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Ohio Football vs. Ball State | Post Game Notes

Ohio Football vs. Ball State | Post Game Notes

Ohio vs. Ball State | Post Game Notes 

Final Score: Ohio 52, Ball State 14
Location: Athens, Ohio (Peden Stadium)
Records: Ohio: 5-3 (3-1 MAC), Ball State (3-6, 2-3 MAC)
Ohio Captains: Nathan Rourke, Kylan Nelson, Evan Croutch, Kent Berger 
Weather: Temperature: 47 • Wind: NE 2 MPH • Conditions: Cloudy
Attendance: 13,774 

OVERALL
- Fourteenth-year head coach Frank Solich is now 102-74 all-time at Ohio and 160-93 in his career.
- Solich is now 67-41 all-time in Mid-American Conference games.
- Solich is now 4-2 all-time against Ball State
- Ohio is now 10-15 all-time against Ball State 

OFFENSE
- The Bobcats were shutout in the first quarter for the first time this season. 
- Redshirt senior running back Maleek Irons' (Chilliwack, British Columbia) touchdown in the second quarter was his fifth of the season. 
- Redshirt senior wide receiver A.J. Ouellette's (Covington, Ohio) touchdown in the second quarter was his sixth rushing touchdown of the season. 
- Ouellette added his second touchdown of the game in the third quarter, tying his single season career high with seven. 
- Junior quarterback Nathan Rourke (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) rushed for his first touchdown in the second quarter. He then added another one on the opening drive of the third quarter, it is his first multi-rushing touchdown game of the season and the ninth of his career. 
- Redshirt senior Andrew Meyer (Canal Winchester, Ohio) scored his third touchdown of the season and his third in four games. 
- The Ohio offense scored 31 points in the second quarter, a season high for points in a quarter for the Bobcats. 
- It's the third time this season that the Bobcats have scored at least 30 points in the first half. 
- The Bobcats finished the night with 411 rushing yards. It was Ohio's first 400-plus yard rushing game since 2005, also against Ball State. 
- It was also the eighth most rushing yards in a game. 
- Ohio's six rushing touchdowns in a game is the most since 1997 against Eastern Michigan. 
- The Bobcats recorded 554 total yards of offense, it is the second-straight game that the Bobcats have registered 500-plus yards in a game (Bowling Green, Oct. 20).
- Redshirt freshman running back Jake Neatherton (Miamisburg, Ohio) recorded a career-high 38 yards on 10 carries. 
- Ouellette finished the game with 135 rushing yards, a season-high, on 13 carries. He also added two touchdowns to the mix. Ouellette's longest run was for 44 yards. 
- Irons finished the game with 102 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns. It is Irons' third multi-rushing touchdown game of the season. 
- Rourke added 77 yards and two rushing touchdowns on eight carries. 
- Rourke went 11-of-19 passing for 127 yards and one touchdown. 
- On the receiving end, Meyer led the team with 50 yards on four catches.  

DEFENSE
- The Bobcats defense held Ball State scoreless in the second quarter. 
- Sophomore cornerback Marlin Brook's (Miami, Fla.) forced his second fumble of the season in the second quarter. 
- Redshirt sophomore linebacker Dylan Conner (Fort Wayne, Ind.) recovered his first fumble of the season in the second quarter. 
- Redshirt junior wide receiver DL Knock (Springboro, Ohio) recovered his first fumble of the season at the end of the second quarter. 
- Redshirt sophomore linebacker Jared Dorsa (Kings Mills, Ohio) recorded his first career interception in the third quarter. 
- The Bobcat defense shutout the Cardinals in the third quarter, which is the third-straight scoreless third quarter for the Bobcats, and the fourth this season. 
- The Ohio defense held Ball State to 80 rushing yards, the second-lowest amount this season. 
- The Ohio defense held the Cardinals to 242 total yards, the lowest amount of yards the defense has allowed this season. 
- Redshirt sophomore cornerback Iiyaas Motley (Centerville, Ohio / Centerville) recorded his first career sack. 
- The Bobcats allowed one Ball State first down through the second and third quarter.  

SPECIAL TEAMS
- Redshirt junior kicker Louie Zervos' (Tarpon Springs, Fla.) field goal in the second quarter was his first since UMass on Sept. 29. 
- Zervos hit a 23-yard field goal.
- Redshirt junior punter Michael Farkas (Mishawaka, Ind.) recorded one punt for 43 yards. It is the second-straight game that Farkas has only registered one punt. 
- Farkas recorded nine kickoffs for 454 total yards, with an average of 50.4 yards per kickoff.  

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