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Monday night’s bowl game has Louisiana-Lafayette against Miami (O.) in 21st Annual Lending Tree Bowl on ESPN (Rajun’ Cajuns Game Notes)

 

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LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Football has accepted an invitation to play Mid-American Conference foe Miami (Ohio) in the 21st Annual LendingTree Bowl, held in Mobile, Ala. on Monday, Jan. 6, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Kickoff for the primetime matchup is slated for 6:30 p.m. on ESPN.

The postseason bowl appearance will be the ninth in program history and the second under Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year Billy Napier. Louisiana holds an official record of 4-2 in bowl games.

Louisiana and Miami (Ohio) will be meeting for just third time when they square off in Mobile, with the Redhawks leading the all-time series, 2-0. Louisiana is 7-6 all-time against MAC opposition and 1-0 this year after the Ragin’ Cajuns defeated Ohio, 45-25, on Sept. 21 in Athens.

The Ragin’ Cajuns are seeking their first bowl win since Dec. 20, 2014, when they defeated Nevada, 16-3, at the 2014 R+L Carries New Orleans Bowl.

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LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Football will put the finishing touches on a historic 2019 campaign when it matches up with Mid-American Conference foe Miami (Ohio) in the 21st Annual LendingTree Bowl, held in Mobile, Ala., on Monday, Jan. 6, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

The postseason bowl appearance will be the team’s ninth in program history and the second under Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year Billy Napier. Louisiana holds an official record of 4-2 in bowl games.

With a victory, the Ragin’ Cajuns will secure their first bowl win since defeating Nevada, 16-3, in the 2014 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 20, 2014, and mark the program’s first bowl win outside the state of Louisiana since defeating Arkansas A&M, 24-7, in the 1944 Oil Bowl in Houston.

Louisiana is familiar with the MAC and the state of Ohio, having faced the Ohio Bobcats earlier this season. The Ragin’ Cajuns won that game, 45-25, in Athens and improved to 7-6 all-time against MAC opposition in the process.

Tickets for the 2019 LendingTree Bowl start as low as $15 (additional fees may apply) and can be requested by clicking here, visiting the Louisiana Athletics Ticket Office at the Cajundome or calling the ticket office at (337) 265-2357.

Who: Louisiana (10-3, 7-1 SBC) vs. Miami (Ohio) (8-5, 6-2 SBC)
Where: Ladd-Peebles Stadium – Mobile, Ala.
When: Monday, Jan. 6 – 6:30 p.m. (CST)
Watch: ESPN
On the Call: Dave LaMont (play-by-play), Gene Chizik (color), Lauren Sisler (sideline)
Listen: ESPN1420
On the Call: Jay Walker (play-by-play), Chris Lanaux (color), Cody Junot (sideline)
All-Time Series: Miami (Ohio) Leads, 2-0-0
Last Meeting: Sept. 11, 1993 (Miami (Ohio) Won, 29-28)

Game Notes:
Inside the Game
• Louisiana and Miami (Ohio) will meet for just the third time ever when the two teams square off in Mobile, Ala., for the LendingTree Bowl on Monday, Jan. 6.
• Miami (Ohio) leads the all-time series, 2-0.
• The Redhawks won the last meeting between the two programs on Sept. 11, 1993, a 29-28 victory over Louisiana in Oxford. The only other meeting came on Oc.t 5, 1991, in Lafayette, a game which the Redhawks also won, 27-14.
• Louisiana has already faced a Mid-American Conference opponent this season, defeating Ohio, 45-25, in Athens on Sept. 21.
• The Ragin’ Cajuns are currently 7-6 all-time against teams from the MAC.

How the West Was Won
• For the second-straight season, the Ragin’ Cajuns claimed the title of Sun Belt West Division Champions after putting together a complete team performance in a 53-3 rout of Troy at Cajun Field on Saturday, Nov. 23.
• It was all Louisiana from start to finish after it compiled 598 yards of total offense and scored 53 points, the second-highest point total of the season and the most against a conference opponent since scoring 55 against Arkansas State on Oct. 21, 2014.
• Louisiana faced Appalachian State in the Sun Belt Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 7, falling to the Mountaineers, 45-38.

Win, Win, Win, Win
• With its 31-30 victory over ULM in the regular-season finale on Nov. 30, Louisiana clinched its first 10-win season in program history.
• The win was the team’s seventh Sun Belt victory of the season, also a program high.
• After it defeated Troy (Nov. 23), the team clinched its first nine-win season since 1976 and just the fourth nine-win campaign in program history.

Offensive Elites
• Through 13 games in 2019, Louisiana ranks eighth in country and leads the conference in total offense per game (501.3) and 10th in the nation in scoring offense (38.8).
• Louisiana has 6,517 yards of total offense on the season, one of nine schools in the country with more than 6,500 yards on the year and the only team in the Sun Belt. The team’s 6,517 total yards is currently the ninth most in the nation.

Lighting Up the Scoreboard
• Louisiana has scored 504 points through 13 games this season, averaging 38.8 points per contest.
• With its 31 points against ULM on Nov. 30, Louisiana broke the school record for the most points scored in a single season, which was previously held by the 2012 team (461).
• In the 2012, the team averaged 35.4 points per contest.
• Louisiana scored at least 30 points in all but two games this season, going over the 40-point mark on four different occasions, the 50-point mark once and scored 77 points against Texas Southern (Sept. 14).

Rushing Game on Top
• Louisiana has rushed for 3,449 yards through 13 games this season, the fifth most in the country.
• The Ragin’ Cajuns currently rank second in the nation in yards per attempt, averaging 6.39 yards per carry. The team ranks behind Clemson (6.46) in that category.
• Louisiana has scored 41 rushing touchdowns this season, the third most in the country behind Navy (48) and Army (44).
• The 41 scores are the third most in Sun Belt history behind the Georgia Southern’s 55 (2014) and 54 (2015).
• The Ragin’ Cajuns rank seventh in average yards per game, tallying 265.3 yards on the ground.
• The Ragin’s Cajuns have rushed for over 300 yards in three games this season.
• Louisiana has had four different 100-yard rushers this year, one of seven teams in country to have at least four.

Running Into the Record Books
• Louisiana has 41 touchdowns on the ground this season, shattering the record of the most rushing touchdowns in a single season.
• The previous record of 34 was set during the 2005 season.
• Through 13 games this season, six different Ragin’ Cajuns have been responsible for at least one touchdown, with Elijah Mitchell leading the way with 15.
• Of those six players, the running backs alone have accounted for 38 touchdowns. Quarterback Levi Lewis was responsible for the other three rushing scores.

1,000-Yard Performers
• Elijah Mitchell has gone over the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the first time in his career, totaling 1,092 yards in 13 games played.
• Mitchell crossed the 1,000-yard threshold after tallying 102 yards against ULM on Nov. 30.
• Mitchell is the sixth Ragin’ Cajun in program history to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season, joining Tyrell Fenroy, Elijah McGuireMichael Desormeaux, Brian Mitchell and Trey Ragas.
Mitchell is 174 yards shy of fifth all-time for rushing yards in a season, held by his currently teammate, Trey Ragas (1,181 in 2018).
• Fenroy eclipsed the mark four times and holds the school record for most rush yards in a season with 1,375, while Elijah McGuire went for over 1,000 yards three times.
• With two games remaining in 2019, Raymond Calais (818) is 182 yards shy of the 1,000-yard mark, while Trey Ragas (777) is 223 yards shy.

Lewis Tossing the Ball Around the Yard
• Levi Lewis has continued to impress during his junior season, having thrown for 2,804 yards with a 63.6 completion percentage (224-for-352) and has notched 24 touchdowns to just three interceptions.
• Lewis had a career day against Appalachian State in the Sun Belt Conference Championship Game, throwing for a career bests in yards (354), attempts (46) and touchdowns (4).
• The junior etched his name in the Louisiana record books during the team’s game against ULM, becoming just the fourth player in program history to throw for at least 20 touchdowns in a season after tossing three against ULM.
• Lewis had a stellar night against Coastal Carolina on Nov. 7, setting career bests in passing yards (296), completitions (26) and touchdowns (3).
• Lewis finished the game against the Chanticleers 26-of-30 through the air for a completion percentage of 86.7 percent, setting a new school record for a single game.
• Lewis opened the 2019 season throwing 267 yards with 24 completions on 39 attempts against Mississippi State on Saturday, Aug. 31.
• Lewis’ 267 passing yards is the most against a Power 5 school since Blaine Gautier threw for 315 yards against Arizona on Nov. 26, 2011.
• Furthermore, Lewis’ 267 passing yards is the most in an opener since Chris Mason opened the season with 283 yards against Southern on Sept. 5, 2009.

Aerial Touchdown Threat
• After throwing for four touchdowns in the Sun Belt title games against Appalachian State on Dec. 7, Levi Lewis now holds the single-season record for passing touchdowns with 24 in 2019.
• Lewis is the fourth quarterback in program history to pass for 20 or more touchdowns in a single season.

