GAME 11 - OHIO AT AKRON | AKRON, OHIO | INFOCISION STADIUM-SUMMA FIELD | NOV. 14, 2017 | 7 p.m. ET
Venue - Infocision Stadium-Summa Field
Capacity - 30,000
Playing Surface - Turf
Series vs. Toledo - 19-13-1
Last Meeting - W, 9-3 - Nov. 22, 2016
Television - ESPN2
Talent - Matt Schick (PBP), Tom Luginbill (Color)
Ohio Radio Ohio - IMG Sports Network
Talent - Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius
Websites - OhioBobcats.com GoZips.com
FIRST AND 10
-Ohio travels to Akron with the game broadcast on ESPN2 for the third-straight week. Matt Schick and Tom Lauginbill will be calling the action.
-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 38-10 win over Toledo, Ohio has won its last four-straight games.
-Ohio leads the all-time series against Akron 19-13-1 and has won the last nine meetings between the two schools. In their last two, Ohio has not allowed a touchdown against Akron.
-Akron dropped its last outing, 24-14 against Miami.
-With his four solo tackles against Miami, Ohio RS senior linebacker Quentin Poling became the all-time leader in solo tackles at Ohio. Poling ranks 10th on the Ohio single-season tackle chart with 360 career tackles. He needs 28 more to move into a tie with Scott Zele (1990-92) with 388.
-Ohio soph. quarterback Nathan Rourke moved into second on the single-season rushing touchdown (17) category and ranks second on the single-season touchdowns responsible for (31). Ohio's record for rushing touchdowns is 19 and touchdowns responsible for is 38.
-Ohio has had a 100-plus yard rusher in the last seven straight games (Rourke vs. CMU, BG, Toledo - Ouellette vs. UMass, EMU, Kansas - Brown vs. Kent State, Toledo).
-Rourke ranks second in the country in rushing touchdowns and is the top ranked QB on the list. He ranks seventh nationally with 19 total touchdowns.
-Head Coach Frank Solich is third in All-Time career MAC wins with 94. He will need 16 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 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.
-Poling needs 28 more tackles to move into 9th on the career tackle list.
-Ohio RS junior running back A.J. Ouellette moved into 9th on the career rushing list with 2,414 yards. Ouellette needs 111 more yards to move into a tie with Arnold Welcher (2,525) for eighth. Kalvin McRae holds the Ohio record with 4,398 career rushing yards.
-Ohio sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke currently has 17 rushing touchdowns which ranks second on the single-season list. Rourke needs two more rushing touchdown to move into a first place tie with Kalvin McRae who holds the Bobcats single-season record with 19 rushing touchdowns.
-Rourke is second in single-season touchdowns responsible for with 31. Ohio's single-season record was set by Tyler Tettleton in 2011 with 38.
-Rourke's 14 passing touchdowns ranks in a tie for seventh on the single-season list.
-RS senior cornerback Bradd Ellis needs just one more pass breakup to tie the season record at Ohio with 18. T.J. Wright set the current record in 2006. Ellis also needs three more passes defended (INT+PBU) to tie Wright for first place in that category.
-Ohio RS sophomore kicker Louie Zervos moved into second on the field goals made list with 41. He needs 38 more to tie Matt Weller who holds the career record at Ohio.
-Ohio is averaging 41.2 points per game which is the most productive offense in school history. The current record is 37.6 points per game set in the 1968 season.
-Ohio's 35 rushing touchdowns ranks second all-time at Ohio. The record of 40 was set in 1968.
-Ohio's 409 points scored ranks third-most in a single-season at Ohio. The Bobcats need just a field goal to tie for second (412) and 18 more to tie for the lead set during the 2011 season (429).
-Ohio's total offense of 4,352 yards ranks ninth on the single-season chart. Ohio needs 22 yards to move into eighth.
-Ohio's rushing yard total of 2,489 yards is just off their 10th-most in a season. Ohio needs 96 yards to move into a tie for 10th.
