GAME 4 - OHIO @ EMU | Yipsilanti, Mich | | Rynearson Stadium | Sept. 23, 2017 | 2:00 p.m. ET
Venue - Rynearson Stadium
Capacity - 24,000
Playing Surface - Turf
Series vs. EMU - 18-12-1
Last Meeting - Oct. 15, 2017 (L, 27-20)
Television - ESPN3
Talent - Dan Gutowsky, Bobby Carpenter
Ohio Radio Ohio - IMG Sports Network
Talent - Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius
Websites - OhioBobcats.com, EMUEagles.com
FIRST AND 10
-Ohio opens Mid-American Conference play with a trip to Eastern Michigan Saturday, the game will be broadcast on ESPN3.
-The game can be heard on the Ohio/IMG Sports Network with Russ Eisenstein "The Voice of the Bobcats" calling the action and Rob Cornelius as color-analyst.
-Ohio is coming off a week three win over Kansas, 42-30 at Peden Stadium. Eastern has been idle since a 16-13 win at Rutgers in week two.
-Ohio's win over Kansas was the first home win over a Big 12 opponent in program history
-Eastern Michigan snapped a six-game losing streak in the series with a 27-20 win over Ohio last season, Ohio is 18-12-1 all-time against EMU
-Head Coach Frank Solich is third in All-Time career MAC wins with 90. He will need 18 more wins to tie Ohio legend Bill Hess for No. 2 on the list.
-Head Coach Frank Solich is the third-longest tenured head coach in the NCAA behind Kirk Ferentz (1999, Iowa) and Gary Patterson (2000, TCU).
-Ohio is the only program in the NCAA to have had the same head coach, offensive and defensive coordinator over the last 12 years.
-Ohio returns 17 starters for the 2017 season including eight on offense, six on defense and three specialists.
-Ohio has been bowl eligible the last eight straight seasons making appearances in seven bowls over that span.
-The Bobcats made it back to the Marathon Mid-American Conference Championship game last season for the first time since 2011. Ohio dropped a hard-fought loss to No. 17 Western Michigan, 29-23.
-The Bobcats appeared in their seventh bowl game in eight years facing Troy at the 2016 Dollar General Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
-Ohio had five players named to watch lists prior to the season - RS Senior TE Troy Mangen - Mackey Watch List, RS Sophomore Kicker Louie Zervos - Groza Watch List, Senior OL Jake Pruehs - Rimington, Overland Watch Lists, RS Senior DL Cleon Aloese - Polynesian Watch List, RS Senior LB Quentin Poling - Reese Senior Bowl Watch List.
-Ohio welcomes two new coaches on the sidelines - Assistant Coach Pete Germano - DL and Assistant Coach De'Angelo Smith - CB.
-Ohio beat Kansas 42-30 at Peden Stadium on Saturday. It marked the first home win over a Big 12 opponent in school history.
- Ohio improved its series record over Kansas to 3-0, while Head Coach Frank Solich improved to 8-0 all-time against the Jayhawks.
-Redshirt senior Troy Mangen recorded his first reception for a touchdown on the year, had two on the day
-Redshirt junior running back A.J. Ouellette led all rushers with 102 yards on 10 carries, including scoring his second touchdown of the season.
-Ohio had a season-high of 450 yards of total offense.
-Sophomore QB Nathan Rourke made his first career start and went 11-16 for 152 yards and two passing touchdowns, Rourke also had a rushing touchdown, his fourth of the season.
-Redshirt senior Brendan Cope had five catches for 104 yards, his first 100 yard game since Idaho in 2015.
-Ohio had a season-high five sacks in the outing for 30 yards lost. It was the first time Ohio has had five sacks since Buffalo in 2016. Ohio also had nine tackles for 40 yards lost
-RS senior Quentin Poling recorded nine tackles including four solo stops to lead Ohio
-RS sophomore Javon Hagan and RS junior Jalen Fox both recorded eight tackles. Fox recorded first career interception and had three pass breakups
-RS senior Bradd Ellis had four pass breakups, a career high.
