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Bobcats dominate Falcons to clinch MAC East title

Harris steps up in Ohio's 38-14 victory


ATHENS – Once CJ Harris and Ohio got going, they could not be stopped on their way to Detroit.

With starting quarterback Kurtis Rourke sidelined for the season by a knee injury, Harris did his part in leading the Bobcats to a 38-14 blowout of Bowling Green on Tuesday night at Frank Solich Field at Peden Stadium to clinch a spot in the Mid-American Conference championship game.

Bowling Green scored the only points of the first quarter, but it was all Ohio after that. Harris was 10-of-21 passing for 196 yards and a touchdown and added 12 rushes for 65 yards and three scores in his first career start, helping the Bobcats to their fifth MAC championship game since 2006 and their first since 2016.

Ohio’s defense also played a big part in the... <Read More>






Rourke injured in Ohio win against Ball State

Bobcats still need to beat BG to win MAC East


MUNCIE, Ind. – Ohio won its sixth straight game, but it came at a potentially big cost.

Kurtis Rourke left the game with a knee injury and did not return as the Bobcats beat Ball State 32-18 on Tuesday night at Scheumann Stadium.

With Ohio leading 17-3, the Mid-American Conference’s leading passer went down on a pass attempt late in the first half and was on the sideline in the second half with a brace and ice on his knee.

Ohio (8-3, 6-1 MAC) turned to C.J. Harris at quarterback but ultimately relied on Sieh Bangura and its defense to hold its lead. Bangura finished with 148 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.

"This evening was a hard fought game by both sides," Ohio coach Tim Albin. "Our football team continues to find ways to win... <Read More>






Bobcats win 5th straight game with Battle of Bricks win

Ohio takes down Miami 37-21 in Oxford


OXFORD – Kurtis Rourke and Ohio continued to roll with a 37-21 victory against Miami on Tuesday night at Yager Stadium.

Rourke completed 25-of-35 passes for 363 yards and three touchdowns, and Sieh Bangura returned to action with 20 carries for 145 yards and a touchdown as the Bobcats won their fifth straight game.

Miles Cross had a career game receiving with six receptions for 133 yards, and Jacoby Jones caught a pair of touchdown passes.

Ohio won the Battle of the Bricks for the second straight year and for the 13th time in the last 16 meetings.

"This was a great team win," Ohio coach Tim Albin. "This team has been really resilient all year. It's a challenge to go into the game and have great growth after spending the day in the hotel... <Read More>






Bobcats blow out Bulls, take MAC East lead

Rourke throws 5 more touchdown passes


ATHENS – Ohio moved atop the Mid-American Conference East standings with its fourth straight victory, a thorough 45-24 pounding of former MAC unbeaten Buffalo on Tuesday night at Frank Solich Field at Peden Stadium.

The Bobcats (6-3, 4-1 MAC) scored the first 17 points of the game, and although the Bulls (5-4, 4-1 MAC) cut the deficit to seven on a couple of occasions, Ohio answered each time and pulled away.

Kurtis Rourke more than made up for a pick-six by throwing five touchdown passes. He was 20-of-29 passing for 317 yards and rushed for another 52 yards. Sam Wiglusz and Miles Cross each caught a pair of touchdowns, with Wiglusz finishing his night with 131 yards on six receptions.

Ohio set the tone in the first quarter, not allowing a... <Read More>






Defense stands tough in 24-17 win over NIU

Bobcats stay undefeated at Frank Solich Field


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ATHENS – Ohio’s defense stood tough a second straight week, making a late stand in a 24-17 victory that kept the Bobcats undefeated at home on the day Frank Solich Field at Peden Stadium was dedicated to the former coach.

Kurtis Rourke threw the go-ahead touchdown pass to Sam Wiglusz with seven minutes remaining, and Northern Illinois was unable to answer. Rourke finished 14-of-26 passing for 200 yards with a pair of passing touchdowns and another on the ground.

“We have a scrappy bunch, and we find a way to win, every week, every 60 minutes,” Ohio coach Tim Albin said. “It's a different identity every 60 minutes and our guys find a way. We knew it is going to be a challenge today with what we are facing, but we got it done. We're going to... <Read More>






Ohio intercepts Salopek 5 times in 33-14 win over Western Michigan

Bobcats pick up first road victory of season


KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Ohio’s struggling defense came up forcing six turnovers, including five interceptions, in a dominant 33-14 victory against Western Michigan on Saturday at Waldo Stadium.

