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Ohio Football Set For Showdown At Bowling Green Saturday

Ohio Football Set For Showdown At Bowling Green Saturday



Venue - Doyt L. Perry Stadium
Capacity - 24,000
Playing Surface - Turf
Series vs. Bowling Green - 26-40-2
Last Meeting - W, 30-24 - Oct. 8, 2016
Television - ESPN3
Talent - Jim Barber (PBP), Bobby Carpenter (Color)
Ohio Radio - Ohio IMG Sports Network
Talent - Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius
Websites - OhioBobcats.com, BGSUFalcons.com

-Ohio hits the road to face MAC East opponent Bowling Green Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
-The game will be carried live on ESPN3.
-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 is coming off a 26-23 loss to Central Michigan last Saturday
-Bowling Green earned its first win of the season last Saturday, 37-29 over Miami.
-Ohio sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke rushed for three touchdowns in Ohio's loss to CMU.
-Ohio RS senior linebacker Chad Moore had his second straight game with an interception against CMU. Moore is second on the team with 38 tackles and leads Ohio with two picks.
-Ohio has had a 100-plus yard rusher in the last four straight games (Rourke vs. CMU, Ouellette vs. Umass, EMU, Kansas).
-RS Senior cornerback Bradd Ellis is third in the country averaging 1.8 passes defended per game. He had his first pick six of his career to give Ohio its first touchdown at EMU.
-Head Coach Frank Solich is third in All-Time career MAC wins with 92. He will need 17 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's record against CMU is now 5-25
-Ohio had 190 yards rushing, Ohio had 160 yards passing for 350 yards of total offense
-Sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke went 17-31 with 160 passing yards and 105 rushing and scored all three Ohio touchdowns
Rourke threw his first career interception and had three fumbles, also the first of his career
-RS senior Brenden Cope had six catches for 58-yards to lead Ohio's receiving corps
-RS senior Troy Mangen had three catches for 26-yards
-RS junior Andrew Meyer had two catches for 39 yards
-RS junior A.J. Ouellette recorded 65 rushing yards on 15 carries, marking the first time he was below 100-yards rushing in four weeks
-RS junior running back David Burroughs had his first career action with one catch for four yards
-RS senior linebacker Chad Moore had his second interception of the season and returned it for 11 yards
-Moore and junior linebacker Evan Croutch both finished with nine tackles. Moore also finished with two TFL
-RS senior Brad Ellis recorded an interception on a CMU two-point attempt
-Ellis finished with eight tackles, five solo and had a pass breakup.
-RS senior Wyatt Shallman recorded one sack in the game, it was his career debut for the
-RS senior Tony Porter and RS senior Cleon Aloese each recorded a half sack
-Ohio had three pass breakups from Ellis, Kylan Nelson and Javon Hagan
-RS sophomore kicker Louie Zervos had his only field goal attempt blocked. It was the first FG attempt blocked against Ohio since Miami in 2016
-RS junior Tyler Gullett blocked a Central Michigan punt to earn a safety for Ohio, the first time Ohio blocked a punt since Eastern Illinois in 2014
- RS sophomore Michael Farkas had two punts inside the 20 for the fourth time this season

Ohio trails Bowling Green 26-40-2 in the all-time series which dates back to the 1945 season. Ohio beat Bowling Green 30-24 snapping a four game winning streak by the Falcons in the series, on Oct. 8, 2016 at Peden Stadium. In the Bobcats last trip to Bowling Green, the Falcons took a 62-24 win over the Bobcats on Nov. 11, 2015. Head coach Frank Solich is currently 5-7 all-time against BG.

