on to set Ohio single-season and career records in nearly every
passing category. Those records are being threatened for the
fi rst time since his career ended by this year’s Bobcat signal
caller, Nathan Rourke.
Rourke will play the fi nal game of his career in the Famous
Idaho Potato Bowl after becoming the fi rst Ohio quarterback
to earn fi rst-team All-MAC honors since 1981. In three seasons
at Ohio, Rourke has accounted for a program-record 110
touchdowns – 60 passing, 48 rushing and two receiving. His
48 scores on the ground are the most by an active quarterback
in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and are one shy of
the Ohio school record for career rushing touchdowns.
This season, Rourke has accounted for 3,456 yards of total
off ense. The mark is second in Ohio history, behind Tettleton’s
2011 total of 3,960. With 168 yards of total off ense in the bowl
game, Rourke would surpass Tettleton’s career record of 10,027.
Defensively, the Bobcats are led by senior Javon Hagan, a
fi rst-team All-MAC defensive back. Hagan fi nished the regular
season as Ohio’s leading tackler with 99 stops. He is a four-time
all-conference honoree, including a fi rst-team selection each
of the past two years. For his career, Hagan has intercepted
six passes and forced nine fumbles.
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