-RS sophomore Louie Zervos hit two field goals, including a season-long 46-yarder
-RS sophomore punter Michael Farkas hit a two-point conversion on a pass to junior long snapper Jake Hale
-Farkas had two punts for 94 yards both inside the 20-yardline including a long of 48
Ohio leads Eastern Michigan 18-12-1 in the all-time series. EMU snapped a six-game losing streak in the series in the two- quads last meeting at Peden Stadium on Oct. 15, 2016, 27-20.
OCT. 15, 2016 OHIO VS. EMU
- Eastern Michigan went 77 yards on 12 plays capped off by a Paul Fricano 22-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead on the opening drive.
-The two teams traded off punts for the remainder of the first quarter.
-The Bobcats got on the board five minutes into the second quarter, as Maxwell connected with senior wide receiver Sebastian Smith for a 19-yard gain, putting Ohio in the red zone. RS freshman kicker Louie Zervos kicked a 22-yard field goal to tie the game a 3-3.
-Eastern Michigan was forced to punt on its next possession, but Maxwell threw an interception on Ohio's next drive. The two continued to trade punts for the rest of the half.
-The Eagles received to start the second half, as they drove the ball 69-yards down the field in 13 plays, taking 6:14 off the clock. Ohio stopped them from punching it in the end zone, forcing Fricano to kick a 34-yard field goal. EMU led 6-3.
-Ohio responded on the next drive with Maxwell in at quarterback, he would stay in for the rest of the game, as he connected with Smith for an eight-yard pickup, putting the ball on the EMU 6. RS junior running back Dorian Brown punched the ball into the end zone the next play, giving the Bobcats a 10-6 lead.
-Roback connected with Sergio Bailey on the first play of the next drive for 57-yards, which put EMU on the Ohio nine. The Eagles scored a touchdown on second down, retaking the lead, 13-10.
-In the fourth quarter, EMU scored on its first drive to take a 20-10 lead, as Roback drove the Eagles down the field in 11 plays, taking 4:34 off the clock.
-Ohio wouldn't go away easy, as Brown rushed for 27 yards, and Maxwell followed up the run four plays later with a five-yard touchdown pass to RS junior tight end Troy Mangen. EMU led 20-17.
-EMU extended the lead to double-digits, as they drove 70 yards in eight plays and scored on a Brogan pass to Antoine Porter for 11 yards. EMU led 27-17.
-Ohio scored one more time, a 47-yard field goal from Zervos, which made the score 27-20, the final score of the day.
SOLICH IN MAC OPENERS
Head Coach Frank Solich is 9-3 in Mid-American Conference openers. Solich is also 7-5 in MAC road openers.
100 YARD GAMES
-Ohio RS junior running back A.J. Ouellette broke the 100-yard plateau for the first time since the 2015 season - granted he missed all but three plays of 2016. Ouellette was the first Ohio rusher to hit 100-yards rushing this season, racking up 102 on 10 carries including a long of 63 yards. Ouellette's last 100-yard rushing game was when he rushed for 140 yards at NIU on Nov. 24, 2015. RS senior wide receiver Brendan Cope also recorded his first 100-yard receiving game in a while, catching five passes for 104 yards to lead the Bobcats attack. Cope's last 100-yard receiving game was at Idaho on Sept. 3, 2015. In that game, Cope caught four passes for 129 yards, a career high.
HAULING IN THE TDS
RS senior tight end Troy Mangen had two receiving touchdowns for the first time in his career against Kansas, catching three passes for 35 yards and two scores.
Eastern Michigan is coming off its first win over a power five school in program history with a 16-13 win at Rutgers Sept. 9. EMU is off to a 2-0 start under fourth-year head coach Chris Creighton.
EMU has averaged 20.0 points per game through two outings, averaging 120 yards on the ground and 264 through the air. EMU is led on the ground by junior running back Shaq Vann has led the Eagles rushing attack averaging 78.5 yards per game and 4.0 yards per carry. Junior running back Ian Eriksen has scored both rushing touchdowns for EMU this season and is averaging 22.5 yards per game. Senior quarterback Brogan Roback has taken all snaps under center for EMU going 41-67 for one touchdown and 527 yards, averaging 263.5 per game. Roback's favorite targets have been senior wide receivers Sergio Bailey II and Antonie Porter with each catching 10 passes. Bailey leads the team with 185 yards including averaging 92.5 per game while Porter has 136 yards and the only touchdown score of the season.
