Nov. 26, 2009
Ohio-Temple Game Notes
ATHENS, Ohio-The Ohio football team (8-3, 6-1 MAC) hosts Temple (9-2, 7-0 MAC) Friday morning at 11 a.m. on ESPNU.
Junior wideout LaVon Brazill scored three touchdowns in the Bobcats' 38-31 win over Northern Illinois Saturday. The Lantana, Fla. native had a pair of touchdown catches and the longest punt return in school history, a 91-yard scamper for the other score. For his efforts, Brazill was named MAC East Special Teams Player of the Week.
Senior quarterback Theo Scott, the MAC East's reigning Offensive Player of the Week, completed 16 of 28 passes for 138 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Senior wideout Taylor Price caught six passes for 45 yards and another score. Heading into Friday's game, Price needs just one touchdown catch and three receptions to tie the all-time Ohio records in those categories. Linebacker Noah Keller and safety Patrick Tafua combined for 23 tackles on the defensive side. Tafua also snared his fourth fumble recovery, a mark that leads the nation.
Temple scored 41 unanswered points in cruising to its record ninth-straight win, a 47-13 victory over visiting Kent State Saturday afternoon in front of 21,046 fans at Lincoln Financial Field. The nine wins are the most for Temple team since the 1979 Owls went 10-2, capping their season with a 28-17 win over California in the Garden State Bowl.
Subbing for Temple's All-America candidate back, who went down with a injury on the team's first offensive series, freshman Matt Brown rushed for a season high 156 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. Junior WR/PR Delano Green, who became the first Owl to return a punt for a touchdown in consecutive games, scored two fourth quarter touchdowns. The first, a 52-yard punt return down the right sidelines, and the second, a 50-yard reverse to cap the Temple scoring. Senior John Haley had seven tackles from his linebacker spot, with one fumble recovery.
Fans may watch Friday's game live on ESPNU at 11 a.m. with Trey Bender and Tom Luginbill on the call. Live audio is also available on the Citizens Bank Ohio ISP Sports Network with "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein, Rob Cornelius and Caleb Troop calling all of Friday's action. Airtime is 10 a.m. Eastern.