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Ohio Football: Bobcats hold off Nevada’s late rally

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BOISE, Idaho — Ohio had a 30-9 lead after three quarters on Friday, but Nevada never went away.  The Wolf Pack scored two touchdowns just two minutes apart in the final quarter and were driving to make the game even closer.  Ohio made the big stops late to secure the victory in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, 30-21.

“It was very nerve-wracking,” Ohio head coach Frank Solich said on the Nevada comeback.   “It could have went either way as we came down the stretch there. It wouldn’t have taken too much to all of a sudden find yourself scrambling to try to win it right at the very end with one or two plays. It was tough. But I feel like our ballclub has always been the kind of ballclub that is going to play things out, be a four-quarter team. I was hoping that we’d be able to play at the level that we needed to play as to pull it out at the end.”

“We knew we were going to get the opportunities. It’s about capitalizing on them,” Ohio safety Jarren Hampton said.  “I know we had that forced fumble towards the end of the game. That was big for us. They’re going about to score. It’s just about capitalizing, giving the ball back to our offense, letting them do what they’ve been doing all year.”