-The Bobcats finished with 532 total yards on the game, a season-high, and it marked the second time in as many years Ohio has had over 500-yards of total offense against Toledo.
-Ohio recorded 393 rushing yards, the third time this season the Bobcats posted a 300-plus yard rushing game and a season-high in rushing for the Bobcats.
-RS senior running back Dorian Brown rushed for 62 yards for the first touchdown of the game. Brown finished with 142 yards rushing to lead Ohio on the ground. It marked the second time Brown has broken 100-yards this season.
-Brown's 62-yard run marks a career-high.
-RS sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke finished with 139 passing yards, 115 rushing yards, two total touchdowns and was 7 of 15 on the night.
-Rourke's 115 rushing yards marks the fourth time this season he's recorded 100-plus yards rushing.
-Rourke's 17 touchdowns is the most by an Ohio quarterback in a single-season and ranks second among all players - Kalvin McRae holds the single-season record with 19.
-Marks the seventh game this season Ohio has had a 100-plus yard rusher and the third time Ohio has had two players with 100-plus yards rushing
-RS junior wide receiver Papi White finished with three receptions for 91 yards.
-Ohio held Toledo to 53 yards rushing, it was the fifth time this season Ohio has held an opponent to less than 100 rushing yards and a season-low for the Rockets.
-Ohio held its opponent to 10 points or less for the third time this season.
-Toledo's 10 points was the lowest scoring game this season for the Rockets.
-RS senior linebacker Quentin Poling recorded 12 tackles, three sacks and three tackles for loss along with one quarterback hurry.
-Poling is now the all-time leader in tackles for loss with at Ohio (44.0).
-RS senior linebacker Chad Moore recorded six tackles and one tackle for loss.
-RS senior cornerback Bradd Ellis recorded four tackles, two pass breakups and one forced fumble.
-RS seniors Cody Grilliot and Grant Cunningham also recorded forced fumbles for Ohio.
-RS sophomore punter Michael Farkas had two punts for 94 yards including a long of 50 and pinned one inside the 20-yard.
-RS sophomore placekicker Louie Zervos drilled a 44-yard field goal in the second quarter, it was his only FG attempt.
-Zervos was 5-5 on PAT.
Nov. 22, 2016, OHIO vs. AKRON
-Ohio won a game without scoring a touchdown for the first time since 1971.
-RS SO Papi White opened the second quarter with a 13-yard reception from Maxwell. RS SO Maleek Irons followed two plays later with a 21-yard rush.
-Ohio totaled 299-yards (130 rushing, 169 passing).
-Maxwell was 14-25 on the night with 169 yards.
-Logging three team sacks, the Bobcats set a new single season sack record with 40.
-Ohio held Akron to under 30 total yards of offense through the first quarter.
-Ohio held Akron under 50 total yards of offense in the first half.
-RS JR Trent Smart sacked Tyrell Goodman to set the Ohio season-high sack record at 39.
-SR Tarell Basham sacked Goodman to increase the Ohio season-high sack record to 40.
-RS JR Bradd Ellis broke up three passes.
-Basham had three quarterback hurries.
-RS FR Louie Zervos was 3-3 on FG in the game, scoring from 37, 49 and 23 yards out for a total of 111-yards.
-With his 25th made field goal of the year, Zervos tied the NCAA record for field goals made by a freshman.
Ohio has had at least one 100-yard rusher in seven games this season. RS junior running back A.J. Ouellete has had four games - Kansas (102), EMU (145), UMass (125) and Bowling Green (123). Sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke has hit 100-yards rushing four times UMass (113), CMU (105), Bowling Green (143) and Toledo (115). RS senior running back Dorian Brown rushed for over 100 twice Kent State (108) and Toledo (142). Ohio has also had three receiving performances above 100-yards with RS junior wide receiver Papi White racking up 103 at Purdue and RS senior wide receiver Brendan Cope picking up 104 against Kansas and 126 against UMass.
