Junior RB Beau Blankenship needs just 80 yards to become the Bobcats' all-time single season rushing leader.
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FIRST AND 10
The Last Meeting
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October 1, 2011
Bobcats Open MAC Play With Victory Over Kent State
Sophomore quarterback Tyler Tettleton completed 28-of-42 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns and the Ohio University defense forced four turnovers as the Bobcat football team opened Mid-American Conference play with a 17-10 win over Kent State on Saturday afternoon at Peden Stadium.
-Ohio travels to Kent State for a Friday morning matchup at 11 a.m. to take on the Golden Eagles. The game can be seen on ESPNU.
-The Bobcats will make their 49th appearance on the ESPN Family of Networks since 2005.
-Ohio's meeting with Kent State is the Bobcats' fourth midweek matchup of the year.
-Ohio is 9-3 in midweek games dating back to 2009.
-The Bobcats have won 14 of their last 18 games dating back to last season.
-Ohio ranks in sixth in the NCAA in turnover margin.
-Quarterback Tyler Tettleton
became Ohio University's all-time leader in career completions last week at Ball State. Two weeks earlier, he became the all-time leading passer against Bowling Green.
-Running back Beau Blankenship
has rushed for over 1,000 yards and is the eighth individual in school history to surpass 1,000 yards rushing.
-Ohio became bowl eligible for the sixth time in the last eight years following its 38-31 win over Buffalo on Oct. 6 and was the first team in the country to become bowl eligible.
-The Bobcats won seven straight games to open the season. Ohio's 7-0 start was its best start to a season since 1968.
-Ohio is one of four teams in the Mid-American Conference that have been ranked in the AP Top 25 this season.
-Head coach Frank Solich
coached in his 100th game at Ohio two weeks ago at home against Bowling Green.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
-A win over the Golden Flashes would mark the Bobcats' first win in program history over a ranked opponent. Ohio is 0-15 all-time against nationally-ranked oppoents.
-A win over Kent State would give the `Cats their fourth road win of the year.
-A win over Kent State would mark the Bobcats' 15th win in their last 19 games dating back to last season.
-A win over the Golden Flashes would mark the Bobcats' first win at Kent State since 2008.
-Junior running back Beau Blankenship has 1,355 yards rushing and is just 80 yards shy of becoming the school's all-time single-season rushing leader. He currently stands in second place all-time in single season history.
-Blankenship's 11 rushing touchdowns are ranked in the all-time Top 10 for a single season. He is currently two rushing touchdowns shy of cracking into the all-time Top 5 for a single season.
-Redshirt senior offensive lineman Eric Herman will make his 50th-consecutive start on Friday.
-Quarterback Tyler Tettleton is just four touchdown passes shy of 20 for the season. No Ohio signal-caller has ever thrown for 20-or-more touchdown passes in back-to-back seasons.
-Wide receiver Donte Foster is just two touchdown receptions shy of cracking into the all-time top three for career touchdown receptions. He is currently fifth all-time with 13 career receiving touchdowns.
-Foster is also just four catches shy of cracking into the all-time single season Top 10 for receptions.
-Linebacker Keith Moore is just 14 tackles shy tallying 100 tackles for the season.
OHIO - KENT STATE SERIES HISTORY
Ohio and Kent State will meet for the 65th time on Friday morning. The Bobcats hold the all-time series lead at 39-23-2. The first time the two teams met was in 1936 with Ohio earning a 6-0 victory over Kent State. The last meeting between the two teams took place on Oct. 1, 2011 in Athens. In that contest, the Bobcats defeated Kent State 17-10. Ohio and Kent State have split the past four meetings.
SCOUTING KENT STATE
Kent State comes into Friday's game following a 31-24 victory at Bowling Green, which clinched the Golden Flashes first-ever Mid-American Conference East Division title. KSU is currently ranked in both the AP and USA Today Coaches' Poll. The Golden Flashes' have won nine-consecutive games, including a win over nationally-ranked Rutgers on the road. Kent State ranks second in the league rushing yards per game, averaging 244.6 yards per game. Defensively, the Flashes rank second in the league in rushing yards per game, allowing just 131.4 per outing. KSU is lead by junior running back Dri Archer, who is averaging 10.3 yards per carry.
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT LAST WEEK
-The Bobcats dropped to 9-3 in weekday games dating back to 2009.
-Ohio's midweek matchup with Ball State was their third midweek game of the season.
-Running back Beau Blankenship rushed for a team-high 161 yards. He has now surpassed 100 yards rushing in eight games during his career. Blankenship has rushed for over 100 yards in seven games this season.
-Blankenship finished the game with a career-high three touchdowns. He becomes the first running back since Kalvin McRae to rush for three touchdowns in a single game.
-Junior quarterback Tyler Tettleton opened the game by completing his first 12 passes. Tettleton finished the game by going 22-of-30 for 236 yards. With his 22 completions, Tettleton became the all-time leader in career completions.