Air Louisiana
• Louisiana has thrown 25 touchdown passes this season, tying the school record for the most in a single season.
• The last time the Ragin’ Cajuns had 25 passing TDs in a season was 2011.

Lockdown Defense
• Louisiana has been superb on defense this season, holding opponents to just 19.9 points per contest in 2019. That 19.9 points allowed ranks 21st in FBS and first in the Sun Belt Conference.
• Prior to the victory over ULM on Nov. 30 in Lafayette., Louisiana held its last nine opponents to less than 30 points and have held three of those opponents to less than 10 points.

Shaving Off the Points
• Louisiana is the most improved team in the FBS in terms of opponents points per game when comparing last season to this season, improving by 14.3 ppg.
• The Ragin’ Cajuns rank ahead of Illinois (14), Ohio State (13.7) Baylor (13.3) and Oregon State (13.2) this season in that category.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS

Tonight’s final bowl game, Lending Tree Bowl from Mobile: Miami (O.) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (Redhawks Game Notes)

 

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The Miami University football team has announced that it has accepted an invitation to play in the LendingTree Bowl versus Louisiana on Monday, January, 6. Opening kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. and will be carried live on ESPN.

The LendingTree Bowl is Miami’s 12th bowl appearance in school history, most recently competing in the 2016 St. Petersburg Bowl. Overall, the RedHawks are 7-4 in bowl games.

The RedHawks have won six of their last seven games and are coming off a 26-21 win over Central Michigan in the 2019 MAC Championship Game. In Miami’s last 30 conference games, the RedHawks are a league-best 22-8.

Offensively, Miami is led by MAC Freshman of the Year, Brett Gabbert, who has thrown for 2,163 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. Gabbert is one of four true freshmen seeing significant playing time for the RedHawks on the offensive side of the ball. Gabbert’s top target, Jack Sorenson, was named the MAC Championship Offensive Player of the Game after recording eight catches for 123 yards and a touchdown.

In MAC games only, the RedHawks boast one of the top defenses in the league in scoring (22.5, 2nd), total yards (352.9, 3rd), rush defense (177.0, 5th) and pass defense (175.9, 1st). Miami also ranks second in the MAC with 27 sacks. Four different RedHawk defenders earned All-MAC accolades, led by senior defensive tackle Doug Costin. The West Chester, Pa., native has 56 tackles, 12.0 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks on the season.

Miami arguably has one of the best special teams units in the nation. Sam Sloman ranks second in the country with 25 made field goals and has 50 touchbacks this season. Kramer ranks 35th in the nation with a 43.2 punting average. He has also downed 29 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line, with just six touchbacks. Maurice Thomas can also be found among the national leaders in kick (22.9, 30th) and punt return (12.6, 6th) averages.

The Ragin’ Cajuns are 10-3 on the season and are coming off a 45-38 loss to Appalachian State in their conference championship game. Offensively, they average 38.7 points per game and are led by quarterback Levi Lewis, who has thrown for 2,804 yards and 24 touchdowns this season.

For more information on the bowl game, visit the official site at lendingtreebowl.com.

Below is Miami’s all-time bowl history:

1948 Sun Bowl (Won 13-12 vs. Texas Tech)
1950 Salad Bowl (Won 34-21 vs. Arizona State)
1962 Tangerine Bowl (Lost, 49-21 vs. Houston)
1973 Tangerine Bowl (Won, 16-7 vs. Florida)
1974 Tangerine Bowl (Won, 21-10 vs. Georgia)
1975 Tangerine Bowl (Won, 20-7 vs. South Carolina)
1986 California Bowl (Lost, 37-7 vs. San Jose State)
2003 GMAC Bowl (Won, 49-28 vs. Louisville)
2004 Independence Bowl (Lost, 17-13 vs. Iowa State)
2010 GoDaddy Bowl (Won, 35-21 vs. Middle Tennessee State)
2016 St. Petersburg Bowl (Lost, 17-16 vs. Mississippi State)

This Week’s Matchup
Miami travels to Mobile, Ala. for a showdown with Louisiana in the 2020 LendingTree Bowl. Opening kick is slated for 7:30 p.m.

Television
The matchup with Louisiana will be carried live on ESPN. Dave LaMont will handle play-by-play duties, while Gene Chizik will serve as the color analyst. Lauren Sisler will be on the sideline.

First And Ten
• Miami football ranks first all-time in the Mid-American Conference in wins (698), MAC Championships (16) and bowl wins (7). The RedHawks also captured the 2019 MAC Championship with a 26-21 win over Central Michigan.

• Miami was 4-26 in Coach Martin’s first 30 Mid-American Conference games. Miami is 23-8 in the last 31 games versus schools from the MAC, the best record in the conference in that span.

• The RedHawks clinched the MAC East Championship with a 6-2 record. This is the third time in four years the RedHawks finished the regular season with a 6-2 conference record.

• After graduating 25 seniors a year ago, Miami’s depth chart is much younger in 2019. On the two-deep alone, Miami features 17 players classified as sophomores or younger.

• Martin, in his sixth year, has had many of the same coordinators in all six seasons. Eric Koehler and George Barnett, both in their sixth years with Miami, handle the offense and Spence Nowinsky (second year) and John Hauser (sixth year) manage the defense.

• Since 2014, Miami Athletics has added nearly $40 million in facilities for the football program. The Dauch Indoor Sports Center was opened in 2015 and the Athletic Performance Center was added in early 2017. Both facilities are located in the north end zone of Yager Stadium.

• The RedHawks come into Monday’s game having won seven of its last  nine games, after opening the season 1-3 with losses to Ohio State, Iowa and Cincinnati.

• Miami is 5-0 this season in one-score games.

• The RedHawks have had a lead in every game this year. In games they lost, they led Iowa (7-3), Cincinnati (10-0), Ohio State (5-0), Western Michigan (6-0) and Ball State (24-7).

• Miami is bowl eligible for the third time in four years. From 2006-15, Miami was bowl eligible just twice.

• Miami arguably has one of the top special teams units in the nation. Place kicker Sam Sloman ranks second in the nation with 25 made field goals and Kyle Kramer is 35th in the nation with a 43.2 punt average. Maurice Thomas ranks sixth in the country in punt returns (12.6) and 30th in kick returns (22.9).

• In MAC-only games, Miami’s defense ranks near the top in almost every category. The RedHawks rank second in scoring defense (22.5), third in total defense (352.9), first in pass defense (175.9), sixth in rush defense (177.0), second in sacks (27), fourth in interceptions (7) and first in opponent’s fourth down conversion rate (28.6%).

About Chuck Martin
• Head coach Chuck Martin, who earned that title on Dec. 3, 2013, brings an impressive resume to Oxford, Ohio.
• Not only was he 74-7 in six years at Grand Valley State (2004-09), he has coached in seven national championship games in the past 17 seasons.  Martin has an all-time head coaching record of 104-51.
• He has twice been named the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) National Coach of the Year and has been a coordinator on both sides of the ball.
• Martin was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Grand Valley State University on Oct. 23, 2015.

How The MAC Was Won
For the 16th time in program history, the Miami RedHawks are once again the Mid-American Conference Champions as the ‘Hawks claimed a 26-21 victory over the Central Michigan Chippewas in the MAC Championship Game. Miami’s defense held CMU to just 355 yards of offense, while Brett Gabbert threw for 196 yards, 123 of those to Jack SorensonJaylon Bester chipped in with 66 yards on the ground and Sam Sloman was a perfect 4-for-4 on field goals.

Offensive MVP - Jack Sorenson (8-123-1)
Defensive MVP - Emmanuel Rugamba (11 tackles)
Special Teams MVP - Sam Sloman (4-of-4 on field goals)

Notes From The MAC Championship
• Miami had 61 yards of offense in the first half and 211 in the second half.
• Jack Sorenson had a season high in catches (8) and yards (123) in the win over CMU.
• Jaylon Bester had a one-yard TD run in the first quarter and has now scored a TD in nine straight games.
• Maurice Thomas opened the game with a 97-yard kickoff return, the second longest return of his career and the longest kick return in MACC history.
• Sam Sloman had a career-high four made field goals.
• Miami’s defense held CMU’s top two running backs to a combined 17 carries for 50 yards.
• Bart Baratti had a career-high 14 tackles and Emmanuel Rugamba added a career-high 11 stops.
• Travion Banks had his team-leading fifth interception of the season.

Bowl Bound
The RedHawks are competing in their 12th bowl game in school history and are 7-4 all-time in bowl games. This is Miami’s third trip to Mobile, Ala., for a bowl contest and are 2-0 in Ladd-Peebles Stadium with wins in 2003 and 2010.
1948 Sun Bowl (Won 13-12 vs. Texas Tech)
1950 Salad Bowl (Won 34-21 vs. Arizona State)
1962 Tangerine Bowl (Lost, 49-21 vs. Houston)
1973 Tangerine Bowl (Won, 16-7 vs. Florida)
1974 Tangerine Bowl (Won, 21-10 vs. Georgia)
1975 Tangerine Bowl (Won, 20-7 vs. South Carolina)
1986 California Bowl (Lost, 37-7 vs. San Jose State)
2003 GMAC Bowl (Won, 49-28 vs. Louisville)
2004 Independence Bowl (Lost, 17-13 vs. Iowa State)
2010 GoDaddy Bowl (Won, 35-21 vs. Middle Tennessee State)
2016 St. Petersburg Bowl (Lost, 17-16 vs. Mississippi State)

Home Cooking
Miami finished a perfect 5-0 at home during the 2019 season and has won eight straight at Yager Stadium. Miami’s last home loss was on Sept. 29, 2018.