EMU has held its opposition to 10 points per game and 303 yards on average of total offense including 156 through the air and 147 on the ground. Sophomore defensive back Brody Hoying and junior defensive lineman Jermiah Harris lead the Eagles with 11 tackles each. Hoying has a team-high nine total tackles and leads the squad with two interceptions. Meanwhile, Harris has seven solo stops and 3.5 tackles for loss including 1.5 sacks also with an interception.
Ohio is off to a 2-1 start and is coming off a 42-30 win over Kansas at Peden Stadium last Saturday. Ohio also blanked Hampton in its season opener 59-0.
Ohio is averaging 40.0 points per game, which ranks second in the MAC and Ohio's 422 per game total offense ranks third in the MAC. Ohio is averaging 205.7 yards on the ground and 216.3 through the air. redshirt junior running back A.J. Ouellette leads Ohio's rushing attack with 67.7 yards per game and two touchdowns. Ouellette is averaging 6.2 yards per carry which ranks second in the MAC and his per game average is ninth. Sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke has gone 33-49 for 435 yards with three passing touchdowns, four rushing touchdowns and has not thrown a pick so far this season. Redshirt junior Papi White has caught 11 passes for 155 yards and one touchdown while redshirt senior Brendan Cope has caught eight passes for 133 yards.
Ohio is holding its opposition to 24.7 points per game and 372.3 yards of total offense per game including 139.3 on the ground and 233 through the air. Redshirt senior linebacker Quentin Poling leads the Bobcats with 18 tackles and nine solo stops so far this season. Poling has 2.5 tackles for loss and a half sack on the season with one forced fumble. Junior linebacker Evan Croutch is second on the squad with 17 tackles including eight solo hits and leads the team with 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss. Redshirt senior cornerback Bradd Ellis has six pass breakups to lead the squad while redshirt junior corner Jalen Fox has the only interception on the ledger so far for Ohio this season.
OUELLETTE MAC EAST POW
After his stellar performance in the Bobcats win over Kansas, 42-30, Saturday, Ohio redshirt junior running back A.J. Ouellette has been named the Mid-American Conference East Division Offensive Player of the Week, announced the league office Monday. Ouellette was the first Ohio player to hit 100 or more rushing yards this season, rushing for 102 yards on 10 carries against Kansas. Ouellette also scored a touchdown averaging 10.2 yards per carry. Ouellette also had the second-longest rush of his career against the Jayhawks, a 63-yard carry. It marked the first game that Ouellette had reached the 100-yard plateau since Nov. 24, 2015 at Northern Illinois. Ouellette missed all but three plays of the 2016 season due to an injury. Ouellette leads the Bobcats this season averaging 67.7 yards per game with two touchdowns and a 6.2 yards per rush average.
AN OHIO WIN WOULD...
-Move Ohio to 19-12-1 against Eastern Michigan.
-Give Ohio a 1-0 MAC start for the ninth time under Solich and the seventh year in a row
-Make head coach Frank Solich 10-3 in MAC openers.
-Give head Coach Frank Solich his 91st win at Ohio (91-68) and 149th career win (148-87)
1-2 RB PUNCH
Ohio returns its top two rushers from the last two seasons in RS senior Dorian Brown, who led the Bobcats with 825 yards last season, and RS junior A.J. Ouellette, who led Ohio in rushing the previous two seasons - 2015, 687; 2014, 785.
ROURKE AGAINST PURDUE
Ohio sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke had a solid performance against Purdue going 16-23 for 224 yards and a touchdown. Rourke also rushed nine times for 36 yards.
SMOTHERING DEFENSE AGAINST HAMPTON
Ohio was able to hold Hampton to 129 yards of total offense including just 68 yards rushing and 61 yards through the air. The Bobcats held Hampton to just seven first downs and they were 2-15 on third down conversions. The Bobcats had three sacks for 13 yards lost and had 10.0 tackles for loss.
OHIO SHUTOUT OVER HAMPTON
Ohio opened the season with a 59-0 win over Hampton on Sept. 2 in Peden Stadium. It marked the third shutout during the Frank Solich Era and the first shutout in an opener since Sept. 20, 1969 when Ohio shutout Kent State 35-0. Prior to the shutout over Hampton, Ohio's last shutout win was a 27-0 win over Kent State on Nov. 10, 2015.