Yeomen Fall Due to Stingy OWU Defensive play
On Nov. 5, the Oberlin Yeomen fell to Ohio Wesleyan University by a score of 24-14. After the Yeomen exploded for 349 yards through the air last week, OWU held the Oberlin passing game to just 60 yards.
Both team’s defenses came out strong in the first quarter and neither team was able to sustain a drive of more than 27 yards. There were a combined five punts and one turnover by each team in the first quarter alone.
Oberlin’s fumble at the end of the quarter was costly as it set up an OWU touchdown. The teams traded field goals and went to halftime with the score 10-7.
The two defenses played well in the second half, too, with each team only able to sustain two scoring drives apiece. OWU had a touchdown drive in both the third and forth quarters. Junior Mike Tomlinson hit another field goal in the third quarter and first-year R.V. Carroll scored the lone Yeomen touchdown with less than a minute left in the game, on an 11-yard run.
Oberlin ran an equal number of passing and rushing plays, but the Yeomen had 134 more yards on the ground than they did through the air. Carroll led the ground attack with 94 yards on 6 carries. Oberlin stuck with a balanced attack instead of moving towards an effective rushing game.
“Balance is a big part of an offense’s production,” said sophomore wide receiver Chris Schubert. “Sooner or later the passing game will get it going, and then you have an offense that we feel can’t be stopped.”
The Yeomen had trouble sustaining a drive mainly due to their trouble on third down. OWU held the Yeomen to just one of 12 on third down.
“We need to convert on third down,” said Schubert. “If you don’t [convert], it’s going to be a long day.”
The loss drops Oberlin to a 2-7 record overall. Up next for the Yeomen is
the season finale against Hiram College at home this Saturday at 1 p.m.