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OHIOBOBCATS.COM Junior wide receiver Donte Foster has scored touchdowns in back-to-back games.
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Junior wide receiver Donte Foster has scored touchdowns in back-to-back games.
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Sept. 12, 2012

The Last Meeting
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September 17, 2011
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Ohio Defeats Marshall 44-7 To Claim Bell
Sophomore Tyler Tettleton threw for a career-high 285 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Ohio University football team (3-0) to a convincing 44-7 victory over Marshall Saturday night at Peden Stadium.

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FIRST AND 10
-Ohio travels to Marshall on Saturday for the Battle of the Bell. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m.
-The winner of Saturday's contest will receive the Bell Trophy.
-The Bobcats enter the game with Marshall as the only undefeated team in the Mid-American Conference.
-Ohio defeated New Mexico State 51-24 in the `Cats home-opener last Saturday at Peden Stadium.
-The Bobcats' win over the Aggies last week gives Ohio its eighth win in the last nine games dating back to last season.
-Ohio's victory over New Mexico State marked the Bobcats' third straight win over a team from Western Athletic Conference (WAC).

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
-A win over Marshall would mark the `Cats first 2-0 start on the road since 1976.
-A win over Marshall would improve the Bobcats' mark to 3-0 on the year, which would mark the second straight year Ohio has opened a season with three-consecutive wins.
-The last time Ohio, posted three straight wins to open a season in back-to-back years was in 1967 and 1968.
-A win over Marshall would mark the Bobcats ninth win in their last 10 games dating back to last season.
-Junior captain Tyler Tettleton needs nine completions to crack into the school's all-time top five for career completions.
-Tettleton is also just 237 yards shy of cracking into the school's all-time top five for career total offense.
-A win over the Herd would the Bobcats their second straight win over Marshall. The last time Ohio defeated Marshall in back-to-back seasons was in 1979 and 1980.
-The Bobcats will look to capture their seventh win in their last eight meetings against non-conference opponents.

OHIO VS. MARSHALL SERIES HISTORY
Ohio and Marshall will meet for the 56th time in school history on Saturday in the Battle for the Bell. Ohio leads the all-time series 30-19-6, but Marshall has won eight of the last 10 games. In last year's meeting, Ohio defeated Marshall 44-7 inside Peden Stadium as it debuted its all black uniforms to earn its first victory over the Thundering Herd since 2000.

SCOUTING MARSHALL
The Herd enters Saturday's game against the Bobcats after it posted a convincing 52-24 victory over Western Carolina. Marshall has racked up 615 (Western Carolina) and 545 (West Virginia) yards, respectively. The Herd lead Conference USA in three major offensive categories, including passing offense, total offense and scoring. Sophomore quarterback Rakeem Cato has passed for 790 yards and five touchdowns in two games this season. Cato's top receiver is Aaron Dobson, who has caught 11 passes for 153 yards. Defensively, Marshall is led by Dominick LeGrande, who leads the team with 20 tackles.

FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT LAST WEEK
-Ohio's home-opener against New Mexico State drew a stadium record crowd of 25,893 fans.
-The Bobcats' 51-point output against New Mexico State marks the first time since 2008 in which Ohio has posted 50-or-more points.
-Senior kicker Matt Weller scored 15 points on the night to become the Bobcats' all-time leading scorer, surpassing Kareem Wilson (1995-98). Weller now has 308 career points.
-Ohio outscored New Mexico State 31-10 in the second half. In the third quarter alone, Ohio held the Aggies to just 16 total yards. The Bobcats finished the third quarter with 161 yards.
-The Bobcats registered six sacks. The last time Ohio's defense recorded five-or-more sacks was against Miami in 2011.