Ohio's rushing defense ranks second in the MAC and has held opponents to 116.0 yards per game and nine rushing touchdowns. Ohio has held its opponents to under 70-yards rushing four times this season. Hampton had 47, EMU had 45 ,Central Michigan had 68 and Toledo had 53. Opponents are averaging just 3.5 yards per carry against the Bobcats.
RECORD BOOKS FOR POLING
Ohio RS senior linebacker Quentin Poling has set two career records this season setting new marks with 212 solo tackles and 44.0 tackles for loss. Polling ranks 10th on the career tackle chart (360) and needs 28 more to move into ninth.
FINDING THE ENDZONE
Ohio sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke has made a habit of finding the end zone with 17 rushing touchdowns and 14 passing TDs this season. Rourke leads the MAC in scoring touchdowns averaging 10.2 points per game. Rourke has rushed for three touchdowns on three different occasions this season including accounting for all six TDs against Miami.
300-PLUS YARDS RUSHING
Ohio has broken the 300-yard rushing barrier three times this season including hitting a season-high of 393 rushing yards against Toledo. Ohio racked up 300-plus rushing yards for two weeks in a row with a 336 against Kent State and 335 against Bowling Green. The Bobcats haven't posted back-to-back 300-plush rushing games since 2015. Ohio is averaging 248.9 rushing yards per game, which ranks second in the Mid-American Conference.
With their win over Kent State, Ohio became bowl eligible for the ninth straight season which leads the Mid-American Conference. Only 11 teams have longer bowl eligible streaks than Ohio, with Florida State leading the country with 35 years of bowl eligibility.
1. Ohio - 9 years (2008-2017) *
T2. Toledo - 4 years (2014-2017)*
3. Western Michigan - 3 years ( 2014-2016)
3. Central Michigan - 3 years (2014-2015)
*Bowl Eligible this year
REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS
Ohio Sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke has been rewriting the Ohio record books for rushing by a quarterback. Rourke ranks second in single-season rushing touchdowns with 17. He also ranks second in touchdowns responsible for with 31 and needs seven more to move into a tie with Tyler Tettleton (2011) with 38.
Ohio RS junior running back A.J. Ouellette is on pace to be the Bobcats first 1,000 yard rusher since Beau Blankenship in 2012 (1,604). Ouellette has 897 yards rushing so far this season and is averaging 89.7 yards per game, which ranks third in the MAC. Ouellette has already eclipsed his best rushing season to date, when he rushed for 804 yards a true freshman.
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 10 games at corner for the Bobcats. Ellis ranks third in the country and leads the MAC with 19 passes defended (breakups + interceptions) while Fox is sixth in the MAC with 10 passes defended. Ellis has made two pick sixes this season while Fox has two picks for 38 yards returned.
CAREER DAY FOR POLING
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.
Akron stands at 5-5 with a 4-2 record in MAC play. Akron is coming off a 24-14 loss at Miami last week. The Zips are one game behind the Bobcats in the MAC East standings.
Akron is averaging 324.8 yards of total offense per game with 105.0 on the ground and 219.8 through the air. They are averaging 21.8 points per game and have produced 52 points off turnovers. Thomas Woodson has started in nine of the Zips games so far this season at quarterback but missed the game against Miami. He has gone 154-264 passing for 1,742 yards with 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He is averaging 193.6 yards per game passing. Kato Nelson, who played in place of Woodson has gone 25-49 passing for 341 yards and one touchdown while also throwing one interception. Tra'Von Chapman has been the top target for the Zips this season hauling in 40 catches for 377 yards and two touchdowns. A.J. Coney meanwhile has caught 37 passes for 472 yards and two scores. Manny Morgan and Van Edwards have started the last five games for the Zips. Morgan has rushed for 241 with a score while Edwards has rushed for 221 with two scores.
