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Western Michigan holds off Ohio, 29-23, to win MAC Championship

Windham provides spark, but is intercepted in final minute


DETROIT – Robert Spillane intercepted Ohio’s Greg Windham inside Western Michigan’s 30-yard line with 51 seconds remaining, and the Broncos held on to defeat the Bobcats, 29-23, on Friday night to remain undefeated and in contention for the Cotton Bowl while denying Ohio its first Mid-American Conference championship since 1968.

Windham, a senior, came on in relief of redshirt freshman Quinton Maxwell and nearly rallied the Bobcats, who trailed 23-7 at halftime. Ohio’s defense also did its part, limiting the high-scoring Western Michigan offense to five field goals and two touchdowns in by far the highest-attended MAC Championship Game with a crowd of 45,615 at Ford Field.

“It was a good football game, I thought, played by two very good... <Read More>





Marshall puts 5 in double figures in 98-88 win over Ohio

Campbell's 29 points, 16 rebounds not enough


HUNTINGTON, W. Va. – Marshall shot 48.4 percent and made 25 free throws in handing Ohio its first loss of the season, 98-88, on Wednesday night at the Cam Henderson Center.

Antonio Campbell had 29 points and 16 rebounds, but it was not enough. Jon Elmore led five Marshall players in double figures with 28 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

The Thundering Herd (5-1) led 42-38 after the first half, but the Bobcats (4-1) began the second half with a 9-0 run to take the lead. Campbell and Jaaron Simmons had baskets to tie the game before Gavin Block knocked down a 3-pointer to give Ohio the lead. A Campbell layup extended the Bobcats’ lead to 47-42 only two minutes into the second half.

But it did not last. With Ohio leading 49-45... <Read More>





Dartis, Carter lead Bobcats to win

Ohio overcomes slow start


ATHENS – Jordan Dartis scored 22 points, while freshman Jason Carter had 17 points in Ohio’s 68-57 victory against Tennessee Tech on Friday night at The Convo.

With the victory, the Bobcats (4-0) went unbeaten in the round robin Global Sports Shootout, but it was not easy early. Ohio fell behind 20-11 midway through the first half before turning things around.

Jaaron Simmons hit a 3-pointer, which was followed by a Jason Carter free throw. Rodney Culver got a dunk off of a Simmons steal, and Carter followed with two foul shots to cap an 8-0 run that got the Bobcats to within one.

Dartis, who finished 6 of 12 on 3-pointers, hit one from deep to tie the game at 24 at the 5:35 mark in the first half, and a Campbell putback dunk finally moved... <Read More>





MAC East champs: Defense carries Bobcats to 9-3 win over Zips

Zervos kicks 3 field goals


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ATHENS – Defense carried Ohio to a 9-3 victory against Akron and the Mid-American Conference East Division championship Tuesday night at Peden Stadium.

The Bobcats (8-4, 6-2 MAC) limited the Zips (5-7, 3-5 MAC) to only 231 yards of offense, and Brad Ellis broke up Tyrell Goodman’s pass intended for Austin Wolf in the end zone with 16 seconds left to seal victory against the Zips for the ninth straight time.

“Ugly is in the eyes of the beholder,” Ohio coach Frank Solich said. “That was a beautiful win. Sometimes you have to win those games that kind of way to move on and have the kind of season you hope to have. They don’t all come easy."

Defense gave Akron a chance, holding Ohio to Louis Zervos’ third field goal of the game – a 23-yarder –... <Read More>





Campbell leads Bobcats past Yellow Jackets

Ohio gets 67-61 victory in 1st road game of season


ATLANTA – Antonio Campbell had 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead Ohio to a 67-61 victory against Georgia Tech on Friday night at McCamish Pavilion.

Jaaron Simmons added 17 points and nine assists, and Kenny Kaminski hit 5-of-8 3-pointers to score 15 points.

Ben Lammers had 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Tadric Jackson had 17 points for the Yellow Jackets (2-1).

Ohio (3-0) took the lead for good on a Gavin Block three-point play with 6:14 remaining, and Simmons scored a layup to make it a five-point game, 57-52.