Bounce Back
Since early in the 2016 season Miami has lost back-to-back MAC games just once in that span. In fact, Miami is now 7-1 following a MAC loss under Martin, dating back to Oct. 15, 2016.

About Louisiana
The Ragin’ Cajuns are 10-3 on the season and are coming off a 45-38 loss to Appalachian State in their conference championship game. Offensively, they average 38.8 points per game and are led by quarterback Levi Lewis, who has thrown for 2,804 yards and 24 touchdowns this season. Defensively they allow 19.9 points and Jacques Boudreaux leads the group with 102 tackles.

Series Vs. Louisiana
This will be the third meeting between the two schools. Miami is 2-0 all-time versus Louisiana, capturing wins in 1991 (27-14) and 1993 (29-28). The last time Miami played a team from the Sun Belt Conference was in the 2010 GoDaddy.com Bowl, a contest Miami won 35-21 over Middle Tennessee State (no longer in the Sun Belt).

Non-Conference Slate
It would be hard to argue against Miami having the toughest non-conference schedule in the country in 2019. Miami did host Tennessee Tech, but it then had three road contests at Iowa, Cincinnati and Ohio State. All three schools are currently top-25 programs. Overall, Iowa, Ohio State and UC are a combined 32-6 on the season.

Red Hot
Miami is 37-for-42 this season on red zone opportunities. In those 42 attempts, Miami has scored 22 (52.4%) touchdowns. Last season, Miami was 42-for-43 in the red zone with 35 (81.4%) touchdowns. Miami was also 33-for-33 in the red zone during MAC play with 27 touchdowns last year. In its last 23 games, Miami has scored on 79-of-85 red zone opportunities and is 58-of-62 in its last 17 MAC contests.

Martin vs. the MAC Since 2016
Miami is 23-8 versus MAC opponents over its last 31 games,  best in the conference in that span. WMU is 21-9, followed by NIU (20-10), Ohio (20-10) and Toledo (19-11). In that span Miami has outscored its opponents 898-668.

Nine RedHawks Earn All-MAC
First Team:
Doug Costin (DT), Tommy Doyle (OL) and Kyle Kramer (P)
Second Team: Sam Sloman (K), Kameron Butler (DE), Maurice Thomas (PR)
Third Team: Danny Godlevske (OL), Myles Reid (LB), Manny Rugamba (DB)

Fresh Faces
This season freshmen can be found all over the Miami two-deep and many of those players are playing significant roles for Miami in 2019.
Brett Gabbert: Freshman QB has started all 13 games for Miami this season.
Tyre Shelton: Redshirt freshman is second on the team with 528 yards rushing.
James Maye: Freshman wide receiver is third on the team with 17 catches. He currently leads the nation with a 25.4 yard catch average among freshmen wide receivers.
Caleb Shaffer: Freshman has started eight games along the offensive line.
Rusty Feth: Freshman has started the last five games on the offensive line.
Ivan Pace Jr.: Freshman leads the team with 7.0 sacks.
Lonnie Phelps: Freshman is third on the team with 4.0 sacks.

Gabbert Makes History; Named MAC Freshman of the Year
When Miami opened the season at Iowa, Brett Gabbert became the first true freshman quarterback to open the season as the starter in Miami football history. The younger brother of NFL quarterback, Blaine Gabbert, has started all 13 games this season, throwing for 2,163 yards and 11 touchdowns. For his efforts he was named the Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year, just the third RedHawk in school history to accomplish this feat. Gabbert joins Ben Roethlisberger (2001) and Deland McCullough (1992) on this small list.

Bester’s Best
Jaylon Bester suffered an injury in the season opener at Iowa and after missing three games he seems to be 100-percent healthy now. In his last nine games the junior has rushed for 673 yards and 12 touchdowns, while adding 12 catches for 59 yards through the air. Bester has scored a touchdown in nine straight games and has three multi-touchdown performances and two 100-yard rushing performances this season.

Maye Day Maye Day
Wide receiver James Maye has burst onto the scene over his last seven games (missed game at KSU). The 5-foot-9 freshman had three touches (2 catches, 1 rush) total in his first four contests. In his last eight games he has combined for 15 receptions for 421 yards. Of those 15 catches, seven have gone for at least 35 yards. He had a 52-yard catch versus Buffalo, a 46-yard grab against WMU, a 45-yard touchdown versus NIU, a 63-yard catch at Ohio, a 47-yard reception versus Bowling Green, a 45-yard catch at Ball State and a 35-yard reception in the MAC Championship Game. Maye currently leads the country among freshmen wide receivers with a 25.4 yards per catch average.

Jack of All Trades
Jack Sorenson exploded onto the scene in 2018. After not recording a single catch in 2016 (redshirted) or 2017, Sorenson earned third team All-MAC honors in 2018 after recording 53 catches for 742 yards and two touchdowns. Sorenson leads the team with 34 catches this season, while missing three full games and a part of one other. Sorenson had a season-best eight catches for 123 yards and a touchdown in the MAC Championship Game.

The Man In The Middle
Doug Costin has played 49 games (36 starts) for the RedHawks, all along the defensive line, and each year he gets better. After recording just 1.5 sacks in 2016, Costin had 5.0 in 2017 and 6.0 in 2018, earning second team All-MAC accolades. In his career, the defensive tackle has posted 175 tackles, 32.5 tackles for loss and 16.0 sacks.

History Returns
With a 23-yard return in the first quarter of Buffalo, Maurice Thomas became Miami’s all-time leader in kick return yards. In his career, the local product from Talawanda High School has 2,429 kick return yards. Thomas has also added 927 rushing yards on the ground, 249 yards through the air and 225 punt return yards for a total of 3,830 yards in his career. A few career Thomas highlights are listed below:
• Had a 99-yard kick return for a touchdown versus Western Michigan in 2018
• Recorded a 97-yard kick return in the MAC Championship Game
• Had a 94-yard return versus Cincinnati in 2016
• Registered an 86-yard kick return versus NIU in 2019

Sloman Earns All-America Honors
Following the season, Sam Sloman was named a second team All-America by The Athletic (somehow he was only named second team All-MAC). This year he has made 25-of-29 field goals and is a perfect 32-of-32 with extra points. In the MAC Championship game he was 4-of-4 on field goals and is 4-of-5 on 50-yard field goals this year. The senior can be found throughout the Miami record books.
• Third all-time in field goals made (48).
• Third in field goal percentage (.772).
• Third in extra points made (110), fourth in extra points attempted (112) and third in extra point percentage (.982).
• Ranks first in school history with 25 made field goals in a single season.
• Scored 107 points this year, fifth-most in school history.

Kickin’ It With Kramer
Rounding out Miami’s terrific special teams trio is Kyle Kramer. The senior is having the best year of his career, averaging 43.2 yards per punt. He has 19 punts of over 50 yards this year and has downed 29 kicks inside the opponent’s 20-yard line, with just SIX touchbacks. Kramer can also be found in the record books:
• Ranks fourth in school history with 231 career punts.
• His 41.9 average is second in school history.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF MIAMI ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS

Armed Forces Bowl Today at 11:30 am, Tulane against Southern Mississippi (Green Wave Game Notes)

 

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BOWL WEEK: TULANE GREEN WAVE (6-6) vs SOUTHERN MISS GOLDEN EAGLES (7-5)
When: Saturday, Jan. 4 | 11:00 a.m. CT
Where: Fort Worth, Texas | Amon G. Carter Stadium (45,000)
Watch: ESPN
Commentators: Chris Cotter (PBP), Mark Herzlich (Analyst), Kelsey Riggs (Sideline)

GREEN WAVE IN SEARCH OF BACK TO BACK BOWL WINS

  • The Green Wave will take part in a bowl game in back-to-back seasons for just the second time in program history on Jan. 4, 2020, as it takes on Southern Miss in the 2020 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.
  • Tulane will look to win a bowl game for the second straight year. The Green Wave has never won a bowl game in back-to-back seasons. Tulane is one of just 57 teams nationally that have played in bowl games in back to back years.
  • Tulane’s matchup with Southern Miss will mark the 31st all-time meeting between the two teams.
  • Tulane and Southern Miss renew the “Battle for the Bell” rivalry after a nine-year hiatus. The bowl matchup will be the first-ever game played outside of either New Orleans or Hattiesburg. This will be the first time the two schools will meet in a bowl game.
  • Tulane will look to collect its first win over Southern Miss since a 31-10 victory back on Nov. 23, 2002.
  • A win over Southern Miss would snap the Green Wave’s three-game losing streak.
  • Tulane will look to win its seventh game of the season, which would mark the first time since the 1997 and 1998 seasons it has won seven-or-more games in back-to-back seasons.
  • The Green Wave enter their matchup with Southern Miss following a 37-20 setback in their regular season finale at SMU back on Nov. 30.

