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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio football team (6-4, 4-2 MAC) needs a win to keep its hopes of a Mid-American Conference East Division title alive as it plays host to division leader Buffalo (9-1, 6-0 MAC) on Wednesday (Nov. 14) in a 7 p.m. matchup at Peden Stadium. It will be Faculty & Staff Night, with Ohio University faculty and staff members receiving free admission to the game. Click here for ticket information or call 1-800-575-CATS (2287).
The Bobcats will be showcased on national television for the fourth week in a row and will appear on ESPN2 for the second time this season. Lowell Galindo, Tom Luginbill and Paul Carcaterra will have the call.
Wednesday's 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.
• Ohio will be looking to win at least seven games in a season for the 10th time under 14th-year head coach Frank Solich.
• The Bobcats have won 21 of their last 30 MAC games dating back to the end of the 2014 season.
• Ohio is bowl eligible for the 10th year in a row.
• For the second year in a row, Ohio is putting up video game-type numbers in terms of scoring and offense. The Bobcats lead the MAC in scoring offense (39.3 points per game), total offense (453.3 yards per game), rushing offense (232.8 yards per game) and pass efficiency (160.3 efficiency rating). The Bobcats put up 433.1 yards per game in 2017, which ranks as the third-most in program history. The program record for yards per game is 455.8, which was set in 2011. Ohio set a program record in 2017 with 39.1 points per game in 2017 and are on pace to break that record. The 393 points scored by Ohio this season are already good for the fourth-most in a single season in program history with two regular season games to play. The 2017 squad set the program record with 508 points. Ohio's 28 rushing touchdowns this season lead the MAC and are tied for the seventh-most in a single season in program history. The 2017 squad set the program record with 44 rushing touchdowns.
• Ohio battled back in the second half but could not overcome a 21-point halftime deficit, falling to MAC East Division archrival Miami, 30-28, last Wednesday (Nov. 7) in the Battle of the Bricks at Yager Stadium in Oxford, Ohio. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Bobcats.
• During its three-game winning streak, Ohio simply overwhelmed the opposition. The Bobcats outscored their opponents 160-42 over 12 quarters for an average of 53.3 points per contest for Ohio. Ohio scored a whopping 59 points off of turnovers during the streak. In the second quarter of the three games combined, Ohio held a 76-7 edge in scoring. The Bobcats scored on 90 percent (19-of-21) of their trips to the red zone. Offensively, Ohio averaged 523.7 yards per game -- including a jaw-dropping 353 rushing yards per game. Defensively, the Bobcats held opponents to an average of 14 points over the three contest and 276.3 total yards per game -- including just 100.3 yards per game on the ground. Ohio's defense tallied four interceptions while the defense and special teams combined to recover seven fumbles.
OHIO BEATS WESTERN MICHIGAN IN EMPHATIC FASHION
Junior quarterback Nathan Rourke threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more, and the defense and special teams combined for six takeaways and a blocked punt returned for a touchdown as Ohio rolled to a 59-14 win over MAC West Division foe Western Michigan on Nov. 1 at Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo, Mich. The win clinched Ohio's 10th-straight season of bowl eligibility. The victory marked Ohio's first over Western Michigan since a 27-20 triumph on Oct. 7, 2006. The Bobcats earned their first win in Kalamazoo since a 37-35 victory on Sept. 26, 1998.
The Bobcats scored 45 first-half points en route to the victory – the most scored in one half during 14th-year head coach Frank Solich's tenure – and matched the high water mark for points scored in a game under Solich with 59. Ohio's offense racked up 420 total yards – including 256 on the ground.
The following is a look back at Ohio's other MAC victories in 2018:
• Ohio racked up 411 rushing yards in a dominant 52-14 victory over MAC West Division foe Ball State on Oct. 25 at Peden Stadium. The Bobcats' 411 yards via the ground game marked the eighth-most in a single game in program history and the most since Ohio piled up 414 rushing yards in a 38-21 win over Ball State on Oct. 22, 2005. Ohio scored six rushing touchdowns, the program's most in a single game since scoring six in a 47-7 rout at Eastern Michigan on Oct. 4, 1997. In all, the Bobcats piled up 554 total yards of offense and scored on eight-straight possessions.
