GAME 9 - OHIO VS. MIAMI | ATHENS, OHIO | PEDEN STADIUM | OCT. 31, 2017 | 8 P.M. ET
Venue - Peden Stadium
Capacity - 24,000
Playing Surface - Turf
Series vs. Miami - 39-52-2
Last Meeting W, 17-7 - Oct. 1, 2016
Television - ESPN2
Talent - Mike Corey (PBP), Rocky Boiman (Color)
Ohio Radio - Ohio IMG Sports Network
Talent - Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius
Websites - OhioBobcats.com, MiamiRedhawks.com
FIRST AND 10
-Ohio renews its longest-running rivalry with Miami in the two squads 94th meeting Tuesday.
-The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 with Mike Corey and Rocky Boiman calling the action.
-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 48-3 win over Kent State last weekend, making the Bobcats bowl eligible for the ninth-straight season.
-Miami picked up a 24-14 win at home over Buffalo a week ago, snapping a three-game losing streak.
-Ohio is 39-52-2 all-time against the Redhawks in the series dating back to the 1908 season. Ohio has won the last four straight meetings and 10 out of the last 11 meetings including a 17-7 win at Miami last season.
-Ohio RS senior linebacker Quentin Poling needs just two more solo tackles to become the all-time career leader at Ohio. He is currently tied for second on the list with Matt Muncy (203). He needs 12 total tackles to break into the top 10 in total career tackles.
-Ohio's offense is third in the NCAA in scoring with 326 points so far this season behind Alabama (344) and Ohio State (331). Ohio is 13th in points per game averaging 40.8, which leads the MAC and is an all-time best by a Bobcat offense.
-RS senior linebacker Chad Moore was named MAC East Defensive Player of the Week after recording an interception, forced fumble and five solo tackles against Kent State
-Ohio RS sophomore kicker Louie Zervos was named MAC East Specialist of the Week after going 6/6 on PAT and draining field goals of 43 and 34 yards against Kent State.
-Ohio has had a 100-plus yard rusher in the last six straight games (Rourke vs. CMU, BG - Ouellette vs. Umass, EMU, Kansas - Brown vs. Kent State).
-Rourke ranks second in the country in rushing touchdowns and is the top-ranked QB on the list. He ranks seventh nationally with 19 total touchdowns.
-Head Coach Frank Solich is third in All-Time career MAC wins with 94. He will need 16 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 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 RS senior linebacker Quentin Poling needs two more solo tackles to take over first place on the career tackles list.
-Poling needs 12 more tackles to move into 10th on the career tackle list.
-Ohio RS junior running back A.J.... Ouellette moved into 10th on the career rushing list with 2,264 yards. Ouellette needs 100 more yards to move into a tie with Bob Brooks (2,364) for eighth. Kalvin McRae holds the Ohio record with 4,398 career rushing yards.
-Ohio sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke currently has 13 rushing touchdowns which ranks fifth on the single-season list. Rourke needs one more rushing touchdown to move into a fourth-place tie with Kareem Wilson. Kalvin McRae holds the Bobcats single-season record with 19 rushing touchdowns.
-Ohio RS sophomore kicker Louie Zervos moved into second on the field goals made list with 39. He needs 40 more to tie Matt Weller who holds the career record at Ohio.
-Ohio is averaging 40.8 points per game which is the most productive offense in school history. The current record is 37.6 points per game set in the 1968 season.
KENT STATE GAME
-Ohio improved to 6-2 for the third time under head coach Frank Solich.
-Ohio is now 46-25-2 all-time against Kent State.
-Head Coach Frank Solich is now 152-88 and 94-69 at Ohio. He is now 9-4 against Kent State.
-Ohio is now bowl-eligible for the ninth consecutive season.
-Ohio had a season-high 336 rushing yards, posting back-to-back 300-yard plus rushing games for the first time since 2015.