FIRST AND 10
1. With a victory over Southern Miss, Tulane’s 2019 seniors would have the most wins for a graduating class this century.
2. Senior Justin McMillan needs just 45 yards rushing to have the most rushing yards in a single season by a quarterback.
3. McMillan leads the Green Wave with 12 rushing touchdowns. He is one of only six quarterbacks in the Football Bowl Subdivision that have rushed for 12-or-more touchdowns. McMillan is tied for 21st nationally among all players in rushing touchdowns.
4.The Green Wave is the only school in the American Athletic Conference to have six different running backs rush for 200-or-more yards.
5. Tulane’s defensive unit has registered three touchdowns this season, which leads The American and ranks 11th among all FBS teams.
6. The Green Wave have surpassed 400 yards of total offense 25 times since the start of the 2016 season. Tulane owns a 19-6 record in those games.
7. Sophomore Amare Jones ranks 33rd nationally in all-purpose yards, averaging 121.4 yards per game.
8. Tulane has rushed for at least 100 yards in 52 consecutive games dating back to the end of the 2015 season. The Green Wave had 223 rushing yards in their last game at SMU.
9. The Green Wave enters their matchup with Southern Miss having rushed for over 250 yards in seven of their last 14 games (337 vs. UL-Lafayette -2018, 350 vs. FIU, 298 vs. Missouri State, 325 vs. Houston, 324 vs. Army, 311 vs. UConn and 290 vs. Tulsa). The Green Wave have also surpassed 200 yards rushing in nine of their 12 games this season.
10. Tulane’s defensive unit has held eight of its 12 opponents under its season average in total yards (FIU, Auburn, Missouri State, Army, UConn, Tulsa, UCF and SMU).

GOING BOWLING

  • For just the second time in program history, the Tulane University football team will play in a bowl game in back-to-back seasons, as it accepted a bid to play in the 2020 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.
  • The Green Wave posted an impressive 5-1 record at home en route to earning a bowl bid for just the 13th time in its 126-year program history.
  • The last time the Green Wave played in back-to-back bowl games was during the 1979-80 seasons.

MISSISSIPPI TIES RUN DEEP FOR TULANE

  • Tulane’s 2019 roster has several ties to the state of Mississippi, as 10 current players played high school football in the Magnolia state.
  • Linebacker Nick Anderson (Vicksburg, Miss.), running back Cameron Carroll (Flowood, Miss.), Joey Claybrook (Starkville, Miss.), defensive back Kiland Harrison (Raymond, Miss.), offensive lineman Nik Hogan (Brandon, Miss.), quarterback Keon Howard (Laurel, Miss.), running back Stephon Huderson (Petal, Miss.), defensive lineman Jeffery Johnson (Brookhaven, Miss.), defensive back Thakarius Keyes (Laurel, Miss.),  tight end Will Wallace (Natchez, Miss.).
  • Prior to arriving at Tulane, Howard played quarterback for the Golden Eagles from 2016-17.

SCOUTING SOUTHERN MISS

  • The Golden Eagles enter their matchup with Tulane, having won at least seven games for the fourth time in the last seven years and for the 47th time overall.
  • The program collected its 72nd winning season in the history of its program.
  • The Southern Miss defense has limited its opponents to under 100 yards rushing in five games during the year, including a season-low of 8 versus Rice (10/26).
  • Southern Miss had nine players collect Conference USA postseason award for their play during the 2019 season.
  • Since 1935, the Golden Eagles have finished below .500 only 11 times. The Golden Eagles have played in bowl games 13 of the last 17 seasons (they were bowl eligible last season but did not receive a berth) and 25 overall.
  • Quarterback Jack Abraham totaled 3,329 yards through the air and has tossed 18 touchdowns.
  • Running backs Kevin Perkins (548 yards) and De’Michael Harris (541 yards) have combined to rush for 1,089 yards.
  • Ty’el Hemby lead team with 87 tackles, while DQ Thomas has 14.0 tackles for loss. Terry Whittington has paced the team with 7.5 sacks.

RECAPPING TULANE’S LAST MATCHUP VS. SOUTHERN MISS

  • Freshman running back Orleans Darkwa rushed for 138 yards, but it was not enough as the Tulane dropped a 46-30 decision to then Conference USA rival Southern Miss.
  • The Golden Eagles broke a 30-all tie when Quentin Pierce took a lateral pass and found Johdrick Morris for a 26-yard touchdown strike.
  • The Southern Miss defense held Tulane to 72 yards and no points in the fourth quarter while getting on the scoreboard twice courtesy of a safety and a 41-yard fumble return by Alex Walters to account for the final score.
  • Special teams played a major role in the ballgame as Southern Miss averaged 27.3 yards on seven kickoff returns – including an 85-yarder by Reggie Hunt – and Golden Eagles’ place kicker Danny Hrapmann connected on field goals of 33, 3 4 and 49 yards.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF TULANE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

Saturday’s lone bowl game is an old rivalry: Southern Mississippi vs. Tulane in Armed Forces Bowl at 11:30 am from Ft. Worth, Texas (Golden Eagles Game Notes)

 

FORT WORTH, Texas – A rivalry between two schools some 90-plus miles apart gets revisited Saturday under the Texas sun when Southern Miss and Tulane participate in the 17th annual Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.

The contest takes place at Amon G. Carter Stadium on the TCU campus, beginning at 10:30 a.m., and both teams will be playing in the “Battle for the Bell.” ESPN will carry the game and it can also be heard on an affiliate of the Southern Miss Sports Network presented by Learfield IMG College as well as through the Southern Miss Game Day app.

The teams play for the first time since 2010 when they were both members of Conference USA. While Tulane did not leave the league until after the 2013 season, the two schools were in different divisions and did not play their final three years in the conference.

Southern Miss leads the overall series 23-7, having won the last six meetings between the two schools including a 46-30 triumph on Nov. 6, 2010, in New Orleans in the last matchup between them.
This game marks the first time the two teams will play at a neutral site as the first 30 games were split equally at each respective school’s city with 15 games each.

The series dates back to the 1979 season with the Green Wave collecting a 20-19 decision at M.M. Roberts Stadium and renewed each season through 2006.

Saturday’s matchup marks the first game for the Golden Eagles at TCU since playing the Horned Frogs during the 2004 campaign, when they were a member of C-USA. This will be the third trip to the Lone Star state for the Golden Eagles this season as the program has won their last three games in Texas.

The game marks the second latest date that the Golden Eagles played in their 103-year history, with the latest being the 2007 GMAC Bowl on Jan. 7, at the conclusion of the 2006 season in which the Golden Eagles won 28-7 over Ohio. In fact, this will be the sixth time Southern Miss will have played football in the month of January.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS

Ohio plays Nevada Wolf Pack today at 3:30 pm on ESPN in Idaho Potato Bowl (Bobcats Game Notes)

Albertsons Stadium at Boise State looking towards pressbox (courtesy Boise State Athletics)

 

ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio football team (6-6, 5-3 MAC) has accepted an invitation to play in the 23rd Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against Nevada (7-5, 4-4 MW). The game will be played on Friday, Jan. 3, at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. MT, and the contest will be nationally televised on ESPN.

The Bobcats are set to make their second appearance in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Ohio earned its first-ever bowl victory in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, a 24-23 win over Utah State.

The nation’s northern-most bowl game traditionally features a Mountain West vs. Mid-American Conference matchup. The Mountain West has been represented in five of the last six games, while the MAC has earned a spot in the game nine of the last 10 years. The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is one of 15 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.

The Bobcats are making their 13th bowl appearance in program history, 11th in the last 14 years and fifth in a row. Ohio has won four bowl games in its history, posting back-to-back victories twice, and will be going for its third-straight bowl win. Ohio’s 13 bowl appearances are tied for the second-most among MAC programs. Ohio’s four bowl wins are tied for fourth-most among MAC programs, and a third-straight bowl win would tie Ohio with Toledo (1969-71) and Miami (1973-75) for the most consecutive bowl wins in conference history. In addition to the win over Utah State in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Ohio knocked off ULM, 45-14, in the 2012 Advocare V100 Independence Bowl, rolled to a 41-6 win over UAB in the 2017 Bahamas Bowl and posted a 27-0 shutout of San Diego State in the 2018 DXL Frisco Bowl. The Bobcats are set to battle a team out of the Mountain West in a bowl game for the second year in a row and second time in program history.

