Ohio quarterback Nathan Rourke (12) runs into the end zone to score a touchdown for Ohio during Ohio University’s homecoming football game against Central Michigan on Saturday. (Austin Janning/WOUB)

Nathan Rourke Runs All Over BGSU to Capture MAC East Offensive Player of the Week

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2-of-10. 10 yards. Two interceptions.

Ohio quarterback Nathan Rourke’s stat line was far from award-worthy late in the second quarter, as the Bobcats trailed the Bowling Green Falcons going into the break.

After turning the ball over six times in as many quarters, Rourke finally returned to his old self in the second half.  He rushed for a season-high 143 yards in the game, including a 75-yard touchdown scamper to put the Bobcats up for good and an eventual 48-30 win over the Falcons.

Rourke’s huge second half helped him secure MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. He accounted for four of the teams’ five offensive touchdowns. The Bobcat offense scored on its final four possessions of the game.

Rourke now leads the MAC with 19 total touchdowns, which ranks seventh nationally. For the third straight game, “Air Canada” has taken his skills to the ground, eclipsing 100 yards rushing every week over that stretch.

Rourke tries to make it four consecutive 100-yard games this weekend when the Bobcats welcome the Kent State Golden Flashes to Athens. Kickoff at Peden Stadium is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday.