OHIO VS. TOLEDO | ATHENS, OHIO | PEDEN STADIUM | NOV. 8, 2017 | 7 P.M. ET
Venue - Peden Stadium
Capacity - 24,000
Playing Surface - Turf
Series vs. Toledo - 20-31-1
Last Meeting - W, 31-26 - Oct. 27, 2016
Television - ESPN2
Talent - Chris Cotter (PBP), Desmond Howard (Color)
Ohio Radio - Ohio IMG Sports Network
Talent - Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius
Websites - OhioBobcats.com UTRockets.com
FIRST AND 10
-Ohio hosts Toledo with the game broadcast on ESPN2 for the second-straight week. The game against the Rockets closes out a three-game homestand for the Bobcats.
-The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 with Chris Cotter and Desmond Howard calling the action.
-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 is coming off a 45-28 win over arch-rival Miami last week, Ohio has won its last three games.
-Toledo has won five straight including a 27-17 win over Northern Illinois in their last outing. Toledo's only loss of the season was against No. 14 Miami (Fla.) 52-30.
-Ohio is 20-31-1 against the Rockets in the all-time series which dates back to the 1925 season. Ohio won for the first time since 1967 at the Glass bowl last season with a 31-26 decision over the Rockets. It also snapped an 11-game losing streak in the series for the Bobcats.
-With his four solo tackles against Miami, Ohio RS senior linebacker Quentin Poling became the all-time leader in solo tackles at Ohio. Poling needs two more tackles to move into the top 10 in the combined tackles category.
-Ohio soph. quarterback Nathan Rourke moved into second on the single-season rushing touchdown (16) category and ranks second on the single-season touchdowns responsible for (29). Ohio's record for rushing touchdowns is 19 and touchdowns responsible for is 38.
-Today's game pits the top two MAC offense. Ohio leads the MAC averaging 41.2 points per game while Toledo is second with 39.0. Toledo leads the MAC averaging 517.8 yards per game, while Ohio is second averaging 424.4.
-RS senior linebacker Chad Moore was named MAC East Defensive Player of the Week after recording an interception, forced fumble and five solo tackles against Kent State
-Ohio RS sophomore kicker Louie Zervos was named MAC East Specialist of the Week after going 6/6 on PAT and draining field goals of 43 and 34 yards against Kent State.
-Ohio has had a 100-plus yard rusher in the last six straight games (Rourke vs. CMU, BG - Ouellette vs. Umass, EMU, Kansas - Brown vs. Kent State).
-Rourke ranks second in the country in rushing touchdowns and is the top-ranked QB on the list. He ranks seventh nationally with 19 total touchdowns.
-Head Coach Frank Solich is third in All-Time career MAC wins with 94. He will need 16 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 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.
-Poling needs two more tackles to move into 10th on the career tackle list.
-Ohio RS junior running back A.J. Ouellette moved into 10th on the career rushing list with 2,264 yards. Ouellette needs 20 more yards to move into a tie with Bob Brooks (2,364) for eighth. Kalvin McRae holds the Ohio record with 4,398 career rushing yards.
-Ohio sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke currently has 16 rushing touchdowns which ranks second on the single-season list. Rourke needs three more rushing touchdown to move into a first-place tie with Kalvin McRae who holds the Bobcats single-season record with 19 rushing touchdowns.
-Rourke is second in single-season touchdowns responsible for with 29. Ohio's single-season record was set by Tyler Tettleton in 2011 with 38.
-Ohio RS sophomore kicker Louie Zervos moved into second on the field goals made list with 40. He needs 39 more to tie Matt Weller who holds the career record at Ohio.
-Ohio is averaging 41.2 points per game which is the most productive offense in school history. The current record is 37.6 points per game set in the 1968 season.
- Ohio is now 40-52-2 all-time against the RedHawks.
- Ohio has won the last five-straight meetings with Miami.
- Head Coach Frank Solich is now 153-88 and 95-69 at Ohio. He is now 11-2 against Miami.
