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Turnovers help Bobcats rip Minutemen in finale

UMass concluded its 2013 football season Friday with a 51-23 loss to Ohio University in Mid-American Conference action in Athens, Ohio.

The Minutemen finished at 1-11 for the second straight season and 1-7 in MAC play.

Ohio (7-5, 4-4 MAC) took a 7-0 lead 25 seconds into the game on Beau Blankenship’s 50-yard TD run on the second play from scrimmage. Tyler Tettleton threw a 2-yard scoring pass to Chase Cochran as the Bobcats led 14-0 just over four minutes in.

UMass answered with the first of three field goals by Brendon Levengood (42 yards) and a 3-yard touchdown run, the first of his career, by freshman Shadrach Abrokwah (31 carries, 110 yards), to pull within 14-10 early in the second quarter.

The Bobcats then ran off the last 17 points of the half, started by a 66-yard interception return for a touchdown by Travis Carrie, to lead 31-10 at the break.

UMass began the second half with a 38-yard TD pass from A.J. Doyle to Tajae Sharpe, on the first play after an interception by Kevin Byrne. Ohio fumbled the ensuing kickoff and UMass’ Rodney Mills recovered at the Bobcats’ 23 to set up a 37-yard field goal by Levengood just over a minute later, moving the Minutemen within 31-20.

Ohio then scored 20 of the game’s final 23 points, including a second pick-six by Carrie, this one a 30-yard return of a Mike Wegzyn interception to close out the scoring.

Tettleton threw for 243 yards and Blankenship totaled 124 yards on 13 carries to lead the Bobcats. Ohio outgained UMass 461-290 on the afternoon.

Doyle completed 4-of-12 passes for 109 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, while Wegzyn came in to go 2-for-6 for 28 yards and an interception. Sharpe had three catches for 73 yards for the Minutemen.

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