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Defense, early lead carry Bobcats to win over Zips

Akron settles for 4 field goals as Ohio wins 14-12

AKRON – Ohio’s offense built an early lead, and the defense kept Akron out of the end zone to beat the Zips for the eighth straight time, 14-12, on Saturday at InfoCision Stadium.

Akron outgained Ohio 319-227 in chilly, wet and windy conditions, but settled for four Robert Stein field goals. The final one was a 30-yarder with 3:55 remaining and then forced a three-and-out by the Bobcats, but a Quentin Poling sack set back the Zips, and Ian Wells broke up a fourth-down pass with 1:09 remaining.

Stein’s first field goal came on Akron’s first possession, a 40-yarder with 7:57 remaining.

Ohio (4-1, 1-0 Mid-American Conference) answered back on the ensuing drive, scoring on a 24-yard pass from Derrius Vick to Keith Heitzman, and the Bobcats did... <Read More>

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Video Highlights  (ESPN.com)

Minnesota scores late, holds on in final seconds

Bobcats handed first loss of season

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota scored to go ahead with 30 seconds left, and the Golden Gophers held on to give Ohio its first loss of the season, 27-24, on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.

Shannon Brooks scored on a 3-yard run that capped an 11-play, 78-yard drive that turned a four-point Minnesota deficit into a three-point lead and ultimately the win, but it was far from over then. Daz’mond Patterson’s 56-yard kick return gave the Bobcats (3-1) possession at the Minnesota 43-yard line.

Two straight incompletions were followed by a 7-yard completion from Derrius Vick to Jordan Reid, and Ohio used its final timeout with seven seconds left, sending out Josiah Yazdani to try a 53-yard field goal that could have forced overtime. Minnesota (3-1)... <Read More>

Vick, White lead Bobcats past Lions

Ohio goes to the air in 35-14 win over FCS foe

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ATHENS – With Southeastern Louisiana stuffing the box, Ohio relied on big plays and defense. The Bobcats scored three long touchdowns and got a spark from redshirt freshman Papi White just when they needed it in a 35-14 victory against the Lions on Saturday at Peden Stadium.

Ohio (3-0) led 21-0 at halftime, but SLU (2-1) made a game of it with consecutive scores in the second half. But just when it seemed the momentum was shifting, White struck with one of the Bobcats’ only successful run plays of the day – a 58-yard touchdown on a sweep to the right side.

“We needed something right then at the 10-minute mark and luckily first play, right then, I wouldn’t say took their soul out, but they thought about it,” Ohio quarterback Derrius Vick... <Read More>

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Defense dominates as Ohio beats Marshall 21-10

Thundering Herd limited to 10 first downs, commit 4 turnovers

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ATHENS – A year after being torched by Marshall, the Ohio defense dominated the Thundering Herd and led the way as the Bobcats won the final Battle for the Bell for four years, 21-10, on Saturday night at Peden Stadium.

Ohio limited Marshall to just 262 yards and forced four turnovers. The offense, solid in the first half, scuttled in the second half but managed a game-clinching drive in the closing minutes.

"We went ahead in the series and got “the Bell” back,” Ohio coach Frank Solich said. “The game means an awful lot to the fans in the community, as well as to the players and the coaches. We just wanted to give a great effort and we thought that if we gave a great effort, we were going to have a shot. And obviously that turned out to be... <Read More>

Bobcats roll on offense in season-opening 45-28 win

Ohio scores first 21 points

MOSCOW, Idaho – Ohio opened its season with a 45-28 victory against Idaho on Thursday night at the Kibbie Dome.

The Bobcats (1-0) scored the first 21 points, and the Vandals (0-1) only got as close as 10 points late in the fourth quarter.

Derrius Vick threw touchdown passes of 6 yards to Brendan Cope and 15 yards to Jordan Reid, and Jovon Johnson returned an interception 29 yards for a score as Ohio took control early.

Tight end Keith Heitzman added a 2-yard touchdown reception from J.D. Sprague in the second quarter, and the Bobcats led 28-13 at halftime.

Daz’mond Patterson’s 1-yard touchdown run sealed the victory, and Maleek Irons added a 17-yard touchdown run in the final minute as Ohio was trying to run out the clock.

The quarterback... <Read More>

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Vick to Cope SportsCenter Top 10 Play  (ESPN.com)

Colerain OL Desmond Noel commits to Ohio Football

2016 Cincinnati Colerain High School offensive lineman Desmond Noel announced his commitment to Ohio Football via his Twitter account. The 6-4, 290-pounder was offered by the Bobcats after his showing in their Cincinnati satellite camp in early June.

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BobcatAttack.com Football Recruiting Page  (BobcatAttack.com)
Desmond Noel Recruiting Thread  (BobcatAttack.com)
Video Highlights  (Hudl.com)

Ilyaas and Xavior Motley from Centerville HS commit to Ohio

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Per their Twitter accounts, 2016 cornerbacks Ilyaas and Xavior Motley from Centerville High School have committed to Ohio. Xavior is listed at 6-foot, 165 pounds and held offers from Ball St., BG, EMU, Illinois and Toledo. Xavior's twin brother Ilyaas checks in at 5-11, 150 pounds and also had offers from EMU and Toledo.

Additional Coverage:
BobcatAttack.com Football Recruiting Page  (BobcatAttack.com)
Ilyaas Motley Video Highlights  (Hudl.com)
Xavior Motley Video Highlights  (Hudl.com)

Keystone HS TE Austin Conrad commits to Ohio

Keystone High School (LaGrange, OH) TE Austin Conrad announced his decision to play football at Ohio on his Twitter account. The 6-3, 235-pounder also had offers from Ball St. and Akron.

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BobcatAttack.com Football Recruiting Page  (BobcatAttack.com)
Keystone's Austin Conrad picks Ohio University  (Lorain Morning Journal)
Keystone’s Austin Conrad commits to play football at Ohio University  (Lorain Chronicle-Telegram)
Keystone TE Austin Conrad verbally commits to play football at Ohio University  (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Ohio Football gets verbal from Georgia DE William Evans

Ohio Football has received a verbal commitment from Aquinas (Augusta, GA) High School defensive end William Evans according to Evans' Twitter account. The 6-3, 255-pounder held offers from Air Force, Army and Wyoming among others.

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