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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>

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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

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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:
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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)

Olentangy Orange LB Bryce Houston picks Ohio

Olentangy Orange High School linebacker Bryce Houston announced his commitment to Ohio Football on his Twitter account. The 6-1, 220-pounder also held offers from Bowling Green and Buffalo.

Additional Coverage:
BobcatAttack.com Football Recruiting Database  (BobcatAttack.com)
Bryce Houston Recruiting Thread  (BobcatAttack.com)
Junior Highlights  (Hudl.com)

PA RB O'Shaan Allison commits to Ohio

Malvern (PA) Prep running back O'Shaan Allison announced his commitment to Ohio Football via his Twitter account. The 5-10, 195-pounder played in only three games as a junior and finished with 47 rushes for 204 yards and a touchdown after a sophomore campaign where he rushed for 1,522 yards and and 18 touchdowns on 196 carries.

Additional Coverage:
BobcatAttack.com Recruiting Database  (BobcatAttack.com)
O'Shaan Allison Recruiting Thread  (BobcatAttack.com)
Junior Highlights  (BobcatAttack.com)

Ohio gets commitment from PA QB Joe Mischler

Via Twitter, Erie (PA) Cathedral Prep quarterback Joe Mischler announced his verbal commitment to Ohio Football. The 5-11, 185-pounder led Cathedral Prep to a PIAA Class 4A championship in 2016. Mischler was also voted the state’s Class 4A Player of the Year.

Additional Coverage:
BobcatAttack.com Recruiting Database  (BobcatAttack.com)
Joe Mischler Recruiting Thread  (BobcatAttack.com)
Junior Highlights  (Hudl.com)
Cathedral Prep’s quarterback Mischler commits to Ohio University  (Erie Times-News)

Bishop Hartley OL Gilliland commits to Ohio

Ohio has received a verbal commitment from Columbus Bishop Hartley OL Patrick Gilliland. The 6-6, 305-pounder was a two-way player for Hartley last season.

Additional Coverage:
BobcatAttack.com Recruiting Database  (BobcatAttack.com)
Patrick Gilliland Recruiting Thread  (BobcatAttack.com)

Indiana TE Alec Burton commits to Ohio

Danville (IN) Community School tight end Alec Burton has made a verbal commitment to Ohio per his Twitter page. The 6-5, 215-pounder also held offers from Ball St. and Eastern Michigan.

Additional Coverage:
BobcatAttack.com Recruiting Database  (BobcatAttack.com)
Alec Burton Recruiting Thread  (BobcatAttack.com)
Junior Highlights  (Hudl.com)

McCrory first verbal to Ohio Football's 2018 class

Springfield Shawnee High School linebacker Jack McCrory announced his verbal commitment to Ohio Football today via his Twitter account. Playing running back and linebacker for Shawnee, he recorded 73 tackles and rushed for 11 touchdowns.

Additional Coverage:
BobcatAttack.com Football Recruiting Page  (BobcatAttack.com)
Junior Highlights  (Hudl.com)
Jack McCrory of Shawnee verbally commits to Ohio University  (Dayton Daily News)
Jack McCrory recruiting thread  (BobcatAttack.com)
College choice eases burden for Shawnee’s McCrory  (Springfield News-Sun)

Ohio signs 21 players in 2017 football recruiting class

Class heavy on Florida players, linemen

ATHENS – Ohio’s 2017 recruiting class features plenty of southern recruits and linemen.

The Bobcats signed 21 players, including six from Florida, two from Georgia and one from Alabama. Five of the recruits are offensive linemen, and four are defensive linemen.

While in the past, some classes have been half or more made up of recruits from Ohio, this year’s class has only two native players. There are two players from Oklahoma, one from Texas, one from Missouri, one from Maryland, one from Indiana and one from Canada.

The class includes two junior college players.

Some of Ohio’s latest commitments were its highest rated, but so too is its first. According to 247Sports’ composite ratings, wide receiver Brevin Harris, who did not announce... <Read More>

Additional Coverage:
Ohio Bobcats Signing Day Central  (Ohio Bobcats.com)
247Sports Ohio recruiting page  (BobcatAttack.com)
Bobcat Attack football recruiting forum  (BobcatAttack.com)
Bobcat Attack football recruiting information  (BobcatAttack.com)

Ohio to play Troy in Dollar General Bowl

Second Bowl trip for the Bobcats to Mobile

Ohio will play Troy in the Dollar General Bowl in Mobile, Alabama on December 23rd at 8 PM. This is Ohio's second visit to Mobile. The Bobcats played in the 2007 GMAC Bowl. Their opponent, Troy, finished with a 9-3 overall record and 6-2 mark in the Sun Belt Conference. Ohio and Troy also matched up in the 2010 New Orleans Bowl where the Trojans posted a 48-21 win.

Additional Coverage:
Dollar General Bowl Official Website  (BobcatAttack.com)
BobcatAttack.com Game Thread  (BobcatAttack.com)
BobcatAttack.com Travel Thread  (BobcatAttack.com)
@OhioFootball Accepts Invitation To 2016 Dollar General Bowl  (Ohio Bobcats.com)

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>

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>

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>

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>

Defense comes up big in 14-10 Ohio win at Kent State

Bobcats stop Golden Flashes inside 5-yard line late

KENT – Ohio’s defense saved the day Saturday at Kent State.

The Bobcats held the Golden Flashes inside the 5-yard line late in the fourth quarter following Ohio’s third turnover and managed a 14-10 victory at Dix Stadium.