Akron has given up 441.6 yards of total offense to its opponents allowing 185.8 on the ground and 255.8 through the air while allowing opponents to score 24.9 points per game. Ulysees Gilbert leads the Zips with 92 tackles so far this season which is tied with Ohio's Poling for second in the MAC. Gilbert has 48 solo stops 4.5 tackles for loss, four sacks and two interceptions on the season. Alvin Davis is second on the team with 57 tackles and 39 solo stops.
Ohio is coming off a 38-10 win over West Division leader Toledo last week. The Bobcats have won four-straight games and are currently sitting atop the MAC East.
Ohio is averaging 40.9 points per game, which leads the MAC and Ohio's 435.2 per game total offense ranks second in the league. Ohio is averaging 248.9 yards on the ground and 186.3 through the air. Redshirt junior running back A.J. Ouellette leads Ohio's rushing attack with 897 yards per game and seven touchdowns. Ouellette is averaging 5.7 yards per carry which ranks second in the league. Sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke has gone 125-222 for 1,643 yards with 14 passing touchdowns, 17 rushing touchdowns and four interceptions. Rourke's rushing touchdown total ranks third in the country and leads the MAC. RS senior wide receiver Brendan Cope is leading the team with 33 catches averaging 14.3 per reception and has 471 yards and four receiving touchdowns.
Ohio is holding its opposition to 24.1 points per game and 368.5 yards of total offense per game including 116.0 on the ground and 252.5 through the air. Redshirt senior linebacker Quentin Poling leads the Bobcats with 92 tackles and 40 solo stops so far this season. Poling has 11.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks on the season with three forced fumbles. RS senior linebacker Chad Moore is second on the squad with 61 tackles and 34 solo stops. Moore also has one sack and 4.5 tackles for loss with three interception and four pass breakups. Ellis has 17 pass breakups and two interceptions while Fox has nine pass breakups with one interception.
AN OHIO WIN WOULD...
-Give head coach Frank Solich his 97th win at Ohio (97-69) and 155th career win (155-88)
-Capture the MAC East Championship for Ohio
-Move Ohio to 20-13-1 against Akron
-Move Solich to 11-12 against Toledo
-Extend Ohio to 10-wins over Akron in a row
-Move Ohio to at least 9-2 for just the second time under head coach Frank Solich
-Move Ohio to 6-1 in MAC play
IN THE RED ZONE
Ohio has been very successful this season in the red zone scoring on 48 of its 52 trips (92%) inside the 20, including 42 touchdowns (81%). That percentage sits atop the Mid-American Conference and ranks the Bobcats fifth nationally, with Georgia leading the country averaging 97.2-percent. Last season, Ohio converted on 82% of its trips to the red zone (49-60) and scored touchdowns 45% (27-60) of the time.
Ohio red shirt sophomore punter Michael Farkas has been solid in the punting game so far this season for Ohio. Farkas has 44 punts for 1,1794 yards and has pinned 18 punts inside the 20-yardline with 16 fair catches and just two touchback. Farkas also pulled off a fake punt at Purdue and picked up a first down on a 16-yard rush. Farkas is averaging 41.3 yards per punt with a long of 52. Farkas also teamed up for a two-point conversion with junior long snapper Jake Hale against Hampton.
SOLICH MOVES INTO THIRD IN MAC CAREER WINS
Head coach Frank Solich moved into third in MAC Career Head Coaching Victories. Solich needs 12 more wins to move into a tie with Bill Hess for second all-time in MAC Career Coaching wins.
Most MAC Head Coaching Wins, Career
1. 110, Herb Deromedi, Central Michigan, 1978-93
2. 108, Bill Hess, Ohio, 1958-77
3. 96, Frank Solich, Ohio, 2005-present
AMONG THE BEST IN THE MAC
Ohio's 91 wins since 2006 are the second most victories by any school in the Mid-American Conference during that period. Northern Illinois is the only school that has more wins.
1. Northern Illinois - 96
2. Ohio - 91
3. Central Michigan - 81