- This marks the sixth game Ohio recorded 40 or more points, to tie a 1968 record.
- Ohio's 14 points in the first quarter mark as the most points scored by the Bobcats in the first quarter this season.
- Sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke leads in single-season rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 16 on the season.
- Rourke recorded six touchdowns, three rushing, three passing, which is second-most at Ohio in a single game.
- Rourke finished with 54 rushing yards and went 21 of 33 for 294 yards passing.
- Rourke's 29 touchdowns responsible for is ranked second on the Ohio single-season chart. His 16 touchdowns is the most by an Ohio quarterback in a single-season and ranks second among all players - Kalvin McRae holds the single-season record with 19.
- Rourke's 294 passing yards mark a career high in passing yards and the most that Ohio has had this season.
- Ohio had a season-low 149 rushing yards. Ouellette led Ohio's rushing attack with 80, he now has 827 this season.
- Redshirt senior wide receiver Jerrid Marhefka recorded his first career touchdown.
- RS junior running back A.J. Ouellette is 10th all-time career rushing at Ohio with 2,344.
- The 2017 Bobcats rank fourth with 371 points and 31 touchdowns.
- Redshirt senior linebacker Quentin Poling recorded 10 tackles on the night, four solo.
- Poling is now the all-time leader in solo tackles at Ohio (207).
- Redshirt sophomore safety Javon Hagan recorded his first interception of the season, third of his career.
- Redshirt junior Jalen Fox recorded his second interception of the season, second of his career.
- Redshirt junior defensive linemen Andrew Payne recorded Ohio's only sack of the game.
- Redshirt senior cornerback Bradd Ellis recorded four pass break-ups. His 17 passes defended (15 PBU, 2 INT) is tied for the lead in the nation.
- Ohio held Miami to 98 yards rushing, it was the fourth time this season Ohio has held an opponent to less than 100 rushing yards.
- Miami's 14 points were the most points allowed by Ohio in the first quarter this season.
- RS sophomore punter Michael Farkas had seven punts for 253 yards including a long of 42 and pinned four inside the 20-yard line with one touchback.
- RS sophomore placekicker Louie Zervos went 1-for-2 on field goals hitting a 36-yarder in the fourth quarter for Ohio's last score of the game.
- Zervos was 6-6 on PAT.
OCT 27, 2016 OHIO at TOLEDO
-Ohio's offense racked up 269 yards on the ground, which was the most by a MAC team against Toledo this season.
-RS junior running back Dorian Brown had 212 rushing yards, which was the most by an Ohio rusher this season. Brown's total was a career high and the third straight game he has reached 100+ yards.
-Brown also had a 51-yard rush, a career long.
-Brown's mark was the first time Ohio has had a rusher between 200-249 yards since Chris Garrett (222) at Miami in 2008.
-With four catches for 90-yards, senior wide receiver Sebastian Smith is now third all-time at Ohio with 148 career receptions.
-RS freshman wide receiver Kyle Belack had a career long 57-yard reception.
-RS freshman quarterback Quinton Maxwell went 7-16 for 159 yards and two touchdowns, both career highs.
-Maxwell's pass touchdown pass to Belack was a career long pass for him.
-The two touchdowns Ohio had in the second quarter were the first touchdowns surrendered in the second quarter by Toledo.
-RS junior linebacker Chad Moore had eight solo tackles, a career high. Moore finished with 10 total, which ties a career high.
-RS junior linebacker Quentin Poling had 10 solo tackles, which ties his career high and led the team with 11 total.
-Moore had his second interception of the season.
-Ohio's defense held Toledo to 6-15 on third down conversions, entering the game they were averaging 54-percent, and to a season-low 26 points.
-Ohio's defense held Kareem Hunt to a season-low 50 rushing yards, he entered the game averaging 105.7.
-Ohio had six tackles for 15-yards lost.
-RS freshman punter Michael Farkas had seven punts for 244 yards and pinned six of the seven inside the 20-yardline, a career best effort.
