SEASON IN REVIEW
“It was a real statement game for us,”
said Rourke. “We had to show that we’re
better than what we’ve shown so far, and we
need to show this in more games with good
opponents like Kent.”
Ohio racked up a season-high 45 points,
571 yards of total off ense and 31 fi rst downs
with Rourke recording his fi rst career game
with at least 300 passing yards. He became the
fi rst Ohio quarterback to pass for at least 300
yards in a game since Greg Windham threw
for 380 against Texas State in 2016.
“I think he showed his complete talent
today, his throwing ability - some great catches
by receivers also – and his running ability along
with when it looks like he’s down or stopped to
be able to get another fi ve or six yards, sometimes to pick up a fi rst down and keep drives going.
He was special at that today,” said Ohio 15th-year head coach Frank Solich.
Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Isiah Cox enjoyed a breakout game, matching his career
high with four receptions, logging a team-high 115 receiving yards and hauling in a 49-yard
touchdown catch in the fi rst quarter. Making his fi rst career start, redshirt freshman wide receiver
Ty Walton set career highs with four catches and 59 receiving yards.
As a team, the Bobcats racked up 229 rushing yards, with junior running back De’Montre
Tuggle leading the way with a career-high 80 on a career-high 19 carries. He also matched
his career high with two rushing touchdowns. Rourke added 79 rushing yards while redshirt
freshman running back O’Shaan Allison gained 51 yards on six carries before exiting the
contest with an injury.
OHIO FOOTBALL RUNS THROUGH RAIN FOR ROAD WIN AT BALL STATE
Opponent: Ball State
Date: Oct. 26, 2019
Location: Muncie, Ind. (Scheumann Stadium)
Score: Ohio 34, Ball State 21
The Ohio football team
(4-4, 3-1 MAC) piled up a
season-high 316 rushing
yards to beat Ball State (4-4,
3-1 MAC), 34-21, in a battle
of Mid-American Conference
Division leaders that was
played in a driving rain at
The Bobcats handed
the Cardinals their fi rst
conference loss of the 2019
season and claimed a victory in Muncie for the fi rst time since 2009. Ohio maintained its hold
on fi rst place in the MAC East Division with the win.
“We’ve all along prided ourselves on no excuses, no limits, regardless of what the weather is.
We’re going to play football,” said 15th-year head coach Frank Solich.
Solich earned his 110th win as head coach at Ohio, matching former Central Michigan
head coach Herb Deromedi (1978-93) for the most by a MAC head coach in the history of
Ohio boasted a pair of 100-yard rushers, with senior quarterback Nathan Rourke leading
the way with a season-high 127 and two rushing touchdowns. Redshirt freshman running back
O’Shaan Allison rushed for a career-high 104 yards while junior running back De’Montre
Tuggle ran for 50 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns, marking his third outing of the
season with multiple rushing touchdowns and second in a row.
On a tough day for passing the football, Rourke completed eight of his 16 attempts for
131 yards. His top target was redshirt sophomore wide receiver Isiah Cox who caught fi ve
passes for 92 yards.
Defensively, the Bobcats limited Ball State redshirt junior quarterback Drew Plitt to just 11
completions on 20 attempts for 109 yards and one touchdown. Plitt did not complete a pass
until the third quarter, starting the game 0-for-5. The Cardinals did not convert on third down
until the third quarter, going 0-for-5 over the fi rst 30 minutes.
Redshirt senior free safety Javon Hagan led the Ohio defense with eight total tackles,
including a team-high fi ve solo stops. Redshirt freshman linebacker Keye Thompson added
seven total tackles and accounted for a team-high 1.5 tackles for loss. The Bobcats fi nished the
contest with a season-high four sacks.
OHIO FOOTBALL FALLS TO MIAMI
Date: Nov. 6, 2019
Location: Athens, Ohio (Peden Stadium)
Score: Miami 24, Ohio 21
Senior quarterback Nathan Rourke ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, but the
Ohio football team (4-5, 3-2 MAC) fell to Mid-American Conference East Division archrival
Miami (5-4, 4-1 MAC), 24-21, in the 96th edition of the ‘Battle of the Bricks’ at Peden Stadium.
The contest was played in front of a packed student section on the 150th anniversary of
“I just wanted to say that
I appreciated the fan support
that we had today,” said
Rourke. “The atmosphere
was really, really awesome,
and whoever had a hand in
creating the buzz for the game
and getting the fans there, we
really appreciate it. It was
really awesome to be a part
of, and one of the positives of
the game was being able to be
a part of that.”
Trailing 21-14 with just
under 13 minutes left in
the fourth quarter, Rourke
engineered a seven-play, 75-yard drive. He appeared to score on a 35-yard touchdown run
down the sideline. The ruling on the fi eld of a touchdown was overturned by instant replay,
however, as it was determined Rourke stepped out of bounds at the 13. Two plays later, Rourke
left no doubt, running the ball in from nine yards out to help Ohio tie the game with just under
nine minutes to go.
The RedHawks answered back with a 10-play, 40-yard march that chewed a little over
fi ve minutes off of the clock. The drive stalled at the Ohio 35, but senior placekicker Sam
Sloman drilled a 53-yard fi eld goal to put Miami back in front, 24-21, with just under four
minutes to play.
Ohio outgained Miami, 374-278, but lost the turnover battle, 2-0, with two lost fumbles.
Rourke fi nished the contest with 89 rushing yards on 16 attempts while completing 15 of his
27 passing attempts for 133 yards. Junior running back De’Montre Tuggle added 74 rushing
yards on 12 touches while hauling in a team-high four receptions. Defensively, redshirt senior
free safety Javon Hagan registered a team-high nine total tackles with a team-high fi ve solo stops.
OHIO FOOTBALL DROPS OVERTIME HEARTBREAKER TO WESTERN MICHIGAN
Opponent: Western Michigan
Date: Nov. 12, 2019
Location: Athens, Ohio (Peden Stadium)
Score: Western Michigan 37, Ohio 34 (OT)
The Ohio football team (4-6, 3-3 MAC) forced overtime with a touchdown with nine seconds
left in regulation but ultimately fell to Mid-American Conference West Division foe Western
Michigan (7-4, 5-2 MAC), 37-34, at Peden Stadium.
Western Michigan led 10-0 at halftime, but the Bobcats and the Broncos combined for 52
points in the second half, including 31 in the fourth quarter. The two teams wound up combining
for 918 yards of off ense.
Trailing 31-24 with just under fi ve minutes to play in the fourth, Ohio drove from its own
34-yard line to the Western Michigan nine. The Bobcats turned the ball over on downs,
Senior quarterback Nathan Rourke tossed a pair of
touchdown passes and ran for two more scores as
Ohio defeated Kent State.
Senior quarterback Nathan Rourke ran for 127 yards and two
touchdowns to help Ohio overcome both a driving rain and Ball State in
a road victory.
Senior quarterback Nathan Rourke threw for 133 yards and added 89
more on the ground in Ohio’s loss to Miami.
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