatively low scoring game accelerated with the start of the fourth quarter as the two teams combined for 73 points in the fourth quarter and three overtimes combined.
The front seven for Ohio’s defense was able to cause problems continuously in the first three quarters with five sacks; however, following a 75-yard touchdown pass that gave Ohio a three point lead, Ohio’s defense was facing its biggest series of the night.
The Texas State offense started its last drive of regulation on its own 29-yard line and was able to drive for a game tying field goal as time expired. 71 yards and 33 seconds after the White score, the Bobcat Bowl was heading to overtime.
Windham played as well as head coach Frank Solich could have asked for posting an impressive 27-for-45 with 380 yards and four touchdowns. He avoided the turnover bug for most of the game with no interceptions on the night, however he coughed up a crucial fumble at the 50-yard line with under two minutes to go that ultimately gave Texas State the chance it needed to stir the madness.
To add to the heartbreaking overtime loss for Ohio, they will also be awaiting news on the injury to starting running back AJ Ouellette who was seen on crutches on the Ohio sideline after leaving the game on the opening drive.
If Solich learned one thing about his 2016 squad, it’s the fact that they can put up some big time numbers on the back of Windham. Obviously starting with a loss is never ideal, but clearly this Ohio team will have plenty of MACtion in them to carry throughout the season.
Ohio looks to take its turn as the road spoilers at Kansas next week. That game is set to kick off at 2:30.