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Ohio holds off Nevada 30-21 for 3rd straight bowl win

Rourke named MVP in final game with Bobcats

BOISE, Idaho – Ohio rushed for 285 yards, built a big lead and then came up with some big defensive plays late to win its third straight bowl game with a 30-21 victory against Nevada in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Friday at Albertsons Stadium.

In his final game, Nathan Rourke ran 10 times for 87 yards and a touchdown and completed 9 of 17 passes for 144 yards, earning game MVP honors.

“We made it a little bit tougher on ourselves as we turned the ball over a couple times,” Ohio coach Frank Solich said. “Could have been in position to score, put some more points on the board, made it a little bit easier. But they've got a lot of fight. I like what they're all about, the way they came back."

Ohio (7-6) was up 30-9 in the fourth quarter... <Read More>

Bobcats blow out Zips 52-3 to gain bowl eligibility

Rourke accounts for 5 TDs, Ohio outgains Akron 603-74

AKRON – If it was his last game for Ohio, Nathan Rourke went out in style – but the Bobcats’ dominating 52-3 victory against Akron on Tuesday night makes them bowl eligible for the 11th straight season.

Rourke completed 20 of 28 passes for 308 yards and four touchdowns, with another score on the ground, and Ohio outgained winless Akron 603-74. By comparison, three different Zips quarterbacks combined to go 4 of 27 for 33 yards and two interceptions at InfoCision Stadium.

Now Ohio (6-6, 5-3 Mid-American Conference) will wait to see if its season continues with a bowl game.

"I love this football team," Ohio coach Frank Solich said. "They can play great football, and I'd be glad to take them anywhere and play anybody. They're an excellent... <Read More>

Bobcats get Solich MAC coach record win in style

Ohio racks up 609 yards in 66-24 blowout of Falcons

BOWLING GREEN – Frank Solich became the all-time Mid-American Conference leader in coaching wins in style. Ohio blasted Bowling Green 66-24 to give Solich his 111th career victory with the Bobcats on Tuesday night at Doyt Perry Stadium.

Solich had been tied with former Central Michigan coach Herb Deromedi with 110 wins.

“It seemed like it stalled itself out a little bit for a while, but we're interested in winning football games, and this record goes with it,” Solich said. “I feel really good about it, but a lot of people were involved in this. A lot of great players over the years that have come through Ohio that have set the tradition to where we were able to recruit well and win football games. There have been tremendous athletes and... <Read More>

Western Michigan tops Ohio 37-34 in overtime

Bobcats rally with late TD but come up short

ATHENS – Nathan Rourke’s 12-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Tupa with nine seconds left forced overtime, but Western Michigan came away a 37-34 winner on LaVante Bellamy’s 4-yard touchdown on Tuesday night at Peden Stadium.

Ohio settled for a Louis Zervos 37-yard field goal to begin overtime, and Western Michigan needed only three plays to win it, starting with a 20-yard run by Bellamy to the 5. Two plays later, the Mid-American Conference’s leading rusher scored to keep the Broncos in contention in the MAC West and essentially eliminate the Bobcats from any shot of winning the East.

"It has been frustrating for the coaches and also the players," Ohio coach Frank Solich said. "They are very frustrated and obviously we expected more out of... <Read More>

Miami makes key plays to knock off Ohio 24-21

Sloman's 53-yard field goal with 5:10 remaining puts RedHawks in control of MAC East

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ATHENS – Ohio had statistical advantages in nearly every category, including big mistakes, which proved to be the difference Wednesday night against rival Miami in the 150th anniversary of college football celebration at Peden Stadium.

A pair of Bobcats fumbles in the first half, coupled with a two big offensive plays and a clutch 53-yard field goal by Sam Sloman with 5:10 remaining were enough to lift the RedHawks to a 24-21 victory that puts them in control of the Mid-American Conference East Division.

Ohio (4-5, 3-2 MAC) had more yards 374-278, more first downs 25-14, more offensive plays 73-47, and more time of possession by over 12 minutes, yet it finished the highest-attended midweek MACtion football home game with a loss that likely... <Read More>

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Ohio uses defense, ground game to take rainy 34-21 win over Ball State

Bobcats give Cardinals first MAC loss

MUNCIE, Ind. – Ohio’s defense had its best showing of the year, and on a rainy day, the offense used a dominant running game to hand Ball State its first Mid-American Conference loss of the year 34-21 on Saturday at Scheumann Stadium.