Ohio has had at least one 100-yard rusher in six games this season. RS junior running back A.J. Ouellete has had four games - Kansas (102), EMU (145), UMass (125) and Bowling Green (123). Sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke has hit 100-yards rushing three times UMass (113), CMU (105) and Bowling Green (143). RS senior running back Dorian Brown rushed for 108 against Kent State. Ohio has also had three receiving performances above 100-yards with RS junior wide receiver Papi White racking up 103 at Purdue and RS senior wide receiver Brendan Cope picking up 104 against Kansas and 126 against UMass.
2nd - 4th Down Conversion PCT (0.857)
5th - Red Zone Offense (0.957)
8th - Scoring Offense (41.2)
12th - Kickoff Return Defense (16.90)
13th - Blocked Punts (1)
13th - 3rd Down Conversion PCT (0.299)
21st - Rushing Defense (123.0)
22nd - Rushing Offense (232.9)
2nd - Rushing Touchdowns - Nathan Rourke (16)
3rd - Passes Defended - Bradd Ellis (1.9)
3rd - Total Touchdowns - Nathan Rourke (16)
3rd - Total Points Scored - Nathan Rourke (96)
6th - Scoring - Nathan Rourke - 9.8
9th - Points Responsible For - Nathan Rourke (174)
10th - Points Responsible For Per Game - Nathan Rourke (19.3)
14th - Forced Fumbles - Quentin Poling (0.33)
Ohio's rushing defense ranks second in the MAC and has held opponents to 123.0 yards per game and eight rushing touchdowns. Ohio has held its opponents to under 70-yards rushing three times this season. Hampton had 47, EMU had 45 and Central Michigan had 68. Opponents are averaging just 5.5 yards per carry against the Bobcats.
FINDING THE ENDZONE
Ohio sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke has made a habit of finding the end zone with 13 rushing touchdowns and 10 passing TDs this season. Rourke leads the MAC in scoring touchdowns averaging 9.8 per game. Rourke has rushed for three touchdowns on three different occasions this season and accounted for four total touchdowns at Bowling Green.
300-PLUS BACK TO BACK
Ohio racked up 300-plus rushing yards for two weeks in a row with a 336 against Kent State and 335 against Bowling Green. The Bobcats haven't posted back-to-back 300-plush rushing games since 2015. Ohio is averaging 232.9 rushing yards per game, which leads the Mid-American Conference.
With their win over Kent State, Ohio became bowl eligible for the ninth straight season which leads the Mid-American Conference. Only 11 teams have longer bowl eligible streaks than Ohio, with Florida State leading the country with 35 years of bowl eligibility.
1. Ohio - 9 years (2008-2017) *
T2. Toledo - 4 years (2014-2017)*
3. Western Michigan - 3 years ( 2014-2016)
3. Central Michigan - 3 years (2014-2015)
*Bowl Eligible this year
REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS
Ohio Sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke has been rewriting the Ohio record books for rushing by a quarterback. Rourke ranks second in single-season rushing touchdowns with 16. He also ranks second in touchdowns responsible for with 29 and needs 12 more to move into a tie with Tyler Tettleton (2011) with 38.
Ohio RS junior running back A.J. Ouellette is on pace to be the Bobcats first 1,000 yard rusher since Beau Blankenship in 2012 (1,604). Ouellette has 827 yards rushing so far this season and is averaging 91.9 yards per game, which ranks third in the MAC. Ouellette has already eclipsed his best rushing season to date, when he rushed for 804 yards a true freshman.
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 eight games at corner for the Bobcats. Ellis ranks third in the country and leads the MAC with 17 passes defended (breakups + interceptions) while Fox is sixth in the MAC with 10 passes defended. Ellis has made two pick sixes this season while Fox has two picks for 38 yards returned.
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.
Toledo stands at 8-1 with a 5-0 Mid-American Conference mark. The Rockets have not lost since Sept. 23 and are riding a five-game winning streak including a 27-17 win over Northern Illinois last week.