• The performances against Ball State and at Western Michigan marked the first time an Ohio team has scored at least 50 points in back-to-back games since 2002, when the Bobcats beat Eastern Michigan, 55-27, on Oct. 12, then rolled to a 50-0 win at Kent State on Oct. 19.
• Redshirt senior running back A.J. Ouellette broke the 100-yard rushing mark for the first time in the 2018 campaign in the win over the Cardinals, racking up a game-high 135 yards on 13 carries and scoring two touchdowns. He was named the MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week for the first time this season for his efforts against Ball State. Redshirt senior running back Maleek Irons picked up 102 yards of 16 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns. Junior quarterback Nathan Rourke rushed for 77 yards and a pair of touchdowns while going 11-of-19 for 127 yards, a touchdown and an interception through the air.
• The Bobcats held Ball State to just 242 total yards of offense -- the lowest output by an Ohio opponent in 2018. Ball State managed just one first down over the second and third quarters.
• Ohio earned a 49-14 Homecoming victory over MAC East Division rival Bowling Green on Oct. 20 at Peden Stadium. Junior quarterback Nathan Rourke accounted for five total touchdowns, throwing a career-high four touchdown passes and adding another on the ground. He completed of 8-of-12 passes for 193 yards and carried the ball 10 times for 101 yards. Redshirt senior wide receiver Papi White caught two touchdown passes and ran for another for his first three-touchdown performance of his career. He finished with a team-high 92 receiving yards. Redshirt senior running back Maleek Irons racked up a game-high 116 rushing yards, marking his second 100-yard rushing performance of the year.
• Ohio has scored 31 first-half points in each of the last three games.
• The Bobcats have won each of their last five home MAC games dating back to the 2017 season. Ohio is closing out the 2018 regular season by playing four of its final six contests at Peden Stadium.
• In its first matchup against a MAC West Division team this season, Ohio suffered its first conference loss, falling to Northern Illinois, 24-21, on Oct. 13 at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Ill. The Huskies scored 15 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to earn the victory over the Bobcats.
• Redshirt freshman wide receiver Isiah Cox put together a breakout performance at Northern Illinois, racking up a career-high 147 receiving yards and scoring a career-long 56-yard touchdown. He also recorded a career-long reception of 70 yards in the second quarter. Cox became the third different Ohio wide receiver to achieve a 100-yard receiving performance in 2018.
• Ohio opened up MAC play with a thrilling 27-26 come-from-behind win over East Division rival Kent State on Oct. 6 at Dix Stadium in Kent, Ohio. Ohio trailed 20-7 in the third quarter before storming back to earn the win. Junior quarterback Nathan Rourke kept it himself and scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:28 to go, then redshirt senior safety Javon Hagan sealed the win for the Bobcats with 30 seconds left by coming up with an interception. The Bobcats have now won eight-straight MAC openers.
• Ohio's 27-26 win at Kent State marked the first one-point game and victory for Ohio since a 24-23 win on Dec. 17, 2011, over Utah State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
• The victory at Kent State gave 14th-year head coach Frank Solich his 100th win at Ohio. Solich is now in the company of Don Peden (1924-46; 121 wins) and Bill Hess (1958-77; 108) as the only coaches in the history of the program to lead the Bobcats to at least 100 victories. The Bobcats have gone 103-75 (.579) during Solich's tenure -- including 68-42 (.602) in MAC play. Solich has guided Ohio to four MAC East Division titles (2006, '09, '11, '16) and three bowl victories in nine appearances.
