Ohio Bobcats Must Establish Running Game This Week vs. Eastern Michigan

By Joseph Lisi
Ohio Bobcats
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The Ohio Bobcats had won four straight games and were looking to make it five victories in a row when an undermanned Central Michigan team entered Athens, Ohio last Saturday. However, the Bobcats came out of the gate flat and lost a 26-23 contest that dropped the team to 4-2 on the season. The team has been inconsistent in the running game, which has led to the Bobcats being one-dimensional this year.

Head coach Frank Solich will look to work out the wrinkles this week when the Bobcats travel to Eastern Michigan.

The Bobcats are ranked 91st in the nation in rushing offense, averaging 141.5 yards per game. In last week’s home loss to the Chippewas, the Bobcats were held to 107 rushing yards for 3.1 yards per carry. The lack of a rushing attack has put a lot of pressure on senior quarterback Tyler Tettleton to carry the load for the offense. On the season, Tettleton has come through, completing 66.3 percent of his passes with 10 touchdowns and five interceptions.

Eastern Michigan has struggled to stop the run this year. The Eagles are coming off a disappointing 50-25 loss at Army. The Eagles’ defense was scorched for 551 total yards, 513 of them coming on the ground. On the season, the Eagles are giving up 262.7 rushing yards per game. Eastern Michigan is giving up 40 points per game defensively and is ranked 121st in the country in scoring defense.

Offensively, the Eagles have struggled to score points this season. The Eagles are ranked 112th in the nation, averaging  18.3 points per game. They are 76th in the nation in passing, averaging 214 passing yards per game, and are 96th in the country in rushing offense (135.7 yards per game). The Eagles have struggled with ball security as the team is -6 in turnover margin.

Joseph Lisi is a MAC writer for Rantsports.com, follow him on Twitter @GoForthe2, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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