The Bobcats (4-4, 3-1 MAC) racked up 316 yards rushing while holding the Cardinals to 351 yards of total offense, including no passing yards in the first half when Ohio built a 13-7 lead.

Nathan Rourke ran for a pair of scores and 127 yards on 18 carries, De’Montre Tuggle scored two touchdowns and had 50 yards on the ground, and O’Shaan Allison had a career-high 104 yards rushing.

With constant rain making it difficult to throw the ball, the Bobcats took control with their running game, nearly doubling up the... <Read More>

Bobcats get key defensive stop to win shootout over Golden Flashes

Rourke passes for a career-high 342 yards

ATHENS – Nathan Rourke accounted for four touchdowns, and Ohio won a shootout over Kent State 45-38 on Saturday afternoon at Peden Stadium.

Rourke went 19 of 28 passing for a career-high 342 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran for another 79 yards and two more touchdowns on 14 carries as the Bobcats racked up 571 yards on the day.

But it almost wasn’t enough as the much-improved Golden Flashes offense had 476 yards as Dustin Crum did his best Rourke impression with 262 passing yards and four touchdowns and another 96 yards on the ground. It wasn’t over until Ohio (3-4, 2-1 Mid-American Conference) recovered an onside kick with 31 seconds remaining.

"It was a real statement game for us," Rourke said. "We had to show that we're better than... <Read More>

Richardson's field goal gives Huskies 39-36 win over Bobcats

Northern Illinois explodes in 2nd half

ATHENS – John Richardson’s 37-yard field goal as time expired spoiled Ohio’s homecoming and gave Northern Illinois a 39-36 victory Saturday at Peden Stadium.

Ohio built a 21-10 halftime lead before Northern Illinois took over in the third quarter. The teams then traded scores in the fourth quarter, with Shane Hooks’ 47-yard touchdown catch from Nathan Rourke tying the game at 36. But the Bobcats left too much time for a Huskies offense they could not stop in the second half.

Taking over at its own 25-yard line with 3:38 to go, Northern Illinois got 14 yards on a Ross Bowers completion to Tyrice Richie and then 22 yards on a Tre Harbison run to the Ohio 39-yard line. Harbison’s 11-yard run quickly moved the Huskies into field goal... <Read More>

Allison's TD run, Zervos' XP give Bobcats 21-20 OT win

Missed kicks bite Bulls

AMHERST, N.Y. – After missing a 52-yard field goal in the fourth quarter by the slimmest of margins, Louis Zervos gave Ohio a 21-20 walk-off overtime win over Buffalo with a simple extra point Saturday at UB Stadium.

O’Shaan Allison’s 5-yard touchdown run tied the game at 20 after the Bulls began the extra period by scoring on Kyle Vantrease’s 3-yard run. But freshman kicker Jackson Baltar, who also missed a pair of field goals in the game, was wide on the extra point, giving Ohio the chance to win with a touchdown and successful point-after.

"You don't have things happen the way they did for us in the first four ball games, and come play a tough football team and play the way we did to pull it out without having it be with a special group... <Read More>

Turnovers, Louisiana's rushing attack too much for Ohio

Ragin' Cajuns pull away for 45-25 victory at Peden Stadium

ATHENS – Louisiana forced five turnovers and ran for 285 yards in beating Ohio 45-25 on Saturday at Peden Stadium.

The Ragin’ Cajuns exploded for 35 points in the second half after both defenses stood tough early. Both pro prospects, Elijah Mitchell and Trey Ragas ran for 143 and 129 yards, respectively, on 17 and 15 carries. Mitchell had three touchdowns.

"We've got work to do. That's clear," Ohio coach Frank Solich said. "The good part is that they're willing to put in the work. They will stick together and be a team that has shown flashes on both sides of the ball, and we're going to have to get it done in all areas."