The Bobcats (4-3, 2-1 Mid-American Conference) sacked Broncos quarterback Jack Salopek five times and picked him off five times while also recovering a fumble in their first road victory of the season.

Zack Sanders and Torrie Cox Jr. each had two interceptions, with Bryce Dugan picking up the other on a deflected pass.

“An unbelievable performance by our defense,” Ohio coach Tim Albin. “The turnovers were the difference in the game. We challenged the team all week, and they responded.”

Offensively, Sieh Bangura scored a couple of touchdowns with 77... <Read More>






Ohio strikes early, often in 55-34 homecoming win

Wiglusz scores on first play, Bobcats down Zips


ATHENS – Ohio scored on the first play from scrimmage and led the entire way in a 55-34 homecoming victory against Akron on Saturday at Peden Stadium.

Kurtis Rourke connected on a 75-yard touchdown pass to Sam Wiglusz on the first play, and it was a sign of things to come as Rourke finished the day 24-of-27 passing for 427 yards and three touchdowns, with seven of those completions and 144 of those yards to Wiglusz, who later scored a second touchdown.

"The first play of the game was the best way to start the game," Wiglusz said. "We got a couple plays that we know we were going to get a chance to call out if we got the right look. It could not have played out much better and it really got us off to a hot start, so it felt great."

Akron... <Read More>






Cooper, Cephas help fumble-plagued Flashes top Bobcats in OT

Ohio's defense torched again, giving up 736 yards


KENT – Marquez Cooper and Dante Cephas could not be stopped, and they willed mistake-filled Mid-American East Conference favorite Kent State over Ohio 31-24 in overtime on Saturday at Dix Stadium.

Cooper ran 40 times for 240 yards and two touchdowns, with Cephas making 13 catches for 246 yards and a score as the Golden Flashes racked up 736 yards of offense on 98 plays, eventually wearing out a Bobcats defense that stood tough until the fourth quarter.

Kurtis Rourke had another impressive game, completing 25 of 39 passes for 322 yards and two touchdowns, but it was not enough for the Bobcats (2-3, 0-1 MAC). He was off the mark on his final three passes, including on a fourth-and-goal from the Kent State 5-yard line when Ohio needed a... <Read More>






Rourke's record-breaking day just enough in 59-52 win

QB throws for 537 yards, game-winning TD in final minute


ATHENS – Kurtis Rourke threw for a school-record 537 yards as Ohio racked up a program-best 692 yards of offense and needed every last one of them to rally past Fordham 59-52 on Saturday at Peden Stadium.

Unable to stop the Tim DeMorat-to-Fotis Kokosioulis connection of the Rams, the Bobcats fell behind 49-38 before the end of the third quarter. They scored the game-tying touchdown on a 5-yard pass from Rourke to Jacoby Jones with 52 seconds left, with a go-ahead Nathanial Vakos extra point following.

“I said last week, and I will say it again,” Ohio coach Tim Albin said. “One thing for certain is that this team has got fight. I challenged them at halftime. They took it well and our guys kept fighting. Unbelievable game at home with... <Read More>






Bobcats outmatched again in 43-10 loss to Cyclones

Ohio falls behind big early against Power Five foe


AMES, Iowa – For the second straight week, Ohio was outmatched by a Power Five school, falling 43-10 to Iowa State on Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium.

The Cyclones (3-0) were up by 24 points only a few minutes into the second quarter and slowed down little from there.

Ohio was unable to establish its line play, finishing with just 24 yards rushing, and had to take it to the air to try to get some offense going, but there were mixed results there at best, with Kurtis Rourke throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble for the Bobcats’ first three turnovers of the season. Backup Parker Navarro also lost a fumble in the fourth quarter.

On the other hand, Iowa State had little trouble offensively, finishing with 463 yards of offense while... <Read More>






Penn State overwhelms Ohio with 46-10 victory

Bobcats have no answer for Singleton's big plays, Nittany Lions' defense


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State’s big play ability overwhelmed Ohio as the Nittany Lions rolled to a 46-10 victory Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

True freshman running back Nicholas Singleton scored on a pair of long runs and racked up 179 yards on just 10 carries to lead the way. Penn State finished with 572 yards while holding Ohio to just 264.

"We came in to win the football game and it didn't go our way," Ohio coach Tim Albin said. "As a staff, we need to take 24 hours and get a few guys' bumps and bruises cleaned up. Next week on the next stage we're going to look better."

