December 29, 2012 in Sports

Ohio cruises past Louisana-Monroe

Associated Press
 
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Ohio receiver Chase Cochran salutes after scoring a touchdown on a 68-yard pass play in the first quarter.
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SHREVEPORT, La. – Tyler Tettleton threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns, Beau Blankenship scored four touchdowns, and Ohio cruised to a 45-14 victory over Louisiana-Monroe at the Independence Bowl on Friday.

Chase Cochran caught three passes for 162 yards and a touchdown as the Bobcats (9-4) won their second straight bowl game. Blankenship’s four rushing touchdowns set an Independence Bowl record. He added 104 yards rushing.

Tettleton was especially sharp in the first half, completing 9 of 14 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns as Ohio built a 24-7 lead.

Louisiana-Monroe (8-5) struggled in its first bowl game after 19 seasons in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Kolton Browning completed 21 of 39 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw three first-half interceptions.

Ohio broke several Independence Bowl records, including the 31-point margin of victory and 556 total yards.

Ohio lost four of five games to end the regular season but looked crisp in a complete performance.

Blankenship finished with a school-record 1,604 yards rushing this season, including 10 100-yard games.

The Warhawks were playing in their first bowl game after joining college football’s highest level in 1994 and secured a bid in Shreveport, about 100 miles from their campus.

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