ATHENS, Ohio -- The 1968 Ohio football team will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its Mid-American Conference championship this weekend.
The 1968 team will hold a reunion reception on Friday (Sept. 28) evening at the Ohio University Inn. Team captains Ken Carmon and Frank Peters will be participating in the coin toss prior to the 2 p.m. kickoff of the Saturday (Sept. 29) matchup between Ohio and UMass at Peden Stadium. The 1968 team will then be recognized on the field during the first quarter break. Click here for ticket information or call 1-800-575-CATS (2287).
The current Bobcats' helmets will sport the Ohio logo that was worn on the 1968 team's helmets for Saturday's game against the Minutemen.
The 1968 team captured the program's last MAC championship. Ohio went 10-0 in the regular season that year -- including 6-0 in league play -- under the legendary Bill Hess. The Bobcats earned an invitation to the Tangerine Bowl, where Ohio fell to Richmond, 49-42. The team's 37.6 points per game ranks as the second-most in a single season in program history, topped only by the 2017 team's 39.1 points per game. Ohio placed 10 players on the All-MAC teams that season -- quarterback Cleve Bryant (First Team), offensive tackle Ken Carmon (First Team), fullback Bob Houmard (First Team), halfback Dave LeVeck (First Team), linebacker Steve Robinson (First Team), center Jeff Robison (First Team), end Todd Snyder (First Team), offensive tackle Frank Peters (Second Team), defensive back Craig Rader (Second Team) and tight end Phil Swindell (Second Team). Bryant, Carmon and Snyder were all also named All-Americans. Snyder is still the one of the most decorated Bobcat receivers ever, ranking sixth in career receptions (140), second in career receiving yards (2,241) and fourth in touchdown catches (15). Snyder's 214 receiving yards in the Tangerine Bowl remain an Ohio single-game record. Bryant still ranks eighth in career passing yards (3,414) and third in career touchdown passes (29) in program history.
Saturday's contest between the Bobcats and the Minutemen will be broadcast live on ESPN3. Michael Reghi and JeRod Cherry will be on the call. The game can also be heard on the Ohio IMG Sports Network. Russ Eisenstein returns for his 11th season as the "Voice of the Bobcats." Ohio alum Rob Cornelius, who has been a part of the broadcasts for close to two decades, is back in the booth. The 12-station network has an over-the-air coverage area that hits three states. In addition, the broadcasts are available online through OhioBobcats.com and TuneIn.com/OhioBobcats.com. They are also free on the TuneIn app.