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Rourke's record-breaking day just enough in 59-52 win

QB throws for 537 yards, game-winning TD in final minute

ATHENS – Kurtis Rourke threw for a school-record 537 yards as Ohio racked up a program-best 692 yards of offense and needed every last one of them to rally past Fordham 59-52 on Saturday at Peden Stadium.

Unable to stop the Tim DeMorat-to-Fotis Kokosioulis connection of the Rams, the Bobcats fell behind 49-38 before the end of the third quarter. They scored the game-tying touchdown on a 5-yard pass from Rourke to Jacoby Jones with 52 seconds left, with a go-ahead Nathanial Vakos extra point following.

“I said last week, and I will say it again,” Ohio coach Tim Albin said. “One thing for certain is that this team has got fight. I challenged them at halftime. They took it well and our guys kept fighting. Unbelievable game at home with... <Read More>

Bobcats outmatched again in 43-10 loss to Cyclones

Ohio falls behind big early against Power Five foe

AMES, Iowa – For the second straight week, Ohio was outmatched by a Power Five school, falling 43-10 to Iowa State on Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium.

The Cyclones (3-0) were up by 24 points only a few minutes into the second quarter and slowed down little from there.

Ohio was unable to establish its line play, finishing with just 24 yards rushing, and had to take it to the air to try to get some offense going, but there were mixed results there at best, with Kurtis Rourke throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble for the Bobcats’ first three turnovers of the season. Backup Parker Navarro also lost a fumble in the fourth quarter.

On the other hand, Iowa State had little trouble offensively, finishing with 463 yards of offense while... <Read More>

Penn State overwhelms Ohio with 46-10 victory

Bobcats have no answer for Singleton's big plays, Nittany Lions' defense

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State’s big play ability overwhelmed Ohio as the Nittany Lions rolled to a 46-10 victory Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

True freshman running back Nicholas Singleton scored on a pair of long runs and racked up 179 yards on just 10 carries to lead the way. Penn State finished with 572 yards while holding Ohio to just 264.

"We came in to win the football game and it didn't go our way," Ohio coach Tim Albin said. "As a staff, we need to take 24 hours and get a few guys' bumps and bruises cleaned up. Next week on the next stage we're going to look better."

Every time the Bobcats (1-1) seemed made a play to seemingly stay in the game, the Nittany Lions (2-0) responded with an even bigger moment and eventually ran away... <Read More>

Ohio has big 2nd half, holds off FAU's late rally

Rourke has career day with 345 yards passing, 5 total TDs

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ATHENS – Roman Parodie broke up a fourth-down pass with 32 seconds left as Ohio held on for a season-opening 41-38 victory against Florida Atlantic on Saturday evening at Frank Solich Field at Peden Stadium.

The Owls nearly rallied from a 17-point deficit in the final seven minutes, getting the ball back at its own 19-yard line down by three with one timeout and 1:36 remaining. FAU quarterback N’Kosi Perry completed first-down throws of 12 and 10 yards before firing incomplete on four straight passes to turn the ball over on downs.

Kurtis Rourke had a career day by completing 27 of 34 passes for 345 yards and four touchdowns to outduel Perry, who was 24 of 42 for 364 yards and five touchdowns.

"Great start at Peden stadium, the... <Read More>

Offense struggles as Ohio falls to Bowling Green 21-10

Bobcats complete worse season in 18 years

BOWLING GREEN – Ohio could not get its offense in gear on a typically cold and windy day in northwest Ohio, ending its worst season in 18 years with a 21-10 loss to Bowling Green on Friday afternoon at Doyt L. Perry Stadium.

Th Bobcats (3-9, 3-5 Mid-American Conference) were held to just 223 yards, while the Falcons (4-8, 2-6 MAC) controlled the ball with long drives on offense and intercepted Kurtis Rourke three times on defense.

With the game tied at 10 at halftime, Bowling Green shut out Ohio in the second half and slowly put the game away with three field goals and a safety.

"I am proud of all our personnel," Ohio first-year head coach Tim Albin said. "The guys kept fighting. We just could not make enough plays offensively."

Bowling... <Read More>

Koback too much for Ohio in 35-23 loss

Toledo RB goes over 200 yards with 4 TDs

ATHENS – Ohio’s defense could not stop Bryant Koback, and its offense could not finish drives until late. The result was its first multiple-score Mid-American Conference loss in more than six years, 35-23, on Tuesday night at Peden Stadium.

Koback ran for 203 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries as the Rockets (6-5, 4-3 MAC) became bowl eligible. The Bobcats racked up 445 yards but managed only three field goals before a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns.

"There were a lot of big plays by them," Ohio coach Tim Albin said. "We had opportunities in the first half, but we had two holding penalties, a penalty on the kickoff return for touchdown, a personal foul facemask on defense in the first half. Our defense played well enough to get us... <Read More>

Bobcats slow down high-flying Eagles for 34-26 victory

Rourke, Cox help Ohio win 2nd straight

YPSILANTI, Mich. – Ohio scored on big plays and prevented Eastern Michigan’s high-powered offense from getting them to take its second straight victory 34-26 on Tuesday night at Rynearson Stadium.

Kurtis Rourke threw three touchdown passes, and Isiah Cox had a pair of touchdowns for the second game in a row, but the big story was the defense holding the Eagles in check after they scored 52 and 55 points in their last two games.

"I'm just so excited and happy for this football team," Ohio coach Tim Albin said. "It was an absolutely great team win [and an] unbelievable job. I think coming in nobody really gave us much of a chance; the staff did a fabulous job and I could not be prouder of a bunch of guys coming on the road against a quality... <Read More>

Bobcats make just enough plays to hold off Gabbert, RedHawks 35-33

Miami QB's five 2nd-half TD passes not enough

ATHENS – An outstanding start and just enough clutch plays helped Ohio hold off Miami 35-33 in the Battle of the Bricks on Tuesday night at Peden Stadium.

The Bobcats built a 28-0 lead early in the third quarter, took advantage of a RedHawks missed extra point, recovered three Miami onside kick attempts and got their first home victory of the season.

Back in a starting role, Kurtis Rourke had his second straight big game, throwing for 288 yards and three touchdowns – two of them to Isiah Cox – and De’Montre Tuggle finished with three total touchdowns to give Ohio (2-7, 2-3 Mid-American Conference) its first win in four years in the rivalry series that had been dominated by the Bobcats for a decade before that. Wins by the RedHawks in 2018... <Read More>

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