Comeback Kid: Adam DiMichele
The redshirt senior made his first start in a month and a day. He could have used the extra rest for his bum shoulder, but the Owls desperately needed a spark. What they got was a limited, but poised quarterback that took a few hits behind the line of scrimmage. When the fourth quarter came around the man behind center looked as efficient as ever. He completed just 9 passes for 79 yards, but engineered the game’s decisive touchdown.
Enemy of the State: Chris Garrett
The Ohio wide receiver pulled double-duty, making a mockery of the Owls defense. He caught 8 passes for 82 yards, and ran 14 times for 51 yards and one touchdown. On the final drive, he provided a potentially fatal 37-yard scamper, but it wasn’t enough.
Best in Show: Kee-ayre Griffin
With sensational speed, and eye-popping moves, Griffin once again found the endzone. He had 22 carries for 94 yards, and the Owls first touchdown of the game. The converted cornerback has continued to impress coaches and teammates alike.
Mr. Clutch: Steve Maneri
On second down and goal the junior tight end somehow came up with the game winning touchdown reception. A broken play and an accidental bump in the endzone by senior wideout Bruce Francis didn’t shake the steady hands of Maneri.
Missed opportunity: Anthony Perlozzo
Ouch. The Owls kicking controversy carries on. Late in the fourth, with a chance to tie the game at ten apiece, the senior placekicker missed a 25-yard field goal wide left. Luckily, he was bailed out by the Owls defense who scrounged up a fumble on the ensuing Bobcat possession.
Big hit of the night: Dominique Harris & Peanut Joseph (Tie)
With the Bobcats threatening on a third and eight in the second quarter, the redshirt junior flattened wide receiver Taylor Price. Unfortunately his trademark hard-hitting came with an Owls trademark penalty. A 15-yard flag was issued for helmet-to-helmet contact.
Joseph gave Garrett a thunderous wakeup call with just under eleven minutes to go in the game. During the kick return, after the Owls score, he pummeled the wide-out into never-never land.
Celebrity sighting: Bill Cosby
He showed up to support the Owls “Pink Out”, and flip the opening coin toss.
Where was…Travis Shelton?
When questioned after the game about the Owls senior playmaker, Al Golden pretended not to know Shelton didn’t get into the game.
Quote of the Night: “It was a broken play actually, it wasn’t called that way, but the quarterback scrambled and it just worked out,”- Tight end Steve Maneri on the Owls score that put them up for good.
Where they go from here:
The team gets another Saturday off, and resumes play Nov. 1 against Navy. With a 2-3 record in the Mid-American Conference, the Owls still have title game aspirations.
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