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Ohio Football Opens Home Slate on Saturday

Beau Blankenship
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-Ohio welcomes New Mexico State to Peden Stadium on Saturday for its 2012 home-opener.
-Saturday's game will be aired on ESPN3.
-Ohio enters the game after defeating Penn State 24-14 last Saturday at Beaver Stadium.
-The Bobcats' win over the Nittany Lions gives Ohio its seventh win in the last eight games dating back to last season.
-Ohio's victory over Penn State marked the Bobcats' first win over a Big Ten opponent since its 2006 triumph over Illinois.
-The win also served as the Bobcats' first-ever victory over Penn State.

-A win over New Mexico State would give the Bobcats their second straight win over the Aggies and improve their mark to 2-0 on the year.
-A win over the Aggies would mark the fourth time in the Solich Era that the Bobcats have began a season 2-0.
-A win over New Mexico State would mark the third straight home-opening win for the Bobcats. It would also give the Bobcats their eighth win in their last nine games dating back to last season.
-Senior place kicker Matt Weller is just six points shy of becoming the school's all-time leading scorer.
-Junior captain Tyler Tettleton needs 24 completions to crack into the school's all-time top five for career completions.
-A win over the Aggies would move Ohio to 10-1 in its last 11 games at home.
-Ohio will look to improve to 5-2 all-time against teams from the Western Athletic Conference.
-The Bobcats will look to capture their sixth win in their last seven meetings against non-conference opponents.

Ohio and New Mexico State will meet for the second time in school history this Saturday. In 2011, the two teams met for the first time in school history with the Bobcats earning a convincing 44-24 victory at Aggie Memorial Stadium. In last year's meeting, Ohio never trailed and led by as many as 34 points. The Bobcats outgained the Aggies 452-368 and held New Mexico State to just six yards rushing.

New Mexico State opened the season last Thursday at home with a convincing 49-19 victory over Sacramento State. The Aggies' 49 points were the most points scored by any team in the WAC last week. Sophomore wide receiver Austin Franklin led the way for the Aggies as he racked up 236 receiving yards en route to earning WAC Player of the Week honors. Quarterback Andrew Manley passed for 367 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, the Aggies were led by Trashaun Nixon, who totaled a game-high 15 tackles.

-At the end of the first quarter, Penn State had outgained Ohio 173-52, but the `Cats responded over the next three quarters, outgaining the Nittany Lions 447-173.
-Ohio held the ball for 9:42 in the fourth quarter.
-Ohio's 14 play, 93-yard drive in the fourth quarter was longer than any scoring drive the Bobcats had in 2011 in term of yards.
-Quarterback Tyler Tettleton's two touchdown passes moved him into second place all-time. He needs just nine touchdown passes to become the school's all-time leader.
-Junior running back Beau Blankenship finished with a game-high 109 yards rushing. He also totaled a career-high 72 yards receiving.