SEASON IN REVIEW
though, and gave the football
back to the Broncos with 1:10
remaining. Ohio’s defense
forced a three-and-out and
used all three of its timeouts
to give the off ense the ball
back with 47 seconds left.
With nine seconds left,
senior quarterback Nathan
Rourke threw a 12-yard
touchdown pass to redshirt
junior wide receiver Tyler
Tupa, and redshirt senior
placekicker Louie Zervos made the extra point to force overtime.
Ohio got the ball to start overtime but was unable to pick up a fi rst down, settling for a
37-yard fi eld goal by Zervos. Western Michigan then took over possession and gave senior
running back LeVante Bellamy the ball three times, with the fi rst carry going for 20 yards and
the last going for four and the game-winning touchdown.
In his fi nal home game as a Bobcat, Rourke completed 20 of his 29 passing attempts for 225
yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 93 yards on 13 attempts. Redshirt junior tight end
Ryan Luehrman matched his career high with four receptions and led Ohio with 52 receiving
yards. Redshirt freshman running back O’Shaan Allison gained 59 yards on nine carries while
junior running back De’Montre Tuggle gained 39 yards and matched his career high by scoring
two touchdowns on six carries.
Three Bobcats fi nished the game with double-digit tackles, with redshirt senior free safety
Javon Hagan and redshirt junior middle linebacker Jared Dorsa tying for a game high with 16
total tackles apiece.
OHIO FOOTBALL BLASTS BOWLING GREEN TO GIVE SOLICH MAC WINS RECORD
Opponent: Bowling Green
Date: Nov. 19, 2019
Location: Bowling Green, Ohio (Doyt Perry Stadium)
Score: Ohio 66, Bowling Green 24
It was one for the record
books at Doyt Perry Stadium
as 15th-year head coach Frank
Solich became the winningest
head coach in the history of
the Mid-American Conference
courtesy of the Ohio football
team (5-6, 4-3 MAC) dominating
East Division rival Bowling Green
(3-8, 2-5 MAC), 66-24.
Solich picked up his 111th
victory to surpass former Central
Michigan head coach Herb
Deromedi (110 wins; 1978-93) as
the conference’s wins leader.
“I feel really good about it,
but a lot of people were involved
in this,” said Solich of the
record. “A lot of great players
over the years that have come through Ohio that have set the tradition to where we were able
to recruit well and win football games. There have been tremendous athletes and tremendous
coaches. If you have that combination, you’re going to have a few wins. A lot of people have
been involved in winning some football games, so I appreciate everything that people have
been done during my time at Ohio.”
The Bobcats’ 66 points tied for the seventh-most in a single game in program history and
marked the fi rst time Ohio has scored at least 60 points in a game since putting up 63 in a
63-15 win over Northern Illinois in 1976. Ohio set a season high 609 total yards, including
a season-high 342 yards on the ground. The Bobcats scored nine total touchdowns, with six
coming via the running game.
Redshirt freshman running back O’Shaan Allison put together a career night, rushing for
a career-high 175 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries. Junior running back De’Montre
Tuggle carried the ball once and took it for 53 yards and a touchdown. Redshirt junior running
back Ja’Vahri Portis gained 36 yards and scored a touchdown on fi ve carries.
Senior quarterback Nathan Rourke completed 14 of his 21 passing attempts for 267 yards and
three touchdowns. He also ran the ball eight times for 25 yards and a score. Redshirt sophomore
wide receiver Isiah Cox caught four passes for 83 yards and a touchdown. Redshirt freshman
wide receiver Jerome Buckner tallied two receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown. Redshirt
sophomore running back Julian Ross caught his fi rst career receiving touchdown for 22 yards.
OHIO FOOTBALL CONCLUDES 2019 REGULAR SEASON WITH ROUT OF AKRON,
EARNS BOWL ELIGIBILITY FOR 11TH-STRAIGHT YEAR
Date: Nov. 26, 2019
Location: Akron, Ohio (Infocision Stadium)
Score: Ohio 52, Akron 3
The Ohio football team
(6-6, 5-3 MAC) closed out
the 2019 regular season with
a 52-3 rout of Mid-American
Conference East Division
rival Akron (0-12, 0-8 MAC)
at InfoCision Stadium.
The victory clinched an
11th-straight of bowl
eligibility for the Bobcats and
a winning conference record
for the fi fth year in a row.
The Bobcats piled up 603
yards of total off ense, with a
season-high 352 through the air and 251 on the ground. Ohio’s defense produced the most
dominant performance in the last 15 years under the leadership of head coach Frank Solich,
limiting the Zips to just 74 yards of total off ense and marking the fi rst time an opponent has
failed to reach 100 yards of total off ense in the last 15 years.
“I love this football team,” said Solich .They can play great football, and I’d be glad to take
them anywhere and play anybody. They’re an excellent group of guys. They’ve prepared well
every week for their competition.”
In his fi nal regular season start, senior quarterback Nathan Rourke (Oakville, Ontario,
Canada) put on a show, throwing for 308 yards and matching his career high four touchdown
passes. He completed 20 of his 28 passing attempts. Rourke also added a one-yard rushing
touchdown in the fourth quarter, allowing him to set the program record for career touchdowns
scored with his 50th, surpassing the previous high mark of 49 shared by Kareem Wilson (1995-
98) and Kalvin McRae (2004-07).
Nine diff erent receivers caught passes from Rourke. Rourke’s fi rst pass of the day went
for 53 yards and a touchdown to redshirt senior wide receiver DL Knock. Redshirt freshman
wide receiver Shane Hooks tied for the team lead with fi ve receptions, two of them going for
touchdowns. Rourke also threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to redshirt junior tight end Ryan
Luehrman in the second quarter.
Redshirt freshman running back O’Shaan Allison picked up 71 yards, with a long run
of 46 yards and a seven-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Redshirt junior running
back Ja’Vahri Portis scored Ohio’s seventh and fi nal touchdown on a three-yard run in the
Frank Solich became the MAC’s winningest head coach courtesy of
Ohio’s big offensive night at Bowling Green.
Senior quarterback Nathan Rourke threw for 308 yards and matched his
career high with four touchdown passes as Ohio clinched bowl eligibility
for the 11th year in a row in a convincing victory over Akron in the
regular season fi nale.
Senior quarterback Nathan Rourke led a second-half comeback to force
overtime, but Ohio suffered a tough loss to Western Michigan in its fi nal
home game of the 2019 season.
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