Aug. 27, 2014
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FIRST AND 10
-Ohio faces off against Kent State on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Dix Stadium.
-Ohio's season-opening matchup with Kent State marks the 120th season of Bobcat football.
-Saturday evening's game will air on ESPN3. Ohio had had all of its games aired on television for the first time ever last season. Since 2006, Ohio has made 64 appearances on the ESPN Family of Networks.
-The game also can be heard live on the Ohio IMG Sports Radio Network. "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein
, Rob Cornelius will have the call. Network coverage begins at 5 p.m.
-The Bobcats were picked to finish third in the East Division of the Mid-American Conference at the league's preseason media day in Detroit.
-Ohio is one of only two current schools in the MAC that have played in five straight bowl games.
-The Bobcats are also one of just 21 schools in the country that have played in five straight bowl games.
-Ohio features a defensive unit that returns eight starters from last year's squad.
-The Bobcats' 62 wins since the start of the 2006 campaign are the most of any team in the MAC East Division during that stretch.
-In each of the last four seasons, Ohio has scored 350 points-or-more.
-Ohio recorded 36 sacks a year ago. The `Cats 36 sacks rank No. 2 on the all-time single season record list. Ohio returns all four starters from its defensive line unit.
A WIN OVER KENT STATE WOULD...
-Hand Ohio its fourth season-opening victory in the last five years. The Bobcats are 5-4 in season openers under head coach Frank Solich.
-Give Ohio its first win at Kent State since 2008.
-Mark the fourth-consecutive season in which Ohio has won its league opener.
-Hand head coach Frank Solich his 125th career victory. It would also hand him his 67th career win at Ohio and move him into sixth-place on the all-time MAC coaching wins list, surpassing former Kent State coach Trevor Rees.
-Improve Solich's career record to 41-18 in the month of September.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK - Frank Solich
"I believe our team is anxious to get the season started. They've been a team that's been enjoyable to work with from spring ball to summer conditioning through fall camp."
OHIO - KENT STATE SERIES HISTORY
Ohio and Kent State will meet for the 67th time on Saturday, Aug. 30. The Flashes have won four of the last five meetings. The first meeting came in 1936 with the Bobcats earning a 6-0 victory at home. The last meeting occured last season in Athens with the Bobcats falling 44-13.
SCOUTING KENT STATE
Kent State enters its matchup with Ohio in the hopes of improving upon last year's 4-8 record under first year head coach Paul Haynes. The Flashes were picked to finish fifth in the MAC East Division. KSU returns a total of 14 starters, including quarterback Colin Reardon and running back Trayion Durham. Both Reardon and Durham accounted for 20 touchdowns last season. Defensively, Matt Dellinger returns to the lineup after he tied for the team lead with 78 tackles a year ago.
@OhioFootball Tweetables (140 Characters Or Less)
-@OhioFootball head coach Frank Solich has a career record of 40-18 in the month of September #startingstrong.
-The @OhioFootball team is one of just 21 schools in the country that have played in five straight bowl games #consistency.
-In each of the last four seasons, Ohio has scored 350 points-or-more #MACtion.
-Ohio is the only the team in FBS that has kept the same head coach, offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator for the past 9 seasons.
-In the last 40 years, @OhioFootball has been to eight bowls. Six of those bowl trips have come during Frank Solich's 9 years at Ohio.
-Ohio recorded 36 sacks a year ago. The `Cats 36 sacks rank No. 2 on the all-time single season record list.
-The Bobcats' 62 wins since the start of the 2006 campaign are the most of any team in the MAC East Division during that stretch #MACtion.
-In 30 career games with the Green and White, @OhioFootball WR Chase Cochran has hauled in 12 passes of 40 yards or more #cantcatchcochran.
-DE Tarell Basham tallied 7.5 sacks a year ago and was selected as a FWAA Freshman All-American #BewareOfBasham.