Ohio’s six-win 2019 regular season clinched its 11th-straight year of bowl eligibility, which is the longest current streak in the MAC. The Bobcats posted a winning conference record for the fifth year in a row. Ohio is led by Solich, who is the winningest head coach in MAC history with 112 victories. The Bobcats placed seven student-athletes on the 2019 All-MAC Awards list, which was announced by the league office last Wednesday (Dec. 4). Senior quarterback Nathan Rourke (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) and redshirt senior defensive back Javon Hagan (Jacksonville, Fla.) earned All-MAC First Team selection. Redshirt senior offensive lineman Austen Pleasants (Ironton, Ohio) and redshirt senior punter  Michael Farkas (Mishawaka, Ind.) garnered All-MAC Second Team recognition. Redshirt senior offensive lineman Marques Grimes (Southfield, Mich.), redshirt senior offensive lineman Steven Hayes (Dacula, Ga.) and redshirt senior kickoff return specialist DL Knock (Springboro, Ohio) received All-MAC Third Team honors.

Ohio will square off with Nevada for the first time in program history. Led by third-year head coach Jay Norvell, the Wolf Pack finished the 2019 regular season with seven victories, including four Mountain West wins. Six Nevada football players have earned Mountain West honors for the 2019 season, including defensive end Dom Peterson who was named first-team All-Mountain West. Freshman kicker Brandon Talton earned second-team honors, while senior defensive back Daniel Brown, sophomore wide receiver and punt returner Romeo Doubs, senior linebacker Gabriel Sewell and sophomore running back Toa Taua earned All-MW Honorable Mention accolades.

BACK TO BOISE
The Bobcats are set to make their second appearance in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Ohio earned its first-ever bowl victory in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, a 24-23 win over Utah State.

In its third-straight bowl appearance and fourth overall under head coach Frank Solich, Ohio rallied for a thrilling win over the Aggies. The Bobcats trailed 9-0 after one quarter of play, but quarterback Tyler Tettleton helped cut the deficit to two points when he threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to tight end Derek Roback with just under five minutes to play in the first half. Running back Michael Smith produced touchdown runs of 63 yards and 11 yards in the third quarter, though, to push the Aggies’ lead to 23-10. Wide receiver LaVon Brazill kept the Bobcats in it, however, hauling in a 44-yard scoring strike from Tettleton with 3:45 remaining in the third quarter. Ohio’s defense clamped down in the fourth quarter and forced Utah State to punt with just two minutes remaining. Tettleton then engineered a nine-play, 61-yard drive that was kept alive by a critical fourth-down completion to Brazill and capped off by the quarterback keeping it himself and scoring from a yard out with 13 seconds left. Kicker Matt Weller then clinched a 24-23 win for the Bobcats by knocking down the extra point. Brazill was named Most Valuable Player after tallying eight receptions for 108 yards and a score.

BOWLING REGULARS
The Bobcats are making their 13th bowl appearance in program history, 11th in the last 14 years and fifth in a row. Ohio has won four bowl games in its history, posting back-to-back victories twice, and will be going for its third-straight bowl win. Ohio’s 13 bowl appearances are tied for the second-most among MAC programs. Ohio’s four bowl wins are tied for fourth-most among MAC programs, and a third-straight bowl win would tie Ohio with Toledo (1969-71) and Miami (1973-75) for the most consecutive bowl wins in conference history. In addition to the win over Utah State in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Ohio knocked off ULM, 45-14, in the 2012 Advocare V100 Independence Bowl, rolled to a 41-6 win over UAB in the 2017 Bahamas Bowl and posted a 27-0 shutout of San Diego State in the 2018 DXL Frisco Bowl. The Bobcats are set to battle a team out of the Mountain West in a bowl game for the second year in a row and second time in program history.

WINNING MACTION
After back-to-back home losses to Miami (Nov. 6; 24-21) and Western Michigan (Nov. 12; 37-34, OT), Ohio’s record stood at 4-6 overall and 3-3 in MAC play. The Bobcats finished the season strong, however, following up a 66-24 victory at Bowling Green on Nov. 19 with a 52-3 dismantling of Akron on Nov. 26 in the regular season finale. The victory over the Zips clinched an 11th-straight of bowl eligibility for Ohio and a winning conference record for the fifth year in a row.

ROAD WARRIORS
The Bobcats won all four of their MAC road games in 2019, marking the first time Ohio has won all of its conference road contests since going 4-0 in 2009.

RETURN TO THE GEM STATE
Ohio is set to play a game in Idaho for the fourth time. In addition to the win over Utah State in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, the Bobcats have played Idaho twice in the Gem State, falling by a score of 17-14 on Sept. 16, 1972, and posting a 45-28 victory on Sept. 3, 2015, in the 2015 season opener.

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl will mark just the second time a season has been extended into January for Ohio. The Bobcats played Southern Miss in the GMAC Bowl on Jan. 7, 2007, falling to the Golden Eagles, 28-7.

MAC WINS KING
Frank Solich has built the Ohio football program into one of the Mid-American Conference’s most consistently successful over the last 15 years.

On Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, Solich etched his place in MAC history, becoming the conference’s winningest head coach with his 111th victory — an impressive 66-24 triumph over East Division rival Bowling Green.

Solich has turned the Bobcats into one of the Mid-American Conference’s premier programs since his arrival in Athens in 2005.

Ohio is 112-81 during the Solich era. His 112 victories are the second-most in program history behind Don Peden (121; 1924-46). Ohio has gone 75-45 in conference play since Solich’s arrival in Athens. His 75 MAC wins rank second to Deromedi’s 90.

Solich entered the 2019 season as the dean of MAC head coaches. He is tied with Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy for fourth among active NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches in terms of longest tenure with their current school. Only Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz (21 years), TCU’s Gary Patterson (20 years) and Utah’s Kyle Whittingham (16 years) have served as head coach at their respective institutions longer. Prior to arriving in Athens, Solich spent six years as head coach at his alma mater, Nebraska. Solich’s 21 years of experience tie him with Ferentz (21 years) for the third-most among active NCAA FBS head coaches, ranking behind North Carolina’s Mack Brown (30 years) and Alabama’s Nick Saban (24).

Solich owns a career coaching record of 170-100. His 170 wins rank as the fourth most among active NCAA FBS head coaches, trailing only Brown (250), Saban (242) and TCU’s Gary Patterson (172). He is well-respected by his peers, having been named the president of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) in addition to receiving the Tom Osborne Legacy Award in January of 2019.

With the retirement of longtime Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder following the 2018 season, Solich is the leader in life experience among NCAA FBS head coaches at 75 years old. Solich turned 75 on Sept. 8.

SEVEN ALL-MAC SELECTIONS
Ohio was represented by seven student-athletes on the 2019 All-MAC Awards list.

Senior quarterback Nathan Rourke and redshirt senior defensive back Javon Hagan earned All-MAC First Team selection. Redshirt senior offensive lineman Austen Pleasants and redshirt senior punter specialist Michael Farkas garnered All-MAC Second Team recognition. Redshirt senior offensive lineman Marques Grimes, redshirt senior offensive lineman Steven Hayes and redshirt senior kickoff return specialist DL Knock received All-MAC Third Team honors.

Rourke earned All-MAC First Team honors after being named All-MAC Second Team each of the previous two seasons. He joined Bill Frederick (1953), Dave Wagner (1959, ’60), Bob Babbitt (1962), Cleve Bryant (1968), Andy Vetter (1977) and Sammy Shon (1981) as the only quarterbacks in program history to be named All-MAC First Team and becomes the first Ohio quarterback to be named All-MAC three times in his career.

Hagan earned All-MAC First Team selection for the second year in a row after being named to the All-MAC Second Team in 2016 and ’17. He is the first defensive back in program history to be named to the All-MAC First Team multiple times.

Farkas garnered All-MAC honors for the third time in his career after being named to the Third Team in 2016 and the First Team last year.

Pleasants, Grimes, Hayes and Knock all earned All-MAC recognition for the first time in their careers. Ohio has had three offensive linemen named to the All-MAC list each of the last three years.

ACADEMIC ALL-MAC HONORS
Eight student-athletes represented Ohio on the 2019 Academic All-MAC Team. The following Bobcats earned recognition from the conference for their work both on the field and in the classroom: redshirt senior linebacker Austin Clack, redshirt junior linebacker Dylan Conner, redshirt junior defensive end Austin Conrad, redshirt freshman linebacker Bryce Houston, redshirt senior long snapper Devin King, junior offensive lineman Brett Kitrell, senior linebacker Eric Popp and senior quarterback Nathan Rourke.

A total of 148 student-athletes across MAC football were named to this year’s squad.

The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.

Clack (finance major) earned Academic All-MAC Team selection for the fourth year in a row while Conner (biological sciences pre professional major), Conrad (marketing/business analytics major) and Popp (engineering technology & management major) all garnered recognition for the third-straight year. Kitrell (marketing major) and Rourke (physical activity & sport coaching major) were named to the Academic All-MAC Team for the second year in a row while Houston (management & strategic leadership/marketing/entrepreneurship major) and King (marketing major) both earned recognition for the first time in their careers.

On top of being named to the Academic All-MAC Team, Rourke earned MAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete recognition for the second year in a row.

Following each season from the fall sports schedule, any student with a 3.20 GPA and participation in at least 50 percent of the contests was automatically named to the previously announced Academic All-MAC Team from each sport. Also, first-year students, junior college transfers and graduate transfers in their first year of residence were not eligible for the award.

