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Ohio at Western Michigan | Post Game Notes

Ohio at Western Michigan | Post Game Notes

Final Score: Ohio 59, Western Michigan 14
Location: Athens, Ohio (Peden Stadium)
Records: Ohio: 6-3 (4-1 MAC), Western Michigan: 6-4 (4-2 MAC)
Ohio Captains: Joe Lowery, Kent Berger, Javon Hagan, A.J. Ouellette
Weather: Temperature: 45 • Wind: NE 9 MPH • Conditions: Rain
Attendance: 11, 935

OVERALL
- Ohio became bowl eligible for the 10th year in a row with Thursday's win at Western Michigan.
- Fourteenth-year head coach Frank Solich is now 103-74 all-time at Ohio and 161-93 in his career.
- Solich is now 68-41 all-time in Mid-American Conference games.
- Solich is now 2-4 all-time against Western Michigan.
- Ohio is now 29-33-1 all-time against Western Michigan.
- The victory marked Ohio's first over Western Michigan since a 27-20 triumph on Oct. 7, 2006.
- Ohio earned its first win in Kalamazoo since a 37-35 victory on Sept. 26, 1998.
- Solich has now registered a victory in every stadium in the MAC.
- Ohio scored at least 59 points in a game for the first time since a 59-0 win over Hampton on Sept. 2, 2017.
- Ohio's 45 first-half-points marked the most in a half in the Solich era.
- Ohio's 21 first-quarter points marked the most this season for the Bobcats.
- Ohio has scored at least 31 first-half points in each of the last three games.
- The last time the Bobcats scored at least 50 points in back-to-back games came during 2002 season when Ohio beat Eastern Michigan, 55-27, on Oct. 12, then rolled to a 50-0 win at Kent State on Oct. 19.
- The Bobcats have outscored the opposition by a 160-42 count over the last three games.

OFFENSE
- Junior quarterback Nathan Rourke (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) accounted for five total touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) in the win, marking the second time he has accounted for at least five total touchdowns this season.
- Rourke has been responsible for 64 total touchdowns over his Ohio career, which ranks as the third-most in the history of the program.
- Rourke has now thrown 34 career passhing touchdowns, which ranks as the third-most in program history.
- Rourke has now rushed for 29 career rushing touchdowns, which is tied with Steveland Hookfin (1995-98) for the third-most in program history.
- Redshirt senior wide receiver Papi White (Seminole, Okla.) set a new personal single-season career high by hauling in his seventh touchdown reception of the season. White has now scored 17 career receiving touchdowns, which is good for fourth all-time in program history.
- In the second quarter, redshirt sophomore tight end Adam Luehman (Athens, Ohio) recorded his first career catch and touchdown on the same play.
- Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Isiah Cox (Jasper, Ala.) recorded his third touchdown of the season in the second quarter.
- Redshirt senior running back A.J. Ouellette's (Covington, Ohio) scored his eighth rushing touchdown of the season to set a new personal single-season career high.
- Ouellette has now scored 28 career rushing touchdowns, which ranks as the fifth-most in program history.

DEFENSE
- Ohio has held the opposition to just 14 points in each of the last three games.
- The Ohio defense held Western Michigan scoreless in the first half. It is the first time this season that the Bobcats have held an opponent scoreless in the first half this season.
- Ohio finished plus-six in turnover margin for the game -- including plus-five in the first half.
- Redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Austin Conrad (Gafton, Ohio) recorded his first career fumble recovery in the first quarter.
- In the second quarter, redshirt sophomore safety Jarren Hampton (Fostoria, Ohio) recorded his first career interception.
- At the end of the second quarter, redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Will Evans (Augusta, Ga.) recovered a fumble -- his second fumble recovery of the season.
- In the third quarter, redshirt senior safety Kylan Nelson (Lexington, Ky.) recorded his first interception of the season and the fourth of his career.

SPECIAL TEAMS
- Redshirt junior wide receiver DL Knock (Springboro, Ohio) blocked a punt in the first quarter, marking the first by an Ohio player since Grant Cunningham blocked one against Eastern Illinois in 2014
- Redshirt freshman safety Alvin Floyd (North Miami Beach, Fla.) recovered Knock's blocked punt and returned it for a touchdown, marking the first blocked punt returned for a touchdown by an Ohio player since since Melvin Payne ran one back 15 yards for a score in 2009 at Akron.
- In the second quarter, redshirt freshman cornerback Tariq Drake (Leavittsburg, Ohio) recovered a muffed kickoff for his first career fumble recovery.
- Junior safety Alex Wolff (Chillicothe, Ohio) recorded his first career fumble recovery in the second quarter.
- Redshirt junior kicker Louie Zervos (Tarpon Springs, Fla.) hit a 30-yard field in the second quarter, marking his 10th made field goal of the season and 54th of his career, with the latter ranking as the second-most in program history.
- Zervos made all eight of his extra point attempts, which marked a season high. His 47 made extra points this season are good for the fourth-most in a single season in program history. He has made at least seven extra points four times this season -- including each of the last three games. His 143 career extra points made are the most in the history of the program.
- Redshirt junior punter Michael Farkas (Mishawaka, Ind.) recorded four punts for 161 yards, giving him an average of 40.3 yards per punt. He has averaged at least 40 yards per punt in all but two games this season. His 6,692 career punting yards rank as the sixth-most in the history of the program.
- Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Bryan Long Jr. (Marietta, Ga.) recorded a career-long 33-yard kickoff return.
- Redshirt sophomore kicker Corey Hare (Pataskala, Ohio) recorded his first career kickoff, a ball that went 61 yards.

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