CFB: Fish Fall On Homecoming

by Dan Wolfgang on October 23, 2011 at 1:05 am

College Football

Otterbein 17 – Muskingum 13

It was not an easy day for the homecoming crowd in New Concord.  The Muskies, who coming in had lost back-to-back games on the coattails of eight turnovers, fought hard but ultimately fell short.

Muskingum, now losers of three straight, opened strong against the Cardinals, a team they had lost to seven consecutive times.  The Fish forced a fumble and interception in the first quarter, but were unable to convert those chances to points.

Otterbein struck first, on the first play of a drive in the second frame.  Quarterback Austin Schlosser found Trey Fairchild for a who ran it out for a 65-yard touchdown.  An interception on the ensuing drive helped the Cardinals nab a 10-0 lead in the second.

Muskingum (4-3) took their next drive down 54 yards for a 24-yard Caleb Carpenter field goal to make it 10-3 at the half.

In the third quarter, the Muskies blasted a few big plays.  Anthony Frye got loose, and behind some nice blocking, scampered 68 yards for the game-tying score.  

With the defense forcing a three-and-out on the next Otterbein drive, the Muskies drove down and kicked 30-yard field goal, taking the lead 13-10.

Otterbein then drove the ball down to Muskingum’s 30 yard line, only to turn the ball over on downs.  The next time the Cardinals touched the ball, they would almost seal the deal.

Behind Schlosser (21-33, 314 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT), Otterbein rode an 11-play, 68 yard drive all the way to the endzone.  The signal caller scored the deciding touchdown, a 2-yard fight up the middle.

With less than two minutes to go, Muskingum QB Dalton Smith threw his second interception of the afternoon, and Otterbein’s five-game winning streak ended.

The Muskies will hope to end their losing skid on the road next week at Baldwin-Wallace (6-1, 5-1 OAC).

Other Regional Scores

#2 Mount Union 27 – Capital 7

Cincinnati 37 – South Florida 34

After manufacturing two impressive drives a few minutes earlier, UC QB Zach Collaros, a Steubenville grad, helped lead a 7-play, 70-yard touchdown drive in the final two minutes, to seal a big win over South Florida.

Collaros closed it out with a two-yard scamper, his fifth touchdown of the day, after passing for three.  The senior finished 26-of-41 passing with 389 yards and two picks.  His counterpart, in USF’s B.J. Daniels, went 31-of-47 for 409 yards and three scores.

The Bearcats (6-1, 2-0 Big East) have two weeks to prepare for a road game in Pittsburgh.

Ohio 37 – Akron 20

Miami (OH) 28 – Toledo 49

Temple 10 – Bowling Green 13

The Falcons (4-4, 2-2 MAC) didn’t allow a first down on the Owls final four drives en route to picking up a huge win.  Temple was hindered by 97 yards of penalties.

Western Michigan 10 – Eastern Michigan 14

Marshall 28 – #19 Houston 63

Big Ten Scores

#6 Wisconson 31 – #16 Michigan State 37

Zanesville grad Mark Dantonio’s team secured a big win on a hail mary touchdown pass.  Quarterback Kirk Couzins heaved up a prayer, that was pulled in by Keith Nichol.

The ball deflected off a fellow receiver.  Nichol caught it and went through two Wisconsin defenders to break into the endzone.  

#13 Nebraska 41 – Minnesota 14

#21 Penn State 34 – Northwestern 24

#23 Illinois 14 – Purdue 21

The Boilermakers pitched a shutout in the first three quarters, amassing a 21-0 lead, and held on for the upset of #23 Illinois.

Indiana 28 – Iowa 45