2011 Predictions & Game Story
Week 2 - Gardner-Webb at Ohio
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Sept. 10 at Ohio 30 … Gardner-Webb 3
CFN Analysis: COMING
(AP) ATHENS, Ohio -- Ohio's defense allowed only 105 total yards and forced three turnovers, dominating Gardner-Webb 30-3 on Saturday night.
Gardner-Webb struggled to get anything going offensively, as Channing Browning only managed 12 total yards passing and threw three interceptions in the second quarter.
Ohio (2-0) took advantage of the early miscues, with Jelani Woseley returning one interception for a touchdown and scoring on drives of 28 and 40 yards after Browning's other two turnovers.
Aside from playing tough pass defense, the Bobcats only allowed the Runnin' Bulldogs (1-1) to convert 1 of 17 third-down conversions.
Tyler Tettleton threw for 139 yards and two touchdowns for the Bobcats, including a 14-yard pass to Riley Dunlop to put them up 24-0 with 32 seconds left to play in the first half.
Donte Harden rushed for 94 yards on 13 carries for Ohio, and Beau Blankenship added 46 yards on 8 carries.
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Gardner-Webb (1-0) at Ohio (1-0) Sept. 10, 7:00
Here's The Deal … Ohio came up with a dominant opening week road win, blowing away New Mexico State 44-24 in the type of game that ends up helping in a big way for the at-large bowl bids. The MAC season is still a few weeks away, with Marshall up next in a minor bowl-like matchup followed up by the lone BCS game on the slate at Rutgers, but in the meantime, the Bobcats still need a game against a team like Gardner-Webb to work on getting the new quarterback situation straightened out and to work on a secondary that got bombed on by NMSU.
Garnder-Webb is a mid-level Big South team with good upside and potential. It came up with a 34-17 win over Brevard to start the season thanks to a big day on the ground, and now it's time to see just how good the team is under new head coach Ron Dickerson. This is the first of two payday games with at trip to Wake Forest to follow.
Why Gardner-Webb Might Win: The defensive line has some big bodies up front. The team went after the JUCO ranks to get bigger and stronger up front with Zac Blackwell and Aaron Huck both FBS-sized and strong to try to gum up the works. The running game has weapons, with Kenny Little returning from missing most of last year hurt to tear off 131 yards and three scores last week. There's some explosion to this team, even if there isn't a ton of talent.
Why Ohio Might Win: Even with all the big bodies on the inside, GW still gave up 245 rushing yards to Brevard. The bigger problem could be the offensive line that did a great job for the running game, but struggled in pass protection and gave up too many plays behind the line. Ohio was able to tee off on NMSU last week and came up with three sacks and ten tackles for loss, while the running game was in high gear cranking out 241 yards. Ohio should be able to grind its way to the win.
What To Watch Out For: Iowa State transfer Phil Bates was supposed to be the starting quarterback, but he ended up getting beaten out, and the results after one game were great. Sophomore Tyler Tettleton got into the quarterback mix as a true freshman in 2009 and got in a little bit of work completing 9-of-23 passes for 128 yards and two picks. After sitting out last year, he took over completing 16-of-28 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns with an interception last week, to go along with seven carries for 40 yards and two scores. Only 5-11 and 206 pounds, he's not built like a big bomber, but he has a good arm and is a strong enough runner to be a major part of the ground game total.
What Will Happen: Ohio won't have any problems. The offense will be just as balanced as it was last week against NMSU, while the defense will tee off on the Gardner-Webb running game and dare the passing attack to work. The Bobcats will roll up 500 yards and will look good doing it.
CFN Prediction: Ohio 51 … Gardner-Webb 17
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