New for this season, the selection for the Distinguished Scholar Athlete included all student-athletes that were recognized as All-MAC selections and Academic All-MAC selections from their respective sport, along with maintaining a 3.50 GPA and above.  Previously, a voting process among the MAC Faculty Athletic Representatives determined the selection of the Distinguished Scholar Athletes. MAC membership voted for the change in recognizing the Distinguished Scholar Athletes during the Conference Spring meetings in June of 2019.

Earlier this season, both Rourke and Conner garnered MAC Scholar-Athlete of the Week recognition, with Rourke receiving honors on Sept. 19 and Oct. 31 and Conner earning accolades on Dec. 5.

ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS
Redshirt junior linebacker Dylan Conner represented the Ohio football team on the 2019 CoSIDA Academic All-District 5 Division I Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the organization announced on Nov. 14.

The 2019 Academic All-District® Football Team, selected by CoSIDA, recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. The CoSIDA Academic All-America® program separately recognizes football honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.

First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot. First- and second-team (if applicable) Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in early December.

The CoSIDA Academic All-District® teams are divided into geographic districts across the United States and Canada.

Conner, who is a biological sciences major, has compiled a career-high 73 total tackles in 2019, which ranks second on the team. He has registered a career-high four tackles for loss, including half a sack. Conner has started all 11 games at strongside linebacker for the Bobcats so far this season.

MAC EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The Bobcats tallied seven MAC East Division Player of the Week honors in 2019, with redshirt junior linebacker Jared Dorsa earning Defensive Player of the Week recognition for week one, senior quarterback Nathan Rourke garnering Offensive Player of the Week recognition for week three, redshirt senior placekicker Louie Zervos being named Special Teams Player of the Week for week four, redshirt freshman running back O’Shaan Allison earning Offensive Player of the Week honors for week six, Rourke again receiving Offensive Player of the Week honors for weeks eight and nine and Zervos being named Special Teams Player of the Week again in week thirteen.

LIKE A VIDEO GAME
Ohio boasts the MAC’s second-highest scoring offense in terms of points per game (34.7) and third-highest scoring in terms of total points scored (416), both of which currently rank as the fourth-most in a single season in program history.

Ohio owns the MAC’s highest scoring offense over past three seasons with 38.0 points per game, and three of the four highest-scoring seasons in program history have occurred the last three seasons Nine of the 10 highest-scoring seasons in terms of points scored in program history have been achieved during 15th-year associate head coach/offensive coordinator/running backs coach Tim Albin’s time in Athens, with the 2017 team setting a new record with 508 points and the ’18 squad promptly breaking that record by scoring 521. The 2018 team also set program records in points per game with 40.1 (surpassing the 2017 team’s mark of 39.1) and average yards per game of total offense with 466.8. All 10 of Ohio’s 10 most productive seasons in terms of yards gained have come under Albin’s watch, with the 2018 team ranking second in program history with 6,068 yards. The 2019 team currently ranks seventh in program history with 5,320 yards of total offense and fourth of 443.3 yards of total offense per game.

The strength of the Ohio offense was on full display over the final two games of the 2019 regular season, as the Bobcats averaged 59 points and 606 yards of total offense. The 66 points scored at Bowling Green tied for the seventh-most in a single game in program history while the 609 yards of total offense ranks as the sixth-most. Ohio followed that effort up with 603 yards of total offense at Akron – the seventh-most in a single game in program history.

CONTINUITY ON OFFENSIVE STAFF
Associate head coach/offensive coordinator/running backs coach Tim Albin is the longest

In addition to Albin, three of Ohio’s four other offensive assistant coaches have coached under Solich for at least seven years — wide receivers coach Dwayne Dixon (13 years), tight ends/special teams coach Brian Haines (12 years) and quarterbacks coach Scott Isphording (7 years). The only new addition to the offensive staff is offensive line coach Allen Rudolph, who is in his first year at Ohio after spending the previous three years in the same role at Arkansas State.

MOVING THE CHAINS
Ohio ranks fourth in the country and first among MAC teams with a 51.6 percent third-down conversion rate (81 of 157).

SEEING RED
Ohio’s red zone offense is second in the MAC and 21st in the country, converting 90.6 percent (48 of 53) of its trips into points.

AIR CANADA’S FINAL OHIO FLIGHT
Senior quarterback Nathan Rourke will play in his 39th and final career game and make his 37th and final career start at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. He owns a 23-13 record as a starting quarterback.

Rourke is ranked first in program history with a career passing efficiency rating of 146.9 and 192.4 passing yards per game, second with 516 completions, 7,313 passing yards, and 60 career passing touchdowns, third with 877 passing attempts and a completion percentage of 58.8 percent and fifth with 14.0 yards per completion. He ranks second in program history with 48 career rushing touchdowns (second-most among active Football Bowl Subdivision players, most among active FBS quarterbacks) and 6.1 rushing yards per carry and ninth with 2,547 rushing yards and 67.0 rushing yards per game. He ranks second in program history with 9,860 career yards of total offense and first with 259.5 yards of total offense per game. He ranks first in program history with 50 career touchdowns scored (third-most among active FBS players) and fourth with 300 points and has been responsible for a program-record 110 touchdowns (second-most among active FBS players).

Rourke, who started all 12 regular season games for Ohio in 2019, set career highs with 191 completions (eighth-most in program history) and 311 attempts (ninth-most in program history) for a career-best 61.4 percent completion percentage (sixth-best in program history) and threw for a career-high 2,676 yards (fourth-most in program history) with a career-high 223.0 yards per game (fourth-most in program history). He threw 20 touchdown passes (third-most in MAC, tied for fourth-most in program history) against a career-low five interceptions. He threw for at least 200 yards seven times this season and at least 300 yards twice, including a career-high 342 in a 45-38 win over Kent State on Oct. 19. He threw multiple touchdown passes seven times, including three outings with at least three touchdown passes and a career-high tying four touchdown passes in a   Rourke has also maintained his status as a top dual-threat quarterback, ranking second on the team with 780 rushing yards (10th-most in MAC) and leading the team with 12 rushing touchdowns (tied for fourth-most in MAC, tied for ninth-most in program history). He accounted for a career-high 3,456 yards of total offense (first in MAC, second-most in program history) and a career-high 288.0 yards of total offense per game (second-most in MAC, most in program history). Rourke ranked second on the team with 78 points, scoring 13 total touchdowns (fifth-most in MAC, tied for ninth-most in program history), including one receiving touchdown. His 33 touchdowns responsible for rank as the fourth-most in program history. He was named MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week three times this season, bringing his career total to nine.

ROURKE RECORD WATCH
Season Records
- Needs 169 passing yards to move into 3rd place in program history
- Needs 176 passing yards to move into 2nd place in program history
- Needs 10 pass attempts to move into 8th place in program history
- Needs 9 pass completions to move into 6th place in program history
- Needs 4 passing touchdowns to move into 8th place in program history

Career Records
- Needs two rushing touchdowns to break program record
Currently held by Kareem Wilson (49; 1995-98)
- Needs 13 pass attempts to move into second place in program history
- Needs 3 points scored to move into 3rd place in program history
- Needs 69 rushing yards to move into eighth place in program history

CFL WINTER SCOUTING BUREAU RANKINGS
The Canadian Football League (CFL) Scouting Bureau ranked senior quarterback Nathan Rourke No. 3 in its second edition of its top-20 eligible prospects list.

The CFL Scouting Bureau, comprised of CFL scouts, as well as, player personnel directors and general managers from the league’s nine clubs, releases its rankings three times each year: in September, December and April.

ROURKE INVITED TO NFLPA COLLEGIATE BOWL
On the same day he was named to the CFL’s prospect list, senior quarterback Nathan Rourke also received an invitation to compete in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, which will be held on Jan. 18, 2020, at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, Calif.

Founded in 2012, the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl gives prospective players the best opportunity to showcase their talents to potential employers and fans. Nearly 200 scouts, player personnel staff, general managers and head coaches from all 32 NFL teams are expected be in attendance to watch live practices, conduct player interviews and review tape.

READY IF NEEDED
Ohio will enter the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl having been forced to make some adjustments to its depth chart behind senior quarterback Nathan Rourke.

Freshman Kurtis Rourke, the younger brother of Nathan, is recovering from season-ending surgery to his non-throwing shoulder. Redshirt freshman Joe Mischler opted to enter the NCAA’s transfer portal following the conclusion of the regular season.

That leaves the Bobcats with redshirt sophomore Drew Keszei and redshirt sophomore K.J. Minter backing up Nathan Rourke. A native of Fort Wayne, Ind., Keszei came to Ohio in 2017 as a quarterback, then moved to wide receiver prior to this season. He passed for 2,748 yards at Homestead High School and was a first team all-state selection in 2015. Minter has been at wide receiver since arriving in Athens in 2017 and has made three receptions for 36 yards this season. He played quarterback at North Marion High School in Gainesville, Fla., throwing for 1,246 yards and 13 touchdowns while also rushing for 886 yards and 13 touchdowns.

