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Rourke scores 3 more rushing touchdowns in Ohio win

Bobcats amass 335 yards on the ground against Falcons

BOWLING GREEN – Ohio quarterback Nathan Rourke continued to make plays with his legs.

Rourke rushed for 143 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Bobcats to a 48-30 victory against Bowling Green Saturday at Doyt Perry Stadium.

A.J. Ouellette added 123 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries, and Dorian Brown added 71 yards on 10 carries as Ohio (5-2, 2-1 Mid-American Conference) racked up 335 yards rushing to more than make up for Rourke’s 7-of-22 passing performance for 105 yards.

"Nathan gives us an added dimension as a quarterback," Ohio coach Frank Solich said. "That is huge for us. There are obviously teams that have that, but there's a lot of teams that don't have that. When you put him into the running game, it gives you a chance... <Read More>

Turnovers, blocked kick return cost Ohio in another loss to Central Michigan

Bobcats suffer 26-23 homecoming setback to Chippewas

ATHENS – Ohio committed four turnovers and had a kick block returned for a touchdown, falling short against Central Michigan, 26-23, on homecoming Saturday at Peden Stadium.

The Bobcats fell behind 26-14 on Shane Morris’ 10-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Conklin with 10:16 remaining, made it interesting in the end, but could not get a stop to get the ball back for a final chance to win.

Tyler Gullett blocked Zach Oakley’s punt through the end zone for a safety with 7:48 to go, making it 26-16, and Nathan Rourke’s 4-yard rushing touchdown with 5:01 left made it a three-point game, but the Bobcats did not get the ball back. Central Michigan (3-3, 1-1 Mid-American Conference) converted three different third downs to run out the block.

The game... <Read More>

Bobcats win shootout over Minutemen, 58-50

Rourke passes for 181 yards, runs for 113 yards

AMHERST, Mass. – Nathan Rourke accounted for 294 yards and two touchdowns to lead Ohio to a shootout win over UMass, 58-50, on Saturday at McGuirk Alumni Stadium.

Rourke threw two touchdown passes and rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns, while A.J. Ouellette carried for 125 yards on just 12 carries as the Bobcats racked up 292 yards rushing and coach Frank Solich earned his 150th career win.

Andrew Ford was 32-of-54 passing for 390 yards and five touchdowns with an interception, but it was not enough for the Minutemen to pick up their first win of the season. Tight end Adam Breneman had 12 catches for 131 yards and two scores.

Ohio’s defense did not get many stops, but the Bobcats kept UMass off the board the first three possessions of... <Read More>

Rourke's 2 overtime TD passes lift Ohio to win

Defense leads the way in regulation

YPSILANTI, Mich. – Nathan Rourke’s second touchdown pass of overtime put Ohio ahead, and the defense held Eastern Michigan on the final possession to allow the Bobcats to escape Rynearson Stadium with a 27-20 double overtime victory over the Eagles to open Mid-American Conference play Saturday.

The go-ahead touchdown pass was on a third-and-6 from Eastern Michigan’s 7. Rourke hooked up with Cameron Odom in the back of the end zone. Rourke also had a third-down completion to Andrew Meyer, who was able to get a foot down along the sideline to extend the drive.

With a chance to answer, Eastern Michigan (2-1, 0-1 MAC) followed a Shaq Vann rush for no gain with an incompletion in the end zone. Antoine Porter bobbled a tipped pass and eventually... <Read More>

Ouellette, Cope help Bobcats bounce back

Ohio extends Kansas' road misery with 42-30 victory

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ATHENS – A.J. Ouellette and Brendan Cope looked like their pre-injury selves, and Ohio’s offense was explosive in a fairly dominant 42-30 victory against Kansas on Saturday at Peden Stadium.

Both players missed the majority of last season, and both put up more than 100 yards against one of the Power 5’s worst teams. The Bobcats scored the game’s first 18 points and maintained a comfortable lead throughout most of the game.

“It’s a good win for our guys,” Ohio coach Frank Solich said. “They bounced back from a difficult game (a 44-21 loss at Purdue). I’m pleased with what they got done today.”

Ouellette broke a 63-yard run on Ohio’s first offensive play and finished with 102 yards on just 10 carries, while Cope caught a 58-yard pass in the... <Read More>

Additional Coverage:
Photos  (BobcatAttack.com)
Boxscore  (Ohio Bobcats.com)

Boilermakers rack up 558 yards in 44-21 win over Bobcats

Long drive, turnovers lead to big Purdue 2nd quarter

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A 93-yard drive spurred a huge second quarter for Purdue, which ran away with a 44-21 victory against Ohio on Friday night at Ross-Ade Stadium.

Down just 10-7, Ohio threatened to tie or take the lead early in the second quarter when Brendan Cope’s 17-yard catch from Nathan Rourke moved the ball across midfield, but the drive stalled inside the 40, and Kyle Nelson tackled punt returner Jackson Antrop at the 3-yard line.

But the Bobcats (1-1) were unable to take advantage of forcing the Boilermakers (1-1) into bad field position. Tario Fuller got his team out of the shadow of its own end zone with a 22-yard run, and a 38-yard completion from David Blough to Brycen Hopkins on a third-down play eventually led to a 1-yard... <Read More>

Ohio blows out Hampton, 59-0, in season opener

Bobcats post biggest win in 80 years

Lonnie McMillan Photo
ATHENS – Ohio opened the 2017 season with one of its most dominant performances in history, blowing out Hampton, 59-0, on Saturday at Peden Stadium.

The Bobcats scored their most points in a game since they put 63 on the board against Northern Illinois in 1976 and had their biggest margin of victory since an 80-0 win against Rio Grande in 1937.

Ohio took advantage of short fields all night because Hampton’s offense was unable to move the ball, finishing with just 108 yards of offense. The Bobcats finished with 420 yards.

“At first the yards were tough to come by, but our offense was able to keep itself on the field by making first downs,” Ohio coach Solich said. “I think it was a wear-down effect. That's the way it usually is if you have a... <Read More>

Additional Coverage:
Photos  (BobcatAttack.com)
Boxscore  (Ohio Bobcats.com)

Ohio Football picked by media to win MAC East

Ohio was picked to win the MAC East in a media poll at the MAC Football Media Day. The Bobcats, winners of the East last year, edged out Miami in this year's voting.

Team (First Place Votes) Points

MAC East Division

1. Ohio (11) 131
2. Miami (12) 129
3. Bowling Green (1) 88
4. Akron 79
5. Buffalo 41
6. Kent State 36

MAC West Division

1. Toledo (22) 142
2. Western Michigan (1) 107
3. Northern Illinois (1) 89
4. Eastern Michigan 74
5. Central Michigan 62
6. Ball State 30

2017 MAC Championship Game Winner: Toledo (21), Western Michigan (1), Bowling Green (1), Miami (1).

Additional Coverage:
MAC Football 2017: Toledo, Ohio University picked as division winners in preseason poll  (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Ohio Football Picked First In East In MAC Preseason Media Poll  (Ohio Bobcats.com)

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