Oct. 27, 2007
Final Stats | Notes
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Senior running back Kalvin McRae ran for 200 yards and scored three rushing touchdowns as the Bobcats defeated Bowling Green on Saturday night, 38-27, at Doyt L. Perry Stadium.
Ohio (3-5, 2-3 MAC) recorded more than 400 yards of total offense for the third-straight game and scored more than 21 points at Bowling Green (4-3, 2-2 MAC) for the first time since the 1976 season.
McRae (Decatur, Ga.) not only led the Bobcats to their first MAC East Division victory of the season, but established himself as Ohio's all-time leading rusher, surpassing Steveland Hookfin's mark of 3,972 on an eight-yard rush in the third quarter. McRae also became the first Ohio back to record three consecutive 1,000 yard seasons.
The senior running back scored the first touchdown of the game with a three-yard run with 11:14 left in the first quarter. McRae recorded his second score of the game a little less than seven minutes later when the 5-foot-11 back plunged into the end zone from one yard to give the Bobcats a 14-3 lead.
Bowling Green scored late in the first quarter on a 30-yard pass from quarterback Tyler Sheehan to receiver Freddie Barnes but McRae would soon answer with his third score of the game, a nine-yard burst with 11:42 remaining in the second quarter for a 21-10 Ohio lead.
The Falcons would close the lead to just one point following a field goal and a 12-yard run by Anthony Turner with 9:43 left in the first half.
In the third quarter it was the Bobcat defense that answered with a score of its own. Defensive lineman Kris Luchsinger (Dublin) intercepted a Sheehan pass and scampered 58 yards for the touchdown and a 28-20 lead with two minutes remaining in the third quarter. Luchsinger recorded three tackles, one for loss, while Taj Henley (Richmond, Va.) led all Ohio defenders with eight stops, one for loss, and a sack.
Theo Scott (Long Beach, Calif), who started the first game of his Ohio career, built up the Ohio lead further when the transfer quarterback hit Taylor Price on a 26-yard touchdown pass with 10:52 left in the game for a 35-20 Ohio lead. Scott finished the game with 166 yards on 12-of-16 passes with one touchdown and one interception.
Bowling Green stayed in the game with another long Sheehan touchdown pass, this time for 43 yards to Dan Macon to cut the Bobcat lead to eight with 5:53 remaining in the fourth quarter.
But a Michael Braunstein (Gilbert, Ariz.) field goal from 27-yards turned out to be the only other points scored in the game and Ohio defeated Bowling Green 38-27.
Ohio's next contest will be against MAC newcomer Temple under the lights on Friday night at Peden Stadium.
Joe Waltasti is an intern in the Ohio media relations office. He can be reached via email at Waltasti@ohio.edu and in the office at 740-593-0054.