-Last time was Nov. 10, 2015 against Kent State (333) and Ball State Nov. 17, 2015 (332).
-Ohio scored four touchdowns in six minutes in the third quarter.
-Ohio's 28 points in the third quarter was the most points scored in a third quarter this season by the Bobcats.
-Ohio recorded a 40-point plus game for the fifth time this season.
-RS junior running back A.J. Ouellette is now 10th all-time career rushing at Ohio with 2,264.
-RS senior running back Dorian Brown led Ohio with 108 yards rushing, the first 100-yard plus game for him this season.
-Marks the sixth-straight game Ohio has had a 100-plus yard rusher this year.
-RS sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke now ranks fifth on Ohio's single-season chart with 13 rushing touchdowns, he has 23 total touchdowns.
-Rourke is currently tied for first in the country in rushing touchdowns.
-RS senior tight end Mason Morgan recorded his first multiple touchdown game of his career with two on the day.
-RS sophomore running back Dylan Wears recorded his second touchdown on the season.
-RS senior linebacker Chad Moore led Ohio with five solo tackles, one forced fumble and recorded his third interception of the season.
-RS sophomore defensive linemen Chukwudi Chukwu recorded his first forced fumble of the season.
-RS senior defensive end Trent Smart, RS junior cornerback Jalen Fox, and RS sophomore defensive linemen Brian Arp each recorded a sack for Ohio, Arp's first career sack and Fox's first sack of the season.
-RS junior defensive linemen Andrew Payne and RS freshman defensive linemen Will Evans each recorded half a sack on the day.
-Ohio had eight tackles for 33 yards lost.
-Ohio held Kent State to 166 yards of total offense. It marked the second time this season that Ohio had held an opponent to under 200-yards of total offense (Hampton, 106) and was the lowest amount of total offense against an FBS opponent.
-Kent State had just 64-yards passing, which was a season-low for an Ohio opponent.
-RS sophomore punter Michael Farkas had four punts for 173 yards including a long of 48 and pinned one inside the 20-yardline with no touchbacks.
-RS sophomore placekicker Louie Zervos went 2-for-2 on field goals (34, 43). Zervos was 6-6 on PAT.
OCT 1, 2016 OHIO at MIAMI
-Maleek Irons led Ohio with 60 yards for the first time in his career.
-Bo Hardy had 50 yards rushing including a game-high 5.0 yards per carry average.
-Javon Hagan recorded his first career interception and returned it 60-yards in the opening quarter.
-Toran Davis also recorded his second career interception and first since 2014.
-Chad Moore recorded his second forced fumble in as many games.
-Ohio recorded seven sacks, it was the most since 2014 at Kentucky.
-Kevin Robbins recorded his first career fumble recovery and touchdown. It was the first time Ohio recorded a fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown since Curtis Myers at Ohio State in 2008. It was also Ohio's first defensive touchdown of the season.
-Casey Sayles had a career-high two sacks to lead Ohio. Blair Brown, Chad Moore, Tarell Basham, Randy Stites and Jalen Fox also had sacks.
-Sayles sacks marked the second time this season Ohio has had a player with two sacks in a game.
-Blair Brown, Chad Moore and Mayne Williams led Ohio with nine tackles. Nine was a career high for Moore and Williams.
-Michael Farkas had six punts for 232 yards, including pinning three inside the 20, tying a career best.
-Ohio gave up its first blocked field goal of the season.
-Ohio held Miami to 0 yards in punt returns and Miami only attempted to return one of Ohio's six punts.
-Louie Zervos drilled a 33-yard field goal.
