GAME 3 - OHIO vs. Kansas | Athens, Ohioio | Peden Stadium | Sept. 16, 2017 | 12:00 p.m. ET
Venue - Peden Stadium
Capacity - 24,000
Playing Surface Turf
Series vs. Kansas - 2-0
Last Meeting - Sept. 10, 2016 (W, 37-21)
Television - ESPNU
Talent - Clay Matvick (PBP), Kirk Morrison (Color)
Ohio Radio Ohio - IMG Sports Network
Talent - Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius
Websites - OhioBobcats.com, KUAthletics.com
FIRST AND 10
-Ohio hosts Kansas at Noon ET Saturday looking for its first home win over a Big 12 opponent. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.
-The game can be heard on the Ohio/IMG Sports Network with Russ Eisenstein "The Voice of the Bobcats" calling the action and Rob Cornelius as color-analyst.
-Ohio beat Kansas 37-21 on Sept. 10 last season in Lawrence. Ohio is 2-0 all-time against the Jayhawks and head coach Frank Solich is 7-0 against KU during his career as a head coach.
-Ohio is coming off a week two loss at Purdue 44-21 while Kansas is coming off a loss to Central Michigan in week two, 45-27.
-Head Coach Frank Solich is third in All-Time career MAC wins with 89. He will need 19 more wins to tie Ohio legend Bill Hess for No. 2 on the list.
-Head Coach Frank Solich is the third-longest tenured head coach in the NCAA behind Kirk Ferentz (1999, Iowa) and Gary Patterson (2000, TCU).
-Ohio is the only program in the NCAA to have had the same head coach, offensive and defensive coordinator over the last 12 years.
-Ohio returns 17 starters for the 2017 season including eight on offense, six on defense and three specialists.
-Ohio has been bowl eligible the last eight straight seasons making appearances in seven bowls over that span.
-The Bobcats made it back to the Marathon Mid-American Conference Championship game last season for the first time since 2011. Ohio dropped a hard-fought loss to No. 17 Western Michigan, 29-23.
-The Bobcats appeared in their seventh bowl game in eight years facing Troy at the 2016 Dollar General Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
-Ohio had five players named to watch lists prior to the season - RS Senior TE Troy Mangen - Mackey Watch List, RS Sophomore Kicker Louie Zervos - Groza Watch List, Senior OL Jake Pruehs - Rimington, Overland Watch Lists, RS Senior DL Cleon Aloese - Polynesian Watch List, RS Senior LB Quentin Poling - Reese Senior Bowl Watch List.
-Ohio welcomes two new coaches on the sidelines - Assistant Coach Pete Germano - DL and Assistant Coach De'Angelo Smith - CB.
-Ohio dropped a 44-21 loss at Purdue last Friday night in West Lafayette, Ind.
-Sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke went 16-23 for 224 yards and one touchdown pass.
-Rourke also rushed nine times for 36 net yards.
-Freshman Julian Ross led Ohio with nine rushes for 55 yards and a TD.
-Redshirt junior Papi White led Ohio's receiving corps with six catches for 98 yards
-Redshirt freshman Cameron Odom caught three passes for 46 yards and scored his first touchdown of his career.
-Four Bobcats had seven tackles to lead the team – Kylan Nelson, Evan Croutch, Grant Cunningham, Chad Moore, each had six solo stops.
-Sophomore linebacker Eric Popp and redshirt freshman defensive end Will Evans combined for Ohio's only sack of the game.
-Redshirt sophomore punter Michael Farkas pulled off a fake punt in the first quarter and recorded his first career rushing yards, 16.
-Farkas had five punts for 189 yards (37.8 avg) and put two inside the 20-yardline.
-Ohio did not attempt a field goal in the game, the last time Ohio didn't attempt a field goal was against Western Michigan Oct. 17, 2015.
Ohio hosts Kansas at Peden Stadium for the first time in the two squads series history. Ohio leads Kansas 2-0 in the all-time series with both previous matchups being played at Kansas. Ohio beat Kansas 37-21 in Lawrence last season.
SEPT. 10, 2016 OHIO @ KANSAS
-Ohio racked up 496 yards of total offense and held Kansas to 232.
-This marks Ohio's first win a Big 12 opponent since the last time they beat Kansas in 1967.
