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Bobcats Defeat Akron on Senior Day

Nov. 22, 2008

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ATHENS, Ohio - On Senior Day in Peden Stadium, senior tight end David Carter caught two touchdown passes, including the game-winning score, to help the Bobcats (3-8, 2-5 Mid-American Conference) defeat Akron (5-6, 3-4 MAC), 49-42.

Junior quarterback Boo Jackson threw a school-record five touchdown passes, giving him 16 for the year, the most in Ohio history in a single season. Junior wide receiver Taylor Price caught the other three scores, tying a school record for touchdown catches in a game. Price is now tied for 10th in the Ohio record books with eight career touchdown receptions.

The Bobcat special teams contributed two touchdowns on the night, with a 66-yard punt return for a score by sophomore LaVon Brazill and a 97-yard kickoff return by junior Chris Garrett. Brazill's touchdown was the first punt returned for a score since Garrett did so in 2006. Garrett's return was the third kickoff taken back for six on the season for Ohio. Garrett is now the only player in Bobcat history with two kick returns for a touchdown in his career.

Jackson finished the night 20-28 for 222 yards and the five touchdowns, along with 52 yards on the ground. Price totaled 100 yards receiving on eight catches, including the three touchdowns. Carter had three receptions for 30 yards, including the two scores. Sophomore linebacker Noah Keller led the defense with 13 tackles, while junior linebacker Lee Renfro notched 12 tackles, 1.5 for a loss. Ohio did not allow a sack in the game for the first time since 2007 against Toledo.

The Bobcats totaled 313 yards to Akron's 374. Zips junior quarterback Chris Jacquemain went 21-26 on the night for 235 yards and one touchdown. He also added his first-career rushing touchdown in the second quarter. Senior running back Dennis Kennedy scored four rushing touchdowns and notched 123 yards on the ground. He now holds the Akron school records for points in a season with 110 and rushing touchdowns in a single season with 17. Junior wide receiver Deryn Bowser led all receivers with 118 yards and a touchdown.

With the score knotted at 42 and two minutes to go, the Bobcats drove 74 yards in 10 plays, capped by a one-yard pass when Jackson found Carter in the back of the end zone to put Ohio ahead for good.

The Bobcats take the field for the final time this season on Friday, Nov. 28 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET.