GAME 6 - OHIO vs. CMU | Athens, Ohio | Peden Stadium | OCT. 7, 2017 | 2 p.m. ET
Venue - Peden
Stadium Capacity - 24,000
Playing Surface - Turf
Series vs. CMU - 5-24
Last Meeting - L, 27-20 - Nov. 15, 2016
Television - ESPN3
Talent - Dave Weekley, John Gregory
Ohio Radio - Ohio IMG Sports Network
Talent - Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius
Websites - OhioBobcats.com CMUChippewas.com
FIRST AND 10
-Ohio returns to MACtion on Saturday hosting Central Michigan at Peden Stadium.
-The game will be carried live on ESPN3 and Ohio will celebrate homecoming at the game.
-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.
-Ohio closed nonconference action with a 58-50 win at UMass last Saturday.
-Central dropped a 28-8 road contest at Boston College last weekend.
-With the win at UMass, Head Coach Frank Solich won his 150th career game.
-Ohio RS junior running back A.J. Ouellette has hit 100+ yards rushing the last three games a first in his career, and won MAC Player of the Week honors for two weeks straight.
-RS Senior cornerback Bradd Ellis is second in the country averaging 2.0 passes defended per game. He had his first pick six of his career to give Ohio its first touchdown at EMU.
-Head Coach Frank Solich is third in All-Time career MAC wins with 92. He will need 17 more wins to tie Ohio legend Bill Hess for No. 2 on the list.
-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 improved to 3-0 all-time over UMass
-The win was the 150th career win for Head Coach Frank Solich and the 92nd at Ohio.
-Ohio is 4-1 under Solich for the fifth time.
-Ohio scored 40+ points, for the third time this season. Last season Ohio eclipsed 40-points once, its opener against Texas State. It was the second time this season Ohio eclipsed 50.
-It marked the first time since the 2013 season that Ohio has put up 50 or more on the road, EMU (Oct. 16, 2013, 56-28).
-Ohio had 292 rushing yards, a season-high. Ohio had 473 yards of total offense, its most of the season and the third time it eclipsed 450.
-In the second quarter, the Ohio offense scored 17-points in 2:53 seconds.
-Ohio sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke went 13-23 with 181 passing yards and threw two touchdowns. He also ran for 113 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns.
-Rourke had a career-long pass to Brendan Cope for 48-yards.
-Cope had a career-high seven catches for 126 yards and was just shy of his career yardage number.
-RS junior running back A.J. Ouellette eclipsed 100-rushing yards for the third week in a row, Ouellette finished with 125 rushing yards and 151 all-purpose yards. It marked the first time in his career he has rushed for over 100-yards for three consecutive weeks. Ouellette had two touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving.
-RS senior running back Dorian Brown had seven carries for 73 yards and scored two touchdowns.
-RS senior linebacker Chad Moore had his first interception of the season and returned it 33-yards to set up Ohio's field goal to go up 24-23 in the second quarter.
-RS senior linebacker Quentin Poling recorded 19 tackles, a career high.
-Moore finished with 12 tackles, ranking second on the team.
-Ohio had seven pass breakups, led by two by RS junior cornerback Jalen Fox.
-RS junior defensive lineman Andrew Payne recorded his first career fumble recovery.
-Freshman Julian Ross had a 67-yard kickoff return, it was the longest of the season for the Bobcats. Ross finished with 156 kick return yards.
-UMass did not kick a punt in the first half, finished the game with one punt.
-RS sophomore kicker Louie Zervos went 3/3 on fields goals (25, 23, 35)
OHIO-CENTRAL MICH. SERIES
Ohio trails Central Michigan 5-24 in the two squads all-time series. Ohio dropped the gam elast year 27-20 at Central Michigan on Nov. 15, 2016. The Bobcats have lost three straight in the series which dates back to the 1972 season. Ohio last won against the Chippewas on Nov. 10, 2011 in a 43-28 win on the road.
Nov. 15, 2016 OHIO @ CMU
-RS freshman quarterback Quinton Maxwell broke 200 yards for the second time this season throwing for 208 yards and a touchdown. Maxwell went 16-36 with one interception.
-Senior wide receiver Sebastian Smith caught a career-long 53 yard pass from Maxwell. Smith finished with four catches for 92 yards.
-RS sophomore Papi White and RS junior Dorian Brown scored touchdowns for the Bobcats. It was White's seventh touchdown and Brown's fourth.
-Ohio held CMU to a season low 18 net rushing yards.
-Ohio recorded its 37th sack of the season, Ohio needs one more to tie the single-season team sack record.
-RS junior linebacker Quentin Poling led Ohio with eight tackles including seven solo stops.