Papi White fumbled a punt, and Kent State recovered at the Ohio 11-yard line. Quarterback Nick Holley gained 7 yards on two runs to the 4, but he was dropped by Quentin Poling for a loss of 3 yards and then threw incomplete on fourth down with 3:45 remaining. Dorian Brown and the Bobcats managed to run out the clock to secure the win.

“It was a very tough, physical football game,” Ohio coach Frank Solich said. “You don’t win that game unless you’ re a tough football team. … Our defense rose up and did what they had to do... <Read More>

Bobcats unable to put complete game together

Offense, then defense, struggles in 27-20 loss to Eagles

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ATHENS – Ohio could not put it all together Saturday in a 27-20 loss to Eastern Michigan at Peden Stadium.

The Bobcats surrendered only three points in the first half, but scored only three on offense. Then after the break, led by redshirt freshman Quinton Maxwell, Ohio got the ball moving but could not get a stop against the Eagles and quarterback Brogan Roback.

"I didn't think either side of the ball played especially well and they certainly didn't play winning football,” Ohio coach Frank Solich said. “We made enough mistakes along the way to cause us problems.”

Roback threw three second-half touchdowns and finished 29-of-39 passing for 347 yards.

His 11-yard touchdown pass to Antoine Porter on a third-and-4 play with 3:45 left... <Read More>

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

Ohio forces 4 turnovers, get first win over BG in 5 years

Bobcats win 3rd straight game

ATHENS – Ohio forced four turnovers, built a 20-point lead and held on to beat Bowling Green for the first time in five years, getting a 30-24 homecoming victory Saturday at Peden Stadium.

“It is a good win to get under our belt,” Ohio safety Toran Davis said. “we have definitely been embarrassed by them the past four years. It is a good feeling to come out on top, especially on homecoming.”

Redshirt freshman Javon Hagan had his second interception and forced his fourth fumble this year as the Bobcats took a 30-10 lead in the third quarter.

“First off I feel like we have the best D-line in the MAC,” Hagan said. “Second off, our secondary has a lot of talent and I feel like the press thinks that since we are young we cannot make plays. So... <Read More>

Given 2nd chance, Brown comes through with big play

Linebacker forces fumble that leads to game-clinching TD

OXFORD – Blair Brown made the most of his second chance Saturday at Miami.

After having a targeting ejection overruled upon video review, Brown knocked the ball out of the hands of Miami freshman quarterback Noah Wezensky and into in the hands of Kevin Robbins in the end zone for the game-clinching touchdown in a 17-7 Ohio victory at Yeager Stadium.

One possession prior, Tarell Basham sacked Wezensky on third-and-17, but officials called Brown for targeting as he came in low with his helmet at Wezensky’s with four minutes to go. Had the call stood, not only would Miami have been awarded an automatic first down, but Brown would have been disqualified. The call was overturned.

The RedHawks (0-5, 0-1 Mid-American Conference) still got another... <Read More>

Bobcats score TDs early in 37-21 win against Bulldogs

Hardy starts at safety, finishes as Ohio's only running back

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ATHENS – Ohio scored touchdowns on its first four possessions and rolled to a 37-21 victory against Gardner-Webb on Saturday at Peden Stadium, but it came with a cost as injuries continued to pile up at running back.

The Bobcats (2-2) jumped out to a 30-7 halftime lead and finished the game with 517 yards of total offense while alternating between starter Greg Windham and backup Quinton Maxwell, who threw a pair of touchdown passes in his first career game action.

With Ohio making it a point to get playing time for every available player, the Bulldogs (1-3) outscored the Bobcats 14-7 in the second half to make the game appear closer than it was.

“Those kinds of games are usually frustrating,” Ohio coach Frank Solich said. “No matter how... <Read More>

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

Ohio comes up short against No. 15 Tennessee, 28-19

Bobcats still winless all-time against ranked opponents

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Ohio hung tough with Tennessee, but could not capitalize enough for the program’s first-ever win against a ranked opponent, falling 28-19 on Saturday before a crowd of 101,362 at Neyland Stadium.

The Bobcats (1-2) never led but had multiple opportunities to move in front of the No. 15 Volunteers (3-0). Tennessee’s fourth-quarter touchdown with 11:07 remaining finally gave it a two-possession cushion as it was able to close out the win.

Ohio settled for four field goals in the first half from Louis Zervos – who now is 13 for 14 on the season – and trailed 14-12 at the break. Other missed opportunities were Tennessee’s five fumbles, none of them recovered by the Bobcats.

After missing most of the first two games, Sebastian... <Read More>

Ohio uses fast start for bounce-back win

Bobcats race out to 25-0 lead, dominate running game

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Ohio ran out to a 25-0 lead in the first half on the way to a 37-21 victory against Kansas on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

The Bobcats (1-1) dominated on the ground, especially in the first half, finishing with a 329-26 advantage in rushing yards. Ohio had a first-half total yards advantage of 359-21, giving up just one first down before the break, and outgained the Jayhawks (1-1) 496-232 in the game.

Quarterback Greg Windham rushed for 146 yards on 16 attempts, and Dorian Browns, getting the majority of the workload with A.J. Ouellette injured, carried 20 times for 122 yards. It was the first time since 2005 the Bobcats had two 100-yard rushers in the same game.

“I’m proud of our guys, the way we came back after last... <Read More>

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