RS junior running back A.J. Ouellete has hit 100-yards for four out of the last six weeks with rushing performances of 102 - Kansas, 140 - Eastern Michigan, 125 - UMass and 123 - Bowling Green. Ouellette now leads the Mid-American Conference with 747 rushing yards. Ouellette has five rushing touchdowns and is averaging 6.2 yards per carry. Sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke has hit 100-yards rushing the three of the last four games with 118 yards at UMass ,105 against CMU and 143 against Bowling Green. RS senior running back Dorian Brown broke the 100-yard barrier for the first time this year with 108 against Kent State. Rourke is ranked atop the MAC with 13 rushing touchdowns, which ranks third nationally and first among QBs. Rourke had a career-long rush of 75 yards for a score at Bowling Green.
4th - 4th Down Conversion PCT (0.857)
8th - Blocked Punts (1)
8th - Red Zone Offense (0.950)
8th - Kickoff Return Defense (16.47)
13th - Scoring Offense (40.8)
19th - 3rd Down Conversion PCT (0.301)
20th - Rushing Offense (243.4)
3rd - Rushing Touchdowns - Nathan Rourke (13)
3rd - Passes Defended - Bradd Ellis (1.6)
4th - Total Touchdowns - Nathan Rourke (13)
6th - Total Points Scored - Nathan Rourke (78)
7th - Points Responsible For - Nathan Rourke (138)
15th - Points Responsible For Per Game - Nathan Rourke (17.3)
16th - Total Interceptions - Chad Moore (3)
17th - Forced Fumbles - Quentin Poling (0.38)
18th - Scoring - Nathan Rourke - 9.8
21st - Rushing Yards - A.J. Ouellette - 747
Ohio's rushing defense ranks second in the MAC and has held opponents to 126.1 yards per game and eight rushing touchdowns. Ohio has held its opponents to under 70-yards rushing three times this season. Hampton had 47, EMU had 45 and Central Michigan had 68. Opponents are averaging just 3.5 yards per carry against the Bobcats.
FINDING THE END ZONE
Ohio sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke has made a habit of finding the end zone with 13 rushing touchdowns and 10 passing TDs this season. Rourke leads the MAC in scoring touchdowns averaging 9.8 per game. Rourke has rushed for three touchdowns on three different occasions this season and accounted for four total touchdowns at Bowling Green.
300-PLUS BACK TO BACK
Ohio racked up 300-plus rushing yards for two weeks in a row with a 336 against Kent State and 335 against Bowling Green. The Bobcats haven't posted back-to-back 300-plush rushing games since 2015. Ohio is averaging 243.4 rushing yards per game, which leads the Mid-American Conference.
With their win over Kent State, Ohio became bowl eligible for the ninth straight season which leads the Mid-American Conference. Only 11 teams have longer bowl eligible streaks than Ohio, with Florida State leading the country with 35 years of bowl eligibility.
1. Ohio - 9 years (2008-2017) *
T2. Toledo - 4 years (2014-2017)*
3. Western Michigan - 3 years ( 2014-2016)
3. Central Michigan - 3 years (2014-2015)
*Bowl Eligible this year
Ohio has had some solid play this season out of its two starting corners - RS senior Bradd Ellis and RS junior Jalen Fox have started all eight games at corner for the Bobcats. Ellis ranks third in the country and leads the MAC with 13 passes defended (breakups + interceptions) while Fox is ninth in the MAC with seven passes defended. Ellis has made two pick sixes this season.
CAREER DAY FOR POLING
Poling had a career day with 19 tackles against UMass while also hitting a career-high nine solo stops. Poling was one of two players with double-digit tackles as Chad Moore also had 12 tackles.
Miami snapped a three-game skid with a 24-14 win at home against Buffalo last weekend. Miami is 1-3 on the road this season. Chuck Martin is in his fourth season at the helm of the Redhawks program.
Miami is averaging 23.6 points per game and 385.2 yards of total offense including 233.5 through the air and 151.8 on the ground. RS junior quarterback Gus Gagland leads the Redhawks with 1,398 passing yards going 96-180 with four picks and 12 touchdowns. Junior quarterback Billy Bahl has played the last two weeks going 33-66 for 470 yards with two picks and two touchdowns. RS junior running back Kenny Young leads the Redhawks with 566 yards on 107 attempts. He is averaging 5.3 yards per carry and 70.8 yards per game with four touchdowns. Junior wide receiver James Gardner leads the team with 32 catches for 681 yards and has six touchdowns. He is averaging 21.3 yards per catch and 85.1 yards per game.