After a Lammers dunk, Campbell scored a layup and Simmons hit a shot to give Ohio its biggest lead, 61-54. Georgia Tech got back within a possession on two free throws by Quinton Stephens and another Lammers dunk, but Campbell hit... <Read More>





Ohio's comeback comes up short at Central Michigan, 27-20

Maxwell intercepted in end zone in final minute


MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Amari Coleman intercepted Quinton Maxwell in the end zone on fourth-and-13 from the 15, and Central Michigan held on for a 27-20 victory against Ohio to become bowl eligible and keep Ohio from clinching the Mid-American Conference East Division on Tuesday night at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

The Bobcats (7-4, 5-2 MAC) fell behind 17-0 but tied the game at 20 early in the fourth quarter before the Chippewas (6-4, 3-4 MAC) scored the game-winning 8-yard touchdown on a one-handed catch by tight end Tyler Conklin on a third-and-goal with 5:51 remaining.

Ohio gained two first downs before its next drive stalled at the Central Michigan 42-yard line when Maxwell fumbled while being sacked by Joe Ostman on fourth down. But the... <Read More>





Hot-shooting Bobcats blow out Bearkats, 96-75

Ohio connects on 15 of 27 3-pointers


ATHENS – Ohio knocked down 15 3-pointers in 27 attempts and ran away with a 96-75 victory against Southland Conference favorite Sam Houston State on Monday night at The Convo.

The Bobcats (2-0) led by 15 at halftime and extended their lead to 65-39 in the first four minutes of the second half.

Antonio Campbell had 20 points and nine rebounds to lead the way, while Jordan Dartis and Kenny Kaminski – who made all five of his 3-point tries – both finished with 17 points.

Ohio made 10 of its 3-pointers in the first half in 17 attempts and then continued its hot shooting early in the second half. Kaminski, Dartis and Campbell hit shots from beyond the arc in the first two minutes of the second half to make it 54-34.

Campbell added a layup, a... <Read More>





Balanced Bobcats win 13 straight season opener

Five Ohio players score 9 or more points


ATHENS – Ohio had five players score nine or more points as the Bobcats won their 13th straight season opener, 77-67, over Southern on Saturday afternoon at The Convo.

Jordan Dartis led Ohio in scoring with 15 points, while Kenny Kaminski and Antonio Campbell each added 14 points. Jaaron Simmons had 11 points, and freshman Rodney Culver scored nine points.

The Bobcats (1-0) led 42-38 at halftime and did not trail in the second half. The Jaguars tied it at 44 before a 9-0 run on three 3-pointers – the first two by Kaminski and the last by Dartis – made it 53-44.

Ohio held its biggest lead, 64-51, on a Kaminski 3-pointer with 9:11 remaining, and Southern got only as close as seven, 69-62, with 2:58 to go.

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Ohio starts fast in 34-10 victory against Buffalo

Bobcats run out to 20-0 lead in 1st half


ATHENS – Ohio scored on the first play from scrimmage, racked up a big early lead and rolled to a 34-10 victory against Buffalo on Thursday night at Peden Stadium, putting the Bobcats one win away from clinching the Mid-American Conference East Division title with two games to go.

Quinton Maxwell hit Papi White for a 73-yard touchdown pass on Ohio’s first offensive play, and the Bobcats went up 20-0 in the second quarter, never allowing the Bulls into the game.

“We certainly played well enough to win by 24 points, so that is a good victory, but I am really proud of this football team,” Ohio coach Frank Solich said.

Javon Hagan’s 60-yard return of an interception set up a 32-yard Louis Zervos field goal with 3:08 left in the first quarter... <Read More>





Brown leads Ohio to 1st win at Toledo since 1967

Bobcats never trail, hold off Rockets late


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TOLEDO – It was a streak longer than the Mid-American Conference championship drought.

Dorian Brown rushed for 212 yards, and Ohio defeated Toledo, 31-26, for the Bobcats’ first road victory against the Rockets since 1967.

"This team is amazing; they never quit," Ohio coach Frank Solich said. "Toledo is an outstanding football team. They are always prepared and play the whole game. It took us the whole game to put them away. I thought our guys responded well on both sides of the ball."

After forcing a punt with about a minute to play, Toledo (5-2, 3-1 Mid-American Conference) had a chance to rally after trailing the whole game by going 75 yards without any timeouts, but after a 23-yard completion from Logan Woodside to Cody Thompson on the... <Read More>








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