Ohio Bobcats Looking To Iron Out The Defense vs. Austin Peay

By Joseph Lisi
Ohio Bobcats
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The Ohio Bobcats started their season with a 49-7 loss to the top ranked Louisville Cardinals. However, the Bobcats have turned it around and have strung together back to back victories (North Texas and Marshall). Sitting at 2-1, the Bobcats have been relying on their offense to carry the team. With the MAC season quickly approaching, the Bobcats will try and shore up the defensive holes that have been evident over the first three weeks of the season. This week’s opponent, the Austin Peay Governors, provide a tune up before the Bobcats get into the heart of their schedule.

Offensively, quarterback Tyler Tettleton has been consistently improving since his opening day performance in which he completed 11-of-23 passes (47.8 percent). Over the past two games, Tettleton has completed 64.7 percent of his passes for 505 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. The running game has struggled as the offensive line has been inconsistent in opening up running lanes. As a team, the Bobcats are averaging 114.7 rushing yards per game which is 101st in the nation. Ohio head coach Frank Solich will look to establish the running game this weekend against an Austin Peay defense that is allowing 41.6 points per game.

On the defensive side of the ball is where the Bobcats need improvement. They are giving up 33.7 points per game and are allowing 325 passing yards per game. Those numbers need to decrease with pass-happy opponents on their schedule the rest of the season. Sophomore linebacker Ben Russell has played with emotion and leads the team with 27 tackles on the year. However, the leading tacklers after Russell are all defensive backs. That is a sign the defensive line is not getting penetration and opposing ball carriers are making it to the second level of the Bobcats defense. The Bobcats should be able to use this game against Austin Peay as a measuring stick for creating new wrinkles in the defense. Austin Peay is 0-3 and has scored a total of 13 points (4.3 points per game).

Game time is set for 2:00pm at Ohio.

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