CALL IT A COMEBACK
Prior to the dominant performance at Western Michigan, all five of Ohio's previous victories had been of the comeback variety in 2018. The Bobcats trailed Howard 22-10 in the second quarter before rallying for a 38-32 win on Sept. 1 at Peden Stadium. Ohio trailed UMass by a 21-7 score in the first quarter before fighting back for a 58-42 win to close out non-conference play on Sept. 29 at Peden Stadium. Against Bowling Green, the Falcons scored a touchdown on their opening drive of the game before Ohio outscored them 49-14 the rest of the way. Against Ball State, the Cardinals led 7-0 after the first quarter before Ohio exploded for 52 points that went unanswered until Ball State scored a touchdown late touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Fourteenth-year head coach Frank Solich and the Ohio program pride themselves on the motto of 'No Limits', meaning the Bobcats will not put constraints on what can be achieved. That motto is being put to the test late in the season as Ohio is in the middle of a stretch in which it is playing its final six games of the 2018 regular season in a span of 35 days.
Quarterback Nathan Rourke saw his junior campaign get off to a slow start, going 2-of-8 for 44 yards in a quarter of work in the season opener against Howard.
Since that performance, though, Rourke has completed 130 of his 204 pass attempts (63.7 percent) for 1,888 yards and 19 touchdowns with five interceptions. He has also run for 637 yards to rank second on the team and has scored eight rushing touchdowns over the last nine games to tie for the team lead.
Rourke got the job done with both his arms and his legs in the victory over UMass, rushing for a career-high 189 yards and a touchdown on 16 attempts. He also passed for 270 yards and three touchdowns, going 27-of-32 through the air with one interception. Rourke earned MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week honors for the fourth time in his career for his performance against the Minutemen. He was also recognized as one of the Davey O'Brien Award's "Great 8" honorees for his efforts against UMass.
Rourke followed up the performance against the Minutemen with another strong outing at Kent State. He completed 18-of-20 passes in the win, setting an Ohio record for completion percentage in a game by connecting on 90 percent of his attempts. He threw for 284 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also added 49 yards on the ground on 15 rushing attempts -- including the game-winning touchdown. He was recognized as the MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week for the second week in a row for his efforts against the Golden Flashes.
Rourke earned his third MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week nod in the month of October on Oct. 22 for his performance against Bowling Green.
Last week at Miami, Rourke went 16-of-27 for 163 yards and two touchdown passes.
Rourke enters week 12 of the 2018 season ranked fifth in the nation with 14.50 passing yards per completion, ninth with 9.06 passing yards per attempt and 12th with a passing efficiency rating of 163.3, with the latter being on pace to set a new single-season program record. He has set a new career high with 19 touchdown passes this season, which ties him with Boo Jackson (2008) for the fourth-most in a single season in program history. He is averaging 193.2 passing yards per game, which would give him the eighth-highest average in a single season in program history if the season ended today. His 258.2 yards per game of total offense is good for 38th in the country. Rourke ranks second on the team with 653 rushing yards on 100 attempts in 2018, with his average of 65.3 rushing yards per game ranking sixth in the MAC.
Rourke, who entered his junior season with his name appearing on the Manning, Maxwell and O'Brien award watch lists, is ranked third in program history with 36 career passing touchdowns. He needs three more passing touchdowns to pass Boo Jackson (38; 2008-10) for second in program history. Rourke ranks fifth in program history with 4,135 passing yards and seventh with 293 career completions. After his performance at Western Michigan, Rourke has tallied 29 career rushing touchdowns, which is tied with Steveland Hookfin (1995-98) for the third-most in program history. Rourke's 66 career touchdowns responsible for tie him with Kareem Wilson (66; 1995-98) for second place in program history.
AIR CANADA (WITH GROUND SUPPORT)
Quarterback Nathan Rourke burst onto the scene for Ohio in 2017, earning All-MAC Second Team honors for his efforts. He etched his name in the program's top-10 for passing yards (2,203; ninth), completions (161; tied-10th), touchdown passes (17; seventh) and passing efficiency (132.9; ninth) in a single season. He threw for the most yards by an Ohio sophomore signal caller since Tyler Tettleton passed for 3,302 yards in 2011.
Rourke proved problematic for opposing defenses not only because of his arm but because of his legs as well. He set the program record for rushing touchdowns in a single season with 21, which tied him for third-most in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision in 2017 with Washington running back Myles Gaskin and ranked as the most by a quarterback in the country last season. His 6.66 yards per carry a year ago rank as the fourth-highest in a single season in program history and ranked as the 11th-highest average in the country, finishing just behind former Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson (6.90) of Louisville. Rourke tallied five 100-yard games last season, tying him for the 10th-most in a single season in program history.
