Sept. 15, 2011
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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University football team (2-0) will be search of their first 3-0 start to a season since 1976 as the play host to Marshall University (1-1) Saturday at Peden Stadium. The Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and can seen on ESPN3.
Ohio will also be in search of its first 2-0 start at home since 2005 (head coach Frank Solich's first year).
The two teams will meet for the 55th time in the Battle For The Bell. Ohio holds the all-time series lead 29-19-6. In the last meeting, Marshall claimed a one-point victory in Huntington, W. Va., winning 24-23. The last Ohio win over Marshall came in the 2000 season finale where the Bobcats posted a 38-28 victory to finish with a 7-4 record.
Marshall enters Saturday night's game in the hopes of improving to 2-1 on the year. The Herd opened the year with a 34-13 setback at West Virginia, but rebounded last week with a 26-20 triumph over league foe Southern Miss.
The Herd trailed 17-10 at the half, but rallied back to outscore Southern Miss 16-3 in the second half to secure the win. Marshall held Southern Miss to just 39 rushing yards in the second half. The Herd is led by freshman quarterback Rakeem Cato, who owns a 66.7 percent completion percentage and has thrown for three touchdowns on the year.
Seniors George Carpenter and Vinny Curry lead the way for the Herd defensively. Carpenter leads the squad with 18 tackles, while Curry has a team-best 3.0 sacks on the year.
Saturday night's game can be heard live on the Citzens Bank Ohio IMG Sports Network with "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius calling all of the action. Airtime begins at 6 p.m. ET.