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Monday, October 15, 2012College football: Ohio Dominican drubs Oilers, 63-31
By BRIAN LESTER
Jaryd Brown sat alone on the bench late in the fourth quarter Saturday afternoon.
The look of disbelief the tight end wore on his face said it all as the final plays of a 63-31 loss to Ohio Dominican University unfolded on homecoming at Donnell Stadium.
The Oilers were beaten up most of the afternoon, struggling to execute in the second half -- they scored seven points -- and failing to make big plays on defense -- the Panthers dropped 35 points on UF in the second half in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game.
Findlay (4-2, 4-2 GLIAC), saw its chances of winning a South Division title wiped away in its worst setback since Hillsdale blasted the Oilers 49-19 in 2011.
"We shot ourselves in the foot," Brown said. "It's frustrating because we didn't play our game today, but you have to credit (ODU) for playing well."
Brown finished with six catches for 64 yards. He also scored twice, once out of the wildcat as he took a direct snap and ran 4 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 14-14, and the other time on a 16-yard pass from Clay Belton (20 of 34 passing, 275 yards) to knot the score 21-21.
From that point on, the momentum swung in favor of the Panthers (4-3, 3-3). Josh Rode's 36-yard field goal gave UF a 24-21 advantage with 2:40 to go in the first half but the backbreaking moment of the half took place moments later.
After UF's Kevin Brewton sacked quarterback Mark Miller to put the Panthers in a third-and-21, Miller unleashed a 59-yard throw to the end zone. Dez Stewart caught the ball and ODU took a 28-24 lead into halftime.
It was one of several big plays the Panthers made on a day when they rolled up 550 yards.
"We missed gaps, missed some holes, missed some assignments," Brewton said. "If we make those plays, we turn the game around. It's frustrating because we have all of the talent in the world, but if you don't show it, it doesn't mean anything."
Head coach Rob Keys has seen his team play on the edge at times this season, and he knew there was always a chance it could come back to haunt the Oilers.
On this day, it did. UF netted 481 yards but turned the ball over twice and was just 4 of 12 on third-down conversions. The Panthers were 10 of 14 on third down and scored all five times they were in the red zone.
"I told our team we were getting away with playing average and being inconsistent. Today, we played that way and didn't get away with it," Keys said. "Defensively, we gave up too many yards. We couldn't get them off the field. We weren't very good on offense or in the kicking game, either. Our coaching was below average, too, and that includes me."
The Oilers' two turnovers led to 14 points for the Panthers. The first was an interception on the opening drive. Belton dropped back on third-and-4 and let go of the ball as the pocket began to collapse. ODU's Jeff White intercepted the hurried pass.
Four plays later, Brandon Schoen, who churned out his fourth consecutive 100-yard rushing performance (25 carries, 162 yards) scored on a 1-yard run and ODU had a 7-0 lead.
"We take pride in limiting turnovers, and that interception was a big one on my part," Belton said.
The other turnover was a fumble by Monterae Williams in the second half. Williams caught a pass and had picked up 4 yards before losing the ball.
The Panthers needed only one play to punch it in as Tajuan Green sprinted 32 yards for a TD to give the Panthers a 35-24 lead.
Williams redeemed himself on the next drive, scoring on a 1-yard run after bursting through the line and dragging four or five defenders into the end zone.
The Oilers trailed 35-31 at that point but never scored again. Williams finished with 162 yards and will go into next week's game against Lake Erie College needing 7 yards to pass Nelson Bolden (4,009 yards) as Findlay's all-time leading rusher.
What UF couldn't do was capitalize on the momentum of Williams' TD. The Oilers punted on three of their final four drives. The other resulted in a turnover on downs.
Brandon Butler led Findlay's defense with 17 tackles. Devontay Scott added seven tackles.
"We were doing good early in the game, but we couldn't keep the momentum going," Brown said. "We couldn't find a rhythm. We will come back strong next week."
Up next is Lake Erie (2-5, 2-4 GLIAC) at 1 p.m. this Saturday in Painesville. Lake Erie defeated Malone 35-24 on Saturday.
"We have a long way to go," Keys said of a team that features only seven seniors. "We are not deep enough in certain spots and not efficient enough."
Ohio Dominican 14 14 14 21 -- 63
Findlay 14 10 7 0 -- 31
ODU -- Schoen 1 run (Wahle kick)
UF -- Henry 61 pass from Belton (White kick)
ODU -- Miller 1 run (Wahle kick)
UF -- Brown 4 run (White kick
ODU -- Mick 33 pass from Miller (Wahle kick)
UF -- Brown 16 pass from Belton (White kick)
UF -- FG Rode 36
ODU -- Stewart 59 pass from Miller (Wahle kick)
ODU -- Green 32 run (Wahle kick)
UF -- M. Williams 1 run (White kick)
ODU -- McCloud 22 pass from Miller (Wahle kick)
ODU -- McCloud 14 pass from Miller (Wahle kick)
ODU -- Nichols 7 run (Wahle kick)
ODU -- Schoen 9 run (Wahle kick)
First Downs 27 24
Rushes-yards 51-320 39-206
Passing Yards 230 275
Comp-Att-Int 12-19-0 20-35-1
Punts-Avg. 3-32.0 5-40.2
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1
Penalties-Yards 6-52 6-76
rushing -- Ohio Dominican, Schoen 25-162, Green 7-85, Nichols 9-63, Spates 3-9, McCloud 1-1, Miller 6-(0). Findlay, M. Williams 29-162, Trapps 7-33, Belton 2-7, Brown 1-4.
passing -- Ohio Dominican, Miller 12-19-0-230. Findlay, Belton 20-34-1-275, Slone 0-1-0-0.
receiving -- Ohio Dominican, McCloud 5-104, Stewart 3-64, Mick 2-50, Nichols 1-7, Johnson 1-5. Findlay, Henry 3-85, Brown 6-64, White 6-61, Kovach 2-32, Jones-Quartey 2-29, M. Williams 1-4.
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