In all, Rourke accounted for 3,115 total yards of offense (sixth-most in a single season in program history), averaging 7.26 yards per play (second-most in a single season in program history) and 239.6 yards per game (fourth-most in a single season in program history. He set Ohio's single-season scoring record with 132 points (tied for sixth-most in the nation in 2017), 22 touchdowns scored (fifth-most in the nation in 2017) and 39 touchdowns responsible for. His 234 points responsible for tied him for ninth-most in the country last year.
FINDING THE END ZONE
Redshirt senior running back A.J. Ouellette scored his first touchdown of the 2018 in Ohio's 34-30 loss at Cincinnati on Sept. 22, running into the end zone from nine yards out. In the win over UMass, he raced 49 yards for a touchdown on Ohio's first drive of
the second half. At Kent State, Ouellette led the Bobcats on the ground with 72 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries in the win over the Golden Flashes. At Northern Illinois, Ouellette scored his fifth rushing touchdown of the season. He added two more rushing touchdowns to his total against Ball State, then ran one in from 17 yards out in the third quarter of last Thursday's win at Western Michigan. His eight rushing touchdowns this year are tied with junior quarterback Nathan Rourke for the team lead and are a new personal single-season high for Ouellette. He has now scored 28 rushing touchdowns in his Ohio career, which rank fifth in program history.
Ouellette set a new career high with 168 yards on 15 attempts for Ohio last week at Miami, averaging 11.2 yards per carry.
Ouellette, who leads the team with 77 rushing yards on a team-high 143 carries through 10 games, is currently in fourth place in school history with 3,255 rushing yards and is one of four backs in the history of the program to surpass 3,000 career rushing yards. His 649 career carries also rank as the sixth-most in program history, and his 11 career games with at least 100 yards rushing are the seventh-most in the history of the program.
Redshirt senior running back Maleek Irons scored a pair of one-yard touchdown runs in Ohio's 45-31 loss to Virginia on Sept. 15 in Nashville, Tenn. Irons scored his first touchdown since Nov. 3, 2016, against Buffalo with his one-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. With his two rushing touchdowns, he recorded his second career multi-touchdown game and first since Oct. 8, 2016 against Bowling Green. In the victory over UMass, Irons rumbled for a career-high 140 yards and matched his career high with two rushing touchdowns on 13 carries. The win over Ball State marked his third effort of the season with multiple touchdown runs. Irons ran for a touchdown from three yards out on the opening drive of the game last week at Miami.
Through 10 games in 2018, Irons ranks third on the team with a career-high 613 rushing yards on 96 carries. He is also third on the team with a career-high seven rushing touchdowns. In the loss at Cincinnati, he hauled in a 12-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter for his first career receiving touchdown.
PAVING THE WAY
Ohio's rushing attack ranks 19th in the nation and first in the MAC with 232.8 yards per game. The solid play of the offensive line is owed a large amount of credit for that success, with redshirt junior right tackle Austen Pleasants, redshirt senior right guard Durrell Wood, sophomore center Brett Kitrell, redshirt senior left guard Joe Anderson and redshirt senior left tackle Joe Lowery paving the way. Junior Steven Hayes filled in at center for an injured Kitrell in Ohio's wins over Ball State and Western Michigan.
The offensive line has also done a nice job of keeping the opposition's hands off the quarterback, allowing only 16 sacks so far this year, which is tied with Miami for third-best in the MAC.
MOVING THE CHAINS
Ohio's offense is the best in the MAC in third down conversions, moving the chains 44.9 percent of the time, which is good for 25th in the country.
Redshirt senior wide receiver Papi White posted his third-straight game with at least 100 yards receiving, hauling in six catches for a team-high 131 yards and a touchdown in the loss to Virginia. The last Bobcat receiver to post three-straight games with over 100 receiving yards was Donte' Foster in 2013.
