After traveling for two weeks, the Eastern Michigan Eagles (6-4 overall, 3-3 MAC) landed back at Rynearson Stadium for a MAC showdown against the Ohio University Bobcats (3-7 overall, 3-3 MAC) on Tuesday, Nov. 9.
Trailing through the first three quarters of the game, the Eagles struggled to establish the run game against the Bobcats. A mixture of game-script and the Ohio defense forced the Eastern Michigan offense to make plays through the air.
Ben Bryant answered the offense call for help, completing 41 out of 57 passes which was recorded as the second-most completions for EMU’s football program. The 57 passes thrown were also recorded as the second most in Eastern Michigan’s history since 1998.
Tanner Knue led the Eagles with 127 receiving yards while Hassan Beydoun racked up 85 yards on 9 receptions. Dylan Drummond recorded a touchdown for the Eagles against Ohio, his sixth this season, on top of 73 yards receiving.
Sophomore Samson Evans punched in two rushing touchdowns on the goal-line for the Eagles and accumulated a season-best of 62 rushing yards.
Junior kicker Chad Ryland went 2-for-2, kicking one field goal 55 yards. Ryland's 55-yard field goal is recorded as the longest of his career, tying him with Dylan Mulder (2015).
On the opposite side of the ball, Senior linebacker Terry Myrick led on defense with an impressive 12 total tackles, his season-high.
Unfortunately, the Eagle’s efforts fell short in a shocking 34-26 upset to the Bobcats. The loss to Ohio University eliminates Eastern Michigan from MAC title contention for the 2021 season.
Up next, the Eastern Michigan Eagles host longtime rival Western Michigan at Rynearson Stadium on Tuesday, Nov.16.
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