-Ohio quarterback Greg Windham rushed for over 100-yards for the first time in his career. He led Ohio with 146 rushing yards and had a career-long 53 yard rush in the outing.
Windham also went 19-36 for 167 yards and a touchdown through the air.
-Then RS junior running back Dorian Brown had a career high 122 rushing yards. Brown had 138
-It marked the first time since 2005 that Ohio had two rushers for over 100 yards.
-Ohio dominated time of possession 43:38 to 13:56.
-Ohio held Kansas to only 26 rushing yards.
-RS senior defensive end Tarell Basham became the all-time career leader in sacks by picking up his 20th career sack.
-Then-RS freshman cornerback Mayne Williams recorded his first interception.
-RS senior safety Toran Davis and RS freshman Maxwell Howell recorded fumble recoveries for Ohio.
-Then RS junior linebackers Chad Moore and Quentin Poling led Ohio with seven tackles each.
-Then RS freshman kicker Louie Zervos kicked a career long 46-yard field goal.
-Zervos also went 5/5 for field goals, which ranks second in Ohio history.
-Then RS freshman punter Michael Farkas had five punts for 209 yards averaging 41.8 per punt. He pinned three punts inside the 20.
VERSUS THE BIG 12
Ohio currently owns a 6-20 record against current members of the Big 12 and has not bested a Big 12 opponent at Peden Stadium. Along with going 2-0 against Kansas, Ohio has a 4-12 record against West Virginia, 0-7 record against Iowa State and a 0-1 record against Kansas State. Prior to last year's win at Kansas, the Bobcats last faced a Big 12 opponent in 2003 when they dropped a 48-20 loss at Iowa State.
1-2 RB PUNCH
Ohio returns its top two rushers from the last two seasons in RS senior Dorian Brown, who led the Bobcats with 825 yards last season, and RS junior A.J. Ouellette, who led Ohio in rushing the previous two seasons - 2015, 687; 2014, 785.
Ohio fans will see a familiar face on the opposing sideline this Saturday in former Ohio assistant coach Jesse Williams. Williams was the defensive line coach at Ohio for five seasons until being hired by Kansas prior to the 2017 season. Most recently, Williams oversaw the coaching of MAC Defensive Player of the Year Tarell Basham. The 2016 Bobcats defense was ranked fifth nationally against the run and set school records in team sacks and tackles for loss.
SCOUTING THE JAYHAWKS
Kansas (1-1) is coming off a week two loss to Mid-American Conference opponent Central Michigan, 45-27. Kansas is under third-year head coach David Beaty. Beaty holds a record of 3-23 at the helm of the Jayhawks with a 1-17 record against the Big 12. Kansas is riding a 41-game losing streak heading into its outing at Ohio. Kansas has not won a road contest since Sept. 19, 2009 at UTEP.
Kansas is averaging 453.5 yards of total offense per game including 110.0 on the ground and 343.5 through the air. They are averaging 32.5 points per game and 5.7 yards per play on offense. Freshman running back Dom Williams is the Jayhawks top rusher, racking up 110 yards and three touchdowns. Junior quarterback Peyton Bender has gone 55-99 with four touchdowns and four interceptions in two games for the Jayhawks. Bender has thrown for 687 yards averaging 343.5 per game. Bender's favorite target has been senior tight end Ben Johnson. Johnson has caught 10 passes for 147 yards with one touchdown. Junior wide receiver Steven Sims is second on the team in receiving yards catching four passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns.
Kansas has surrendered 421.5 yards on average to its opponents including 103.0 on the ground and 318.5 through the air. Against Central Michigan, Kansas allowed the Chippewas to post 123 yards on the ground and 467 through the air with 590 yards of total offense. Freshman linebacker Joe Dineen leads the Jayhawks with 27 tackles including 20 solo stops. Dineen also has five tackles for loss and one quarterback hurry. Junior defensive end Daniel Wise has the lone sack on the season for the Jayhawks but also has five tackles for 17 yards lost and eight solo tackles.
SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
Ohio (1-1) is under head coach Frank Solich who returns to the sidelines for the Bobcats for his 13th season in 2017. Ohio is coming off a week two loss at Purdue, 44-21.
