Sept. 18, 2006
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio football team will finally end its three-game road stretch this Saturday when it travels to Missouri on Sept. 23. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m. ET.
Ohio is coming off a 24-7 loss at Rutgers. Senior quarterback Austen Everson (Brentwood, Tenn.) threw his fourth touchdown pass of the season, already equaling his career high set in 2004 and 2005. Senior tight end Thomas Christy (South Euclid, Ohio) was on the receiving end of the throw to earn his first career touchdown. The Ohio defense had three interceptions in the game, including one by senior cornerback T.J. Wright (Beaumont, Texas). Wright is now tied for ninth all-time at Ohio with 10 career interceptions.
Following the Missouri contest, the Bobcats will get into the heart of MAC play seven of the final eight games against league opponents. Ohio will also get to host back-to-back home games for the only time this season, taking on Bowling Green on Sept. 30 and Western Michigan on Oct. 7.
Missouri is Ohio' second consecutive unbeaten opponent. Rutgers was 2-0 heading into last week's contest in New Jersey.
The Ohio defense ranks among the top five in the MAC in nearly every statistical cateogry. The Bobcats lead the MAC in scoring defense (16.7), pass efficiency defense (84.6), opponent first downs (41), opponent third-down conversions (28.2 percent), opponent fourth down conversions (0-for-3), and red zone defense (66.7 percent).
The Bobcats are second in the league in total defense, allowing 295.0 yards per game. The squad ranks third in pass defense (139.3) and fifth in rushing defense (155.7).
Missouri is 3-0 after defeating New Mexico, 27-17, in Albuquerque last week. The Tigers used a balanced attack, running for 197 yards and passing for 199 yards. Running back Tony Temple led the offensewith 168 yards on the ground. Quarterback Chase Daniel completed 25-of-36 passes for 199 yards and a score. He also ran for 25 yards and a touchdown.
Missouri boasts the nation's fifth-ranked offense, averaging 485.3 yards per game. The Tigers are tied for 11th in rushing with an average of 223.67 yards per contest and are ranked 25th in the nation in pass offense with 261.67 yards per contest. The Tigers' 396 yards at New Mexico was their lowest output of the season. They recorded 589 yards against Murray State and 471 yards against Mississippi.
Temple ranks 11th in the nation in rushing with 119.0 yards per game. He is the third straight top-15 back the Bobcats will have faced. Northern Illinois' Garrett Wolfe leads the nation, while Rutgers' Ray Rice is fourth. Temple has two 100-yard games this season with 119 versus Murray State and 168 against New Mexico. Daniel is 13th in the country in total offense, averaging 282.33 yards per game. Daniel has thrown for 762 yards and seven touchdowns while completing 66.7 percent of his throws (72-for-108). He has also rushed for 87 yards and two scores.
The Tigers' defense is ranked secondinthe nation, allowing just 171.00 yards per game. Marcus Bacon leads the team with 31 tackles and two fumble recoveries. Brian Smith has recorded seven tackles behind the line of scrimmage, including six sacks. As a team, the Tigers have 14 sacks in their three games.
Saturday's game will mark the first-ever meeting between the Bobcats and Tigers.