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OHIOBOBCATS.COM Sophomore Ryan Boykin has a team-best 326 yards rushing this season.
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Sophomore Ryan Boykin has a team-best 326 yards rushing this season.
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Oct. 14, 2011


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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio football team (4-2; 1-1 MAC) welcomes Ball State (3-3; 1-1 MAC) to Peden Stadium on Saturday as it takes on the Cardinals for its annual Homecoming Game. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.

The Bobcats own a 48-39-1 record in homecoming games. Saturday's game will mark just the second time in school history in which the Bobcats have faced Ball State on homecoming.

Ohio is 3-0 at Peden Stadium this season. Dating back to last season, the Bobcats have won seven straight and nine of the last 10 at home. The Bobcats rank second in the MAC in both total defense (324.7) and total offense (438.8).

A win over Ball State would be the fourth-consecutive victory over the Cardinals. A win over Ball State would move Ohio to 5-2 on the year which would be the best start to a season since 1997. The Bobcats have never started a season 5-2 under Frank Solich.

Offensively for the Cats' quarterback Tyler Tettleton has thrown for over 200-yards in each of his last four games to bring his season total to 1,405 passing yards, which is a school record for a sophomore. Defensively Ohio has intercepted 12 passes this season which is tied for second nationally behind only Vanderbilt (14).

Ball State (3-3) enters Saturday's game in the hopes of rebounding from its 42-0 setback last week at home against Temple. Similar to last week's opponent Buffalo, the Cardinals have played three automatic-qualifying BCS conference teams this season in Oklahoma, USF and Indiana. The Cardinals defeated Indiana 27-20 to kickoff its 2011 schedule. Offensively, the Cardinals have turned to freshman running back Jahwan Edwards.

Through six games, Edwards has rushed for 420 yards and six touchdowns. His 70.0 yards per game average ranks seventh in the Mid-American Conference. Defensively, sophomore defensive lineman Nathan Ollie leads the way with a team-best four sacks. His four sacks are tied for second in the MAC.

Saturday afternoon's game will be broadcast live on SportsTime Ohio. The game can also be heard live on the Citizens Bank Ohio IMG Sports Network with "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein, Rob Cornelius and Brian Boesch calling all of the action. Airtime begins at 2:30 p.m. ET.