Nov. 10, 2013
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FIRST AND 10
The Last Meeting
November 7, 2012
Ohio Falls to Bowling Green 26-14 on Senior Night
The Ohio University football team suffered its first home loss of the 2012 season Wednesday night, falling 26-14 to Bowling Green State University. With the loss, the Bobcats fell to 8-2 overall and 4-2 in the Mid-American Conference.
-Ohio travels to Bowling Green on Tuesday night for its midweek matchup against the Falcons. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
-Ohio's matchup at Bowling Green marks the Bobcats' final road game of the year.
-Tuesday night's game will be aired on ESPN3. Ohio has had all of its games aired on television this year. Since 2005, Ohio has made 60 appearances on the ESPN Family of Networks.
-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 6:30 p.m.
-Ohio enters the game ranked in the top 10 nationally in four different statistical categories.
-The Bobcats enter this week's game following a 30-3 setback at Buffalo.
-Ohio is bowl eligible for the fifth-consecutive season.
A WIN OVER BOWLING GREEN WOULD...
-Hand Ohio its fourth straight road victory at Bowling Green.
-Give the Bobcats their fourth win over the Falcons in the last five years.
-Guarantee a winning record for the fifth-consecutive year and the sixth time in the Frank Solich era.
-Get Ohio's all-time record back to .500.
-Hand Ohio its seventh win in the last nine weeks.
-Give the Bobcats their 22nd win in their last 31 games dating back to the 2011 season.
-Hand head coach Frank Solich his 124th career win. It would also hand him his 66th career win at Ohio and move him into a sixth-place tie on the all-time MAC coaching wins list with former Kent State head coach Trevor Rees.
-Hand quarterback Tyler Tettleton his 25th win as a starter. Tettleton currently owns a 24-11 mark since taking over as the Bobcats' starting quarterback in 2011.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
-The Bobcats need just 30 points to crack into the program's all-time top 10 for points in a single season. Since Frank Solich's first season in 2005, the Bobcats have posted five of Ohio's top 10 single season marks.
-Senior running back Beau Blankenship needs just 132 yards to pass former Bobcat great and current Green Bay Packers scout Chad Brinker for fifth all-time on the all-time career rushing list.
-Quarterback Tyler Tettleton is just two touchdown passes shy of passing former Akron quarterback Charlie Frye for 16th on the MAC all-time career list.
-Senior wide receiver Donte' Foster needs just 57 yards to crack into the all-time Top 5 for receiving yards gained in a single season.
-Senior punt returner Travis Carrie needs just 55 yards to pass former Bobcat Stafford Owens (2001-04) for first on the all-time career punt return list. Carrie has 646 career punt return yards.
-Freshman defensive lineman Tarell Basham needs just 3.0 sacks to tie the single-season record.
-As a team, the Bobcats need just four more sacks to crack the all-time top three mark for sacks in a season. The all-time record for sacks in a season is 38.
OHIO - BOWLING GREEN SERIES HISTORY
Ohio and Bowling Green will meet for the 65th time on Tuesday night. The Falcons hold the all-time series lead at 25-37-2. The first time the two teams met was back in 1945 with the Bobcats dropping a 6-0 decision to the Falcons. The last meeting took place on Nov. 7, 2012 in Athens, Ohio. In that contest, the Bobcats were defeated 26-14.
SCOUTING BOWLING GREEN
Bowling Green returns nine starters on defense and eight more on offense from the 2012 team. In fact, it is the second year in a row in which the Falcons return 17 starters between the two units. The Falcons enter their game against Ohio as the league leader in eight different team statistical categories. Defensively, the Falcons feature the MAC's top defensive unit as it leads the league in scoring defense, total defense, first downs allowed, passing defense and red zone defense (ranking third in the country).
LAST TIME OUT
-Ohio's setback at Buffalo marked the team's second loss in eight weeks.
-With the loss, Ohio dropped to 3-2 in its last five meetings with Buffalo and 12-8 all-time against the Bulls.
-The Bobcats' loss to the Bulls marked their second straight loss at Buffalo.
-With the loss, Ohio drops to 21-9 in its last 30 games.
-Tuesday night's matchup with Buffalo marked the Bobcats first midweek matchup of the year.
-Ohio had its streak of back-to-back 40-point games snapped.
-The Bobcats were held to less than 300 yards of total offense for just the second time all year.
-Senior quarterback Tyler Tettleton finished the game, going 14-of-31 through the air for 126 yards. He also completed passes to nine different receivers.
-Tettleton dropped to 24-11 all-time as a starter.
-Senior wide receiver Matt Waters finished the game with a team-best four catches for 40 yards.
-Senior running back Beau Blankenship led the team with 68 yards rushing on 20 carries.
-Cornerback Travis Carrie tallied an interception for the second-consecutive week.
-Sophomore Jovon Johnson had career-high five solo tackles.
-Ohio's defensive unit was held without a sack for the first time all season.
-Sophomore kicker Josiah Yazdani scored the Bobcats' only points on the night as he connected from 23 yards out. In 2013, Yazdani is a perfect 7-for-7.
-Senior punt returner Travis Carrie had a 21-yard punt return and is now just 55 yards shy of surpassing former Bobcat Stafford Owens (2001-04) for first on the all-time list.