GAME 12 - OHIO AT BUFFALO | BUFFALO, N.Y. | UB STADIUM | NOV. 24, 2017 | 1 p.m. ET
Venue - UB Stadium
Capacity - 29,013
Playing Surface - Turf
Series vs. Buffalo - 14-9-0
Last Meeting - Nov. 3, 2016; Ohio W, 34-10
Television - ESPN3
Talent - Michael Reghi (PBP), JeRod Cherry (Color)
Ohio Radio Ohio - IMG Sports Network
Talent - Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius
Websites - OhioBobcats.com, UBBulls.com
FIRST AND 10
-Ohio wraps up its regular season with a trip to Buffalo on Black Friday. The game will kickoff at 1 p.m. and will be carried live on ESPN3 with Michael Reghi and JeRod Cherry 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 37-34 loss at Akron last week. Buffalo picked up a 40-24 win at Ball State last week.
-Ohio leads the all-time series against Buffalo 14-9, including a 34-10 win over the Bulls last season on Nov. 3, 2016.
-Ohio sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke tied the Ohio single-season records by scoring two rushing touchdowns at Akron. He tied Kalvin McRae with 19 rushing touchdowns. Rourke ranks second in the NCAA with 19 rushing touchdowns.
-Ohio RS senior cornerback Bradd Ellis recorded his 18th pass breakup to tie the Ohio single-season record with T.J. Wright.
-With his four solo tackles against Miami, Ohio RS senior linebacker Quentin Poling became the all-time leader in solo tackles at Ohio. Poling ranks 10th on the Ohio single-season tackle chart with 360 career tackles. He needs 21 more to move into a tie with Scott Zele (1990-92) with 388.
-Ohio has had a 100-plus yard rusher in the last eight straight games (Rourke vs. CMU, BG, Toledo, Akron - Ouellette vs. UMass, EMU, Kansas - Brown vs. Kent State, Toledo).
-Rourke ranks second in the country in rushing touchdowns and is the top-ranked QB on the list. He ranks third nationally with 20 total touchdowns (rushing+receiving)
-RS junior running back A.J. Ouellette needs 37 yards to become the first Ohio rusher to reach 1,000 -yards since Beau Blankenship in 2012.
-Rourke needs four more touchdowns to move into a tie with Tyler Tettleton for the Ohio record in touchdowns responsible for.
-Head Coach Frank Solich is third in All-Time career MAC wins with 96. He will need 14- more wins to tie Ohio legend Bill Hess for No. 2 on the list.
-Ohio has 443 total points this season which set the single-season record. The previous record of 427 was set during the 2011 season in 14 games.
-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.
-Poling needs 21 more tackles to move into 9th on the career tackle list.
-Ohio RS junior running back A.J. Ouellette moved into 9th on the career rushing list with 2,488 yards. Ouellette needs 37 more yards to move into a tie with Arnold Welcher (2,525) for eighth. Kalvin McRae holds the Ohio record with 4,398 career rushing yards.
-Ouellette has had nine career 100-yard rushing games, which ranks ninth all-time at Ohio. He needs one more 100-yard rushing games to move into a tie with Chad Brinker and Tim Curtis at seventh.
-Ohio sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke currently has 19 rushing which is a tie with Kalvin McRae for the single-season record. -Rourke is second in single-season touchdowns responsible for with 34. Ohio's single-season record was set by Tyler Tettleton in 2011 with 38.
-Rourke's 14 passing touchdowns ranks in a tie for seventh on the single-season list.
-RS senior cornerback Bradd Ellis has moved into a tie with T.J. Wright for the Ohio record with 18 pass breakups. Ellis also needs two more passes defended (INT+PBU) to tie Wright for first place in that category.
-Ohio RS sophomore kicker Louie Zervos moved into second on the field goals made list with 43. He needs 36 more to tie Matt Weller who holds the career record at Ohio.
-Ohio is averaging 40.3 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.
-Ohio's 38 rushing touchdowns ranks second all-time at Ohio. The record of 40 was set in 1968.
-Ohio's total offense of 4,747 yards ranks seventh on the single-season chart. Ohio needs 185 yards to move into a tie for sixth (4,932)
-Ohio's rushing yard total of 2,771 yards ranks eighth on the single-season chart. Ohio needs 107 yards to move into a tie for seventh and 112 to move into a tie for sixth.
-Akron snapped a nine-game losing streak in the series with Ohio
-Ohio is 19-14-1 all-time against Akron
-Ohio set a single-season team scoring record with 443 points
-Ohio RS senior quarterback Nathan Rourke rushed for a 68-yard touchdown at 12:56 of the first quarter. It was the fastest Ohio has scored a touchdown this season.
-Rourke finished the game with two rushing touchdowns and a career-high 165 yards rushing.
-With his two rushing touchdowns, Rourke tied the Ohio record for rushing touchdowns in a single-season (19).
-It marked the fifth game this season that Rourke has rushed for over 100-yards and the eighth where the Bobcats have had a 100-yard rusher.