Toledo is averaging 35.7 points per game and 470.1 yards of total offense so far this season including 210.9 on the ground and 259.2 through the air. Terry Swanson leads the Rockets rushing attack averaging 105.5 yards per game and has 11 rushing touchdowns. Swanson is averaging 5.3 yards per carry and has 844 rushing yards this season. Logan Woodside has started all nine games for the Rockets this season and has gone 169-263 for 2,656 yards and 19 touchdowns. He has thrown just two interceptions and is averaging 295.1 yards per game. Woodside's favorite target has been Diontae Johnson who has caught a team-high 46 passes for 859 yards and scored eight touchdowns. He is averaging 18.7 yards per reception and 85.4 yards per game.
Toledo has given up 18.7 points to its opposition and 305.7 yards of total offense. Teams are averaging 169.4 through the air and 136.2 on the ground against the Rockets. Linebacker Jack Linch leads the Rockets with 46 tackles including 21 solo stops. Defensive end Olasunkanmi Adeniyi leads the Rockets with 12 tackles for loss and five sacks. He also has seven quarterback hurries. Defensive back Kahlil Robinson leads Toledo with six passes defended (3 INT, 3 PBU) while also logging 35 tackles and 22 solo stops.
Ohio is coming off a 45-28 win over arch-rival Miami. The Bobcats are riding a three-game winning streak and are wrapping up a three-game homestand.
Ohio is averaging 41.2 points per game, which leads the MAC and Ohio's 424.4 per game total offense ranks second in the league. Ohio is averaging 232.9 yards on the ground and 191.6 through the air. Redshirt junior running back A.J. Ouellette leads Ohio's rushing attack with 91.9 yards per game and six touchdowns. Ouellette is averaging 5.9 yards per carry which ranks second in the league. Sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke has gone 118-207 for 1,504 yards with 13 passing touchdowns, 16 rushing touchdowns and three interceptions. Rourke's rushing touchdown total ranks third in the country and leads the MAC. RS senior wide receiver Brendan Cope is leading the team with 31 catches averaging 14.1 per reception and has 436 yards and three receiving touchdowns.
Ohio is holding its opposition to 25.7 points per game and 374.3 yards of total offense per game including 123.0 on the ground and 251.3 through the air. Redshirt senior linebacker Quentin Poling leads the Bobcats with 80 tackles and 35 solo stops so far this season. Poling has 8.5 tackles for loss and one and a half sacks on the season with three forced fumbles. RS senior linebacker Chad Moore is second on the squad with 55 tackles and 30 solo stops. Moore also has one sack and 3.5 tackles for loss with three interception and four pass breakups. Ellis has 17 pass breakups and two interceptions while Fox has nine pass breakups with one interception.
AN OHIO WIN WOULD...
-Give head coach Frank Solich his 96th win at Ohio (96-69) and 153rd career win (154-88)
-Move Ohio to 21-31-1 against Toledo
-Move Solich to 2-4 against Toledo
-Give Ohio back-to-back wins against Toledo for the first time since 1967-68
-Move Ohio to at least 8-2 for just the second time under head coach Frank Solich
-Move Ohio to 5-1 in MAC play
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 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.
IN THE RED ZONE
Ohio has been very successful this season in the red zone scoring on 44 of its 46 trips (96%) inside the 20, including 38 touchdowns (83%). That percentage sits atop the Mid-American Conference and ranks the Bobcats fifth nationally, with Georgia leading the country averaging 97.2-percent. Last season, Ohio converted on 82% of its trips to the red zone (49-60) and scored touchdowns 45% (27-60) of the time.
Ohio redshirt sophomore punter Michael Farkas has been solid in the punting game so far this season for Ohio. Farkas has 42 punts for 1,700 yards and has pinned 17 punts inside the 20-yardline with 16 fair catches and just two touchback. Farkas also pulled off a fake punt at Purdue and picked up a first down on a 16-yard rush. Farkas is averaging 41.3 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.