SHUFFLING THE DECK
Ohio has used three different combinations of players on the offensive line in 2019 and is expected to use a fourth in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Redshirt senior center Steven Hayes and junior left guard Brett Kitrell are both expected to miss the contest, meaning redshirt junior Nick Sink is anticipated to get his fourth start of the season at center while redshirt freshman Kurt Danneker will make his first career start at left guard. Sink has made four other starts this season at left guard.

While the Bobcats have been forced to shuffle the deck several times at center and left guard, redshirt senior Austen Pleasants (left tackle), junior Hagen Meservy (right guard) and redshirt senior Marques Grimes (right tackle) have each started all 12 regular season games at their respective positions.

Despite the shuffling, Ohio’s offensive line has paved the way for a running game that ranks fourth among MAC teams with 2,598 yards and 216.5 yards per game.

The line also produced five outings in which it did not allow a sack.

Ohio lost three All-MAC selections from last year’s offensive line in left tackle Joe Lowery, left guard Joe Anderson and right guard Durrell Wood.

WHAT A RUSH
Ohio lost its top two running backs in 2018 to graduation in A.J. Ouellette and Maleek Irons. Ouellette, an All-MAC First Team pick last season, departed Athens ranked third in program history in career rushing yards (3,829) and fourth in career rushing touchdowns (32). Irons ranked second on the team with a career-high 831 rushing yards in 2018. He was selected with the 22nd overall pick in the third round of the 2019 Canadian Football League Draft by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, becoming the first Bobcat to be picked in the 68-year history of the CFL Draft.

A pair of newcomers in the backfield have primarily carried the load for a rushing attack that has remained productive. Redshirt freshman O’Shaan Allison leads Ohio with 823 rushing yards in 2019, which ranks ninth in the MAC and is the second-most by a freshman running back in program history. He has rushed for at least 100 yards in a game twice. Allison put together a career night at Bowling Green when he rumbled for 175 yards and three touchdowns. He was named MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career for his efforts in Ohio’s 21-20 overtime win at Buffalo to open conference play, as he rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns.

Junior De’Montre Tuggle, a transfer from Kilgore College, has accounted for 547 rushing yards to rank third on the team and has scored 10 rushing touchdowns, which ranks second on the squad and 10th in the MAC. Tuggle has scored at least two touchdowns in a game four times this year.

CATCHING ON
Ohio has been forced to replace one of its most prolific wide receivers in program history in 2018 All-MAC First Team selection Papi White. White finished his career as the Bobcats’ all-time leader in receiving yards (2,620) and ranks second in career touchdown receptions (19) and fourth in career receptions (161). Ohio also lost Andrew Meyer, who ranked second on the team in receptions (36), receiving yards (505) and touchdown receptions (5) in 2018, to graduation, as well as their top tight end in Connor Brown, who led the position in receptions (8) and receiving yards (84).

A year after 13 different players caught at least one pass, Ohio’s passing game has featured 17 different receivers in 2019, with eight players posting double-digit receptions. Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Isiah Cox leads the way with a career-high 36 catches and 590 receiving yards. Redshirt junior tight end Ryan Luehrman has set career highs in receptions (27) and receiving yards (351) and is tied for the team lead with a career-high five touchdown receptions with redshirt freshman wide receiver Shane Hooks. Hooks is also second on the squad with 515 receiving yards and third with 26 receptions. Redshirt freshman wide receiver Jerome Buckner is fourth on the team with 326 receiving yards and tied for fourth with 18 receptions.

CHANGE ON DEFENSE
For the first time since 2005, Ohio has a new defensive coordinator. Longtime associate head coach/defensive coordinator/safeties coach Jimmy Burrow retired following the 2018 campaign after 14 seasons serving at Ohio under Frank Solich. Burrow stepped away from coaching in order to follow the final collegiate season of his youngest son, LSU quarterback and 2019 Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow. During Burrow’s tenure at Ohio, the Bobcats tallied 41 All-MAC selections on the defensive side of the ball. The Ohio defense consistently ranked among the best in the MAC in scoring defense and turnovers during Burrow’s tenure and led the nation in turnovers in both 2009 and ’18.

Ron Collins, who had served as linebackers coach for the previous eight seasons, was promoted to associate head coach/defensive coordinator/safeties coach following Burrow’s departure. Under the tutelage of Collins, the linebackers have helped the Ohio defense rank among the best in the conference at stopping the run. He has previous defensive coordinator experience, having served in the role at Washington University in St. Louis (1988-2000), Boise State (2001-05) and Colorado (2006-10). He has served as Ohio’s co-defensive coordinator since 2017.

Nate Faanes was named Ohio’s new linebackers coach in March. Faanes spent the previous three seasons as a graduate assistant. He assisted Collins in coaching Ohio’s linebackers the last two seasons after working with the running backs in 2016.

Pete Germano, who is in the third year of his second stint on Solich’s staff, was promoted to co-defensive coordinator/defensive ends coach. Prior to his return to Athens, he spent five years as the defensive line coach at Fresno State after spending the previous 11 on the Ohio staff.

Ohio returns cornerbacks coach De’Angelo Smith for a third season and defensive tackles coach Tremayne Scott for a second season in 2019.

TURNOVER BELT RETURNS
The Ohio defense ranked first in the country in turnovers gained with 32 in 2018. All those takeaways thrust Ohio’s Turnover Belt, a WWE Championship-style belt that is awarded to the team’s defensive playmakers after creating a turnover, into the spotlight.

The Turnover Belt has not been quite as visible in 2019 as the Bobcats have gained just 13 turnovers. However, seven of those takeaways came in the final two weeks of the regular season. The Bobcats came away with a season-high five takeaways in the win at Bowling Green, including four fumble recoveries, after managing just six takeaways over the previous 10 games. Ohio then came away with two interceptions in the season finale against Akron.

Redshirt junior cornerback Marlin Brooks leads Ohio with three total takeaways, including a team-high two fumble recoveries. He is one of five Bobcats to log an interception this year.

VON’S LEGACY
A starter in 47 of the 51 career games he has played in and three-year team captain, redshirt senior free safety Javon Hagan has compiled 315 career total tackles (189 solo, sixth-most in program history; 126 assisted), with 9.0 career tackles for loss, has accounted for 32 career passes defensed (tied for eighth-most in program history), has tallied six career interceptions for 132 career interception return yards, has notched 26 career pass breakups (eighth-most in program history) and has forced nine career fumbles with four career fumble recoveries.

Hagan finished the regular season ranked eighth among MAC players with a career-high 99 total tackles to lead the team, including a team-high 44 solo stops and a career-high 55 assisted tackles. He recorded double-digit total tackles four times, including a career-high 16 against Western Michigan on Nov. 12. He matched his career high with three tackles for loss. Hagan’s seven pass breakups led the team, and he logged one quarterback hurry, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

APPLYING THE PRESSURE UP FRONT
In his second season as starting left defensive end, redshirt junior Will Evans leads Ohio with 6.5 tackles for loss and is second on the team with six quarterback hurries while redshirt junior Austin Conrad, a converted tight end, is tied for second with 5.5, including four sacks, which leads the team. His nine quarterback hurries are a career high. Conrad has started each of the last eight games at right defensive end. Redshirt senior defensive tackle Cole Baker, in his second season with the Bobcats after transferring from East Mississippi Community College (featured in the Netflix series Last Chance U in 2015) and first as a starter, ranks second on the team with three sacks. Redshirt sophomore Kai Caesar has started the last eight games at nose tackle and has produced 29 total tackles and five quarterback hurries, with the latter tying for third on the squad.

BOBCAT ‘BACKERS
Three linebackers rank among Ohio’s top-five tacklers through 12 games in 2019, with redshirt junior Dylan Conner ranking second on the squad with a career-high 79 total tackles (26 solo), redshirt junior Jared Dorsa ranking third with a career-high 74 (31 solo) and senior Eric Popp ranking fifth with 51 (23 solo). Redshirt freshman Keye Thompson has started the last six games at weakside linebacker and has compiled 50 total tackles (19 solo) over the last seven games. Thompson is tied for second on the team with 5.5 tackles for loss.

Ohio has had to replace the void left by their leading tackler in 2018, Evan Croutch, who finished last season with 90 total tackles and a team-high 5.5 sacks as well as two interceptions.

WALK-ON TURNED STARTER AT STRONG SAFETY
Redshirt junior Jarren Hampton, a former walk-on, became the team’s starting strong safety this season, taking over for Kylan Nelson, who graduated after tying for third on the team with 59 tackles, tying for the team lead with two interceptions and forcing a fumble in 2018.

A year ago, Hampton tied for the team lead with two interceptions and collected 25 total tackles a year ago. This year, he is fourth on the team in total tackles with a career-high 62 through 12 games in 2019, including a career-high 35 solo stops, which ranks second on the squad.

SWEET LOU
Redshirt senior placekicker Louie Zervos finished with 12 points in the victory over Bowling Green after making a career-high nine extra points and adding a 33-yard field goal. His effort brought him to 415 points for his career, setting the new program record. The mark was previously held by former placekicker Matt Weller (2009-12), who scored 409 career points.

