Oklahomans help Ohio reach Beef O'Brady's Bowl

Tyler Tettleton, Beau Blankenship and Donte Foster have all shined for the Bobcats.
by Berry Tramel Published: December 20, 2013
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photo - Ohio University quarterback Tyler Tettleton tries to evade an Eastern Michigan defender in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Ypsilanti, Mich. Ohio won 56-28. AP Photo/The Ann Arbor News, Brianne Bowen
Ohio University quarterback Tyler Tettleton tries to evade an Eastern Michigan defender in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Ypsilanti, Mich. Ohio won 56-28. AP Photo/The Ann Arbor News, Brianne Bowen

Lots of Oklahoma kids grow up dreaming of going to OU. Tyler Tettleton, Beau Blankenship and Donte Foster actually did it. The other OU.

The Oklahoma trio finishes off quite the collegiate careers Monday for Ohio University in the Beef O'Brady's Bowl against East Carolina in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Tettleton and Blankenship, teammates from Norman North, and Foster, from Guthrie, have been the offensive catalysts for Frank Solich three years running.

Ohio has been 10-4, 9-4 and 7-5 these last three years, including a victory over Penn State and back-to-back bowl victories over Utah State (Idaho Potato) and Louisiana-Monroe (Independence).

“It's awesome,” said Tettleton. “It means a lot, especially for this senior class to be here all five years and have a chance to go to a bowl game every single year. It's awesome, and hopefully we can win three straight for the university.”

Tettleton has thrown 66 career touchdown passes, with just 23 interceptions. He's thrown for 8,783 yards and completed 63.2 percent of his passes.

Meanwhile, Blankenship, a tailback who transferred from Iowa State in 2010, has rushed 588 times for 2,910 yards and 24 touchdowns. Foster has 161 career catches, for 2,020 yards and 20 TDs.

“Real excited,” Blankenship said. “Glad I get to play my last game with this university at a bowl game.

“It's an honor to be able to play in that many bowl games. It's great for this university and for the Ohio brand. Helps get our name out there. Shows where our program's going. It's definitely on the rise. We're still climbing.”

The Okie trio has helped take those steps.


by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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