Every time the Bobcats (1-1) seemed made a play to seemingly stay in the game, the Nittany Lions (2-0) responded with an even bigger moment and eventually ran away... <Read More>






Ohio has big 2nd half, holds off FAU's late rally

Rourke has career day with 345 yards passing, 5 total TDs


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ATHENS – Roman Parodie broke up a fourth-down pass with 32 seconds left as Ohio held on for a season-opening 41-38 victory against Florida Atlantic on Saturday evening at Frank Solich Field at Peden Stadium.

The Owls nearly rallied from a 17-point deficit in the final seven minutes, getting the ball back at its own 19-yard line down by three with one timeout and 1:36 remaining. FAU quarterback N’Kosi Perry completed first-down throws of 12 and 10 yards before firing incomplete on four straight passes to turn the ball over on downs.

Kurtis Rourke had a career day by completing 27 of 34 passes for 345 yards and four touchdowns to outduel Perry, who was 24 of 42 for 364 yards and five touchdowns.

"Great start at Peden stadium, the... <Read More>






Offense struggles as Ohio falls to Bowling Green 21-10

Bobcats complete worse season in 18 years


BOWLING GREEN – Ohio could not get its offense in gear on a typically cold and windy day in northwest Ohio, ending its worst season in 18 years with a 21-10 loss to Bowling Green on Friday afternoon at Doyt L. Perry Stadium.

Th Bobcats (3-9, 3-5 Mid-American Conference) were held to just 223 yards, while the Falcons (4-8, 2-6 MAC) controlled the ball with long drives on offense and intercepted Kurtis Rourke three times on defense.

With the game tied at 10 at halftime, Bowling Green shut out Ohio in the second half and slowly put the game away with three field goals and a safety.

"I am proud of all our personnel," Ohio first-year head coach Tim Albin said. "The guys kept fighting. We just could not make enough plays offensively."

Bowling... <Read More>






Koback too much for Ohio in 35-23 loss

Toledo RB goes over 200 yards with 4 TDs


ATHENS – Ohio’s defense could not stop Bryant Koback, and its offense could not finish drives until late. The result was its first multiple-score Mid-American Conference loss in more than six years, 35-23, on Tuesday night at Peden Stadium.

Koback ran for 203 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries as the Rockets (6-5, 4-3 MAC) became bowl eligible. The Bobcats racked up 445 yards but managed only three field goals before a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns.

"There were a lot of big plays by them," Ohio coach Tim Albin said. "We had opportunities in the first half, but we had two holding penalties, a penalty on the kickoff return for touchdown, a personal foul facemask on defense in the first half. Our defense played well enough to get us... <Read More>






Bobcats slow down high-flying Eagles for 34-26 victory

Rourke, Cox help Ohio win 2nd straight


YPSILANTI, Mich. – Ohio scored on big plays and prevented Eastern Michigan’s high-powered offense from getting them to take its second straight victory 34-26 on Tuesday night at Rynearson Stadium.

Kurtis Rourke threw three touchdown passes, and Isiah Cox had a pair of touchdowns for the second game in a row, but the big story was the defense holding the Eagles in check after they scored 52 and 55 points in their last two games.

"I'm just so excited and happy for this football team," Ohio coach Tim Albin said. "It was an absolutely great team win [and an] unbelievable job. I think coming in nobody really gave us much of a chance; the staff did a fabulous job and I could not be prouder of a bunch of guys coming on the road against a quality... <Read More>






Bobcats make just enough plays to hold off Gabbert, RedHawks 35-33

Miami QB's five 2nd-half TD passes not enough


ATHENS – An outstanding start and just enough clutch plays helped Ohio hold off Miami 35-33 in the Battle of the Bricks on Tuesday night at Peden Stadium.

The Bobcats built a 28-0 lead early in the third quarter, took advantage of a RedHawks missed extra point, recovered three Miami onside kick attempts and got their first home victory of the season.

Back in a starting role, Kurtis Rourke had his second straight big game, throwing for 288 yards and three touchdowns – two of them to Isiah Cox – and De’Montre Tuggle finished with three total touchdowns to give Ohio (2-7, 2-3 Mid-American Conference) its first win in four years in the rivalry series that had been dominated by the Bobcats for a decade before that. Wins by the RedHawks in 2018... <Read More>






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