- RS SO Maleek Irons had two rushing touchdowns in the first half for Ohio
- RS SO Maleek Irons totaled 74 yards for the game. His longest rush was for 30 yards and he averaged 6.4 yards.
- Ohio was 4-4 in red zone efficiency, earning 27 points throughout the game.
- RS SR Greg Windham was 20-27 in passing, threw for 190 yards, and recorded one TD and one INT.
- RS FR Quinton Maxwell made a brief appearance for Ohio, going 1-2 in passing and earning 13 yards.
- Ohio recorded three touchdowns and one field goal in the first half.
- SR Sebastian Smith was the top receiver for the Bobcats and recorded five receptions for 72 total yards and one touchdown. He averaged 14.4 yards and was targeted seven times.
- RS SR Bo Hardy led Ohio with 16 rushes for a total of 83 yards.
- SR Tarell Basham now has 6.5 sacks on the year. Basham also recorded four tackles, one solo, broke up one pass and two tackles for loss.
- RS FR Javon Hagan and RS SR Blair Brown each had nine tackles in the game. Hagan recorded seven solo tackles while Brown had eight.
- Ohio recorded 17 points off turnovers.
- Ohio intercepted RS FR James Morgan twice in the first half, once in the second half and forced a total of four turnovers.
- Ohio recorded four sacks on the night.
- RS FR Michael Farkas punted five times for 245 yards, averaging 49 yards. His longest punt was 74 yards and he placed three punts inside the opposing 20.

RS junior running back A.J. Ouellete has hit 100-yards for three out of the last four weeks with rushing performances of 102 - Kansas, 140 - Eastern Michigan and 125 against UMass. Ouellette now leads the Mid-American Conference averaging 88.8 rushing yards per game. Ouellette has three rushing touchdowns and is averaging 6.3 yards per carry for 533 total rush yards this season. Sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke has hit 100-yards rushing the last two games with 118 yards at UMass and 105 against CMU last weekend.

The Bobcats rank eighth in the country converting 50.5% of their third down attempts and are ninth in fourth down conversion (80%), Ohio is ranked 13th in the country in red zone offense, scoring 93.5% of the time in the Red Zone, their percentage also leads the Mid-American Conference. The Bobcats are 19th in the nation in punt return defense at 2.33, which ranks fourth in the MAC. Ohio is 23rd in scoring offense averaging 38.3 points per game which is second in the MAC behind Western Michigan (42.8). Individually, Ohio RS senior cornerback Bradd Ellis is third in the NCAA averaging 1.8 passes defended per game, which leads the MAC. Sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke is fourth in the country and first in the MAC with nine rushing touchdowns while ranking 17th in scoring and 24th in points responsible for per game. Ohio RS junior running back A.J. Ouellette is 20th in the country with 533 rushing yards.

Ohio's rushing defense ranks second in the MAC and has held opponents to 113.0 yards per game and six rushing touchdowns. Ohio has held its opponents to under 70-yards rushing three times this season. Hampton had 47, EMU had 45 and Central Michigan had 68. Opponents are averaging just 3.3 yards per carry against the Bobcats.

Ohio sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke has made a habit of finding the end zone with nine rushing touchdowns and seven passing TDs this season. Rourke leads the MAC in scoring touchdowns averaging 9.0 per game.

Ohio has had some solid play this season out of its two starting corners - RS senior Bradd Ellis and RS junior Jalen Fox have started all six games at corner for the Bobcats. Ellis ranks third in the country and leads the MAC with 11 passes defended (breakups + interceptions) while Fox is 50th in the country and third in the MAC with seven passes defended.

Ohio RS senior linebacker Chad Moore has picked off a pass in each of the last two games leading the Bobcats. Moore has doubled his total interception output with four career picks so far. Moore is second on the team with 38 tackles including 19 solo stops. He has two pass breakups, three tackles for loss and a sack.

Poling had a career day with 19 tackles against UMass while also hitting a career-high nine solo stops. Poling was one of two players with double-digit tackles as Chad Moore also had 12 tackles.

Bowling Green is coming off its first win of the season, 37-29 over Miami. Bowling Green is 1-5 overall with 1-1 mark in the Mid-American Conference and a 0-2 record at home. Mike Jinks is in his second season as the head coach of the Falcons, owning a 5-13 record at BG.

