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Ouellete, Ohio blow out Buffalo 52-17

Bobcats rack up 646 yards, force 5 turnovers

ATHENS – Buffalo committed five turnovers, A.J. Ouellette racked up 196 yards rushing as part of Ohio’s 646 yards of total offense and the Bobcats gave the Bulls their first Mid-American Conference loss of the season in blowout fashion, 52-17, on Wednesday night at Peden Stadium.

Buffalo scored first but Ohio rolled after that, building a 31-10 halftime lead that increased to 45-10 by the end of the third quarter.

The victory by the Bobcats (7-4, 5-2 MAC) kept the Bulls (9-2, 6-1 MAC) from clinching the MAC East just yet, though they remain in control, needing just a win against Bowling Green or an Ohio loss to Akron next Friday to lock up a spot in the league championship game.

Nonetheless, Ohio made a statement on both sides of the ball... <Read More>

Comeback effort comes up short for Ohio

Miami holds on 30-28 for first win in series since 2012

OXFORD – Ohio fell into a 21-point hole at halftime and its rally fell short as Miami virtually eliminated the Bobcats from Mid-American Conference East Division contention with a 30-28 victory Wednesday night at Yeager Stadium.

Miami (4-6, 4-2 MAC) scored 21 points in the second quarter to take a 28-7 lead and while Ohio’s defense adjusted, the usually high-powered offense never got in gear.

Dylan Conner’s 28-yard return of a blocked punt got Ohio (6-4, 4-2 MAC) to within 28-21 with 9:14 remaining, and the Bobcats got the ball back but a safety was all the second-half points Miami needed. After a punt pinned the Bobcats at the 1-yard line, Nathan Rourke avoided one defender but turned into Doug Costin and stepped on the end line, making... <Read More>

Ohio forces 6 turnovers in 59-14 blowout of Western Michigan

Rourke accounts for 5 first-half touchdowns

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Ohio dominated its third straight opponent, but this time it was a thorough drubbing of a quality opponent.

After blowing out Mid-American Conference bottom-dwellers Bowling Green and Ball State the last two weeks, the Bobcats routed Western Michigan, 59-14, on Thursday night at Waldo Stadium.

Western Michigan (6-4, 4-2 MAC) committed five first-half turnovers and Ohio (6-3, 4-1 MAC) took advantage while building up a 45-0 lead at the break.

"It's coming like we had hoped," Ohio coach Frank Solich said. "We would have liked to start a little sooner, but they're really playing well now. They can't wait to get out to practice. They've been that kind of team."

After Broncos kicker Gavin Peddie missed a 39-yard field goal... <Read More>

Ohio rolls with 52 points in middle two quarters

Bobcats blow out Cardinals 52-14

ATHENS – Ohio ran up 52 points in the middle two quarters of a 52-14 blowout of Ball State on Thursday night at Peden Stadium.

Down 7-0, The Bobcats scored 31 points in the second quarter to take command and then added on 21 more points in the third quarter, allowing the starts to rest before the start of the fourth quarter.

Ohio (5-3, 3-1 Mid-American Conference) racked up 411 rushing yards and 554 yards of total offense while continuing to show much improvement on defense by giving up just 242 yards.

A.J. Ouellette led the way with 135 yards on 13 carries, Maleek Irons topped 100 yards for the second straight game with 102 on 16 attempts, and Nathan Rourke ran eight times for 77 yards. All three ran for a pair of touchdowns.

Irons tied... <Read More>

Bobcats blow out Falcons, 49-14, in homecoming game

Rourke contributes to 5 TDs, White scores 3

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ATHENS – Ohio had its most dominant effort of the season, scoring the final 35 points in a 49-14 homecoming blowout of Bowling Green on Saturday at Peden Stadium.

With the score tied at 14 early in the second quarter, Ohio reached the end zone three times before the break to take a commanding lead and continued to roll in the second half, shutting out Bowling Green for the final 43 minutes.

Papi White scored Ohio’s first three touchdowns, and he got plenty of help as the Bobcats (4-3, 2-1 Mid-American Conference) racked up 597 yards of offense and 32 first downs while the defense had its best outing by limiting the Falcons (1-7, 0-4 MAC) to 314 yards.

"I think our guys played very well today,” Ohio coach Frank Solich said. “It might have... <Read More>

Additional Coverage:
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Box score  (Ohio Bobcats.com)

Smith's defensive play helps Northern Illinois rally past Ohio, 24-21

All-American has pair of sacks, 2 fumble recoveries

DeKALB, Ill. – Led by All-American Sutton Smith, Northern Illinois’ defense made big plays to help lift the offense to a pair fourth-quarter scores and rallied the Huskies past Ohio, 24-21, on Saturday at Huskie Stadium.

Ohio led 21-9 following a Nathan Rourke 11-yard touchdown pass to tight end Connor Brown on the final play of the fourth quarter but could not hold the lead. After Marcus Childers’ 10-yard touchdown run got Northern Illinois to within five, Smith’s strip sack of Rourke set up the go-ahead touchdown.

