GAME 2 - OHIO @ PURDUE | WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. | ROSS-ADE STADIUM | Sept. 8, 2017 | 8:00 p.m. ET
Venue - Ross-Ade Stadium
Capacity - 57,236
Playing - Surface Grass
Series vs. Purdue - 0-7
Last Meeting - Sept. 17, 1988 (L, 33-10)
Television - Fox Sports 1
Talent - Tim Brando (PBP), Spencer Tillman (Analyst), Holly Sonders (Reporter)
Ohio Radio - Ohio IMG Sports Network
Talent - Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius
Websites - OhioBobcats.com; PurdueSports.com
FIRST AND 10
-Ohio travels to face Purdue for the first time since the 1988 season. The game will be carried live on Fox Sports 1 with kick scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. Purdue got lights at Ross-Ade Stadium prior to the 2017 season and this outing will be the first under the lights at Ross-Ade.
-Ohio opened the season with a 59-0 win over Hampton at Peden Stadium. Meanwhile, Purdue dropped a hard-fought loss at No. 16 Louisville, 35-28.
-Ohio's shutout of Hampton was the third under head coach Frank Solich and the first time it had shutout an opponent in the opener since 1969.
-Head Coach Frank Solich is third in All-Time career MAC wins with 88. He will need 20 more wins to tie Ohio legend Bill Hess for No. 2 on the list.
-Ohio is 1-0 for the eighth time under head coach Frank Solich.
-The game can be heard on the Ohio/IMG Sports Network with Russ Eisenstein "The Voice of the Bobcats" calling the action and Rob Cornelius as color-analyst.
-Head Coach Frank Solich is the third-longest tenured head coach in the NCAA behind Kirk Ferentz (1999, Iowa) and Gary Patterson (2000, TCU).
-Ohio is the only program in the NCAA to have had the same head coach, offensive and defensive coordinator over the last 12 years.
-Ohio returns 17 starters for the 2017 season including eight on offense, six on defense and three specialists.
-Ohio has been bowl eligible the last eight straight seasons making appearances in seven bowls over that span.
-The Bobcats made it back to the Marathon Mid-American Conference Championship game last season for the first time since 2011. Ohio dropped a hard-fought loss to No. 17 Western Michigan, 29-23.
-The Bobcats appeared in their seventh bowl game in eight years facing Troy at the 2016 Dollar General Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
-Ohio had five players named to watch lists prior to the season - RS Senior TE Troy Mangen - Mackey Watch List, RS Sophomore Kicker Louie Zervos - Groza Watch List, Senior OL Jake Pruehs - Rimington, Overland Watch Lists, RS Senior DL Cleon Aloese - Polynesian Watch List, RS Senior LB Quentin Poling - Reese Senior Bowl Watch List.
-Ohio welcomes two new coaches on the sidelines - Assistant Coach Pete Germano - DL and Assistant Coach De'Angelo Smith - CB.
OHIO SHUTOUT OVER HAMPTON
Ohio opened the season with a 59-0 win over Hampton on Sept. 2 in Peden Stadium. It marked the third shutout during the Frank Solich Era and the first shutout in an opener since Sept. 20, 1969 when Ohio shutout Kent State 35-0. Prior to the shutout over Hampton, Ohio's last shutout win was a 27-0 win over Kent State on Nov. 10, 2015.
Ohio rushed for seven rushing touchdowns for the first time since Oct. 19, 2002 when they beat Kent State 50-0. Ohio saw rushing touchdowns by four different players - So. QB Nathan Rourke (3), Fr. RB Julian Ross (2), RS Sr. RB Dorian Brown (1), RS Jr. RB Dylan Wears (1).
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Ohio saw several players suit up for the green and white for the first time against Hampton. On the offensive side - Rourke went 6-10 for 72 yards passing with three rushing touchdowns, Ross - rushed for 27 yards with two touchdowns, wide receiver Cameron Odom led Ohio with four catches for 75 yards including a long of 48 yards, RS Fr. Austin Conrad - led Ohio with six tackles playing on the defensive line
Ohio will travel to face Purdue for the eighth time in the all-time series between the Boilermakers and the Bobcats. Ohio is 0-7 all-time against Purdue and have not played the Boilermakers since Sept. 17, 1988 when Purdue beat Ohio 33-10.
