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De'Vante Mitchell starts Ohio Football's 2017 class

Per his Twitter account, Champagnat Catholic (Hialeah, FL) defensive back De'Vante Mitchell has committed to Ohio. He becomes the first commit to Ohio's 2017 class. The 5-11, 190-pounder chose the Bobcats over offers from Indiana, Syracuse, Temple and South Florida.

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Ohio signing class filled with offensive lineman, defensive players

Bobcats pick up 23 committments

ATHENS – Ohio’s 2016 football signing class is heavy on offensive lineman and defense.

The Bobcats had signed six offensive line and picked up 12 defensive players but only four offensive skill players – three wide receivers and a tight end - on Wednesday.

Among the 23 players signed (plus two transfers announced) is one junior college and three high school players who already have enrolled and who will participate in spring practice. Four preferred walk-ons are included in the count.

Offensive lineman Felipe Fernandez, of Tampa, Florida, is one of the highest rated players as one of four Bobcats to have a composite 247Sports rating of three stars. He committed to the Bobcats the night prior to signing day, passing on at least seven other... <Read More>

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Ohio Signing Day Central  (Ohio Bobcats.com)
Ohio signing day press conference (5 p.m.)  (Ohio Bobcats.com)

Matics' 23-yard field goal as time expires gives App State win over Ohio in Camellia Bowl

Bobcats use Mountaineers turnovers to build lead, then give it away with their own

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Zach Matics kicked a 23-yard field goal as time expired as Appalachian State rallied for a 31-29 victory against Ohio on Saturday in the Camellia Bowl, the Mountaineers' first-ever bowl game.

Matics, who had missed only once during the regular season, twice missed field goals in the first half that could have added to the Mountaineers’ early 7-0 lead, but he came through when it mattered most. So too did Appalachian State’s offense after the Bobcats took control, leading 24-7 into the fourth quarter, by taking advantage of turnovers.

Ohio’s defense scored two touchdowns and set up another score with a turnover, providing the Bobcats with a boost on a day when the offense struggled. It also added a safety with 6:06 to go... <Read More>

Ohio ends Northern Illinois' 22-game November winning streak, 26-21

Ouellette runs for 140 yards as Bobcats knock Huskies out of control of MAC West

DeKALB, Ill. – Ohio did what no one else has been able to do for 22 games: beat Northern Illinois in November.

The Bobcats played spoiler by shutting down Northern Illinois’ rushing attack and establishing their own, snapping the Huskies’ streak of wins in the regular season’s last month with a 26-21 victory Tuesday night at Huskie Stadium.

The loss could keep Northern Illinois out of the Mid-American Conference Championship Game. Now a Toledo victory against Western Michigan would send the Rockets to Detroit to face Bowling Green.

"I felt really good coming in with how hard our guys would play and I thought they would really play well also," Ohio coach Frank Solich said. "If we’re healthy and we’re well and we’re playing hard, we can also... <Read More>

Led by Sprague, Ouellette, Ohio goes over 600 yards in 48-31 win

Bobcats gain more than 300 yards rushing again

ATHENS – Led by backup quarterback J.D. Sprague, Ohio racked up 607 yards of offense and rolled to a 48-31 victory against Ball State on Tuesday night at Peden Stadium.

Sprague got the start for an injured Derrius Vick and threw three touchdown passes, while Ohio’s ground game dominated for the second straight week. A.J. Ouellette ran 22 times for 121 yards and two scores, and the Bobcats amassed 332 rushing yards.

"I think it’s all of what takes a running game to have a chance to be successful and that’s starting with the O-line,” Ohio coach Frank Solich said. “And our thing, since we don’t normally run a two-back offense, you’ve got to rely on your quarterback to be a runner also. We were healthy enough to be able to get that done these... <Read More>

Poling's return helps turn around Ohio's defense in 27-0 shutout

Bobcats get first shutout of I-A opponent since 2004

ATHENS – A return to health resulted in a return to victory for Ohio on Tuesday night. After being blown out while shorthanded the last three games, the Bobcats shut out Kent State, 27-0, at Peden Stadium to become bowl eligible for the seventh straight season.