Ohio is averaging 408 yards of total offense per game including 210.5 on the ground and 197.5 through the air. Ohio is averaging 40.0 points per game and has nine rushing touchdowns and two receiving. Ohio has had a varied rushing attack through two games with seven players recording rushing yardage. RS junior A.J. Ouellette leads the squad with 23 attempts for 101 yards and one score. Sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke is second on the team with 86 rushing yards and three scores. Freshman running back Julian Ross has 20 carries for 82 yards and three touchdowns. Rourke has gone 22-33 for 283 yards and a touchdown averaging 141.5 yards per outing in two appearances for Ohio, both off the bench. RS junior wide receiver Papi White leads the Bobcats with 10 catches for 138 yards and a touchdown. RS freshman Cameron Odom is second on the squad with 121 yards and one touchdown on seven receptions.
Ohio has given up an average of 333.0 yards of total offense to its opposition this season including 155.0 on the ground and 178.0 through the air. Opponents are averaging 22.0 points per game against the Bobcats defense. Junior linebacker Evan Croutch leads Ohio with 11 tackles including eight solo stops. Croutch leads the team with three tackles for loss and two sacks. RS senior safety Grant Cunningham is second on the team with 10 tackles and eight solo stops while RS senior linebacker Chad Moore is third with nine tackles and six solo stops.
VERSUS THE POWER FIVE
Ohio is 4-15 against members of Power Five (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12, SEC) schools under head coach Frank Solich. Ohio's wins have come against Pittsburgh (2005-H, 16-10), Illinois (2006-A, 20-17), Penn State (2012-A, 24-14) and Kansas (2016-A, 37-21).
AN OHIO WIN WOULD...
-Move Ohio to 3-0 all-time against Kansas.
-Give the Bobcats its first home win over the Big 12 and give Ohio a 7-20 record against the Big 12.
-Move head coach Frank Solich to 148-87 and 90-69 at Ohio
-Give Ohio a 2-1 start heading into its MAC opener at Eastern Michigan.
ROURKE AGAINST PURDUE
Ohio sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke had a solid performance against Purdue going 16-23 for 224 yards and a touchdown. Rourke also rushed nine times for 36 yards.
SMOTHERING DEFENSE AGAINST HAMPTON
Ohio was able to hold Hampton to 129 yards of total offense including just 68 yards rushing and 61 yards through the air. The Bobcats held Hampton to just seven first downs and they were 2-15 on third down conversions. The Bobcats had three sacks for 13 yards lost and had 10.0 tackles for loss.
ROURKE MAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
In his first division I game, sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke went 6-10 for 72 yards and a long of 23 while rushing six times for 55 yards and scoring three rushing touchdowns to lead Ohio to a 59-0 win over Hampton at Peden Stadium. Ohio racked up 420 yards of total offense and Rourke was the first Bobcat to rush for three or more touchdowns since Beau Blankenship in 2012.
Ohio redshirt sophomore punter Michael Farkas has been solid in the punting game so far this season for Ohio. Farkas eight punts for 309 yards and has pinned five punts inside the 20-yardline with two fair catches and no touchbacks. Farkas also pulled off a fake punt at Purdue and picked up a first down on a 16-yard rush. Farkas is averaging 38.6 yards per punt with a long of 52.
Tarell Basham was drafted 80th overall by the Indianapolis Colts, making him the first Bobcat drafted since 2014. Basham is also the second-highest draft pick under Frank Solich. Blair Brown was drafted 148th overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars, making it the first time since 1972 that Ohio had multiple draft picks in the same season. Casey Sayles signed a free agent contract with the LA Rams after the draft.
CONSISTENCY AT THE TOP
Head coach Frank Solich begins his 13th season at Ohio University this fall. Solich's 12-year reign as head coach has become a rarity in today's college football landscape. Only three football bowl sub-division coaches have longer tenures with their current team.
Ohio is the only the team in the country that has kept its head coach, offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator in place for the past 13 seasons.
First years at
COACH, Team Season school
1. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa 1999 18
2. Gary Patterson, TCU 2000 17
3. Frank Solich, Ohio 2005 12
Mike Gundy, Okla. State 2005 12
Kyle Wittingham, Utah 2005 12