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OHIOBOBCATS.COM Ben Russell leads the Bobcats with 28 tackles.
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Ben Russell leads the Bobcats with 28 tackles.
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Sept. 18, 2013

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FIRST AND 10
-Ohio welcomes Austin Peay to Peden Stadium on Saturday for a 2 p.m. kickoff. The game marks Ohio's third straight home game this season. -Saturday afternoon's game will be aired on ESPN3. Ohio has had its last 12 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 1 p.m.
-The Bobcats enter week four after defeating Marshall 34-31 in their annual Battle for the Bell matchup. The win over the Thundering Herd was Ohio's third-consecutive victory over Marshall. -Ohio's win over the Marshall last weekend improved the Bobcats' record to 21-5 at home dating back to the start of the 2009 season.

A WIN OVER AUSTIN PEAY WOULD...
-Mark the Bobcats' third-consecutive win.
-Give the Bobcats' their 18th win in their last 24 games dating back to the 2011 season.
-Hand head coach Frank Solich his 120th career win. It would also hand him his 62nd career win at Ohio and move him into an eighth-place tie with former MAC coaches Al Molde (Western Michigan) and Joe Novak (NIU). Solich currently ranks 10th on the all-time MAC wins list.
-Improve Ohio's record at home to 22-5 dating back to the start of the 2009 season.
-Hand quarterback Tyler Tettleton his 22nd win as a starter. Tettleton currently owns a 21-9 mark since taking over as the Bobcats' starting quarterback in 2011.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
-Quarterback Tyler Tettleton is just one touchdown pass shy of collecting his 50th career touchdown pass.
-Tettleton needs just 81 yards passing to reach 7,000 yards for his career.
-Senior safety Xavier Hughes will look to force his fourth turnover on the year. Hughes has tallied a pick in the Bobcats' first two games this season and last week he forced a fumble.
-Blankenship will be in search of his fourth 100-yard game in his last seven contests. In 2012, he surpassed 100 yards rushing in a school-record nine games.
-Senior punt returner Travis Carrie needs just 46 yards to pass former Bobcat Courtney Burton for seventh on the all-time career punt return list. Carrie has 476 career punt return yards.
-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 18 yards shy of passing former Bobcat Courtney Burton for eighth all-time on the Ohio career receiving list.

OHIO - AUSTIN PEAY SERIES HISTORY
Ohio and Austin Peay will meet for the first time in school history on Saturday.

SCOUTING AUSTIN PEAY
Austin Peay enters Saturday afternoon's game in the hopes of snapping its three-game losing streak. The Governors opened the year facing three in-state foes in Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Chattanooga. In those three games, the Governors lost by a combined total of 125-13. Austin Peay is coached by first-year sideline boss Kirby Cannon. The Governors' offense ranks last in the Ohio Valley Conference in four offensive categories.

LAST TIME OUT
-Ohio's win over Marshall marks the third-consecutive victory over the Thundering Herd. The Bobcats had not defeated Marshall in three-straight seasons since the 1978, 1979 and 1980 seasons.
-The win also keeps "The Bell" in Athens for the third-consecutive season.
-The Bobcats have now won 18 of their last 24 games dating back to the 2011 season.
-With the win, Ohio head coach Frank Solich picked up his 61st career victory at Ohio, moving him past former MAC coaches Paul Schudel (Ball State) and Gary Blackney (Bowling Green) for 10th all-time in league history.
-The win improved Ohio's home record to 21-5 dating back to the start of the 2009 season.
-The 24,836 fans in attendance marked the third largest crowd in Peden history.
-Senior quarterback Tyler Tettleton finished the game going 25-for-38 through the air for 266 yards and one touchdown pass.
-Tettleton has posted a 21-9 mark since taking over as the Bobcats' starting quarterback in 2011.
-Senior running back Beau Blankenship scored two touchdowns on the night. He has now tallied 21 career touchdowns.
-Senior wide receiver Matt Waters posted a pair of career-highs in receptions (6) and yards (83).
-Ohio's defensive unit forced three turnovers. In total, Marshall turned the ball over four times.
-Redshirt sophomore Devin Bass totaled 11 tackles on the night and had an interception. He also had four pass breakups.