Bobcats Aim For Statement Win On Senior Night

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On Wednesday, Frank Solich discussed the importance of the time off the Bobcats enjoyed in preparation for its next matchup with conference powerhouse Northern Illinois.

During this stretch of the season, the Green and White play only one game in a 24-day span. Following its 37-14 victory against Buffalo, Solich gave his players four consecutive days of rest, in hopes to rejuvenate them and help them recover from nagging injuries.

"Our practice and rest practice schedule worked well for us going into the Buffalo game,” Solich said. “So we will do the same things this week to prepare for Northern Illinois.”

Currently sitting at 8-2, the Huskies are on a four game winning streak. As the Mid-American Conference’s most successful program as of late, NIU is feared opponent that can beat teams in many different ways. Its most powerful weapon being the ground game, where the Huskies rack up an average of 226 yards per game.

“They run the ball more than most teams in the MAC,” Solich said. “They have some big backs, which lead to some great play action. They have a complete offense and it will be tough to stop.”

Solich explained that getting a win will be no easy task for the Bobcats, but says the team is excited to fight an up-hill battle.

“It would be a huge statement for us,” Solich said. “We want to take steps forward with our program and beating the best in the MAC would help us do that.”

Tuesday night’s contest will mark the final home game for Ohio this season, which always includes the recognition of its seniors. With 11 seniors on the squad, including players like wide receiver Chase Cochran and safety Josh Kristoff, the Bobcats will be playing with a little extra motivation.

“They have been a special group,” Solich said. “They have accomplished a tremendous amount in their time here, and it will be a challenge for us next season to replace some of these leaders.”