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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."

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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>

Ohio's comeback against Kent State falls short

Early turnovers put Bobcats in hole in 34-27 loss

ATHENS – Ohio’s rally from a 17-point deficit came up short in a 34-27 loss to Kent State on Saturday at Peden Stadium.

The Bobcats got to within a touchdown on Stephen Johnson’s 20-yard field goal with 49 seconds remaining, but the Golden Flashes were able to recover the onside kick that followed to hold on after they led 31-14 late in the third quarter.

After Armani Rogers played the majority of the last two games at quarterback, Ohio (1-7, 1-3 Mid-American Conference) went back to original starter Kurtis Rourke early against the Golden Flashes, and he threw for 308 yards on 31-of-38 passing, but it was not enough.

“I'm disappointed with the loss; nobody hates to lose more than me or this football team, and I'm going to sit here and... <Read More>

McNulty's 2nd-chance FG completes Buffalo's rally from 21 down

Rogers' big 1st half, including NCAA record run, not enough

GETZVILLE, N.Y. – Alex McNulty made good on a second chance at a game-winning field goal as Buffalo completed a rally from 21 points down to beat Ohio 27-26 on Saturday at UB Stadium.

McNulty’s first try from 31 yards away was wide right as time expired, but Ohio’s Bryce Dugan was offsides on the play, giving McNulty another chance from 26 yards out. He sent it down the middle of the uprights to complete the Bulls’ comeback from a 21-0 deficit in the first quarter. Ohio was offsides on the second attempt as well.

"I just told the team, I was honest with them, at this point, I am disappointed with how we finished down the stretch," Ohio coach Tim Albin said. "Too many mistakes – self-inflicted. It's very disappointing. That is not who we... <Read More>

Unsportsmanlike penalty on Ohio helps Central Michigan hold on

Chippewas spoil Bobcats' homecoming 30-27

ATHENS – An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty forced trailing Ohio to punt, and it did not get the ball back as the Bobcats suffered another homecoming loss to Central Michigan 30-27 on Saturday at Peden Stadium.

Daniel Richardson’s 28-yard touchdown pass to Kalil Pimpleton put the Chippewas on top with 3:55 remaining. On the ensuing drive, quarterback Armani Rogers threw incomplete to Isiah Cox, and displeased with no pass interference call, Ohio’s sideline was called for unsportsmanlike conduct, turning a fourth-and-2 into a fourth-and-17 from its own 18.

“We were going to go for it, and then the post-play penalty was called from the bench area,” Ohio coach Tim Albin said. “It is unfortunate, and I am disappointed and so was that person... <Read More>

Tuggle's career game leads Ohio to first win of season

Rogers provides 2nd-half spark in 34-17 win over Zips

AKRON – Ohio found a winning formula on offense in the second half with a huge rushing effort in a 34-17 victory against Akron on Saturday at InfoCision Stadium.

De’Montre Tuggle had a career-high 201 yards, and Armani Rogers provided a second-half spark with 83 yards on the ground. They combined for three touchdowns as the Bobcats racked up 398 yards rushing.

"It's amazing," Tuggle said. "Big shoutout to my line and my receivers, those guys were blocking their tails off today."

Down 17-10 midway through the third quarter, Ohio scored the final 24 points to earn its first victory.

Ohio rode Tuggle on a drive that ended with Rogers scoring the tying touchdown on a 7-yard run with 5:41 left in the third quarter. Rogers led the Bobcats on a... <Read More>

Ohio's offensive struggles continue in 35-6 loss at Northwestern

Bobcats score on final play to avoid shutout

EVANSTON, Ill. – Winless Ohio’s offensive struggles continued as it was shut out until the final play of the game in a 35-6 loss to Northwestern on Saturday at Ryan Field.

If not for a 55-yard Armani Rogers touchdown run with no time left on the block, the Bobcats would have finished with less than 300 yards. As it was, Northwestern ran for more yards (373) than Ohio had total yards (348).

Evan Hull led the way for the Wildcats (2-2) with 216 yards, including a 90-yard burst for a touchdown in the first quarter. He had already scored on a touchdown run of 17 yards.

Charlie Kuhbander had field goals of 24 and 26 yards, one late in the first half and another early in the fourth quarter that put Northwestern up 20-0. The Wildcats got a pair... <Read More>

Louisiana converts on goal-line plays to run past Ohio 49-14

Bobcats struggle to just 250 yards of offense

LAFAYETTE – Louisiana scored on the last play of the first half and twice on fourth down while running away with a 49-14 victory against winless Ohio on Thursday night at Cajun Field.

Despite a bad start, the Bobcats (0-3) had a chance to stay in the game but could not get key goal-line stops as the Ragin’ Cajuns (2-1) piled up 562 yards of offense.

Montrell Johnson kept his balance as he spun off of a defender and fell down the ground short of the goal line, but the ball was ruled to have reached the end zone on a run from the 1-yard line as time expired in the first half, giving Louisiana a 21-7 lead. The call was upheld after replay.

Johnson scored again on a fourth-and-goal play on the first possession of the second half to make it... <Read More>

FCS Duquesne holds off Ohio after failed 2-point try

Bobcats can't overcome penalties, Dukes' long drives

ATHENS – A fade pass to Ryan Luehrman on a potential game-tying two-point conversion try was broken up, and penalty-riddled Ohio lost to an FCS opponent for the first time since 2002 with a 28-26 defeat against Duquesne on Saturday at Peden Stadium.