White enjoyed a career day in the win over Howard, racking up a career-high 154 receiving yards on a career-high eight receptions and hauling in a touchdown. He became the first Bobcat wide receiver to register 150-plus receiving yards since Sebastian Smith achieved the feat on Sept. 17, 2016 against then-No. 15-ranked Tennessee.
White enters Wednesday's matchup against Buffalo ranked sixth in the MAC with eight receiving touchdowns. His 750 receiving yards rank fourth in the MAC while his 75.0 receiving yards per game rank fourth in the MAC. In the win over UMass, he caught six passes for 84 yards and set a new career high with two touchdown receptions. White hauled in an eight-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter in the win at Western Michigan, then came down with a spectacular juggling touchdown reception in the third quarter last week at Miami.
White has now caught 18 career touchdown receptions, which is tied with LaVon Brazill (18; 2007-11) for third-most in program history. He needs two more touchdown receptions to pass Terrence McCrae (19; 2007-10) for second-most in program history and needs four more to surpass Donte Foster (21; 2010-13) as the program's all-time leader. His 146 career receptions are good for fourth-most in program history while his 2,383 career receiving yards rank as the second-most in the history of the program.
KEEPING IT 100
Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Cameron Odom enjoyed a breakout performance at Cincinnati, producing his first career 100-yard receiving game by finishing with a career-high 114 yards on five receptions. Ohio had at least one receiver record at least 100 yards in four-straight games dating back to the 2017 Bahamas Bowl, a streak that ended in the victory over UMass.
Odom has hauled in a career-high 28 receptions this season to rank third on the team and ranks third on the squad with 401 receiving yards, which is also a career high.
IGNITING THE COMEBACK
Redshirt senior wide receiver Andrew Meyer gained a team-high 90 receiving yards on four receptions and hauled in his third career touchdown in the comeback win at Kent State. With the Bobcats trailing the Golden Flashes 20-7 in the third quarter, Meyer helped ignite Ohio's comeback when he caught a pass from junior quarterback Nathan Rourke in stride and raced 59 yards for a touchdown. The reception marked the longest of Meyer's career. A finance major, Meyer was recognized as the MAC Male Scholar Athlete of the Week on Oct. 10 after his performance against Kent State.
Meyer has caught four touchdowns over the last six games. He hauled in a 24-yard scoring reception in the second quarter against Bowling Green, snatched a 21-yard touchdown with two seconds left in the first half against Ball State and then caught an 18-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of last week's game at Miami. He ranks second on the team this year with 30 receptions and 404 receiving yards.
FIRST THING'S FIRST
In the loss to Virginia, redshirt freshman wide receiver Isiah Cox caught his first career pass, which went for 36 yards and a touchdown. Freshman wide receiver Jerome Buckner also hauled in his first two career receptions and finished the game with 44 receiving yards.
Cox pulled in a 10-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter of the win at Western Michigan -- his third receiving touchdown of the season.
WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU
In the loss at Northern Illinois, redshirt senior tight end Connor Brown caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Nathan Rourke in the third quarter -- the first touchdown catch of Brown's career.
Redshirt sophomore tight end Adam Luehrman -- a native of Athens -- snagged his first career reception for his first career touchdown off an eight-yard pass from junior quarterback Nathan Rourke in the victory at Western Michigan, helping to make it a 38-0 lead for the Bobcats in the second quarter.
Adam moved up to the No. 2 spot at tight end on the depth chart as his twin brother, Ryan Luehrman, sat out with an injury. The Luehrman twins starred for Athens High School, helping to lead the Bulldogs to a 2014 Ohio High School Athletic Association Division III State Championship Game alongside current LSU starting quarterback Joe Burrow, who is the son of Ohio's 14th-year defensive coordinator, Jimmy Burrow.
DOUBLE THE FUN
Ohio's roster has the unique distinction of having two sets of identical twins in redshirt sophomore tight ends Adam Luehrman and Ryan Luehrman and redshirt sophomore cornerbacks Ilyaas Motley and Xavior Motley. All four have contributed this season.
