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HOMECOMING: Ohio Battles Akron on Saturday

Tyler Tettleton

Oct. 10, 2012

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The Last Meeting
October 22, 2011
Akron, Ohio
Ohio Rolls Over Akron 37-20
The Ohio football team (5-3; 2-2 MAC) got back to its winning ways on Saturday, earning a 37-20 victory over the Akron Zips.

-Ohio welcomes Akron on Saturday to Peden Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN3.
-The Bobcats are 6-0 for the first time since 1968.
-Ohio is receiving votes in both the AP and USA Today Polls.
-The Bobcats enter the game with Akron as the only undefeated team in the Mid-American Conference. Ohio is also one of only 15 undefeated teams at the FBS level.
-Ohio became bowl eligible for the sixth time in the last eight years following its 38-31 win over Buffalo this past Saturday.
-Ohio is one of only three teams in the country to be bowl eligible.
-The Bobcats' win over Buffalo last week gives Ohio its 12th win in the last 13 games dating back to last season.

-A win over Akron would mark the `Cats first 7-0 start since 1968.
-A win over Akron would mark just the seventh time in school history Ohio has opened a season 7-0.
-A win over Akron would mark the Bobcats 13th win in their last 14 games dating back to last season.
-A win over Akron would mark just the third time in the last 20 years in which Ohio has opened league play at 3-0.
-Place kicker Matt Weller is just eight points shy of passing former Toledo running back Chester Taylor for fourth all-time on the MAC career scoring list.
-Junior captain Tyler Tettleton needs just one touchdown pass to become the school's all-time leader in career touchdown passes.
-Junior running back Beau Blankenship is just 155 yards shy of becoming the eighth individual in school history to rush for 1,000 yards or more in a single season.
-Wide receiver Donte Foster is just two touchdowns shy of cracking into the all-time top five for career touchdown receptions. He is currently tied for ninth all-time with 10 career receiving touchdowns.

Ohio and Akron will meet for the 29th time on Saturday. The Bobcats hold the all-time series lead at 15-12-1. 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. 22, 2011 in Akron. In that contest, the Bobcats defeated the Zips 37-20. Ohio has defeated Akron in each of its last four meetings.

The Zips (1-5; 0-2) enter the game after dropping a 24-10 decision at home to Bowling Green. Akron's lone win of the season came against Morgan State. As a team, Akron features the league's top passing attack, averaging 339.5 yards per game. Davey O'Brien Award Semifinalist Dalton Williams has averaged 317.8 passing yards per game and has thrown for a league-best 15 touchdowns. Defensively, Akron has ranks ninth in total defense, allowing 472.8 yards per game. The Zips hung tough against Tennessee on the road as they trailed by just seven points, heading into the fourth quarter. Akron also put up 49 points against Miami and held a 49-48 lead over the Redhawks late in the fourth quarter, but Miami would rally back to win 56-49. The Zips also dropped a close one at FIU, falling 41-38 in overtime.

-Ohio's win over Buffalo improved the Bobcats' record to 6-0 on the year as they became the first team at the FBS level to become bowl eligible.
-Ohio's win over Buffalo marks the fourth straight year and the sixth time overall in the Frank Solich era in which the `Cats have been bowl eligible.
-Ohio has outscored its opponent 133-65 in its first three home games this season.
-The attendance of 20,044 marks the third straight game this season in which Ohio has had an attendance of 20,000-fans or more.
-Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton posted a game-high 183 yards passing. Tettleton's 15-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Futrell gave him 38 for his career, which tied him with Boo Jackson for first all-time at Ohio.