Zervos will enter the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl carrying 425 career points after making seven extra points and a 40-yard field goal. He is currently ranked 22nd in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision history in scoring, third in MAC history behind former Miami running back Travis Prentice (468 points; 1996-99) and Toledo placekicker Jameson Vest (446 points; 2015-18) and second among active players behind Georgia placekicker Rodrigo Blankenship.

Zervos ranks first in program history with 215 career extra points made and has made his last 123 (second-most in MAC history). He also ranks second in program history with 70 career field goals made.

JUST FOR KICKS
Redshirt senior punter Michael Farkas ranks second in program history with 219 career punts and a career punting average of 41.4 and third with 9,073 career punting yards.

Farkas punted 47 times for 1,959 yards (41.7 yards per punt) in the 2019 regular season. Three of his punts went for at least 50 yards, with a season-long of 56 at Pitt on Sept. 7. He ranked second in the MAC in punts fair caught (20) and third in punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line (22).

HAIL TO THE KING
Redshirt senior Devin King is in his second season as starting long and short snapper after earning the job as a walk-on a year ago. He was added to the Patrick Mannelly Long Snapper Award Watch List midway through the season. King, a former heavyweight on the Ohio wrestling team, is a second lieutenant in the Ohio Army National Guard.

MANY HAPPY RETURNS
Redshirt senior kickoff returner DL Knock finished the regular season ranked fourth in the MAC with a career-high 635 kickoff return yards (eighth-most in program history) on a career-high 26 returns (fourth-most in MAC, tied ninth-most in program history), averaging a career-high 24.4 yards per return (fifth-most in MAC) and 52.9 yards per game. For his career, Knock has returned 36 kickoffs for 878 yards (24.4 yards per return, 20.0 yards per game) with a long of 100 yards for a touchdown.

WE’VE GOT IT COVERED
Ohio’s kickoff return defense is ranked second in the MAC and sixth in the country, surrendering just 16.09 yards per return.

CROMER ERA BEGINS FOR OHIO ATHLETICS
The season opener against Rhode Island marked the first official day of work for new Director of Athletics Julie Cromer.

Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis appointed Cromer to the position on Aug. 15. She joins the Bobcats as Ohio’s first female athletics director in University history.

Cromer comes to Ohio University from the University of Arkansas, where she has served most recently as senior deputy athletics director, associate vice chancellor and senior woman administrator for Razorback Athletics. In addition to her executive role at Arkansas, Cromer is a respected leader within college athletics nationally. She currently serves on the NCAA Division I Board of Directors and is a member of the Board of Directors of Women Leaders in College Sports.

Prior to Arkansas, Cromer spent 10 years of her career in the NCAA national office, including as the director of academic and membership affairs, working to advance NCAA academic reform and other policy initiatives. She left the NCAA to join Indiana University as the executive associate athletics director, where she was one of the first women in the Big Ten to supervise all elements of a collegiate football program.

AYE AYE, CAPTAIN
Redshirt senior safety Javon Hagan, redshirt senior offensive lineman Austen Pleasants, senior quarterback Nathan Rourke, redshirt junior wide receiver Cameron Odom and redshirt senior defensive lineman Will Evans are serving as Ohio’s five team captains in 2019.

Hagan is in his third season serving as a team captain while Rourke is in his second. Evans, Odom and Pleasants are all serving as captains for the first time.

SERIES HISTORY VS. NEVADA
The Bobcats will square off with Nevada for the first time in program history. The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl marks Ohio’s second postseason matchup against a team out of the Mountain West Conference and second in a row. Ohio owns a 2-5 record against current members of the Mountain West, with both victories coming in bowl games, though the win over Utah State in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl came when the Aggies were members of the Western Athletic Conference.

SCOUTING NEVADA
Jay Norvell is in his third season as the head coach of the Wolf Pack. Norvell was hired as the 26th head football coach in Nevada program history on Dec. 9, 2016. Nevada has gone 18-19 under his watch, including an 8-5 mark in 2018 that included a 16-13 come-from-behind overtime victory over Arkansas State in the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl.

Nevada was predicted to finish third in the West Division in the Mountain West Preseason Poll. The Wolf Pack went on to win seven games in the 2019 regular season, including a 34-31 home victory over Big Ten Conference foe Purdue to open the regular season on Aug. 30. Nevada won three of its final four games but dropped the regular season finale to rival UNLV, 33-30, on Nov. 30 to finish with a 4-4 record in Mountain West play.

The Wolf Pack are ranked last among Mountain West teams in points scored (256) and second-to-last in points per game (21.3) and yards of total offense (4,319). Defensively, Nevada is giving up 32.1 points per game, which ranks as the third-most among Mountain West teams.

Six Nevada players earned Mountain West honors for the 2019 season, including sophomore defensive end Dom Peterson who was named first-team All-Mountain West. Freshman kicker Brandon Talton earned second-team honors, while senior defensive back Daniel Brown, sophomore wide receiver and punt returner Romeo Doubs, senior linebacker Gabriel Sewell and sophomore running back Toa Taua earned All-MW Honorable Mention accolades.

Taua leads Nevada with 759 rushing yards and is tied with sophomore running back Devonte Lee for the team lead with six rushing touchdowns.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Carson Strong has completed 63.4 percent of his passes (206-of-325) for 1,933 yards with 10 touchdown passes against seven interceptions. His top receiver is junior wide receiver Elijah Cooks, who leads Nevada in receptions (62), receiving yards (729) and touchdown receptions (7).

Defensively, sophomore defensive back Tyson Williams leads the squad with 77 total tackles (43 solo) and seven pass breakups. Peterson has compiled a team-high 13.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks. The Wolf Pack have picked off 11 passes, with Brown accounting for a team-high four.

Talton has knocked down 18 of his 22 field goal attempts with a long of 56 yards. Senior punter Quinton Conaway has punted 58 times for 2,482 yards (42.8 yards per punt) with a long of 67 yards. Ten of his punts have gone for at least 50 yards. He’s placed 15 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.

BOBCATS IN THE NFL
As the NFL celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2019, the Bobcats are represented by three alumni in the league.

Cornerback T.J. Carrie (2010-13) is in his sixth year in the league and his second as a member of the Cleveland Browns. Outside linebacker Tarell Basham (2013-16) is in his third season in the NFL and his second as a member of the New York Jets. Linebacker Quentin Poling, who spent the 2018 season on the practice squad of the Miami Dolphins, was signed to the Oakland Raiders practice squad on Sept. 25 and was promoted to the active roster on Nov. 7 but was subsequently released on Dec. 4. Poling was signed to the Atlanta Falcons practice squad on Dec. 10.

Former quarterback Tyler Tettleton (2009-13) is completing his first season as the offensive quality control coach for the Cleveland Browns in 2019.

IRONS REPRESENTS OHIO IN GREY CUP
Former Ohio running back Maleek Irons (2014-18) represented Ohio in the Canadian Football League championship game on Nov. 24 as his Hamilton Tiger-Cats took on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 107th Grey Cup. Hamilton ultimately fell to Winnipeg, 33-12. In his first season as a member of the Ti-Cats, Irons rushed for 208 yards and a touchdown in 11 games.

WELCOME TO OHIO
On Dec. 18, Ohio added 11 student-athletes for the 2020 season as part of Early National Signing Day. The Bobcats welcomed offensive lineman Joseph Habinowski (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna High School), quarterback CJ Harris (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield High School), cornerback Peter Kemeni (Milton, Ontario, Canada/Clarkston North High School), linebacker Bryce Kitrell (Ashland, Neb./Ashland-Greenwood High School), offensive lineman Bryce McNair (Deerfield Beach, Fla. / Deerfield Beach High School), defensive tackle Dane Middlebrook (Indianapolis, Ind. / Brownsburg High School), cornerback Roman Parodie (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons High School), offensive lineman Shedrick Rhodes Jr. (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing Christian Academy), offensive lineman Wyatt Walton (Johnstown, Ohio/Johnstown-Monroe High School), wide receiver Keegan Wilburn (Nelsonville, Ohio/Nelsonville-York High School) and punter Jack Wilson (Lancefield, Victoria, Australia/ProKick Australia/Gisborne Secondary College).

UP NEXT
Ohio is scheduled to open the 2020 season on Sept. 5 against North Carolina Central at Peden Stadium. The Bobcats will then visit Boston College on Sept. 12, host longtime rival Marshall in the Battle for the Bell on Sept. 19 and visit Texas State on Sept. 26.

Ohio recently learned its eight MAC opponents for the 2020 season. The Bobcats are set to play four conference home games at Peden Stadium and four conference contests on the road. Ohio will play host to MAC East Division rivals Akron, Bowling Green and Buffalo in addition to a contest against MAC West Division opponent Eastern Michigan. The Bobcats will visit two East Division rivals next year, with trips to Kent State and Miami on the docket. Ohio will travel to Central Michigan and Toledo for its two road games against West Division opponents.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF OHIO ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

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