SEASON IN REVIEW
OHIO FOOTBALL OPENS 2019 SEASON WITH WIN OVER RHODE ISLAND
Opponent: Rhode Island
Date: Aug. 31, 2019
Location: Athens, Ohio (Peden Stadium)
Score: Ohio 41, Rhode Island 20
Nathan Rourke threw for 188
yards and two touchdowns
and ran for another score
as the Ohio football team
(1-0) picked up a schoolrecord
win, opening up the 2019
season with a 41-20 victory
over Rhode Island (0-1)
at Peden Stadium.
The Bobcats improved
to 10-5 in season openers
under 15th-year head
coach Frank Solich.
Rourke led the way for the Ohio off ense, completing 16 of his 22 pass attempts (72.7 percent).
He also led the team with 75 yards on the ground via 10 attempts. Ohio scored on all seven
of its drives with Rourke in the game and went a perfect 5-for-5 on red zone opportunities.
“Our expectation is to end every drive with a kick and take care of the ball and do what we
did today,” said Rourke. “We know what we’re capable of and the bar that we set for ourselves
is high, so we came out and did what we expected to do.”
Rourke completed passes to nine diff erent receivers, with redshirt junior Tyler Tupa leading
the way with a team-high 49 receiving yards. He matched redshirt freshman wide receiver
Jerome Buckner and redshirt sophomore wide receiver Isiah Cox for the team lead with the
three receptions. Both he and redshirt junior tight end Ryan Luehrman hauled in their fi rst
career touchdown receptions.
Including Rourke, three Bobcats picked up over 50 yards on the ground to pave the way
for a 278-yard rushing day for Ohio. Redshirt sophomore Julian Ross rushed for 68 yards on
a team-high 14 carries while redshirt junior running back De’Montre Tuggle put together a
breakout performance in his fi rst game as a Bobcat, rumbling for 65 yards and two touchdowns
on just three carries -- including a 55-yard scamper in the third quarter.
Defensively, Ohio was led by redshirt junior linebacker Jared Dorsa, who accumulated seven
total tackles (fi ve solo, two assisted) -- including a half a sack. Dorsa helped the Bobcats limit
Rhode Island to just 84 rushing yards.
OHIO FOOTBALL FALLS AT PITT
Date: Sept. 7, 2019
Location: Pittsburgh, Pa. (Heinz Field)
Score: Pitt 20, Ohio 10
Junior running back De’Montre Tuggle scored his third rushing touchdown in two games, but
the Ohio football team (1-1) suff ered a 20-10 setback to host Pitt (1-1) at Heinz Field.
The Pitt defense limited the Ohio off ense to its lowest point total since 2016 and its lowest
output of total off ense (212 yards) since ‘14.
“Really we didn’t block well enough, we didn’t tackle well enough,” said 15th-year Ohio
head coach Frank Solich. “The basics of football we just did not do well enough. And I don’t
think we coached very well. We are going to have to do better than that to be able to put our
team in this type of game and come out ahead.”
Senior quarterback Nathan Rourke went 15-of-27 passing for 177 yards but was sacked six
times. Redshirt freshman wide receiver Jerome Bucker led the Bobcats with four receptions and
60 receiving yards. On the ground, redshirt freshman running back O’Shaan Allison led Ohio
with 47 yards on 14 carries.
“We had some big plays at times,” said Rourke. “The problem was we didn’t have
enough of those.”
Defensively, three Bobcats registered double-digit tackles. Redshirt junior linebacker Dylan
Conner led all tacklers with a career-high 11 total stops (six solo, fi ve assisted). Redshirt junior
safety Jarren Hampton
set a career-high with 10
total tackles (nine solo, one
assisted). Redshirt senior
safety Javon Hagan logged
10 total tackles (fi ve solo, fi ve
assisted). Senior linebacker
Eric Popp tallied a careerhigh
nine total tackles (six
solo, three assisted) and
accounted for Ohio’s lone
sack of the game. Redshirt
sophomore defensive end Amos Ogun-Semore set a career high with seven total tackles (four
solo, three assisted).
“We’ll get better,” said Hagan. “We let it slip through our hands. Time to go back in the
lab and get back to work.”
Redshirt senior punter Michael Farkas set a career high with 10 punts for 435 yards,
averaging 43.5 yards per punt with a long of 56. Four of his punts landed inside the 20 yard
line. Ohio’s 10 were its most in a game since it punted 13 times at Virginia Tech in 2007.
OHIO FOOTBALL SUFFERS TOUGH LOSS AT MARSHALL IN BATTLE FOR THE BELL
Date: Sept. 14, 2019
Location: Huntington, W. Va. (Joan C. Edwards Stadium)
Score: Marshall 33, Ohio 31
Senior quarterback Nathan Rourke threw for three touchdowns and 215 yards and ran for
118 yards and another score, but the Ohio football team (1-1) suff ered a tough 33-31 loss to host
Marshall (2-1) in a Battle for the Bell matchup at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
Ohio suff ered its fi rst loss to Marshall since a 44-14 defeat the hands of the Thundering
Herd on Sept. 13, 2014, in the program’s last trip to Huntington.
The Bobcats were outgained by the Thundering Herd, 511-438, including
305-223 on the ground.
“Marshall is a good off ensive football team, big upfront,” said 15th-year head coach Frank
Solich. “They’ve got good backs. They’ve got a downhill type of running attack. The second half
I thought we played much better, but there were crucial times in the second half too that they
were able to gash us.”
Rourke’s three touchdown
passes and one rushing
touchdown brought him
to 84 career touchdowns
responsible for, breaking the
previous school record of 82
set by former quarterback
Tyler Tettleton (2009-13).
Redshirt junior tight end
Ryan Luehrman, junior
running back De’Montre
Tuggle and redshirt freshman
wide receiver Shane Hooks all
hauled in touchdown receptions. Luehrman matched redshirt sophomore wide receiver Isiah
Cox for the team lead with four receptions while Cox led all receivers with 61 receiving yards.
“I think there is some good to take out of this, but I think we have to get started quicker,”
said Rourke. “Our special teams put us in some really good situations early, and we didn’t take
advantage of them. That’s something that we still have to work on. It seemed like we were
taking a long time to get going on off ense, and that puts our defense in a tough spot when
they’re playing from behind. We have to be better at that. It was good to get a rhythm going,
but we need to win games.”
Defensively, four Bobcats fi nished with double-digit tackles. Redshirt senior safety Javon
Hagan led the way with 12 total tackles while redshirt junior safety Jarren Hampton, redshirt
junior linebacker Dylan Conner and redshirt junior linebacker Jared Dorsa all recorded 11.
Senior quarterback Nathan Rourke threw for two touchdowns and ran for
another as Ohio opened the 2019 season with a win over Rhode Island.
Junior running back De’Montre Tuggle scored his third rushing touchdown
in two games in Ohio’s loss at Pitt.
Junior running back De’Montre Tuggle hauled in a touchdown reception,
but Ohio fell on the road at rival Marshall.
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