Herald-Advertiser, Nov. 20, 1971
Opportunistic Ohio University scored 20 points in the second period and went on to post a 30-0 win over Marshall University Saturday afternoon at Fairfield Stadium.
The victory before an announced crowd of 10,100 rain-soaked fans enabled Coach Bill Hess' Bobcats to finish the season with a 5-5 record.
Marshall's Young Thundering Herd, finishing its first season in the biggest rebuilding program any major college team has ever been forced to undergo, closed out with a 2-8 record.
The Young Herd, who had defeated Xavier and Bowling Green on ancient Fairfield's sparkling AstroTurf, saw its hopes for a third victory go up in smoke in a frustrating second period.
Holding a 10-0 lead, the Bobcats had to go only 19 and 24 yards for touchdowns which broke the back of the Young Herd.
Ohio received its first opportunity when Marshall quarterback Steve Cooper fumbled at the 19 after being hit hard by linebacker Jack LeVeck. Larry Fields, who recovered three of the four fumbles which Marshall lost, fell on the football.
It took the Bobcats only four plays to score with quarterback Dave Juenger diving in from the one as he scored the first of his two touchdowns.
Hard-running Jim Kozlowski bolted up the middle for 12 yards to the seven and after Juenger failed to gain, Kozlowski bulled his way to the one from where Juenger scored with 6:50 left in the half.
Moments later the Bobcats got the ball back when Lanny Steed bobbled Reggie Oliver's second down pass with Fields falling on the ball at the Marshall 24.
Tim Worner got five to the 19 on an end around and Kozlowski took it to the one on three consecutive carries. Juenger then dived into the end zone. Dave Green's extra point attempt was blocked, but it was 23-0 with 4:20 left in the half.
"I was proud of our young men," said Hess. "They took advantage of the early opportunities to score. Once we got in that situation (ahead 23-0) we were able to play our game."
Ohio had taken a 3-0 lead when Green kicked a 27-yard field goal with 3:31 left in the first period.
The Bobcats, who failed to pick up a first down the first time they had the football, had driven from their own 32 to the Marshall 10 where the drive stalled. Green then came in and kicked his fourth field goal of the season.
The next time Ohio had the football, it drove 81 yards in 12 plays for a touchdown.
Juenger climaxed the drive when he passed six yards to Worner in the end zone. It was the converted flanker's eighth touchdown pass of the season.
The big plays in the drive were a 25-yard pass to Bob Allen and two consecutive running plays by Kozlowski which gained 25 yards.
Kozlowski finished the day with 105 yards in 23 carries. He picked up 98 yards in 20 carries in the first half.
"Mistakes here and there stopped us," said Marshall coach Jack Lengyel who watched his offense pick up 157 yards compared to Ohio's 322.
"We rotated three men at quarterback in an effort to ignite a spark," he added, "but you must have consistency and we never got it."
Lengyel started Cooper, a freshman, from Winfield, and used Oliver and Dave Walsh. None of the three were able to penetrate the aggressive Ohio defense.
"It's hard to evaluate if they were that strong defensively or if it was our inconsistency," said Lengyel, "but they do have a fine football team."
Marshall, bottled up in its own terriotry most of the first half, reached the Bobcat 30 only to lose back to its 45 as the half was closing to an end.
On its first series of the second half, the Young Herd moved to the Ohio six only to have the drive fizzle with the Bobcats taking over on the eight.
Ned Burks, who led Marshall ball carriers with 79 yards on 10 carries, picked up 44 yards to the OU 11 on a brilliant run. A pass to Steed put the ball on the six, but Oliver lost two yards and passes intended for Rich Washington and Terry Gardner fell incomplete.
Marshall's deepest penetration afterwards was to the Ohio 28 where the Herd was stopped on a fourth-and-five play.
Ohio got its final touchdown of the day with 8:39 left in the game when fullback Steve Hodgson scored from the five to climax a 39-yard march which required 10 plays.