|Date of game: 9/20/2014
Recap: Ohio U vs. Idaho
Athens, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - A.J. Ouellette ran for 130 yards and two touchdowns as the Ohio Bobcats captured a 36-24 win over the Idaho Vandals in a non-conference tilt at Peden Stadium.
Ohio (2-2) starting quarterback Derrius Vick was injured in the first half and did not return to action for the Bobcats, leaving backup signal caller JD Sprague an opportunity to play the hero for the hosts. Sprague converted 8- of-13 passing for 167 yards and rushed for a touchdown in the victory.
The Vandals (0-3), losers of 10 straight dating back to last season, saw Matt Linehan convert 33-of-55 passing for 353 yards as he became the first freshman quarterback in program history to throw for at least 300 yards in three games.
Wide receiver Josh McCain had five catches for 149 yards, while Elijhaa Penny responded with 58 yards rushing on 16 carries for the visitors.
Before making his exit, Vick combined with Sebastian Smith on a TD pass play less than five minutes into the first quarter. Smith finished the night with three catches for 65 yards.
The Bobcats made it 10-0 with a 32-yard field goal to begin the second period. The hosts moved out even further when Ouellette found the end zone on a one- yard run at the 10:19 mark of the second.
Capping a 15-play, 76-yard drive, Penny managed to force his way over the goal line from inches away to finally put the Vandals on the scoreboard.
In the third quarter Josiah Yazdani made good on a 23-yard field goal for the Bobcats, but it wasn't long before Linehan combined with McCain on a 34-yard TD pass play, cutting the deficit to 20-14.
The Bobcats remained in front the rest of the way, thanks in part to a one- yard TD run by Sprague and a three-yard TD run by Ouellette in the fourth quarter.
In front of the third-largest crowd in Peden Stadium history, the Bobcats won their fifth-straight home opener.Game Notes