Shane Hooks’ 21-yard touchdown catch from Nathan Rourke with 7:54 to go got Ohio to within 31-25, but Louisiana answered... <Read More>

Gaines' 4th-quarter touchdown gives Marshall 33-31 win over Ohio

Herd take back bell in first meeting between rivals since 2015

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Shut out in the second half to that point, Marshall got a 43-yard touchdown pass from Isaiah Green to Xavier Gaines with 7:45 remaining, and the Thundering Herd took back the bell by edging Ohio 33-31 on Saturday night at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Gaines was wide open on the third-down play after Green rolled to his left and caught the ball with plenty of room to avoid one defender between him and the end zone. The extra point was missed off the left upright, but it did not matter. Ohio punted on the ensuing possession and never got the ball back.

It was Gaines' second score of the game, and it answered a 72-yard touchdown run by Ohio quarterback Nathan Rourke on an option keeper down the left sideline that gave the... <Read More>

Pittsburgh's defense shuts down Ohio 20-10

Sick Rourke, Bobcats unable to establish running game

PITTSBURGH – Sickness and a top-notch Pittsburgh defense were more than Nathan Rourke and Ohio could handle.

The Panthers held the Bobcats to 212 yards of offense in a 20-10 victory against the Bobcats on Saturday at Heinz Field.

Dealing with an illness, Rourke was 15 of 27 passing for 177 yards but was a non-factor in the running game, netting negative-43 yards on nine attempts. Pittsburgh had six tackles for loss.

Pittsburgh (1-1) found enough offense through the air, getting 321 yards passing from quarterback Kenny Pickett, who was 26 of 37 passing. Maurice Ffrench caught 10 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown.

Ohio’s defense stood tough for most of the game, but eventually, the offense’s inability to move the ball and stay on the... <Read More>

Ohio sharp on offense in season-opening win

Bobcats score on first 7 possessions, beat Rhode Island 41-20

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ATHENS – After struggling to get a win against an FCS opponent in the opener last year, Ohio took care of business this season.

The Bobcats scored on their first seven possessions and pulled away for a 41-20 victory against Rhode Island on Saturday afternoon at Peden Stadium.

Ohio’s performance was not perfect but it was solid, especially in comparison’s to last season’s 38-32 season-opening win against Howard.

“You just never know the first game as to how it’s going to go,” Ohio coach Frank Solich said. “It’s always a little bit of a guessing game in preparing your team to get ready. You want to make sure they’re ready for the physicalness of the game, but you don’t want to go in banged up, so a lot of times the first game doesn’t show... <Read More>

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

Ouellette, defense carry Bobcats to shutout win

Bobcats pick up 2nd straight bowl victory

FRISCO, Texas – A.J. Ouellette finished his career in grand fashion, and the Ohio defense was stout as the Bobcats rolled past San Diego State 27-0 on Wednesday night in the Frisco Bowl at Toyota Stadium.

Ouellette ran the ball 29 times for 164 yards and caught two passes for 33 yards against one of the nation's top-rated defenses. Nathan Rourke accounted for three touchdowns while the defense limited the Atztecs to 287 total yards of offense.

"The way the team finished the season is a tribute to our coaches," Ouellette said. "We have a hard-nosed head coach and it showed late in the season wearing other teams down. You can tell their bodies weren't used to the all the pounding from the season, but for us to go out this way is a tribute to... <Read More>

Akron can't stop Ohio rushing attack in Bobcats' 49-28 win

Ohio finishes perfect at home for first time since 1968

ATHENS – Nathan Rourke ran for four touchdowns, and A.J. Ouellette and Maleek Irons both went over 100 yards rushing as the Bobcats totaled 381 yards rushing in a 49-28 victory against Akron to close out the regular season Friday at Peden Stadium.

With 169 yards on 15 carries, Ouellette reached 1,000 yards rushing for the second straight season and passed Kareem Wilson for third all-time in career rushing yards in Ohio history. Irons carried 18 times for 126 yards, while Rourke was just shy of 100 yards, finishing with 86 yards on 18 carries.

With the victory, the Bobcats (8-4, 6-2 Mid-American Conference) finished perfect at home for the first time since 1968 when they last won a MAC championship. They will not accomplish that feat this... <Read More>

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:
Photos  (BobcatAttack.com)
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:
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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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