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FIRST AND 10
The Last Meeting
October 27, 2012
No. 23 Bobcats Edged by RedHawks in Battle of the Bricks, 23-20
The No. 23 Ohio Football Team lost a close 23-20 decision at Mid-American Conference rival Miami on Saturday afternoon. The loss was the first of the season for Ohio and marked the first time the Bobcats had lost to the RedHawks since the 2005 season.
-Ohio welcomes Miami to Peden Stadium on Saturday for a 2 p.m. kickoff with the RedHawks.
-Saturday afternoon's Battle of the Bricks matchup with Miami marks the 90th all-time meeting with the Redhawks.
-Saturday afternoon's game is a Ghost Out and fans are encouraged to wear White to the game.
-Saturday afternoon's game will be aired on ESPN3. Ohio has had all of its 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 56-28 victory over Eastern Michigan.
A WIN OVER MIAMI WOULD...
-Make Ohio bowl eligible for the fifth-consecutive season and the seventh time overall in the Frank Solich era.
-Get Ohio's all-time record back to .500 for the first time since the start of the 1995 campaign.
-Improve Ohio's record at home to 23-6 dating back to the start of the 2009 season.
-Hand Ohio its fourth win at home this season. It would also mark the Bobcats' sixth win in the last seven weeks.
-Give the Bobcats their seventh win over Miami in the last eight years.
-Give the Bobcats their 21st win in their last 28 games dating back to the 2011 season.
-Hand head coach Frank Solich his 123rd career win. It would also hand him his 65th career win at Ohio and move him into a seventh-place on the all-time MAC coaching wins list.
-Hand quarterback Tyler Tettleton his 24th win as a starter. Tettleton currently owns a 23-10 mark since taking over as the Bobcats' starting quarterback in 2011.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
-Quarterback Tyler Tettleton is just three yards shy of reaching 8,000 career yards. No Ohio signal-caller has ever thrown for 8,000 career yards.
-Tettleton is also just four touchdown passes shy of passing former Bowling Green quarterback Brian McClure. If Tettleton does throw four touchdowns, he would tie former Akron signal caller Charlie Frye for 16th on the all-time MAC touchdown pass list.
-Senior punt returner Travis Carrie needs just 89 yards to pass former Bobcat Stafford Owens (2001-04) for first on the all-time career punt return list. Carrie has 625 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.
-Defensive lineman Tarell Basham also needs just 1.5 sacks to crack into the top 10.
-As a team, the Bobcats need just three more sacks to crack the all-time top 10 mark for sacks in a season.
OHIO - MIAMI SERIES HISTORY
Ohio and Miami will meet for the 90th time on Saturday in the annual Battle of the Bricks matchup. The Redhawks hold the all-time series lead at 35-52-2. The first time the two teams met was back in 1908 with Miami earning a 5-0 victory over Ohio. The last meeting took place on Oct. 27, 2012 in Oxford, Ohio. In that contest, the Bobcats had their eight-game winning streak snapped as they fell 23-20 in the closing seconds.
The RedHawks enter Saturday's contest with a record of 0-7 overall and 0-3 in Mid-American Conference play, including a 24-17 loss last Saturday at home versus Akron. It was Akron's first win at Miami since 1939. The RedHawks are coached by Mike Bath, who took over as the head coach two weeks ago following the dismissal of former bench boss Don Treadwell. Miami has two players ranked among national leaders. Senior punter Zac Murphy leads the nation in punting (47.4 yards per punt), while sophomore linebacker Kent Kern is 32nd nationally in tackles per game (9.4). The RedHawks have lost 11 straight contests dating back to 2012. Miami's last win was Oct. 27, 2012 at home versus Ohio (23-20).
LAST TIME OUT
-Ohio's win over Eastern Michigan gave the `Cats their sixth-consecutive win over Eastern Michigan.
-Eastern Michigan has not defeated Ohio since 1999.
-With the win over Eastern Michigan, Ohio increased its series lead to 18-11-1.
-The Bobcats have won five of their last six games.
-Ohio's win also gives the Bobcats their 19th win in the last 26 games dating back to the 2011 season.
-Head coach Frank Solich improves to 42-18 all-time in the month of October.
-Solich is a perfect 5-0 against Eastern Michigan.
-Solich improves to 64-46 all-time at Ohio and moves into a seventh-place tie with former Miami/NIU bench boss Bill Mallory on the all-time MAC coaching wins list.
-Ohio scored on its first possession of the game for the fifth time in its last six games.
-The Bobcats outscored Eastern Michigan 21-0 in the final 4:50 of the third quarter to take a 42-21 lead.
-Ohio's 56 points are the most points scored in the Frank Solich era. It is also the most points Ohio has scored since 1976 (63 - Northern Illinois).
-The Bobcats totaled a season-high 547 yards of total offense. The last time Ohio totaled 500 yards-or-more of offense was in the 2012 Advocare V100 Independence Bowl.
-Quarterback Tyler Tettleton finished the game with a game and career-high 375 yards passing as he went 23-of-30 through the air.
-Tettleton also threw a career-best four touchdown passes.
-Tettleton's 375 yards passing ranks fourth all-time for a single game at Ohio.
-For the second straight week, wide receivers Donte' Foster (143) and Chase Cochran (138) surpassed 100 yards receiving.
-Foster's 11 receptions tied a single game career-high.
-Eastern Michigan rushed for 315 yards on the ground. The 315 yards on the ground were the most rushing yards Ohio has given up all year.
-Senior Travis Carrie had a career-best 79-yard punt return, which set up a Bobcat touchdown one play later.
-Carrie finished the game with a 116 punt return yards. His 116 punt return yards rank second all-time.