Aug 29, 2013
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FIRST AND 10
The Last Meeting
November 14, 1959
-Ohio opens the 2013 season on Sunday as it travels to Louisville to take on the No. 9/9 ranked Cardinals.
-The Bobcats were picked to win the Mid-American Conference East Division crown for the second-consecutive season.
-Ohio enters the 2013 campaign after posting its second-consecutive bowl victory in the 2012 Advocare V100 Independence Bowl.
-The Bobcats will look to become bowl eligible for the sixth time in the last eight years.
-The Bobcats also will be in search of their fourth MAC East title under the direction of head coach Frank Solich
-Ohio returns 16 starters from last year's squad, including senior running back Beau Blankenship
, who rushed for a single season school record 1,604 yards.
-Quarterback Tyler Tettleton
also returns for his senior season after he passed for 2,844 yards, 18 touchdowns and had just four interceptions. He became the first Ohio signal-caller to throw for 2,500 yards in back-to-back seasons.
A WIN OVER LOUISVILLE WOULD...
-Mark the Bobcats' fourth-consecutive season-opening victory.
-Give the Bobcats' their 16th win in their last 21 games dating back to last season.
-Mark the Bobcats' first win over an American Athletic Conference opponent.
-Give head coach Frank Solich his 60th career win at Ohio, which would pass him by former Miami head coach Randy Walker and place him 12th on the MAC all-time career wins list.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
-Quarterback Tyler Tettleton needs just 227 yards passing to surpass 6,500 yards passing for his career. In 2012, Tettleton averaged 237 yards passing per game.
-Running back Beau Blankenship is just one score shy of collecting his 20th career touchdown.
-Blankenship will be in search of his fourth straight 100-yard plus rushing game. In 2012, he surpassed 100 yards rushing in a school-record nine games.
-Wide Receiver Donte Foster is just two touchdowns shy of surpassing former Bobcat Todd Snyder for third on Ohio's all-time receiving touchdown list.
-Cornerback Travis Carrie will make his first appearance at cornerback since the 2011 season. He missed the entire 2012 season with an injury. Prior to the 2012 season, Carrie was named to the Jim Thorpe Watch List.
OHIO - LOUISVILLE SERIES HISTORY
Ohio and Louisville will meet for the fifth time in school history on Sunday. The Bobcats all-time series with the Cardinals is tied at 2-2. The first time the two teams met was in 1956 with Louisville earning a 25-19 victory over Ohio. The last meeting took place in 1959 in Athens. In that contest, the Bobcats defeated the Cardinals 22-15 en route to a 7-2 season under former Ohio head coach Bill Hess.
The University of Louisville enters the 2013 season after posting one of the most successful seasons in school history. The Cardinals posted an 11-2 overall record and captured the Sugar Bowl title, defeating Florida. U of L also captured the 2012 Big East Championship. The Cardinals are led by quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the Big East's Offensive Player of the Year last year after he threw for 3,718 yards and 27 touchdowns. Defensively, the Cardinals lost just one starter from last year's squad that limited opponents to just 23.8 points per game. The Cardinals also return a pair of players that posted 100 tackles a year ago in linebacker Preston Brown and safety Calvin Pryor.