Miami has given up 24.5 points to its opponents and is allowing 356.2 yards of total offense including 191.4 through the air and 164.9 on the ground. RS junior linebacker Brad Koenig leads the team with 64 total tackles and 41 solo stops. He also tops the team with seven tackles for loss and three sacks. He has three pass breakups and a forced fumble. Junior defensive back De'Andre Montgomery is second on the team with 57 tackles including 27 solo stops. He has three tackles for loss and two pass breakups. Senior defensive back Tony Reid leads the Redhawks with two interceptions and five pass breakups.
Ohio is coming off a 48-3 win over Kent State on Saturday. Ohio has had a 100-plus yard rusher for the last six games straight.
Ohio is averaging 40.8 points per game, which leads the MAC and Ohio's 422.1 per game total offense ranks second in the MAC. Ohio is averaging 243.4 yards on the ground and 178.8 through the air. Redshirt junior running back A.J. Ouellette leads Ohio's rushing attack with 93.4 yards per game and six touchdowns. Ouellette is averaging 6.2 yards per carry which leads the MAC. Sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke has gone 97-174 for 1,210 yards with 10 passing touchdowns, 13 rushing touchdowns and three interceptions. Rourke's rushing touchdown total ranks third in the country and leads the MAC. RS senior wide receiver Brendan Cope is leading the team with 26 catches averaging 13.3 per reception and has 347 yards and two receiving touchdowns.
Ohio is holding its opposition to 25.4 points per game and 365.1 yards of total offense per game including 126.1 on the ground and 239.0 through the air. Redshirt senior linebacker Quentin Poling leads the Bobcats with 70 tackles and 31 solo stops so far this season. Poling has 7.0 tackles for loss and one and a half sacks on the season with three forced fumbles. RS senior linebacker Chad Moore is third on the squad with 46 tackles and 26 solo stops. Moore also has one sack and three tackles for loss with three interception and two pass breakups. Ellis has 11 pass breakups and two interceptions while Fox has six pass breakups with one interception.
AN OHIO WIN WOULD...
-Give head coach Frank Solich his 95th win at Ohio (95-69) and 153rd career win (153-88)
-Move Ohio to 40-52-2 against Miami and extend its winning streak in the series to five wins.
-Move Solich to 11-2 against Miami.
-Move Ohio to at least 7-2 for just the second time under head coach Frank Solich
-Move Ohio to 4-1 in MAC play for the second straight year
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.
Ohio's OT win over Eastern Michigan was the first overtime win since Ohio beat North Texas in double-overtime, Sept. 12, 2009, 31-30. It was Ohio's first overtime game since the opener last season, when Ohio dropped a 56-53 triple-overtime thriller to Texas State.
IN THE RED ZONE
Ohio has been very successful this season in the red zone scoring on 38 of its 40 trips (95%) inside the 20, including 33 touchdowns (82%). That percentage sits atop the Mid-American Conference and ranks the Bobcats eighth nationally, with five teams log-jammed for the top spot. Last season, Ohio converted on 82% of its trips to the red zone (49-60) and scored touchdowns 45% (27-60) of the time.
Ohio red shirt sophomore punter Michael Farkas has been solid in the punting game so far this season for Ohio. Farkas has 35 punts for 1,447 yards and has pinned 13 punts inside the 20-yardline with 12 fair catches and just one touchback. Farkas also pulled off a fake punt at Purdue and picked up a first down on a 16-yard rush. Farkas is averaging 41.3 yards per punt with a long of 52. Farkas also teamed up for a two-point conversion with junior long snapper Jake Hale against Hampton.
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.