Ohio wins shootout over Massachusetts 58-50
HADLEY, Mass. (AP) — Nathan Rourke threw for 181 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 113 yards and two scores and Ohio fought off winless Massachusetts 58-50 on Saturday.
A.J. Ouellette ran for 125 yards and scored a touchdown and now has three-straight games rushing for more than 100 yards. Brendan Cope had 126 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Ohio (4-1) took the lead for good at the beginning of the third quarter when Ouellette scored on a 5-yard run.
On the Bobcats’ next drive, Rourke threw a 12-yard score to Ouellette to make it 41-27.
The game was knotted at 27 at the half after the Minutemen rallied from a 24-13 deficit. After an Ohio field goal, Marquis Young returned the kickoff 81 yards to the Bobcats’ 6-yard line. Andrew Ford threw a 6-yard score to Adam Breneman to make it 24-20.
UMass (0-6) forced Ohio to a three-and-out, then used a 7-play 71-yard drive that ended when Ford completed a 30-yard touchdown pass to Brennon Dingle to put the Minutemen up 27-24. Louie Zervos tied it with a 23-yard field goal with 38 seconds to play before the break.
Ford threw for 390 yards and tied a school record with five touchdown passes. Breneman had 131 yards receiving and two touchdowns and Dingle caught two scores.