-RS senior wide receiver Brendan Cope recorded his first touchdown pass when he took a reverse from Ouellette and found Rourke in the end zone. It was also Rourke's first receiving touchdown.
-Ohio's 14-point first quarter tied the most it has scored in an opening frame this season (Miami, 14).
-RS senior running back Dorian Brown scored a touchdown with six-seconds in the second quarter, it was his seventh of the season.
-RS junior wide receiver Papi White tied his career-high with six receptions, he finished with 68 yards receiving and 38 yards rushing.
-Akron's touchdown with 4:13 left in the opening quarter was the first touchdown in the series for the Zips since the 2014 game (8:25, 3rd QTR).
-RS senior cornerback Bradd Ellis tied the Ohio single-season record with his 18th pass breakup of the season.
-RS sophomore Javon Hagan had 14 tackles, a career-high. He also had eight solo stops, which tied his previous career high.
-RS senior defensive end Kevin Robbins finished the game with three tackles for loss, a career-high.
-Akron finished the game with 322 passing yards, it was the most against Ohio this season.
-RS senior running back Dorian Brown had a season-long 36-yard kickoff return. Brown finished the game with 69 kickoff return yards.
-RS sophomore kicker Louie Zervos drilled both of his field goal attempts, 19 and 46-yards. Zervos was also 4-4 on PAT.
Nov. 3, 2016, OHIO vs. BUFFALO
- RS SO Papi White opened the game with a 73-yard touchdown reception on a career-long pass from RS FR Quinton Maxwell.
- SR Tarell Basham tied the Ohio record for most sacks in a season (9) when he sacked Tyree Jackson late in the third quarter.
- Ohio recorded 91-yards in the first quarter
- RS SO Papi White recorded 86 receiving yards in the first quarter
- Maxwell connected with SR Sebastian Smith for 33-yard reception to start the second quarter.
- RS SO Maleek Irons recorded a touchdown 2:30 into the second quarter
- Maxwell's 36-yard pass to Elijah Ball was a career-long for Ball. Ball also recorded his second career touchdown.
- Maxwell was 13-23 with 236 yards and two touchdowns, a career high in yardage.
- Ohio was 5-8 in scoring drives in the first half
- Maxwell recorded his first career rushing touchdown with 9:16 left in the game.
- FR DL Knock played his first career game for the Bobcats, finishing the game with five carries for 10 yards
- RS SO Papi White recorded 115 all-purpose yards, including 113 yards receiving, which marked the second time this season White had eclipsed 100-yards receiving.
- RS JR Cleon Aloese recorded a big solo tackle on Jordan Jackson in the opening minutes of the game.
- RS SR Kurt Laseak recorded his third sack of the season.
- RS FR Javon Hagan intercepted a pass from Tyree Jackson on Buffalo's second drive and returned it for 60-yards. It was a career-high return from Hagan and the longest interception return for the Bobcats.
- RS JR Brad Ellis recorded his first forced-fumble of the season; RS JR Cody Grilliot recovered the fumble, also a first for him.
- Ohio sacked Buffalo six times throughout the game.
- SR Tarell Basham recorded two QB hurries.
- RS SR Toran Davis recorded a career-high eight solo tackles
- RS SR Blair Brown recorded 11 total tackles, five solo, two sacks, two tackles for loss.
- RS FR Louie Zervos recorded a career long FG (51-yards). FG was 10th longest FG in Ohio History.
- RS FR Michael Farkas recorded six punts for 235-yards. His longest punt was 45-yards with four inside the 20.
Ohio has had at least one 100-yard rusher in eight games this season. RS junior running back A.J. Ouellete has had four games - Kansas (102), EMU (145), UMass (125) and Bowling Green (123). Sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke has hit 100-yards rushing five times UMass (113), CMU (105), Bowling Green (143), Toledo (115) and Akron (165). RS senior running back Dorian Brown rushed for over 100 twice Kent State (108) and Toledo (142). Ohio has also had three receiving performances above 100-yards with RS junior wide receiver Papi White racking up 103 at Purdue and RS senior wide receiver Brendan Cope picking up 104 against Kansas and 126 against UMass.
Ohio's rushing defense ranks second in the MAC and has held opponents to 116.5 yards per game and nine rushing touchdowns which ranks 13th nationally. Ohio has held its opponents to under 70-yards rushing four times this season. Hampton had 47, EMU had 45, Central Michigan had 68 and Toledo had 53. Opponents are averaging just 3.5 yards per carry against the Bobcats.
RECORD BOOK FOR POLING
Ohio RS senior linebacker Quentin Poling has set two career records this season setting new marks with 216 solo tackles and 44.0 tackles for loss. Polling ranks 10th on the career tackle chart (367) and needs 21 more to move into ninth.
RECORD BOOK FOR ROURKE
Ohio sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke tied the Ohio single-season record with 19 rushing touchdowns by scoring two against Akron. Rourke needs four more touchdowns to move into a tie with Tyler Tettleton with 38 touchdowns responsible for.
