|As time winded down during Ohio’s 35-17 victory over Temple Friday afternoon, some players snuck back to the Gatorade coolers to engage in the all-too familiar football tradition. They grabbed the bucket and waited for just the right moment.
Everybody knew what was coming.
|Chris Garrett took the handoff and could see the hole in Bowling Green’s secondary. Once he broke through the line, he knew he had nobody stopping his path to the end zone, and Ohio’s senior running back scurried for a 37-yard touchdown for the Bobcats first rushing score of the season.
Five years ago, Ohio surprised the college football world when it brought prestige — a coach named Frank Solich — to the mid-major program toiling in the cellar of the Mid-American Conference.
The highly touted former Nebraska coach came to Athens with expectations greater than any of his predecessors, and Solich was supposed to be the man who finally changed the losing culture of Ohio football.
On a day when Ohio had seven fumbles, two unsuccessful field-goal attempts, two botched extra points, two personal-foul penalties and one interception, the Bobcats still only trailed Buffalo by seven points in the fourth quarter.
Despite the mistakes, the Bobcats looked like they might have a chance at the victory.