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OHIOBOBCATS.COM Head coach Frank Solich has led the Bobcats to four straight bowl games.
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Head coach Frank Solich has led the Bobcats to four straight bowl games.
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Dec. 20, 2012

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FIRST AND 10
-Ohio faces off against Louisiana-Monroe in the 2012 Independence Bowl on Dec. 28 at 2 p.m. (EST). The game can be seen on ESPN.
-The Bobcats will make their fourth-consecutive bowl appearance and their fifth in the last seven years.
-Ohio is one of just 28 schools in the country to go to four straight bowl games.
-The Bobcats will make their 50th appearance on the ESPN Family of Networks since 2005.
-The Bobcats have won 14 of their last 19 games dating back to last season.
-Ohio ranks ninth in the NCAA in turnover margin.
-Quarterback Tyler Tettleton became Ohio University's all-time leader in career completions at Ball State on Nov. 14. On Nov. 7 against Bowling Green, he became the program's all-time leading passer.
-Tettleton currently holds six of the school's career passing records.
-Running back Beau Blankenship, who set the program's single season rushing record, has rushed for 1,500 yards to become 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 on Nov. 7 against Bowling Green.

A WIN OVER LOUISIANA-MONROE WOULD...
-Mark the Bobcats' second bowl win in program history.
-Mark back-to-back bowl wins for Ohio. Only four current league members have won bowl games in consecutive years.
-Hand Ohio its seventh nine-win season in school history and fourth under the direction of head coach Frank Solich.
-Give the Bobcats' their 15th win in their last 20 games dating back to last season.
-Mark the Bobcats' first win over a Sun Belt opponent since 2009 when it defeated North Texas.
-Give head coach Frank Solich his 59th career win at Ohio, which would tie him with former Miami head coach Randy Walker for 12th on the MAC all-time career wins list.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
-Junior running back Beau Blankenship needs just 80 yards on the ground to crack into the Top 15 on the all-time single season MAC rushing list.
-Blankenship's eight 100-yard rushing games this year are tied for the most in school history for a single season. If he surpasses 100 yards rushing he will become the all-time single season leader for most 100-yard games.
-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 look to make his 51st-consecutive start against ULM.
-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.
-Tettleton is also just 57 yards shy of totaling 6,000 yards for his career.
-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 11 tackles shy tallying 100 tackles for the season.

OHIO vs. TEAMS FROM THE SUN BELT
Ohio's matchup with Louisiana-Monroe is the first all-time meeting with the Warhawks, however the Bobcats are no stranger to teams from the Sun Belt Conference. Ohio has played six games against teams from the Sun Belt and has an overall record of 4-2. Ohio's last meeting against a Sun Belt team came against Troy in the 2010 R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.

SCOUTING LOUISIANA-MONROE
Louisiana-Monroe comes into the Independence Bowl, having split its final four games of the season to finish the year 8-4. ULM will be making its first bowl appearance since moving up to the FBS ranks beginning with the 1994 campaign. ULM earned a total of 10 postseason honors from the Sun Belt Conference following a strong 2012 campaign. Head coach Todd Berry was named the league's coach of the year, while junior quarterback Kolton Browning was tabbed the conference's offensive player of the year. Browning led an offense that set school record with 59 touchdowns this season. Defensively, ULM lead the Sun Belt in stopping the run, limiting opponents to just 135.8 yards per game.