-RS sophomore defensive lineman Kent Berger had a forced fumble while RS senior safety Toran Davis had a fumble recovery. Ohio now has 19 forced fumbles on the season.
-Ohio had nine tackles for 26 yards lost.
-RS freshman kicker Louie Zervos hit a pair of 34-yard field goals in the game and went 2-2 on PAT.
-RS freshman punter Michael Farkas had five punts for 277 yards including a long of 54 and one touchback.
RS junior running back A.J. Ouellete has hit 100-yards for three straight games with rushing performances of 102 - Kansas, 140 - Eastern Michigan and 125 against UMass. Ouellette now leads the Mid-American Conference averaging 93.6 rushing yards per game. Ouellette has three rushing touchdowns and is averaging 6.7 yards per carry for 468 total rush yards this season. Ouellette also ranks 19th in the country in yards per carry. His three 100+ yard games leads the MAC with Buffalo's Emmanuel Reed.
Ohio is ranked 13th in the country in red zone offense, scoring 96.3% of the time in the Red Zone, their percentage also leads the Mid-American Conference. Ohio is 14th in scoring offense averaging 41.4 points per game which is second in the MAC behind Toledo (42.0). The Bobcats are 19th in the nation in punt return defense at 2.33, which ranks fourth in the MAC. Ohio's corners are both ranked in the top 30 in passes defended per game. Senior Bradd Ellis is second averaging 2.0 per game while junior Jalen Fox is 28th averaging 1.4. Ouellette is 19th in the country on yards per carry at 6.69 and Nathan Rourke is 18th with six rushing touchdowns which leads the MAC.
FINDING THE ENDZONE
Ohio sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke has made a habit of finding the end zone with six rushing touchdowns and seven passing TDs this season. Rourke is third in the MAC in scoring touchdowns averaging 7.2 points per game.
Ohio has had some solid play this season out of its two starting corners - RS senior Bradd Ellis and RS junior Jalen Fox have started all five games at corner for the Bobcats. Ellis ranks second in the country and leads the MAC with 10 passes defended (breakups + interceptions) while Fox is 27th in the country and third in the MAC with seven passes defended. Ohio is one of only two schools in the country to have two players ranked in the top 30 in the category, the other school is South Florida (Wilkins, Nichols).
CAREER DAY FOR POLING
Poling had a career day with 19 tackles against UMass while also hitting a career-high nine solo stops. Poling was one of two players with double-digit tackles as Chad Moore also had 12 tackles.
Central Michigan is 2-3 with a 0-1 record in the Mid-American Conference. CMU has wins over Rhode Island in triple overtime, 30-27 and Kansas, 45 27. Their MAC loss came against Miami, 31-14 on Sept. 23.
CMU is averaging 22.8 points per game and 422.4 yards per game of total offense including 141.4 on the ground and 281.0 through the air on average. Senior quarterback Shane Morris has taken most snaps under center for the Chippewas going 112-207 (54.1) for 1,336 yards and nine touchdowns, while throwing eight interceptions. Morris has connected the most with senior wide receiver Mark Chapman who has 28 receptions for 419 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 15.0 yards per catch and 83.8 yards per game. Sophomore running back Jonathan Ward has been the top rusher for the Chippewas this season with 326 yards on the ground on 66 rushes, averaging 4.9 yards per attempt and 65.2 yards per game. Ward has one rushing touchdown and one receiving touchdown on the season.
CMU has given up 30.8 points per game to its opponents on average per game and allowed 428.8 yards per game of total offense including 237.6 through the air and 191.2 on the ground. Junior linebacker Alex Briones leads the team with 41 tackles and 28 solo stops. He has two tackles for loss, two interceptions and a sack. Junior linebacker Malik Fountain is second on the squad with 36 tackles and 129 solo stops. Senior defensive back Josh Cox is third on the squad with 28 tackles and 18 solo stops and has a team high three interceptions. Senior defensive lineman Joe Ostman leads the team with five tackles for loss and three sacks.
Ohio is off to a 4-1 start winning the last three straight over Kansas, Eastern Mich. and UMass. Ohio beat UMass last weekend 58-50, wrapping up nonconference action (3-1).
Ohio is averaging 41.4 points per game, which ranks second in the MAC and Ohio's 422.6 per game total offense ranks second in the MAC. Ohio is averaging 217.2 yards on the ground and 205.4 through the air. redshirt junior running back A.J. Ouellette leads Ohio's rushing attack with 93.6 yards per game and three touchdowns. Ouellette is averaging 6.7 yards per carry which leads the MAC. Sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke has gone 65-104 for 813 yards with seven passing touchdowns, six rushing touchdowns and has not thrown a pick so far this season. RS senior wide receiver Brendan Cope is leading the team with 19 catches averaging 14.9 per reception and has 283 yards and two receiving touchdowns.
