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Ohio Football: ‘Cats Outlast Nevada to Win Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

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BOISE, ID — As Nathan Rourke took the final snap of his Bobcat career on the field, Brian Arp was sneaking through the crowded Bobcat bench with a Gatorade cooler. A victory bath would be nothing new for Frank Solich, but when the senior defensive lineman turned the cooler over, it wasn’t liquid that came… Read More

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Ohio Football: ‘Cats Dismantle Akron, Become Bowl Eligible

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AKRON, OH — Nathan Rourke took the snap and rolled right looking for an open receiver at the goal line. There wasn’t one, so he tucked the ball and sprinted to the pylon. He dove just inside it for the 1-yard score, but it wasn’t the touchdown that, ultimately, was significant. That play, should Ohio… Read More

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Ohio Football: Frank Solich the new all-time wins King of the MAC

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ATHENS, OH — The Mid-American Conference has a new all-time wins King, and that man is Frank Solich and boy did he do it in style. Seven different Bobcats scored a touchdown against Bowling Green as Ohio scored a season-high 66 points in their blowout win over the Falcons. “This record that comes with it… Read More

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Ohio Football: ‘Cats Run Wild on BGSU as Frank Solich Becomes MAC’s Winningest Coach

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BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — As Ohio’s third-string quarterback Joe Mischler took a knee with under 40 seconds to play in the game, Ohio head coach Frank Solich was surrounded by coaches, players and media. They were all waiting for the inevitable.  Before he was able to walk far enough away, he was struck with the… Read More

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Ohio Football: Bobcats’ Season Slips Away in OT Loss to W. Michigan

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ATHENS, OH — Nathan Rourke and Cole Baker sat in a meeting room on the second floor of Peden Stadium taking questions from the media. When Senior Night was brought up as a question, Rourke looked up, obviously upset, and stared off into the distance before bowing his head back down and nodding towards Baker… Read More

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Ohio Football: ‘Cats Face Must-Win on Senior Night Against WMU

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ATHENS, OH — As the end of another football season approaches, one game always tends to stand out among the others. The final home game, or Senior Night, simply just means more. On a cold Tuesday night in mid-November, the Bobcat Football’s Class of 2020 will have theirs. “Every time the senior game comes up,… Read More

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Ohio Football: Bobcats’ Season Dealt Huge Blow in Crushing Loss to Miami

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ATHENS, OH — A giant flag emblazoned with a big, red block-M waved in the north end zone of Peden Stadium as the clock hit 0:00. For the second straight season, a loss to Miami not only signified a Bobcat loss, it marked a likely end to their MAC Championship hopes. On a night that… Read More

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Ohio Football: ‘Cats Gut Out Huge, Rain-Soaked Win over Ball State

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MUNCIE, IN — A persistent, soaking, wind-driven rain fell on Schuemann Stadium for the duration of the game on Saturday and when Ohio needed it most, the group on the field most built to deal with the nasty conditions stepped up and paved the way for a Bobcat victory. That group was the offensive line…. Read More

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Ohio Football: Takeaways and Gameballs from the ‘Cats Win over Kent State

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ATHENS, OH — What a strange season it has been so far for Ohio and the rest of the Mid-American Conference. Pre-season favorites have not been impressive and teams projected to finish towards the bottom have surprised. That’s why every conference win the Bobcats can get is all that much more important, especially within their… Read More

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Ohio Football: Rourke Propels ‘Cats to Shootout Win Over Kent State

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ATHENS, OH — All season long, the Bobcats defense has looked for someone to make a play. For much of the day Saturday, it seemed as if the search would continue for at least another week. But with just over five minutes to play with Ohio leading by seven, the defense got a game-saving (and… Read More

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Ohio Football: ‘Cats Face Must-Win Against Division-Leading Kent State

