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Oct. 3, 2013

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The Last Meeting
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October 13, 2012
Athens, Ohio
Rushing Attack Leads Ohio past Akron, 34-28
Ohio Football improved to 7-0 Saturday afternoon for the first time since 1968 on the heels of a rushing attack that amassed 252 yards. Tyler Tettleton accounted for 254 total yards and three touchdowns as Ohio moved to 3-0 in Mid-American Conference play with a 34-28 victory over Akron.

FIRST AND 10
-Ohio travels to Akron is InfoCision Stadium - Summa Field on Saturday for a 2 p.m. kickoff with the Zips.
-This weekend’s contest will mark the start of Mid-American Conference play for the Bobcats.
-Saturday afternoon’s game will be aired on ESPN3.
-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 six of the college football season following its bye week. Two weeks ago, Ohio capped a three-game home stand with a 38-0 win over Austin Peay.
-Ohio’s win over Austin Peay two weeks ago improved the Bobcats’ record to 22-5 at home dating back to the start of the 2009 season.

A WIN OVER AKRON WOULD...
-Hand Ohio its sixth-consecutive win over the Zips.
-Give the Bobcats their third-consecutive win in a league opener.
-Mark the Bobcats’ fourth-consecutive win. It would also mark the fifth-consecutive season in which Ohio has posted a four-game winning streak.
-Give the Bobcats their 19th win in their last 25 games dating back to the 2011 season.
-Hand head coach Frank Solich his 121st career win. It would also hand him his 63rd career win at Ohio and move him into eighth-place on the all-time MAC coaching wins list.
-Hand quarterback Tyler Tettleton his 23rd win as a starter. Tettleton currently owns a 22-9 mark since taking over as the Bobcats’ starting quarterback in 2011.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
-Quarterback Tyler Tettleton needs just 38 yards passing to pass former Kent State quarterback Joshua Cribbs for 25th all-time on the MAC passing list.
-Tettleton is also just two touchdowns shy of passing former Eastern Michigan quarterback Charlie Batch for 22nd on the all-time MAC touchdown pass list.
-Senior safety Xavier Hughes will look to force his fourth turnover on the year. Hughes has forced a turnover in three of the Bobcats’ first four games this season.
-Senior punt returner Travis Carrie needs just 37 yards to pass former Bobcat Courtney Burton for seventh on the all-time career punt return list. Carrie has 485 career punt return yards.
-Wide receiver Donte’ Foster is just one touchdown shy of surpassing former Bobcat Todd Snyder for third on Ohio’s all-time receiving touchdown list.
-Foster also is just 39 yards shy of passing former Bobcat Bob Allen for seventh all-time on the Ohio career receiving yards list.

OHIO - AKRON SERIES HISTORY
Ohio and Akron will meet for the 30th time on Saturday. The Bobcats hold the all-time series lead at 16-12-1. The first time the two teams met was in 1912 with Akron earning a 27-0 victory over Ohio. The last meeting took place on Oct. 13, 2012 in Athens. In that contest, the Bobcats defeated the Zips 34-28. Ohio has defeated Akron in each of its last five meetings.

SCOUTING AKRON
The University of Akron comes into its weekend matchup with Ohio following a 31-14 setback at Bowling Green in its league opener. The Zips took a 14-3 lead over the Falcons in the first quarter, but were shutout in the second half. Offensively, the Zips own the league’s third-best passing attack, averaging 246.8 yards passing per game. As a team, the Zips’ offense averages 355.0 yards per game. Quarterback Kyle Pohl has completed 60.5 percent of his passes and has thrown for 1,072 yards on the year. Defensively, the Zips rank eighth in the league in points allowed.

LAST TIME OUT
-The Bobcats’ shutout of Austin Peay marked the first time Ohio has held an opponent scoreless since Sept. 25, 2004.
-Ohio’s meeting with Austin Peay was its first-ever matchup.
-The Bobcats improved to 22-5 at home dating back to the start of the 2009 season.
-With the win, Ohio captured its 18th win in their last 24 games dating back to the 2011 season.
-Ohio led 28-0 heading into the fourth quarter. The Bobcats improved to 52-7 all-time when leading after three quarters of play.
-The Bobcats’ 494 yards of total offense was a season best. Ohio held Austin Peay to 298 yards of total offense, which is the fewest yards the defensive unit has allowed all year.
-Head Coach Frank Solich collected his 120th career win and 62nd victory at Ohio. He is now tied for eighth all-time with former MAC coaches Al Molde (Western Michigan) and Joe Novak (NIU).
-Senior quarterback Tyler Tettleton finished the game, going 13-of-15 through the air for 213 yards and three touchdowns.
-Tettleton has now thrown three-or-more touchdowns in seven games throughout his career.
-With his 213 yards passing, Tettleton surpassed 7,000 yards passing for his career. He is the first player in school history to pass for more than 7,000 yards.
-Tettleton also picked up his 21st career win as a starter. He is now 21-9 all time as a starter.
-Senior wide receiver Matt Waters logged his first career touchdown in the first quarter. Waters finished the afternoon with four receptions for 55 yards.
-Senior wide receiver Donte’ Foster hauled in his first receiving touchdown of the year and the 15th of his career.
-Redshirt sophomore Daz’ Patterson rushed for a game-high 94 yards on just seven carries.