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Oct. 16, 2013

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FIRST AND 10
-Ohio travels to Eastern Michigan on Saturday for a 1 p.m. kickoff with the Eagles.
-Saturday afternoon's game will be aired on ESPN3. Ohio has had all of its seven games aired on television this year.
-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 26-23 setback to Central Michigan on Homecoming.

A WIN OVER EASTERN MICHIGAN WOULD...
-Hand Ohio its second-consecutive road win. It would also mark the Bobcats fifth win in the last six weeks.
-Give the Bobcats' their sixth-consecutive win over Eastern Michigan.
-Move the Bobcats to 2-1 on the road this season.
-Give the Bobcats their 20th win in their last 27 games dating back to the 2011 season.
-Hand head coach Frank Solich his 122nd 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 22-10 mark since taking over as the Bobcats' starting quarterback in 2011.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
-Quarterback Tyler Tettleton is just 378 yards shy of reaching 8,000 career yards. No Ohio signal-caller has ever thrown for 8,000 career yards.
-Tettleton is also just two touchdown passes shy of passing former Kent State quarterback Jose Davis for 18th on the all-time MAC touchdown pass list.
-Senior punt returner Travis Carrie needs just 13 yards to pass former Bobcat Courtney Burton for seventh on the all-time career punt return list. Carrie has 509 career punt return yards.
-Wide receiver Donte' Foster is just three touchdowns shy of passing former Bobcat LaVon Brazill for second on Ohio's all-time receiving touchdown list.
-Senior defensive end Ty Branz needs just one sack to crack the all-time top 10 for most sacks in a single season. Fellow defensive lineman Tarrel Basham also needs just 1.5 sacks to crack into the top 10.
-As a team, the Bobcats need just four more sacks to crack the all-time top 10 mark for sacks in a season.

OHIO - EASTERN MICHIGAN SERIES HISTORY
Ohio and Eastern Michigan will meet for the 30th time on Saturday. The Bobcats hold the all-time series lead at 17-11-1. The first time the two teams met was on Sept. 4, 1976 with Ohio earning a 23-7 victory over Eastern Michigan. The last meeting took place on Nov. 1, 2012 in Athens, Ohio. In that contest, the Bobcats defeated the Eagles 45-14. Ohio has defeated Eastern Michigan in each of its last five meetings. EMU's last win over Ohio came on Oct. 16, 1999.

SCOUTING EASTERN MICHIGAN
Eastern Michigan comes into its matchup with Ohio following a 50-25 setback at Army, which marked its fifth straight loss. The Eagles enter Saturday's matchup with the league's third-best passing defense, holding opponents to just 200.3 yards per game. Offensively, EMU is averaging 349.7 yards of total offense per game, which ranks seventh in the MAC. Junior running back Bronson Hill has averaged 4.5 yards per carry and leads the team with 495 yards on the ground this season. Senior defensive back Mycal Swaim leads the squad defensively with 40 tackles.

LAST TIME OUT
-Ohio's loss to Central Michigan snapped the Bobcats' four-game winning streak.
-The Bobcats setback to Central Michigan was their first loss at home this season.
-Ohio is now 22-6 at Peden Stadium dating back to the start of the 2009 season.
-With the loss, Ohio drops to 5-22-2 all-time against Central Michigan.
-Head coach Frank Solich fell to 41-18 all-time in the month of October.
-Solich dropped to 1-5 all-time against Central Michigan.
-Ohio scored on its first possession of the game for the fourth time in its last five games.
-Senior quarterback Tyler Tettleton finished the game going 24-of-33 through the air for 319 yards and two touchdowns.
-Tettleton has now passed for 300-or-more yards in five career games.
-With his 319 yards passing, Tettleton passed former Eastern Michigan star Charlie Batch for 22nd all-time on the MAC passing yards list.
-With his two touchdowns, Tettleton surpassed former Bowling Green great Josh Harris for 22nd on the all-time MAC touchdown pass list.
-Tettleton finished the game by going 9-of-12 for 195 yards.
-With the loss Tettleton dropped 22-10 all time as a starter.
-Freshman tight end Troy Mangen logged his first career start.
-Senior wide receiver Donte' Foster posted season-high totals in yards (118) and receptions (nine).
-Redshirt junior wide receiver Chase Cochran tallied a season-best 118 yards receiving on three receptions.
-The last time Ohio had two receivers surpass 100 yards was in the 2012 Advocare V100 Independence Bowl.
-Redshirt senior Beau Blankenship rushed for a team-best 70 yards.
-The Bobcats tallied 4.0 sacks. In its last three games, Ohio has registered 15.0 sacks.
-Senior Ty Branz tallied a team-best 2.0 sacks. In his last two games, Branz has registered 4.5 sacks.
-Redshirt senior Keith Moore led the Bobcats with a team-best 10.0 tackles.