Sept. 25, 2006
ATHENS, Ohio - For the first time since Sept. 2, the Ohio football team (2-2, 1-0 MAC) will play in front of its home crowd when the Bowling Green Falcons (2-2, 1-1 MAC) come to Peden Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 30. The Bobcats won their only home game of the season to date, defeating UT Martin, 29-3.
A win against the Falcons would give the Bobcats their best five-game start since the 1997 team began 4-1. It would also snap a four-game losing streak to Bowling Green, and mark Ohio's first 2-0 MAC start since the 1999 squad beat Buffalo and Akron en route to a 5-3 conference record.
The Bobcats suffered their second straight defeat last week, losing at Missouri, 31-6. Senior cornerback T.J. Wright (Beaumont, Texas) recorded his second interception in as many weeks, moving into a tie for fifth place all-time at Ohio with 11 career picks. He also broke up three passes to move into second place on the Bobcats' career ledgers for pass break-ups and passes defended. Senior quarterback Austen Everson (Brentwood, Tenn.) threw a touchdown pass for the third straight week to move into a tie for 10th place on the Bobcats' career list (16).
Everson has completed 55-of-92 passes (59.8 percent) this season for 558 yards. He has five scores with only one interception. Junior Kalvin McRae (Decatur, Ga.) leads the team in rushing with 187 yards and three scores.
The Ohio offense, in particular the running game, has been much better in MAC play than in out-of-conference action during the last two years. The Bobcats are averaging just 57 yards per game on the ground in their last six non-conference games. In their last nine conference outings, the Bobcats are running for 205.4 yards per contest.
The Falcons had their two-game winning streak snapped with a 38-3 loss to Kent State last week. The Bowling Green offense enters Saturday's game as the 11th-ranked rushing unit in the nation. The Falcons are averaging 223.25 yards per game.
Bowling Green has used three quarterbacks this season. Freddie Barnes has played in all four games, completing 27-of-50 passes for 210 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Anthony Turner is 28-for-46 for 389 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions in his two games. Tyler Sheehan made his season debut against Kent State, completing 8-of-14 passes for 64 yards and one interception. Zach Charles leads the team with 12 receptions, while Ruben Ruiz has 10 catches for a team-best 123 yards and two touchdowns.
The Falcons rank third in the MAC in total defense, allowing 313.25 yards per game. Most of that has come on the ground. Bowling Green is giving up an average of 176.25 yards per game on the ground, but rank 14th in the nation in pass defense (137.0 ypg). Erique Dozier is the team's leading tackler with 44 stops through the first four games. Terrel White has 36 tackles and is tied for the team lead with 3.5 tackles for loss. Devon Prks and Diyral Briggs each have two sacks.
Bowling Green leads the all-time series with the Bobcats, 34-21-2. The 57 meetings between the two schools is tied for the third most of any Bobcat opponent (Western Michigan). Since 1951, the only season that Ohio and Bowling Green did not play was 2003 when the Falcons were in the MAC West Division.
Saturdays' game is sponsored by WOUB. In addition, the game is also ROTC/Heroes day with military, police and fire personnel being honored. Both the Army and Air Force ROTC will have displays and games set up in the Pepsi Tailgreat Lot before the game. For ticket information, call 1-800-575-CATS.