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ATHENS, OH — Coming into the season, not many would have expected the Bobcats to be two games under-.500 in mid-October and facing a must-win scenario against a Kent State team that is undefeated in conference play. Yet, here we are. On Saturday afternoon, Ohio (2-4, 1-1 MAC) will take the field in Peden Stadium… Read More

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Ohio Football: Bobcats’ Defensive Collapse Spoils Homecoming

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ATHENS, OH — For the first 30 minutes of the game on Saturday, the Ohio Bobcats looked like the team that many thought they would be before the season started. Nathan Rourke was sharp, the offense was moving the ball well and finding the end zone and the defense held Northern Illinois to just 138… Read More

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Ohio Football: ‘Cats Look to Continue Winning Ways Against NIU

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ATHENS, OH — Homecoming is often said to be the best time of year in Athens. Between the cool weather, changing leaves, returning alumni and all the festivities, it’s hard to argue. The crown jewel of Homecoming is the football game and three out of the last four years, the Bobcats have come away victorious…. Read More

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Ohio Football: ‘Cats Turn Page to MAC Play Against Buffalo

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ATHENS, OH — September certainly wasn’t the Bobcats’ month. After three straight losses, Ohio limped into their bye week at 1-3 with a banged-up and struggling offense and a disappointing defense. But September is over now and the Bobcats need to wake up. With their bye week behind them, the rejuvenated Bobcats look to start… Read More

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Ohio Football: ‘Cats Run Over by Louisiana

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ATHENS, OH — Often, people speak of the college football season being divided into two “seasons”: the non-con conference schedule being the first and conference play being the second. For Ohio, the best thing about the non-conference “season” is that it’s over. A disastrous second half on Saturday afternoon led the Bobcats (1-3) to a… Read More

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Ohio Football: ‘Cats Look to Get Back in Win Column Against Louisiana

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ATHENS, OH — Through three games, 2019 doesn’t seem all that different from 2018 for Ohio football. Both had season-opening home victories over FCS schools followed by road losses to schools from the ACC (Virginia and Pitt) and a highly-touted Group of Five programs (Cincinnati and Marshall).  If history were to fully repeat itself for… Read More

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Ohio Football: Rourke’s Record-Breaking Night Not Enough to Keep Bell

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HUNTINGTON, WV — The bell rang on Saturday night, just not for the Ohio Bobcats. The 60th installment of the rivalry between the Bobcats and Marshall produced big plays and points galore, but the Thundering Herd (2-1) came away with the 33-31 victory over Ohio (1-2) to reclaim the Victory Bell for the first time… Read More

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Ohio Football: ‘Battle for the Bell’ Rivalry Resumes for Bobcats, Marshall

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ATHENS, OH — For the last four years, the Bell has resided in Athens, Ohio as a focal point of the Bobcats’ trophy case on the second floor of Peden Stadium.  On Saturday night, the ‘Cats travel 78 miles south to play for the right to keep it there for another year when they pay… Read More

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Ohio Football: ‘Cats Offense Stifled by Pitt

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PITTSBURGH, PA — There was no magic for the Bobcats against Pittsburgh this time around. “Field position plus momentum equals points,” Bobcat senior safety Javon Hagan said. Ohio (1-1) had very little of either on Saturday afternoon at Heinz Field, and in the end, scored very few points in a 20-10 loss to the Panthers… Read More

Ohio Football: The Night That Built the Bobcats

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ATHENS, OH — By the time Dion Byrum has crossed the goal line and turned to look back at his teammates, the Ohio student body had already started rushing the field and fireworks boomed in the distance.  The ESPN2 crew calling the game called it the biggest win in the history of Ohio Football. That… Read More

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Ohio Football: ‘Cats Run Past Rhode Island in Season Opener

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ATHENS, OH — Nathan Rourke and the Bobcats offense came out for the first time in 2019 backed up against their own end zone. Not an easy place for an offense to begin its season.  With visions of how last season’s opener against FCS Howard hanging around the stadium, the senior quarterback took the snap,… Read More