FINDING THE ENDZONE
Ohio sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke has made a habit of finding the end zone with 17 rushing touchdowns and 14 passing TDs this season. Rourke leads the MAC in scoring touchdowns averaging 10.2 points per game. Rourke has rushed for three touchdowns on three different occasions this season including accounting for all six TDs against Miami. He ranks seventh in the NCAA in TDs responsible for (31).
300-PLUS YARDS RUSHING
Ohio has broken the 300-yard rushing barrier three times this season including hitting a season-high of 393 rushing yards against Toledo. 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 248.9 rushing yards per game, which ranks second in the Mid-American Conference and 14th in the NCAA.
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)*
T2. Central Michigan - 4 years (2014-2017)*
T2. Western Michigan - 4 years ( 2014-2017)*
*Bowl Eligible this year
Ohio RS junior running back A.J. Ouellette is on pace to be the Bobcats first 1,000 yard rusher since Beau Blankenship in 2012 (1,604). Ouellette has 897 yards rushing so far this season and is averaging 89.7 yards per game, which ranks third in the MAC. Ouellette has already eclipsed his best rushing season to date, when he rushed for 804 yards a true freshman.
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 11 games at corner for the Bobcats. Ellis ranks second in the country and leads the MAC with 20 passes defended (breakups + interceptions) while Fox is sixth in the MAC with 11 passes defended. Ellis has made two pick sixes this season while Fox has two picks for 38 yards returned.
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.
Buffalo is 5-6 overall with a 3-4 record in MAC play. Buffalo has win its last two games with a 38-28 win over Buffalo and a 40-24 win at Ball State. Buffalo is 3-2 at home this season with a 1-2 home MAC record.
Buffalo is averaging 439.4 yards of total offense per game including 290.5 through the air and 148.8 on the ground. Buffalo is averaging 28.3 points per game. Sophomore quarterback Tyree Jackson has played in seven games this season and has gone 124-207 for 1,802 yards passing with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. Jackson has also had 45 rushes for 127 yards. Sophomore Emmanuel Reed has 181 rushes for 777 yards with eight touchdowns. RS junior WR Anthony Johnson leads the MAC with 70 receptions and 1,201 yards with 12 receiving touchdowns.
Buffalo has given up 31.4 points per game and 473.6 yards of total offense to its opponents. The Bulls are allowing 336.3 yards passing and 137.3 yards rushing to its opposition. Junior linebacker Khalil Hodge leads the Bulls with 141 total tackles, which also leads the MAC. He is averaging 12.8 tackles per game and has three sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss with two forced fumbles. Senior safety Ryan Williamson is second on the squad with 70 tackles. He also leads the team with three interceptions.
The Bobcats snapped a four-game winning streak with a 37-34 loss at Akron last week. The Bobcats are 8-3 with a 5-2 MAC record.
Ohio is averaging 40.3 points per game, which leads the MAC and Ohio's 431.5 per game total offense ranks second in the league. Ohio is averaging 251.9 yards on the ground and 179.6 through the air. Redshirt junior running back A.J. Ouellette leads Ohio's rushing attack with 971 yards per game and seven touchdowns. Ouellette is averaging 5.3 yards per carry which ranks second in the league. Sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke has gone 134-244 for 1,753 yards with 14 passing touchdowns, 19 rushing touchdowns and six interceptions. Rourke's rushing touchdown total ranks second in the country and leads the MAC. RS senior wide receiver Brendan Cope is leading the team with 35 catches averaging 14.1 per reception and has 494 yards and four receiving touchdowns.
Ohio is holding its opposition to 25.3 points per game and 375.3 yards of total offense per game including 116.5 on the ground and 258.8 through the air. Redshirt senior linebacker Quentin Poling leads the Bobcats with 99 tackles and 44 solo stops so far this season. Poling has 11.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks on the season with three forced fumbles. RS sophomore safety Javon Hagan is second on he team with 71 tackles including 36 solo stops. Hagan has five pass breakups, a fumble recovery and an interception. Ellis has 18 pass breakups and two interceptions while Fox has nine pass breakups with one interception.
AN OHIO WIN WOULD...
-Give head coach Frank Solich his 97th win at Ohio (97-70) and 155th career win (155-89)
-Capture a tie for the MAC East Championship
-Move Ohio to 15-9 all-time against Buffalo.
-Give Ohio nine regular season wins under Solich for the fifth time.
-Move Ohio to 6-2 in MAC play
IN THE RED ZONE
Ohio has been very successful this season in the red zone scoring on 52 of its 56 trips (93%) inside the 20, including 45 touchdowns (80%). That percentage sits atop the Mid-American Conference and ranks the Bobcats 13th nationally, with Georgia and Arizona leading the country averaging 97.3-percent. 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 48 punts for 1,948 yards and has pinned 18 punts inside the 20-yardline with 19 fair catches and just two 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.