NCAA Game Summary - Utah State vs. Ohio|
(Saturday, December 17th)
Final Score: Ohio 24, Utah State 23
Boise, ID (Sports Network) - Tyler Tettleton scored on a one-yard run with 13
seconds to play as Ohio took a 24-23 win over Utah State for its first-ever
bowl victory in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
Tettleton passed for 220 yards on 19-of-26 attempts and added 16 carries for
31 yards and the winning score for Ohio (10-4), which had been winless in its
five previous postseason appearances dating back to the Sun Bowl in 1962.
LaVon Brazill had eight catches for 108 yards and a touchdown and Derek Roback
also had a touchdown catch for the Bobcats.
"We've had a lot of great wins since I've been here, but this one is the
best," said Ohio head coach Frank Solich. "To be a part of this team is a
special thing and to get the first bowl win in the history of the school is
Michael Smith carried the ball 12 times for 157 yards and two scores and Adam
Kennedy went 11-for-18 with just 63 yards and a score for Utah State (7-6),
which has lost six of the seven bowl games its appeared in.
The winning drive started at the Ohio 39 with 2:02 to play and the first snap
saw Tettleton hit Riley Dunlop for 19 yards. A 15-yard rush by Tettleton two
plays later gave the team a first down at the 18. Facing a 4th-and-6,
Tettleton flung a pass to Brazill that he caught and came down with it at the
As he stretched his arm out in an effort to get the ball over the goal line,
he hit the ground before getting it over. The ball came out of his hands after
it hit the ground and he recovered in the end zone with the officials
initially ruling it a touchdown.
A review confirmed the score, but there was confusion and another replay
showed that he was down, then fumbled, giving Ohio the ball at the one.
Tettleton was then stuffed on a keeper up the middle. After a timeout,
Tettleton faked a run up the middle, then kept it himself around the right
side for the score. The extra point made it a 24-23 game with 13 seconds to
"It was a designed sneak and I just spotted that it was wide open to the right
and I took it," said Tettleton.
Utah State tried a catch and several laterals, but ultimately the ball wound
up back in the hands of an Ohio player to seal the win.
Utah State went for it on 4th-and-1 at the Ohio one-yard line on the first
possession of the game, but came away empty when Robert Turbin was stuffed.
However, the poor field position did work out to the Aggies' advantage as
Tettleton took an intentional safety after fumbling a shotgun snap with eight
minutes to play in the first quarter.
Getting the free kick back near midfield, Utah State was forced to line up for
a field goal on 4th-and-12 from the 18 and Josh Thompson's attempt was good,
but a personal foul call on Curtis Meyers saw the Aggies get a fresh set of
Three plays later, Kennedy hit tight end Tarren Lloyd in the back of the end
zone from three yards out for a 9-0 lead with 3:39 left in the first.
With just over seven minutes to play in the first half, Ohio got the ball back
at its own 44 and the first play saw Tettleton hit Brazill for nine yards.
Five straight rushes saw the ball move 21 yards to the Utah State 26.
Tettleton then lofted a pass down the right side that saw Roback catch it near
the five as he just stretched the ball over the goal line to make it a 9-7
game with 4:40 left in the first half.
The Bobcats were held to a three-and-out on their first touch of the second
half and Utah State got the ball back at its 28. Two plays later, Smith took a
handoff down the left sideline and just stretched it in before being pushed
out of bounds for a 63-yard score and a 16-7 lead with 12:19 left in the
Ohio answered with a seven-play drive and came away with three points after a
32-yard field goal from Matt Weller.
However, the Aggies got a 38-yard run from Smith that set up his 11-yard
touchdown run up the middle for a 23-10 lead with 5:51 left in the third.
The Bobcats answered quickly as the fifth play of their ensuing drive saw
Tettleton heave the ball down the field with Brazill leaping up for the grab
in the end zone for a 44-yard score to make it a 23-17 game with 3:45 left in
Donte Harden and Beau Blankenship each had 47 yards on the ground for
Ohio...Robert Turbin carried the ball 20 times for 101 yards in the loss and
Utah State had 345 rushing yards in the game...This was just the second
meeting between these schools. The other occurred in 1994 when the Aggies took
a 5-0 win over the Bobcats in Ohio...This game had previously been known as
the Humanitarian Bowl until being renamed for this year's contest.
12/18 00:12:15 ET