VERSUS THE BIG TEN
Ohio will take on a Big Ten opponent for the first time since 2015 when Ohio traveled to Minnesota and lost a hard-fought 27-24 outing. Ohio is 9-41-1 against the current makeup of the Big Ten and own a winning record over one member - Illinois (3-2). Ohio has played each member of the Big Ten with the exceptions of Iowa, Michigan State and Nebraska. Head Coach Frank Solich is 6-8 against the current membership of the Big Ten.
Ohio was able to hold Hampton to 129 yards of total offense including just 68 yards rushing and 61 yards through the air. The Bobcats held Hampton to just seven first downs and they were 2-15 on third down conversions. The Bobcats had three sacks for 13 yards lost and had 10.0 tackles for loss.
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Ohio returns its top two rushers from the last two seasons in RS senior Dorian Brown, who led the Bobcats with 825 yards last season, and RS junior A.J. Ouellette, who led Ohio in rushing the previous two seasons - 2015, 687; 2014, 785.
SCOUTING THE BOILERMAKERS
Purdue is coming off a 35-28 loss to No. 16 Louisville last Saturday. The Boilermakers are under first-year head coach Jeff Brohm who came to Purdue after going 30-10 at Western Kentucky.
The Purdue offense generated 344 yards of total offense at Louisville last weekend including 73 yards on the ground and 293 through the air. They had 25 first downs and converted 5-14 third down conversions and 2-3 fourth down conversions. They were 3-3 in the red zone. Sophomore quarterback Elijah Sindelar went 15-31 with one interception and two touchdowns while passing for 118 yards against Louisville. Junior David Blough came in and passed for 175 yards going 18-26 with two interceptions and two passing touchdowns. Freshman wide receiver Jackson Anthrop caught seven passes for 82 yards with two scores.
Purdue gave up 524 yards of total offense in its first outing at Louisville. They allowed 146 on the ground and 378 through the air. Louisville scored 35 points (3 TD, 3 FG) and picked up 27 first downs. Sr. Linebacker Ja'Whaun Bentley led the way for Purdue with 10 total tackles including seven solo stops. He also forced two fumbles. Linebacker T.J. McCollum had nine tackles with six solo stops two quarterback hurries and a pass breakup while Sr. cornerback Josh Okonye had nine tackles, one tackle for loss and a pass breakup.
SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
Ohio is under head coach Frank Solich who returns to the sidelines for the Bobcats for the 13th season in 2017. Ohio topped Hampton 59-0 in its home opener on Sept. 2.
Ohio's offense rattled off 59 points against Hampton and racked up 420 yards of total offense including getting 22 first downs and going 3-3 on fourth down conversions. Ohio had 248 rushing yards and 172 passing yards and had five different players score touchdowns. RS junior Quinton Maxwell went 7-9 with 10 yards and threw one touchdown pass. Rourke went 6-10 for 72 yards and rushed for 55 yards and scored three rushing touchdowns. Ohio had seven players log rushing yards, led by RS junior A.J. Ouellette who had 12 rushes for 55 yards. RS freshman Cameron Odom caught four passes for 75 yards to lead Ohio in receiving yards.
Ohio held Hampton scoreless and gave up just 129 yards of total offense including 68 on the ground and 61 through the air. RS senior linebacker Quentin Poling led the Bobcats with six tackles while RS freshman defensive lineman Austin Conrad also had six tackles. Junior linebacker Evan Croutch had four tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble.
AN OHIO WIN WOULD...
- Give Ohio a 2-0 start for the sixth time under head coach Frank Solich.
- Move Ohio to 10-41-1 against the Big Ten and its first win over a Big Ten opponent since 2006
- Give Ohio its first win in the Purdue Series
- Move Frank Solich to 147-86 all-time and 90-67 at Ohio.
ROURKE MAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
In his first Division I game, sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke went 6-10 for 72 yards and a long of 23 while rushing six times for 55 yards and scoring three rushing touchdowns to lead Ohio to a 59-0 win over Hampton at Peden Stadium. Ohio racked up 420 yards of total offense and Rourke was the first Bobcat to rush for three or more touchdowns since Beau Blankenship in 2012.
Ohio redshirt sophomore punter Michael Farkas recorded three punts for 120 yards and pinned all three punts inside the 20-yardline with no touchbacks. Farkas had an average of 40.8 yards and had 30 punts inside the 20 last season.