Kurtis Rourke completed a 3-yard touchdown pass to Ty Walton with 9 seconds left to give the Bobcats a chance to rally from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit, but a defender was able to prevent Luehrman from making a similar catch near the right sideline. The Dukes then recovered an onside kick try to give the Northeast Conference, which limits scholarships to 40, its first-ever win against an FBS opponent.

Ohio (0-2) scored the first two times in touched the ball to take a 13-3 lead but did... <Read More>

Ohio can't finish drives, falls 29-9 to Syracuse

Bobcats come up short in Albin's first game as head coach

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ATHENS – Ohio’s offense produced yards but not touchdowns in a season-opening 29-9 loss to Syracuse to begin the Tim Albin coaching era on Saturday night at Peden Stadium.

The Bobcats had 346 yards of offense and moved inside the Orange 35-yard line six times but settled for only three field goals.

It was the first game as head coach for Alban after Frank Solich stepped aside after 16 years at the helm less than two months ago because of health issues. Solich was honored before the game, which was the first in two years to feature fans – a near capacity crowd of 23,904 was on hand – because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Awesome crowd. Wow,” Albin said. “It was great to see the hill packed, and the student section was awesome. I wish we got... <Read More>

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Solich announces retirement as Ohio football coach

Albin promoted from offensive coordinator

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ATHENS – Frank Solich, The Mid-American Conference’s all-time leader in football coaching wins, announced his retirement Tuesday morning, citing a need to focus on his health.

Director of Athletics Julie Cromer announced associate head coach and offensive coordinator Tim Albin was promoted to head coach and agreed to a four-year contract.

"After 55 years in coaching, including 16 at Ohio University, it is time for me to step away to focus on a cardiovascular health issue," Solich said in a press release. "I've appreciated the support of Bobcat fans over the years, and I know they will continue to support Coach Albin. After working directly with Tim for 21 consecutive years, including six at the University of Nebraska, it's clear to me he... <Read More>

Additional Coverage:
Ohio's Frank Solich, 76, retires after 16 seasons as head coach  (Yahoo! Sports)
Ohio Bobcats' Frank Solich, winningest football coach in MAC history, steps down for health issues  (ESPN.com)
Frank Solich took long road through Ohio to record-breaking success  (Sporting News)
Frank Solich announces his retirement after 16 seasons with Ohio  (The Post)
Frank Solich rewrote his own story, from Nebraska to Ohio, retiring with a legacy of success  (The Athletic)

Ohio scores 45 in 1st half of 52-10 blowout of Bowling Green

Led by Tuggle's 185, 3 TDs, Bobcats rush for 355 yards

ATHENS – Playing for the first time in 18 days, Ohio ran up a huge halftime lead and blew out Bowling Green 52-10 on Saturday at Peden Stadium.

De’Montre Tuggle ran 15 times for 185 yards and three touchdowns, and the Bobcats (2-1) scored a first-half touchdown on special teams and then nearly on defense as well in the blowout of the short-handed Falcons, who had multiple players suspended this past week.

"I thought it was a complete ball game by really the offense, defense, special team units. everyone. Good plays by all three of those units," Ohio coach Frank Solich said. "Obviously, that's what it takes in order to continue to have success in this conference. It's good to see it materialize the way it did out there today."

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Tuggle carries Ohio past Akron 24-10

Zips hang tough but lose 19th straight game

ATHENS – After failing to put Akron away on multiple occasions, Ohio turned to De’Montre Tuggle to get the job done.

He carried the ball all nine plays of a 70-yard drive capped by his 1-yard touchdown run for the clinching touchdown of the Bobcats’ 24-10 victory against the Zips on Tuesday night at Peden Stadium.

"We celebrate every win," Ohio coach Frank Solich said. "The other team wants to win, too. We celebrate every win. We also understand that we're making it hard on ourselves, and we've got to get some things changed, realistically, if we want to battle for a conference championship."

Akron came in on an 18-game losing streak and was pummeled by Ohio last season 52-3, but this one was not decided until Tuggle reached the end zone... <Read More>

Central Michigan holds off Ohio 30-27

Penalty kills late drive by the Bobcats

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan’s defense held late and the Chippewas open the season with a 30-27 victory against Ohio on Tuesday night at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

Jarren Hampton's tackle for no game on fourth-and-1 gave the Bobcats possession with 2:10 remaining at their own 33-yard line, and Ohio moved inside the Central Michigan 30-yard line. A questionable holding penalty, though, negated a Kurtis Rourke run inside the 15. On fourth down, Troy Brown broke up a pass intended for Ryan Luerman to lock up the win for Central Michigan.

"I'm hoping that the mistakes that were made were correctable mistakes," Ohio coach Frank Solich said. "And I believe that will be true."

Ohio took the lead 27-20 at the start of the second half on... <Read More>

Columbus Hartley HS OL Jake Skelly commits to Ohi0

Columbus Bishop Hartley High School offensive lineman Jake Skelly commits to Ohio. He chose the Bobcats over offers from Akron, Ball St., EMU, Kent St. and Toledo.

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