SHREVEPORT, La. - The final pass of Tyler Tettleton's dizzying early-game onslaught was beautiful - a 68-yard touchdown heave to Chase Cochran over two defenders.
Ohio coach Frank Solich couldn't have designed a better beginning to a football game. And the end result - a dominant 45-14 victory over Louisiana-Monroe in the Independence Bowl on Friday - wasn't too bad either.
Tettleton's early heroics staked the Bobcats (9-4) to an early 14-0 lead and Louisiana-Monroe was never really able to gain its footing. During the two early touchdown drives, Tettleton completed all five of his passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns.
He finished 14 of 22 passing for 331 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
Cochran caught three passes for 162 yards while Altoona graduate Tyler Futrell had five receptions for 133 yards.
WVU meets rival
NEW YORK - The forecast for the Pinstripe Bowl calls for snow and scoring.
West Virginia and Syracuse play today at Yankee Stadium in a matchup of former Big East rivals and NFL-prospect quarterbacks
Snow is expected to fall in the New York area throughout the day, with accumulations of about 3 inches. Maybe that will help the defenses slow down a couple of offenses that have been among the best in the country this season.
"There are two factors that matter: It's wind and it's wet," West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said Friday. "Snow doesn't bother us much. If the wind's blowing that makes us miserable."
In that case the news should be good. The forecast calls for no more than light gusts of about 10 mph.
Marrone said his only concern was making sure there were enough shovels and workers on the field to clear the snow so the sideline and yard markers were visible.
"I already went to Home Depot," chimed in Yankees executive Mark Holtzman, who is in charge of running the 3-year-old bowl.
n Cody Journell kicked a 22-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime to help Virginia Tech beat Rutgers 13-10 in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Friday night.
Virginia Tech (7-6) won its third straight game to avoid its first losing season since 1992.
n Glasco Martin ran for three touchdowns, Nick Florence threw for two scores and ran for another, and Baylor overwhelmed UCLA 49-26 in the Holiday Bowl on Thursday night.