Bowling Green is averaging 19.5 points per game and 366.8 yards of total offense which ranks 10th and eighth, respectively, in the Mid-American Conference. BG is averaging 103.2 yards per game on the ground and 236.7 through the air. Josh Cleveland leads the Falcons averaging 67.7 rushing yards per game and has two rushing touchdowns. James Morgan has taken the most snaps for the squad going 73-159 with four interceptions and seven passing touchdowns. He has 1,007 yards passing with an average of 201.4 per game. The top target has been Scott Miller who has caught 31 passes for 306 yards with two touchdown. Teo Redding is second on the squad with 27 targets for 419 yards and three touchdowns.

BG has given up an average of 34.3 points per game to its opponents and is allowing 528.2 yards of total offense including 296.3 through the air and 231.8 on the ground. BG ranks last in the MAC in total defense. Linebacker Brandon Harris leads the falcons with 46 total tackles including 33 tackles for loss. He has three fumble recoveries for 123 return yards, including the deciding score against Miami last week, a 93-yard return. Linebacker Nate Locke is second on the squad with 45 tackles including 18 solo stops while linebacker Armani Posey is third on the team with 42 stops and 22 solo hits.

Ohio dropped a 26-23 loss to CMU last weekend snapping a three game winning streak. Ohio is off to a 4-2 start and is 2-1 on the road.

Ohio is averaging 38.3 points per game, which ranks second in the MAC and Ohio's 410.5 per game total offense ranks fourth in the MAC. Ohio is averaging 212.7 yards on the ground and 197.8 through the air. Redshirt junior running back A.J. Ouellette leads Ohio's rushing attack with 88.8 yards per game and three touchdowns. Ouellette is averaging 6.3 yards per carry which leads the MAC. Sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke has gone 82-135 for 973 yards with seven passing touchdowns, nine rushing touchdowns and one interception. RS senior wide receiver Brendan Cope is leading the team with 25 catches averaging 13.6 per reception and has 341 yards and two receiving touchdowns.

Ohio is holding its opposition to 28.3 points per game and 389.0 yards of total offense per game including 113.0 on the ground and 276.0 through the air. Redshirt senior linebacker Quentin Poling leads the Bobcats with 53 tackles and 22 solo stops so far this season. Poling has 4.0 tackles for loss and a half sack on the season with two forced fumbles. RS senior linebacker Chad Moore is second on the squad with 35 tackles and 19 solo stops. Moore also has one sack and three tackles for loss with two interception and two pass breakups. Ellis has 10 pass breakups and one interception while Fox has six pass breakups with one interception.

-Give head coach Frank Solich his 93rd win at Ohio (93-69) and 151 career win (151-88)
-Move Ohio to 27-40-2 against Bowling Green
-Move Ohio to at least 5-3 for just the fourth time under head coach Frank Solich
-Move Ohio to 2-1 in MAC Play for the third straight year

RS senior tight end Troy Mangen had two receiving touchdowns for the first time in his career against Kansas, catching three passes for 35 yards and two scores.

Ohio's OT win over Eastern Michigan was the first overtime win since Ohio beat North Texas in double-overtime, Sept. 12, 2009, 31-30. It was Ohio's first overtime game since the opener last season, when Ohio dropped a 56-53 triple-overtime thriller to Texas State.

Ohio used just one quarterback for the first time this season when Nathan Rourke took each snap under center for the Bobcats. Rourke was 19-31 and threw two touchdown passes in OT to lead the Bobcats in the win. Rourke is averaging 158 yards per game passing and has gone 52-81 for 632 yards so far this season. He has also rushed for 74 yards and has 706 yards of total offense this season.

Ohio has been very successful this season in the red zone scoring on 26 of its 27 trips (96.3%) inside the 20, including 22 touchdowns (85%). That percentage sits atop the Mid-American Conference and ranks the Bobcats 13th nationally, with 17 teams log-jammed for the top spot. Last season, Ohio converted on 82% of its trips to the red zone (49-60) and scored touchdowns 45% (27-60) of the time.


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