ATHENS, Ohio - The first place Ohio University football team (6-3; 5-3 MAC) will travel to North to take on Central Michigan (3-7; 2-4 MAC) on Thursday in a game that can be seen live ESPNU. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Ohio will look to stay hot as it has won it last two games, defeating Akron (Oct. 22) and Temple (Nov. 2). In each of the last two games the Bobcats have scored 35 points or more.
Offensively for the Cats', quarterback Tyler Tettleton (Norman, Okla.) is just one touchdown pass and 133 yards shy of becoming Ohio's all-time leader for the most touchdowns and pass yards in a single season. Senior LaVon Brazill (Lantana, Fla.) is just 141 receiving yards short of becoming the school's all-time leader.
Senior Donte' Harden (Erie, Pa.) has also provided a bit of a spark for the Ohio offense. Since his return to the lineup against Buffalo (Oct. 8), Harden has rushed for 481 yards, averaging 120.2 yards per game.
Defensively, senior linebacker Noah Keller registered 10-or-more tackles for the third time in the last four weeks as he tallied 15 stops last week against Temple. He now has 394 career stops, which ranks eighth all-time at Ohio.
Ohio and Central Michigan will meet for the 28th time on Thursday. The Chippewas hold the all-time series lead at 21-4-2. The first time the two teams met was back on Sept. 9, 1972 with Ohio earning a 26-21 victory at home. The last meeting took place on Dec. 4, 2009 in Detroit at the Mid-American Conference Championship game. In that contest, Central Michigan defeated the Bobcats 20-10.
Central Michigan enters Thursday's game in the hopes of rebounding from a 24-21 loss at Kent State on this past Friday. The Chippewas have played three teams from automatic qualifying BCS leagues in the form of Kentucky, Michigan State and North Carolina State. Back on Oct. 1, CMU defeated Northern Illinois 48-41.
CMU's last three losses have come by seven points or less. The Chippewas feature a passing attack that ranks third in the MAC. Quarterback Ryan Radcliff has thrown for a league-best 2,691 yards. He also has thrown 20 touchdown passes. Defensively, Jahleel Addae leads the team in tackles (84) and interceptions (4).
Thursday night's 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 6:30 p.m. ET.