tBBC Preview: The Independence Bowl- Ohio vs. LA Monroe

Written December 27th, 2012 by Gary Russell II

We’re previewing the bowl games! This is one of them!

Ohio Bobcats (8-4, 4-4 MAC) vs LA Monroe Warhawks (8-4, 6-2 Sun Belt)

December 28th, 2:00 p.m. EST ESPN

History: While AdvoCare 100 has only been sponsoring the Independence Bowl for a few years, this is 37th game in the bowl’s history. While the sponsors have changed, the Independence Bowl name has not. The 11th oldest bowl in the country started its tradition on 12/13/1976 with a payout off $50,000 and has grown to a payout of $2.3 million. Independence Bowl match-ups have been good match-ups in the past with 10 of the last 13 games being decided by a touchdown or less.

Ohio Scouting Report: The Bobcats started out the season 7-0 but finished it 1-4. Injuries have plagued the Bobcats throughout the entire season contributing to the reason for the slow finish. QB Tyler Tettleton has lead the team with his arm by completing 62% of his passes this season while racking up 2,513 yards and 16 touchdowns versus only 3 interceptions. Tettleton is backed up by a strong running game in Beau Blankenship. Blankenship rushed for a school record 1,500 yards while having 8 100-yd games in 2012.

Buckeye Connection: You know the drill. We’d say more, but we’re still a bit chippy. Brady Hoke is confused, as he thought Ohio was not eligible for a bowl game. Read More

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