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Freshman Hunt leads Bobcats to 5th straight bowl win

Ohio starts fast in 41-21 win against Georgia Southern

CONWAY, S.C. – A lot of talent departed, but Rickey Hunt Jr. and Ohio showed plenty of talent remained.

Hunt tied an NCAA bowl game record and broke the school record with five touchdowns as the Bobcats forced five turnovers and blew out Georgia Southern 41-21 in the Myrtle Beach Bowl on Saturday at Brooks Stadium.

Ohio (10-3) reached double-digit wins for the second season in a row for the first time in school history and set a Mid-American Conference record with its fifth straight bowl victory.

Five of the Bobcats’ top playmakers – quarterback Kurtis Rourke, running backs Sieh Bangura and O’Shaan Allison, and wide receivers Miles Cross and Tyler Walton – who accounted for nearly all of the team’s yards this season, entered the transfer portal at the end of the regular season, but even without them, Ohio was one point shy of its season-high in points.

Hunt, who had just six carries for 19 yards while appearing in two games before Saturday, ran 17 times for 115 yards and four touchdowns, scored on an 18-yard reception and was named the game’s MVP. In his first career start, quarterback Parker Navarro was efficient, going 11-of-16 passing for 120 yards while rushing 15 times for 71 yards.

And as it has done all season, Ohio’s defense often gave the offense short fields by shutting down Georgia Southern, especially on the ground, giving up just 33 yards rushing. The Bobcats intercepted Davis Brin three times and recovered a pair of fumbles.

Jeremiah Wood picked off Davis on the game’s first possession and that led to a Gianni Spetic 27-yard field goal. That stood as the only score in the first quarter, but early in the second, the Bobcats got into the end zone on Hunt’s first touchdown, a 2-yard run that was set up on a third-and-15 conversion pass from Navarro to Sam Wiglusz.

Adonis Williams Jr. intercepted Brin on the Georgia Southern’s second play after that, but Ohio turned the ball over on downs after failing to converted a fourth-and-3 at the 14-yard line. The Bobcats made up for it with a quick drive on their next possession, getting 24 yards on a Navarra run with 15 yards added on for a late hit. On the next play, Navarro faked a run and then hit Hunt over the middle for an 18-yard touchdown that made it 17-0.

Bradley Weaver sacked Brin and forced him to fumble, and Shay Taylor recovered, setting up Spetic’s second field goal, this one from 26 yards out at the end of the first half, to make it 20-0.

Walter Reynolds returned an interception to the Georgia Southern 6-yard line, and Hunt ran it from there to make it 27-0 early in the third quarter.

The Eagles (6-7) finally got on the board after they converted a fourth-and-2 with a 39-yard completion from Davis to Dalen Cobb. David Mbadinga scored on a 3-yard touchdown run, but the Bobcats scored following another turnover to go back up by four scores. Wood forced a fumble recovered by Roman Parodie that led to a Hunt 40-yard touchdown run.

Georgia Southern got back in it, scoring on a 65-yard touchdown pass from Davis to Derwin Burgess Jr. just before the end of the third quarter and then on a Davis 15-yard touchdown pass to JJay McAfee early in the fourth quarter, making it 34-21 with 12:27 to play.

The Eagles even got possession again with a chance to get closer but turned the ball over on downs. Hunt sealed the victory with a 9-yard touchdown run with 2:52 remaining.

Wiglusz finished with five catches for 64 yards in his final college game. Nolan McCormick carried 11 times for 40 yards as the Bobcats racked up 232 yards rushing on 46 carries.

Brin was 32-of-42 passing for 350 yards, completing seven passes for 109 yards to Cobb and six for 117 yards to Burgess.

Bryce Houston paced Ohio’s defense with eight tackles. Vonnie Watkins and Weaver each had two sacks, and Weaver had an additional tackle for loss.

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