MAKING A STAND
Through the first four games of the 2018 season, Ohio's defense allowed the opposition to average 38.2 points and 518 total yards per contest. Since MAC play began, however, the Bobcats have buckled down, surrendering 20.3 points per game and 343.0 total yards per game.
STUFFING THE RUN
Ohio ranks second in the MAC in rushing defense, allowing 144 rushing yards per game.
Redshirt senior defensive lineman Kent Berger is pacing Ohio with five sacks this season, which is a career high. He tallied his fifth of the year last week at Miami.
Ohio has produced 24 takeaways through the first 10 games of the 2018 season, which is good for first in the MAC and fourth in the country. The Bobcats are tied with Buffalo for the conference lead with a +9 turnover margin. Perhaps some of the credit for the takeaways can be attributed to the Ohio defense's new sideline prop: The Turnover Belt, which is a WWE-replica championship belt that is awarded to individuals who force the opposition to turn the ball over.
In the third quarter at Miami last week, redshirt sophomore linebacker Jared Dorsa tallied his second interception of the season and second of his career. The pick tied him with redshirt junior safety Javon Hagan and senior linebacker Evan Croutch for the team lead in interceptions this season.
In the win at Western Michigan, redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Austin Conrad pounced on a fumble in the first quarter -- his first career fumble recovery. Redshirt sophomore safety Jarren Hampton came up with his first career interception in the second quarter while redshirt senior safety Kylan Nelson posted his first interception of the season and second of his career in the third quarter. Ohio came away with another takeaway at the end of the first half when sophomore cornerback Marlin Brooks produced a strip sack that was recovered by redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Will Evans. Brooks leads the Bobcats with three forced fumbles and is tied with Evans for the team lead with two fumble recoveries.
Ohio's special teams also produced two fumble recoveries in the second quarter last Thursday at Western Michigan, with redshirt freshman cornerback Tariq Drake and junior safety Alex Wolff each recording their first career fumble recoveries on back-to-back squandered kickoff return opportunities for the Broncos.
Ohio leads the MAC with 13 fumble recoveries in 2018 and is tied for the league lead with 11 passes intercepted. In addition to Hagan and Croutch, Brooks, Hampton, Nelson, redshirt sophomore linebacker Jared Dorsa, redshirt sophomore cornerback Ilyaas Motley and sophomore cornerback Jamal Hudson have all come away with interceptions.
Senior linebacker Evan Croutch leads Ohio with a career-high 46 solo tackles and leads the team with 64 total tackles. He recorded a career-high two sacks last week at Miami and ranks second on the team this year with three sacks. Croutch is the lone returning starter from the front seven of the 2017 Ohio defense.
Redshirt senior linebacker Tyler Gullett has been impactful for the Ohio defense over the last four contests, ranking third on the team with 20 total tackles -- including 12 solo stops to rank second on the team. He has registered 2.5 tackles for loss over the last three games -- including one sack. Gullett is in his third season as a member of Ohio's football program after spending two years as a baseball player at Toledo.
Redshirt junior kicker/punter Michael Farkas is the MAC's top punter, leading the conference with an average of 44. 5 yards per punt, which is good for 17th in the country. Through 10 games in 2018, he has tallied 1,648 punting yards, giving him a career total of 6,895, which ranks as the sixth-most in program history. He has punted 166 times in his career, which ranks sixth in program history. His 41.5 career punting average is second-best in program history.
In the season-opening victory over Howard, Farkas set career highs with eight punts and 368 punting yards in the win.
In the loss to Virginia, Farkas recorded six punts for 282 yards. His longest punt of the day went for 59 yards in the first quarter, and he also produced a 52-yard punt in the first quarter and a 57-yard punt in the fourth quarter, helping him average 47 yards per punt. Three of his six punts ended up inside Virginia's 20 yard line. Farkas also kicked off four times, with all four going for touchbacks for a 65-yard average. He successfully executed an onside kick in the second quarter that was recovered by junior linebacker Eric Popp. Farkas was recognized as the MAC East Division Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts against Virginia, earning such honors for the second time in his career and first time since Oct. 3, 2016.
