In a rare twist, the Ohio Bobcats offense pulled out the win after a sloppy game by the defense.
The UMass Minutemen jumped out to a 13-7 lead after scoring on their first three drives.
The Bobcats were able to bounce back scoring 2 touchdowns on short drives thanks to a 67 yard kickoff return by Julian Ross and a fumble recovery by Andrew Payne. A Chad Moore interception and 33 yard return led to a Bobcats field goal and Ohio was up 24-13.
UMass battled back, as they would all game, starting with a long kick off return of their own with Marquis Young took 81 yards to the Bobcats 6. One play later the Minutemen scored on a Andrew Ford pass to Mike Breneman.
The Minutemen took a 27-24 lead after a long drive. Louie Zervos kicked a field goal and the two teams were tied going into the half.
In the second half, Ohio jumped out to a 48-29 lead before the Minutemen battled back yet again. After a couple of touchdowns, the Minutemen failed an onside kick down by 8. After getting the Bobcats to a 3rd and 5 with 1:41 to play, Dorian broke off a 42 yard TD run to seal the win for the Bobcats.
The Minutemen scored with 11 seconds left to give us the final score of 58-50.
Nathan Rourke had himself another good game, passing for almost 200 yards and 2 TDs, and rushing for over 100 yards and 2 more scores. Brendon Cope caught 7 of those passes for 126 yards and a TD.
Both A.J. Ouelette and Dorian Brown broke off big runs in the second half and both averaged over 10 yards a carry. Ouellette finished with 125 yards while Brown finished with 72.
The Bobcats defense didn’t have their best game, giving up 550 yards to the Minutemen. 403 of those were through the air and quarterback Andrew Ford had 5 passing touchdowns.
Up next, the Bobcats host the Central Michigan Chippewas on 10/2.