Oct. 18, 2006
ATHENS, Ohio - The Bobcat special teams played a key role in Ohio's 20-17 win against Illinois on Oct. 14. Watch Ohio Head Coach Frank Solich talk about the unit's play at his weekly press conference.
The special teams came up with several big plays, including Matt Lasher's game-winning 32-yard field goal with just five seconds remaining. Josh Abrams was also a special teams standout with four tackles, a blocked punt and a 16-yard kick return. Abrams also downed a punt at the Illinois two-yard line.
Since the start of the season, the Bobcats have won the MAC East Division Special Teams Player of the Week four times in seven weeks. Lasher has won the honor twice, as has Chris Garrett, the nation's leading punt returner.
In addition to the special teams talk, Solich discussed the importance of the victory to the program, the emergence of the running game, Matt Lasher's performance and the play of Tyler Russ.
Saturday's game against Buffalo is Homecoming for the Bobcats. Ohio hosts the Bulls at 2 p.m. in Peden Stadium. For ticket information, contact the Ohio Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-575-CATS.