Quarterback Derrius Vick showed his ankle injury has healed, running for 107 yards and a touchdown, and linebacker Quentin Poling’s return to the lineup seemed to make a huge difference on defense, as he had 10 tackles, including three for loss, and an interception.

It was the Bobcats’ first shutout since beating Austin Peay, 38-0, in 2013, and their first shutout of a FBS (I-A) opponent since beating Buffalo, 34-0, in 2004.

Ohio (6-4, 3-3 Mid-American Conference) had given up an... <Read More>

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Bowling Green moves closer to MAC East title with blowout win

Bobcats gain 543 yards but can't match Falcons on scoreboard

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BOWLING GREEN – Ohio had no answer for Bowling Green’s “Falcon Fast” offense, and the Falcons ran away with a 62-24 victory Wednesday night at Doyt Perry Stadium.

The Falcons racked up 581 yards of offense and converted those yards into points, hitting for multiple big plays. The beat-up Bobcats hung tough into the third quarter, but although they nearly matched their opponent in yardage with 543, they could not finish drives to match in points.

Matt Johnson went 26-of-35 passing for 365 yards and four touchdowns, and Travis Green scored three touchdowns and had 106 yards rushing on just 13 attempts, becoming the Falcons’ second all-time leading rusher.

Bowling Green (7-2, 5-0 Mid-American Conference) won for the fourth straight time... <Read More>

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Turnovers plague Bobcats in 2nd straight loss

Bulls return 2 interceptions for touchdowns

AMHERST, N.Y. – Buffalo forced four turnovers, including a pair of interceptions returned for touchdowns, and blew out Ohio, 41-17, on Saturday at UB Stadium.

Ryan Williamson and Okezie Alozie both had touchdowns off interceptions in the first half, and another Alozie interception of Vick led to a field goal just before halftime as Buffalo built a 31-10 lead.

Ohio (5-3, 2-2 Mid-American Conference) seemed poised to put behind it a 49-14 blowout loss at home against Western Michigan a week before. After a 24-yard third-down pass from Vick to Robbie Walker, Daz’mond Patterson gave the Bobcats a 7-0 lead with a 6-yard touchdown run.

After the defense forced a quick Buffalo punt, Ohio had a chance to add to its lead, but instead, Vick’s first... <Read More>

Ohio has no answer for Western Michigan rushing game in 2nd half

Broncos turn low-scoring close game into blowout with 401 yards on ground after break

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ATHENS – Saturday’s matchup between Ohio and Western Michigan pitted one of the Mid-American Conference’s best offenses against one of the league’s best defenses, and for the better part of one half, the Bobcats defense prevailed.

But once the Broncos got going, they did not stop, especially on the ground. Western Michigan racked up 401 of its 430 rushing yards in the second half and blew away Ohio after the break in a 49-14 win.

Following two straight games of not allowing a touchdown, the Bobcats (5-2, 2-1 MAC) kept the high-scoring Broncos out of the end zone and off the scoreboard until there was 3:33 remaining in the first half. From there, there was no stopping Western Michigan.

“It’s something that I can’t explain other than we’ll... <Read More>

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Bobcats get biggest win ever, 34-3, in Battle of Bricks series

Ohio picks off Miami freshman QB 4 times, gives up no TDs again

ATHENS – Ohio’s defense dominated again, and the Bobcats defeated Miami for the ninth time in the last 10 meetings, 34-3, on Saturday at Peden Stadium.

The Bobcats picked off freshman quarterback Billy Bahl four times, limited the RedHawks to 253 yards of offense, kept an opponent out of the end zone for the second straight game and had its biggest margin of victory in the Battle of the Bricks.

Quentin Poling returned a pick 25 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the second half. Ian Wells, Jovon Johnson and Langston Provitt also had interceptions.

"It felt good, especially since it was on homecoming when you get all the alumni back to see the game,” Johnson said. “We got to beat (Miami) up pretty bad. I think it felt really good... <Read More>

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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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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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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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.

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Ilyaas Motley Video Highlights  (Hudl.com)
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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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