In the loss at Cincinnati, Farkas punted four times for 190 yards, averaging 47.5 yards per punt with a long of 55 yards in the second quarter. The win at Kent State saw Farkas post his highest punting average of the season, averaging his highest punting average of the season with 53 yards per punt -- including one in the first quarter that went for 59 yards and tied his season high. In the loss at Northern Illinois, Farkas punted five times for 199 yards. He matched his long punt of the season once again with another 59-yarder and placed two of his punts inside the opponent 20-yard line. Farkas was once again named MAC East Division Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts.
JUST FOR KICKS
Redshirt junior kicker Louie Zervos made all three of his field goal attempts at Cincinnati -- including a season-long 47 yarder in the fourth quarter. He then made three more field goals in the victory over UMass. He is 10-for-14 (71.4 percent) on the season and has made all 51 of his extra points. Zervos ranks second in program history with 54 career field goals made. He is one of just three kickers in the history of the program to make over 100 extra points, leading the way with 147. He passed Matt Weller (120; 2009-12) as the program's all-time leader in extra points made in the loss at Northern Illinois after making his third of the contest.
Zervos was named MAC East Division Special Teams Player of the Week on Oct. 29 after making all seven of his extra point attempts and converting a 23-yard field goal in the victory over Ball State.
SPECIAL, SPECIAL TEAMS
Redshirt junior wide receiver/kick returner DL Knock helped swing the momentum of the contest against Howard in favor of the Bobcats when took the second-half kickoff back 100 yards for a touchdown to tie a school record. Ohio was trailing Howard, 22-17, at halftime, but Knock's return sparked a stretch in which it scored two touchdowns in 1:37 to flip the script. Knock became the first Ohio player to bring a kick back 100 yards since Daz' Patterson went 100 yards to the house against Buffalo on Oct. 6, 2012. It marked the first time Ohio returned a kickoff for a touchdown since Nov. 25, 2014 at Miami when Kylan Nelson brought one back 84 yards. Knock finished the game with three kickoff returns for 125 yards. Knock was named the MAC East Division Week One Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 3.
In the win at Western Michigan, Knock blocked a punt by Western Michigan freshman Nick Mihalic in the first quarter, and the loose football was scooped up by redshirt freshman safety Alvin Floyd and returned for a touchdown. Knock's blocked punt marked the first by an Ohio player since Grant Cunningham blocked one against Eastern Illinois in 2014, and Floyd's return of the blocked punt for a touchdown marked the first by a Bobcat since Melvin Payne ran one back 15 yards for a score in 2009 at Akron. Floyd was named MAC East Division Special Teams Player of the Week last Monday (Nov. 5).
The Bobcats scored a touchdown via a blocked punt for the second week in a row last week. Miami redshirt junior punter Kyle Kramer could not cleanly get the punt off, though, and redshirt sophomore linebacker Jared Dorsa blocked the attempted kick. Redshirt sophomore linebacker Dylan Conner was there to scoop up the loose ball and return it 28 yards for a touchdown with just over nine minutes remaining in the contest.
In the loss at Cincinnati, redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Will Evans blocked his first career field goal. The Bearcats sent out freshman kicker Cole Smith to attempt a 49-yard field goal before time expired in the first half. His try was blocked by Evans, however, and Ohio took a 24-7 advantage into halftime.
SERIES HISTORY VS. BUFFALO
Ohio leads the all-time series with Buffalo, 14-10 (.583). The Bobcats are 7-6 (.538) against the Bulls under head coach Frank Solich. Ohio has gone 5-1 at home against Buffalo during Solich's tenure -- including a 34-10 victory on Nov. 3, 2016, in the Bulls' last trip at Peden Stadium. Buffalo earned 31-24 win over Ohio in the last meeting between the two teams on Nov. 24, 2017, at UB Stadium in the 2017 regular season finale.
Ohio will close out the 2018 regular season on Friday, Nov. 23, in a Senior Day matchup against MAC East Division rival Akron at Peden Stadium. Kickoff time for the contest is to be announced, and the game will either be televised on ESPNU or CBS Sports Network or streamed on ESPN3.