"We cannot hand out turnovers and expect to win," Ohio coach Frank Solich said.

The Bobcats (3-3, 1-1 Mid-American Conference) were looking to answer Northern Illinois’ score, getting a 21-yard completion from Rourke to Papi... <Read More>

Rourke's late touchdown pass, Hagan's interception help Ohio top Kent State

Bobcats rally from early 14-0 deficit with best defensive game this year

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KENT – Nathan Rourke’s 8-yard touchdown run with 1:28 completed an Ohio comeback, and Javon Hagan’s interception sealed it as Ohio rallied to get coach Frank Solich’s 100th win with the Bobcats, 27-26, on Saturday at Dix Stadium.

For the fourth time this year, the Bobcats (3-2, 1-0 Mid-American Conference) fell in an early hole, giving up a pair of early touchdowns, but the previously struggling defense held the Golden Flashes (1-5, 0-2 MAC) to four field goals the rest of the way while the offense did enough in the end.

While Ohio’s defense put together its best game of the season, the offense was held under 30 points for the first time this year. Yet when the Bobcats needed it most, Rourke led three straight touchdown drives.

"This was a... <Read More>

Additional Coverage:
Box score  (Ohio Bobcats.com)
Photos  (BobcatAttack.com)

Ohio wins another shootout against UMass, 58-42

Bobcats, Rourke sets school records for total yards

ATHENS – Ohio set a new school record for yards in a game with 664, winning a shooting against UMass for the second straight year, 58-42, on Saturday at Peden Stadium.

The Bobcats racked up 394 yards rushing and quickly erased an early 14-point deficit, scoring exactly 58 points against the Minutemen for the second straight year. Ohio won 58-50 last year on the road. The Bobcats set a Peden Stadium record for points in a game.

Nathan Rourke rushed for 189 yards and a touchdown on just 16 carries and completed 23 of 32 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns, overcoming an interception on his first pass attempt. Rourke’s 459 total yards broke the school record previously set by Greg Windham when he had 430 against Texas State in... <Read More>

Bearcats rally, get goal line pick to hold off Bobcats, 34-30

Ohio unable to hold 24-7 halftime lead

CINCINNATI – Ohio solved its problem with starting slowly but still could not manage to play a whole game, allowing Cincinnati to rally from 21 points down for a 34-30 victory Saturday at Nippert Stadium.

The Bobcats ran out to a 21-0 advantage in the second quarter and led 24-7 at halftime before getting outscored 27-6 in the second half. Still, Ohio held the lead until Michael Warren’s 3-yard touchdown run with 3:24 remaining and still had a shot to win until Nathan Rourke’s goal line interception in the final minute.

“They played well for parts of the game, we played well for parts of the game,” Ohio coach Frank Solich said. “We showed a lot of character having a chance at the end. I feel good about our football team in that regard... <Read More>

Ohio unable to erase huge 1st-half deficit

Bobcats get to within 10 after falling behind by 28

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It was too little, too late.

Ohio got into a huge early hole and came up short, 45-31, against Virginia on Saturday at Vanderbilt Stadium.

The Bobcats got as close as 10 points with a chance to make it even tighter down the stretch, but they could not overcome a first-half 35-7 deficit.

"Slow start, just didn't play well on either side of the ball at the beginning," Ohio coach Frank Solich said. "I thought we progressed as an offensive unit, showed flashes at times defensively of playing good defense but not nearly enough. The early part of the game was ridiculous in terms of explosive plays that we gave up."

Down by 28 on Bryce Perkins’ 10-yard touchdown pass to Hasise Dubois with 2:52 left in the first half, Ohio (1-1)... <Read More>

Maxwell sparks Ohio as it holds off Howard, 38-32

Bobcats win despite giving up 645 yards to Bison

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ATHENS – Quinton Maxwell provided just enough of a spark to help Ohio overcome a slow start and then hold on for a 38-32 victory against Howard in the season opener Saturday afternoon at Peden Stadium.

Maxwell went 17-of-25 passing for 233 yards and two touchdowns with two more rushing touchdowns after replacing a struggling Nathan Rourke, and the Bobcats erased an early 13-point deficit and then held off Caylin Newton and the Bison late.

Newton, the brother of NFL quarterback Cam Newton, was 26-of-52 passing for 439 yards and three touchdowns and added 21 carries for 93 yards and a score. The Bison racked up 645 yards of offense.

“Wins don't come easy,” Ohio coach Frank Solich said. “They’re a program that has shown they’re able to get... <Read More>

Additional Coverage:
Photos  (BobcatAttack.com)
Box score  (Ohio Bobcats.com)

Westerville North DL Jeremiah Burton commits to Ohio

At the end of Ohio's Prospect Camp this weekend, the Bobcats received a verbal commitment from Westerville North High School defensive tackle Jeremiah Burton. The 6-2, 285-pounder also holds offers from Akron, Ball St., Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, Kent St., Miami (OH) and Toledo.

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