A.J. Ouellette last played at Doyt Perry Stadium in 2015. Every time he walked off the field that game, his hamstring was worked on by trainers.
Bowling Green ran wild, beating the Bobcats 62-14 in 2015 on a cold, November night. Ouellette remembers that game, it was one of the last chances Ohio had to make it to Detroit.
The past four seasons, the representative in Detroit from the Mid-American Conference's East Division has either been Ohio (4-2, 1-1) or Bowling Green.
"I know that I like to beat Bowling Green," Ouellette said. "It's close to home, so whenever we can beat them it puts a smile on my face. Coming into this game healthy will be big for me. I expect to get their best and for us to give them our best."
For the Bobcats, Saturday gives them a chance at redemption from 2015, but also last week's
Homecoming loss to Central Michigan. They've also only taken one of the past five meetings against the Falcons.
Along with Ouellette wanting redemption, quarterback Nathan Rourke wants it too, except for a different reason. Six weeks in, he's dazzled the MAC with his 13 total touchdowns, but last week marked his first hiccup in his short career. He committed four turnovers: an interception and three fumbles, all firsts for the sophomore signal caller.
In his weekly press conference, head coach Frank Solich tried to take some of the weight off of Rourke, saying not all four turnovers were solely his fault.
But later that day, Rourke was rolling the length of the field holding two footballs, working on that ball security. When asked about the turnovers after practice, he just shook his head. He had no answer, instead he was eyeing the next game, that's where he can right the wrongs.
"We're a pretty resilient group, I think," Rourke said. "As long as we're all on the same page, even if it's the wrong one, as long as we're on the same page we'll be fine."
Saturday will mark the 68th meeting of the East Division foes. The Falcons are coming off their first win of the year. Solich expects a had-fought showing, but that's what he always expects.
But, this year Solich has been echoing how much he likes this Bobcat team. They're his kind of team: Hard nosed, resilient and gritty.
"They have been a great team as far as showing up every day and practicing at a level that gives them a chance to win every week," Solich said. "I like this football team in that area, they are really good at getting the big picture."