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FIRST AND 10
The Last Meeting
November 10, 2011
Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Ohio Runs through Central Michigan, 43-28
Ohio Football (7-3, 4-2 MAC) rushed its way to a 43-28 victory at Central Michigan Thursday night, solidifying its position atop the Mid-American Conference East Division. The Bobcat offense surpassed 500 total yards for the fouth time in 2011, thanks in large part to 309 total rushing yards.
-Ohio welcomes Central Michigan to Peden Stadium on Saturday for a 2 p.m. kickoff with the Chippewas.
-This weekend's contest will mark the Bobcats annual Homecoming Game.
-Saturday afternoon's game will be aired on Time Warner Cable and 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 this week's game following a convincing 43-3 victory over Akron in their league opener.
-Ohio has outscored its last two opponents by a count of 81-3.
A WIN OVER CENTRAL MICHIGAN WOULD...
-Get Ohio's all-time football record back to .500.
-Hand Ohio its fifth-consecutive win. It would also mark the fourth-consecutive season in which Ohio has posted a five-game winning streak.
-Give the Bobcats their second-consecutive win over Central Michigan.
-Move the Bobcats to 4-0 at home this season.
-Improve Ohio's record at home to 23-5 dating back to the start of the 2009 season.
-Give the Bobcats their 20th win in their last 26 games dating back to the 2011 season.
-Hand head coach Frank Solich his 122st career win. It would also hand him his 64th career win at Ohio and move him into a seventh-place tie with former Miami/NIU bench boss Bill Mallory 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
-Ohio will look to hold its opponent without a touchdown for the third-consecutive game. The last time the Bobcats held three straight opponents without a touchdown was in 1962.
-Quarterback Tyler Tettleton needs just 290 yards passing to pass former Eastern Michigan quarterback Charlie Batch for 22nd all-time on the MAC passing list.
-Tettleton is also just one touchdown shy of passing former Bowling Green quarterback Josh Harris for 22nd on the all-time MAC touchdown pass list.
-Senior punt returner Travis Carrie needs just 15 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 two touchdowns shy of passing former Bobcat LaVon Brazill for second on Ohio's all-time receiving touchdown list.
OHIO - CENTRAL MICHIGAN SERIES HISTORY
Ohio and Central Michigan will meet for the 29th time on Saturday. The Chippewas hold the all-time series lead at 5-21-2. The first time the two teams met was on Sept. 9, 1972 with Ohio earning a 26-21 victory over Central Michigan. The last meeting took place on Nov. 10, 2011 in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. In that contest, the Bobcats defeated the Chippewas 43-28. Central Michigan has defeated Ohio in four of its last five meetings.
SCOUTING CENTRAL MICHIGAN
Central Michigan comes into its matchup with Ohio following a 21-9 victory over Miami, which snapped a three-game losing streak. Quarterback Cooper Rush has completed 51.9 percent of his passes for 1,080 yards and six touchdowns, but has thrown eight interceptions. Sophomore running back Saylor Lavallii has tallied 521 yards rushing (4.7 yards per carry). In addition, the Chippewas rank fourth in the league in total defense, holding their opponents to 409.0 yards per game. Junior middle linebacker Justin Cherocci leads CMU with 62 tackles and 7.0 tackles for loss.
LAST TIME OUT
-Ohio's win over Akron marked the sixth-consecutive victory over the Zips and handed the Bobcats their third-consecutive win in a league opener.
-The Bobcats' 40-point win over the Zips is the team's largest margin of victory over Akron.
-Ohio improved to 17-12-1 all-time against the Zips.
-The Bobcats picked up their fourth-consecutive win on the year. Ohio has now had a four-game winning streak in each of the last five seasons.
-Ohio's win also gives the Bobcats their 19th win in the last 25 games dating back to the 2011 season.
-The Bobcats have outscored their opponents 81-3 in their last two games.
-Ohio has now held its opponents without a touchdown in back-to-back games. The last time Ohio accomplished the feat was back in 1999 when it defeated Buffalo 45-6 and Kent State 31-3.
-Ohio improves to 7-2 following their bye week since the start of the 2005 season.
-Head coach Frank Solich also picked up his 121st career win. It also marked Solich's 63rd career win at Ohio and moved him into eighth-place on the all-time MAC coaching wins list.
-The Bobcats tallied eight sacks. Ohio's eight sacks in a single game is tied for second on the all-time Ohio list.
-Prior to last week, Akron had not allowed a sack in three straight games.
-Ohio held Akron to just 157 total yards of offense and just 57 total yards in the second half.
-The last time Ohio held an opponent to 200 yards or less was against Gardner-Webb in its home-opener of 2011.
-Akron entered the game ranked third in the MAC in passing averaging 246.8 yards per game. On Saturday, the Bobcats held the Zips to just 101 yards passing.
-Senior quarterback Tyler Tettleton finished the game going 14-of-21 through the air for 171 yards and two touchdowns.
-With his two touchdowns, Tettleton surpassed former Eastern Michigan great Charlie Batch for 22nd on the all-time MAC touchdown pass list.
-Tettleton also surpassed former Kent State quarterback Josh Cribbs for 25th on the all-time MAC passing list.