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OHIOBOBCATS.COM Jordan Thompson
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Jordan Thompson
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Sept. 20, 2012

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FIRST AND 10
-Ohio welcomes Norfolk State to Peden Stadium on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN3.
-Ohio is receiving votes in both the AP and USA Today Polls.
-The Bobcats enter the game with Norfolk State as the only undefeated team in the Mid-American Conference. Ohio is one of only 31 undefeated teams at the FBS level.
-Ohio defeated Marshall 27-24 in the Battle of the Bell of the Bell last Saturday at Joan C Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W. Va.
-The Bobcats' win over the Herd last week gives Ohio its ninth win in the last 10 games dating back to last season.
-Ohio's victory over Marshall marked the Bobcats' second straight win over the Herd. The last time Ohio posted back-to-back wins over Marshall came after the 1979 and 1980 seasons.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
-A win over Norfolk State would mark the `Cats first 4-0 start since 1976.
-Ohio has only opened a season 4-0 15 times in school history.
-A win over the Spartans would give the Bobcats their fourth straight victory at Peden Stadium dating back to last season.
-A win over Norfolk State would mark the Bobcats 10th win in their last 11 games dating back to last season.
-Junior captain Tyler Tettleton needs just four touchdown passes to become the school's all-time leader in career touchdown passes.
-Tettleton is just 235 passing yards shy of cracking into the school's all-time top three in career passing yards.
-Tettleton is just 10 completions shy of cracking into the school's all-time top three in career completions.
-Tettleton is also just 55 yards shy of becoming just the fifth individual in school history to collect 5,000 yards-or more of career total offense.
-Junior Beau Blankenship will look to become the first Ohio running back to rush for 100-yards or more in four straight games since Kalvin McRae did so in 2007.

OHIO - NORFOLK STATE SERIES HISTORY
Ohio and Norfolk State will meet for the first time in school history on Saturday at Peden Stadium.

SCOUTING NORFOLK STATE
The Spartans (2-1) enter Saturday's game after dropping a heartbreaking 37-36 decision in overtime to Howard last weekend at home. Howard blocked NSU's potential game-tying extra point to earn the victory. Norfolk State opened the year with a convincing 24-0 victory over Virginia State and then claimed a 31-24 triumph at Liberty the following weekend to move to 2-0. The Spartans come into the game averaging 30.3 points per game. Quarterback Nico Flores has completed over 60 percent of his passes for 542 yards and four touchdowns, while running back Brendon Riddick leads the squad with 260 yards rushing (6.5 yards per carry). Defensively, NSU has recorded 11 sacks and has limited its opponent to just 3.8 yards per play. Terrence Pugh leads the team with 22 tackles.

FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT LAST WEEK
-The Bobcats win at Marshall is Ohio's first win in Huntington since 1977.
-Ohio's 16-play scoring drive in the second quarter was its longest of the year in terms of plays. The Bobcats 96-yard scoring drive in the second quarter was the longest in terms of yards.
-The Herd's third quarter touchdown marked the first time Ohio had given up a second half offensive touchdown all season.
-The 33,436 fans at Joan C. Edwards Stadium is the sixth largest crowd in Marshall Football history.
-Tettleton has now thrown three or more touchdowns in five games throughout his career.