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Bobcats Win Third Straight

Oct. 21, 2006

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Bobcat offense scored 42 points for the first time since the 2004 season as the Ohio football team won its third straight game, a 42-7 victory over Mid-American Conference foe Buffalo Saturday at Peden Stadium.

The 42-point outburst by the Bobcats was their highest total since a 42-14 win over VMI in the 2004 season-opener. Ohio's 223 yards on the ground was the team's second highest total of the season, behind only a 257-yard performance against Western Michigan.

Junior running back Kalvin McRae (Decatur, Ga.) had a big day as he ran for 109 yards on 17 carries with two touchdowns. McRae ran for more than 100 yards for the third week in a row and moved into eighth place in Bobcat history with 2,291 career rushing yards. McRae is now in sole possession of sixth place in the Ohio record books with 23 career total touchdowns and he is tied for sixth with 20 career rushing touchdowns.

Senior quarterback Austen Everson (Brentwood, Tenn.) finished the contest 11-of-17 for 112 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. The touchdown pass was the 17th of his career, good for a seventh-place tie in Bobcat history. Everson also ran six times for 19 yards and a score. Junior Brad Bower (Burr Ridge, Ill.) replaced Everson late in the game and went 3-for-3 for 35 yards and one touchdown.

Junior wide receiver Chido Nwokocha (Elk Grove, Calif.) caught four passes for 23 yards and also had a 53-yard rush play, the first rushing attempt of his career. Senior wide receiver William Norwood (Racine, Wis.) made two of his three catches on the day count for touchdowns as he finished with 16 receiving yards and two scores. McRae caught one pass for 25 yards.

The Bobcat defense limited Buffalo to just 171 yards of total offense and only 39 yards on the ground on 23 attempts. Ohio has held its opponents to under 200 yards of total offense four times in eight games this season. Juniors Landon Cohen (Spartanburg, S.C.) and Todd Koenig (Nanty-Glo, Pa.) and senior Michael Graham (Cincinnati, Ohio) each recorded five tackles on the day. Koenig recorded one sack and Cohen finished with half of a sack as the Bobcat defense played strong all game. Ohio finished with three sacks and seven tackles for a loss.

The Bobcats got on the board in their first possession of the game on a seven-yard touchdown run by McRae. The run capped off a six-play, 75-yard scoring drive that was highlighted by a 53-yard rushing play from Nwokocha. The carry was the first of his career and set up the score. Senior Matt Lasher (Copley, Ohio) was good on the point-after to give the Bobcats an early 7-0 lead.

Ohio extended its lead in the second quarter when Everson hooked up with Norwood from three yards out for the score. Lasher's kick was true to make the lead 14-0. The touchdown was the second of the season for Norwood.

McRae notched his second rushing touchdown of the game midway through the second quarter to build on the Bobcat lead. This time the junior running back broke through on the right side for 33 yards and his second score of the day. Lasher's third straight extra-point was good for a 21-0 lead.

Senior Voncarie Owens (Taylorsville, Miss.) got in the action late in the second quarter with his first rushing touchdown of the season. Owens found the endzone from one-yard out to extend Ohio's lead to 28-0 just before the half.

Buffalo got on the board midway through the third quarter when James Starks found the endzone from four yards out. Adam Tanalski hit the point-after to cut the Ohio lead to 28-7.

The Bobcats regained a four touchdown lead later in the third quarter when Everson ran it in from nine yards out. Lasher connected on his fifth point-after of the day for a 35-7 Ohio advantage.

The Bobcats finished the scoring late in the fourth quarter when Norwood hauled in his second touchdown reception of the game. Bower found Norwood in the corner of the endzone for Bower's first career touchdown pass as a Bobcat. Lasher again hit the point-after to finish the scoring at 42-7.

Ohio looks for its fourth straight win next Saturday when the Bobcats travel to Kent State for a 2:00 p.m. contest against the Golden Flashes.