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Bobcats prove too much for Marshall

The Ohio Bobcats’ defense swarms Marshall Thundering Herd quarterback Rakeem Cato (12) during Saturday night’s game. Ohio’s defense forced six turnovers including four interceptions in a 44-7 romp of the Herd. (The Ironton Tribune / Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos.com)

By JIM WALKER

Tribune Sports Editor

ATHENS — With three interceptions in the first quarter, the Marshall Thundering Herd felt fortunate to be down only 10-7.

Then came the rest of the game.

The Ohio Bobcats used a powerful running game and a strong defense that force six turnovers in a 44-7 romp of the Herd on Saturday night at Peden Stadium in the “Battle for the Bell.”

“No question. You turn the ball over six times inteh first half you can’t win,” said Marshall head coach Doc Holliday after his team fell behind 34-7 at the break.

“We turned the ball over and we didn’t stop them on defense. We had a lot of issues.”

Ohio racked up 271 yards on the ground as Ryan Boykin ran 25 times for 130 yards to lead the offense.

Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton had 53 yards on nine carries and Donte Harden added 42 yards on eight attempts.

Tettleton was also 20 of 29 passing for 285 yards.

Marshall (1-2) had 159 yards rushing and 159 passing, but quarterback Rakeem Cato was 9 of 21 for 116 yards and four inerceptions.

Ohio is now 3-0 for the first time since 1976.

Tettleton threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to LaVon Brazill for a 7-0 lead.

Cato hit Aaron Dobson on a 45-yard TD pass to tie the game, but then Ohio ran off 37 unansered points.

Things get tougher for the Herd as they host 13th-ranked Virginia Tech on Saturday.