Ohio is holding its opposition to 28.8 points per game and 403.4 yards of total offense per game including 122.0 on the ground and 281.4 through the air. Redshirt senior linebacker Quentin Poling leads the Bobcats with 45 tackles and 21 solo stops so far this season. Poling has 4.0 tackles for loss and a half sack on the season with two forced fumbles. RS senior linebacker Chad Moore is second on the squad with 29 tackles and 17 solo stops. Moore also has one sack and one tackle for loss with one interception and two pass breakups. Ellis has nine pass breakups and one interception while Fox has six pass breakups with one interception.
AN OHIO WIN WOULD...
-Give head coach Frank Solich his 93rd win at Ohio (93-68) and 151 career win (151-87)
-Move Ohio to 6-24 against Central Michigan
-Move Ohio to at least 5-1 for just the third time under head coach Frank Solich
-Move Ohio to 2-0 in MAC Play for the third straight year
HAULING IN THE TDS
RS senior tight end Troy Mangen had two receiving touchdowns for the first time in his career against Kansas, catching three passes for 35 yards and two scores.
Ohio's rushing defense ranks second in the MAC and has held opponents to 122.0 yards per game and four rushing touchdowns. Twice this season, Ohio has held its opponents to under 60-yards rushing. Hampton managed 59-yards against Ohio, while Eastern Michigan had only 45.
Ohio's OT win over Eastern Michigan was the first overtime win since Ohio beat North Texas in double-overtime, Sept. 12, 2009, 31-30. It was Ohio's first overtime game since the opener last season, when Ohio dropped a 56-53 triple-overtime thriller to Texas State.
Ohio used just one quarterback for the first time this season when Nathan Rourke took each snap under center for the Bobcats. Rourke was 19-31 and threw two touchdown passes in OT to lead the Bobcats in the win. Rourke is averaging 158 yards per game passing and has gone 52-81 for 632 yards so far this season. He has also rushed for 74 yards and has 706 yards of total offense this season.
IN THE RED ZONE
Ohio has been very successful this season in the red zone scoring on 26 of its 27 trips (96.3%) inside the 20, including 22 touchdowns (85%). That percentage sits atop the Mid-American Conference and ranks the Bobcats 13th nationally, with 17 teams log-jammed for the top spot. Last season, Ohio converted on 82% of its trips to the red zone (49-60) and scored touchdowns 45% (27-60) of the time.
OUELLETTE MAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK-AGAIN
After his second straight week of 100+ yards rushing, Ohio RS junior A.J. Ouellette was named the MAC East Offensive Player of the Week. Ouellette racked up 145 rushing yards at Eastern Michigan last week on 26 rushes, both season-highs. Ouellette is second in the MAC in rushing averaging 87-yards per game. As a team, Ohio is second in rushing offense and second in scoring offense.
Ohio red shirt sophomore punter Michael Farkas has been solid in the punting game so far this season for Ohio. Farkas has 20 punts for 817 yards and has pinned eight punts inside the 20-yardline with six fair catches and just one touchback. Farkas also pulled off a fake punt at Purdue and picked up a first down on a 16-yard rush. Farkas is averaging 40.8 yards per punt with a long of 52. Farkas also teamed up for a two-point conversion with junior long snapper Jake Hale against Hampton.
1-2 RB PUNCH
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.
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.
RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS AGAINST HAMPTON
Against Hampton, 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).
Tarell Basham was drafted 80th overall by the Indianapolis Colts, making him the first Bobcat drafted since 2014. Basham is also the second-highest draft pick under Frank Solich. Blair Brown was drafted 148th overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars, making it the first time since 1972 that Ohio had multiple draft picks in the same season. Casey Sayles signed a free agent contract with the LA Rams after the draft.
CONSISTENCY AT THE TOP
Head coach Frank Solich begins his 13th season at Ohio University this fall. Solich's 12-year reign as head coach has become a rarity in today's college football landscape. Only three football bowl sub-division coaches have longer tenures with their current team.
Ohio is the only the team in the country that has kept its head coach, offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator in place for the past 13 seasons.
First years at
COACH, Team Season school
1. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa 1999 18
2. Gary Patterson, TCU 2000 17
3. Frank Solich, Ohio 2005 12
Mike Gundy, Okla. State 2005 12
Kyle Wittingham, Utah 2005 12
AN IMPRESSIVE COACHING TREE
Ohio head coach Frank Solich sports an impressive coaching tree of former assistants, who are now head coaches in Division I College Football.
Head Coach (Current School) Years Under Solich
Craig Bohl (Wyoming) (1998-2002)
Turner Gill (Liberty) (2003)
Derek Mason (Vanderbilt) (2005-06)
Lance Leipold (Buffalo) (2001-03)