Louisiana-Monroe had the better storyline and what amounted to a home-field advantage.
What the Warhawks didn't have was an answer for Ohio's Tyler Tettleton or Beau Blankenship.
Ohio jumped out to a big early lead and cruised to a 45-14 victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Friday in the Independence Bowl, putting a damper on the Warhawks' first trip to college football's postseason since moving up to the Football Bowl Subdivision in 1994.
In his postgame analysis, Louisiana-Monroe coach Todd Berry said he saw plenty of effort. The problem was his guys might have tried a little too hard.
''Guys were trying to make something happen and everybody was trying to make a play instead of playing their responsibilities,'' Berry said. ''There were a lot of busts, not in terms of not knowing how to do something, but in terms of turning a guy loose and obviously that showed.''
Tettleton completed his first five passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns to stake the Bobcats to an early 14-0 lead...