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ATHENS, Ohio -- Junior quarterback Nathan Rourke (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) of the Ohio football team has been named the Mid-American Conference East Division Week Six Offensive Player of the Week, as announced by the league office today.
Rourke kept it himself and scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:28 to go to help lead Ohio (3-2, 1-0 MAC) to a 27-26 victory over Kent State (1-5, 0-2 MAC) to open Mid-American Conference play with a win last Saturday (Oct. 6) at Dix Stadium in Kent, Ohio. Rourke completed 18-of-20 passes in the win, setting an Ohio record for completion percentage in a game by connecting on 90 percent of his attempts. He threw for 284 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also added 49 yards on the ground on 15 rushing attempts -- including his game-winning touchdown.
Rourke earns MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second week in a row and fifth time in his career. He is one of three Bobcats to garner weekly conference honors in 2018. Redshirt junior punter Michael Farkas (Mishawaka, Ind.) was named MAC East Division Special Teams Player of the Week for week three while junior kick returner DL Knock (Springboro, Ohio), earned honors for week one.
Ohio is set to play its second-straight road game to open its 2018 MAC schedule, visiting DeKalb, Ill., on Saturday (Oct. 13) for a key early season matchup against West Division foe Northern Illinois (3-3, 3-0 MAC). Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Huskie Stadium.
Saturday's contest will be broadcast live on ESPN+ with Shawn Kenney and Al Groh on the call. The game can also be heard on the Ohio IMG Sports Network. Russ Eisenstein returns for his 11th season as the "Voice of the Bobcats." Ohio alum Rob Cornelius, who has been a part of the broadcasts for close to two decades, is back in the booth. The 12-station network has an over-the-air coverage area that hits three states. In addition, the broadcasts are available online through OhioBobcats.com and TuneIn.com/OhioBobcats.com. They are also free on the TuneIn app.