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'Cats and Herd Battle For The Bell on Saturday

Chase Cochran

Sept. 12, 2013

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The Last Meeting
September 15, 2012
Huntington, W. Va.
Bobcats Edge Herd in Huntington Shootout, 27-24
In a down-to-the-wire finish at Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Ohio Football improved to 3-0 on the season with a 27-24 victory over the Marshall Thundering Herd. A Matt Weller field goal with 97 seconds left put the `Cats ahead for good and a late Jelani Woseley interception sealed the victory.

-Ohio welcomes Marshall to Peden Stadium for the annual Battle for the Bell matchup.
-Saturday night's game will be aired on ESPNews. Ohio has had its last 11 home games aired on television.
-The game also can be heard live on the Ohio IMG Sports Radio Network. "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein, Rob Cornelius and Grant Burkhardt will have the call. Network coverage begins at 7 p.m.
-The Bobcats enter week three after defeating North Texas 27-21 in their home-opener. The win over the Mean Green was Ohio's fourth-consecutive win in a home opener.
-Ohio's win over the Mean Green last weekend improved the Bobcats' record to 20-5 at home dating back to the start of the 2009 season.

-Mark the Bobcats' third-consecutive win over Marshall. Ohio has not defeated Marshall in three straight games since the 1978, 79 and 80 seasons.
-Give the Bobcats' their 17th win in their last 23 games dating back to the 2011 season.
-Hand head coach Frank Solich his 61st career win at Ohio and move him past Paul Schudel (Ball State) and Gary Blackney (Bowling Green) for 10th all-time. Solich is currently tied for 10th with Schudel and Blackney.
-Improve Ohio's record at home to 21-5 dating back to the start of the 2009 season. -Hand quarterback Tyler Tettleton his 21st win as a starter. Tettleton currently owns a 20-9 mark since taking over as the Bobcats' starting quarterback in 2011.

-Quarterback Tyler Tettleton is just two touchdown passes shy of collecting his 50th career touchdown pass.
-Tettleton needs just 347 yards passing to reach 7,000 yards for his career.
-Senior safety Xavier Hughes will be in search of his third interception on the year. Hughes has tallied a pick in the Bobcats' first two games this season.
-Running back Beau Blankenship is just one score shy of collecting his 20th career touchdown.
-Blankenship will be in search of his fourth 100-yard game in his last six contests. 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.
-Foster also is just 11 yards shy of cracking into Ohio's all-time career receiving yards top 10 list.

Ohio and Marshall will meet for the 57th time in school history on Saturday. Ohio leads the all-time series, 31-19-6. Since the two team began playing for the Bell Trophy, the Herd owns a 9-3 overall series lead. Marshall won the first all-time meeting back in 1905, defeating Ohio 6-5. In the last meeting, Ohio rallied back from a 24-17 fourth quarter deficit to pick up its second-straight win over the Thundering Herd.

Marshall enters Saturday night's contest against Ohio with a 2-0 mark and has defeated its opponents by a combined 93 points. The Thundering Herd are coming off a 55-0 win over Gardner-Webb (Sept. 7). The Herd's shutout of the Runnin' Bulldogs marked the first time since 2003 (111 games) in which they shutout an opponent. The 2-0 start to the year marks the first time Marshall has opened the season unbeaten since 1999, when the Herd went undefeated. Redshirt sophomore Steward Butler leads the team in rushing, averaging 9.9 yards per carry. Junior quarterback Rakeem Cato has completed 61.3 percent of his passes and thrown six touchdowns and just one interception. Defensively, Neville Hewitt leads the Herd with 13 tackles. As a team, Marshall has tallied 7.0 sacks and four interceptions.

-Ohio defeated North Texas 27-21 in its home-opener.
-The 24,511 fans at Peden Stadium marked the fifth largest crowd in school history.
-Ohio's victory was its fourth-consecutive win in a season home opener.
-Frank Solich collected his 60th career win in his tenure at Ohio. With the win, he moves into 12th place on the MAC all-time career wins list.
-Ohio led 21-7 at the half. The Bobcats own a 48-7 record when leading at the half under Solich.
-The Bobcats outgained North Texas, 442-299.
-Quarterback Tyler Tettleton hit junior wide receiver Chase Cochran on the first play of the game for a 75-yard touchdown pass. The play tied for the 10th-longest pass play in school history.
-With the win, Tettleton improved to 20-9 for his career as a starter.
-Cochran finished with six receptions totaling 103 yards, increasing his consecutive three-game total to 313 yards, starting with last year's Independence Bowl victory over Louisiana-Monroe.
-Jovon Johnson's interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter was the Bobcats' first interception return for touchdown since Sept. 8, 2012 (Nathan Carpenter, New Mexico State).