ROMULUS, Mich. — Man-oh-man Uncle Mel is once again under the weather, you know the fever, the running nose and of course that ache in every joint that is included into the body, the old fashion cold.
Luckily your great big Uncle Mel watched the Eastern Michigan University football program from the warmth of a glowing fire place and all of the comforts that the news Ranch can provide.
Being on displayed as the Mid-American Conference game of the week, a Thursday night contest against Ohio University. The Bobcats defeated Eastern Michigan University 45-14 and continue to stay in the hunt for a championship bid and a trip to the city of Detroit and Ford Field.
Eastern Michigan University football coach Ron English watched from the sideline a couple of things that seemed to be missing from his football team inside the home of Ohio University – the historic Peden Stadium.
On Uncle Mel’s television screen the worst defense at stopping the run and the best offense in the conference in scoring points.
The Eagles defense method of tackling is a special project this season for the Eagle defense because they just can not do it, the linebackers seemed never in the right place and the defensive backs style of bouncing off of wide receivers while they make the completion ending up in the end zone is frustrating to witness.
“They can’t even stop the A gap.” the television announcer said after Ryan Boykin ran for 20-yards for a score and he is right!
The Eagles offensively is a running team, they like to keep it on the ground so when the defense actually came up with a turnover with just under two minutes remaining in the first half raised the hope of those watching the Eagles.
The ball tipped up toward the sky and falling into the waiting arms of Devin Henderson who gave the ball back to the Eagle offense a chance to make a statement.
In amazement the Eagles called three passing plays in a row and the result, no movement, no rushing yards and no points coming off of a turnover-big play.
There is a brief glimmer of hope for the Eagles offense, sophomore quarterback Tyler Benz, running back Bronson Hill and senior tight end Garrett Hoskins with some added twist from ex-quarterback Alex Gillett as he played wide receiver for English and the Eagles.
The Eagle offense managed to gain a total of 302 offensive yards and 14 points.
The Eagles could not overcome 17 points scored by the Bobcats in the second quarter and in the second half there were too many dropped balls, too many missed poor play execution and way too many miss chances for points.
Eagle fans have heard all season that they are young and are prone to make mistakes but the basic ability to make a tackle and stop the opposing team is non-existent.
English also said that the Eagles defense is making improvement every practice and every game strides are being made by the defense.
Ohio University quarterback Tyler Tettleton directed the Bobcat offense for a total of 559 yards including 255 yards passing and scoring three touchdowns.
The Bobcat backfield dynamic duo of Boykin who ran for 128 yards and Beau Blankenship ran for 72 yards.
The Bobcats scored 28 straight points in the second half.
So where is the improvement?
The offense is making strides but sometime the offensive line breaks down and the drive that looked like it could score some points fail.
Uncle Mel will take some over the counter medicine from his favorite drug store and get better unfortunately for the Eastern Michigan University defense there is no cure insight.
Next Saturday afternoon at Rynearson Stadium the Eagles will face Central Michigan University the kickoff is schedule for 1p.m.
About the Author
Written by Mel Suiter
Graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2002 and have been working as a beat writer for The Ypsilanti Courier covering Eastern Michigan University football and men's basketball during my school career and after graduation. I like the Mid-American Conference and the rest of the mid-major conferences.