FIRST AND 10
Ohio opens the home portion of its 2013 schedule on Saturday as it welcomes North Texas to Peden Stadium.
-Saturday night’s game will be aired on ESPN3. Ohio has had its last 10 home games aired on television.
-The Bobcats enter week two after dropping a 49-7 decision to No. 9 Louisville this past Sunday. The loss was Ohio’s worst since 2007 when it dropped a 43-0 decision at Toledo.
-Ohio has won each of its last three home openers.
-The Bobcats were picked to win the Mid-American Conference East Division crown for the second-consecutive season.
-Ohio posted its second-consecutive bowl victory in the 2012 Advocare V100 Independence Bowl.
-The Bobcats will look to become bowl eligible for the sixth time in the last eight years.
-The Bobcats also will be in search of their fourth MAC East title under the direction of head coach Frank Solich.
A WIN OVER NORTH TEXAS WOULD...
-Mark the Bobcats’ fourth-consecutive home-opening victory.
-Give the Bobcats’ their 16th win in their last 22 games dating back to the 2011 season.
-Improve Ohio’s record at home to 20-5 dating back to the start of the 2009 season.
-Mark the Bobcats’ second straight win over North Texas.
-Give head coach Frank Solich his 60th career win at Ohio, which would pass him by former Miami head coach Randy Walker and place him 12th on the MAC all-time career wins list.
-Hand quarterback Tyler Tettleton’s 20th win as a starter. Tettleton currently owns a 19-9 mark since taking over as the Bobcats’ starting quarterback in 2011.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
-Quarterback Tyler Tettleton needs just 87 yards passing to surpass 6,500 yards passing for his career. In 2012, Tettleton averaged 237 yards passing per game.
-Running back Beau Blankenship is just one score shy of collecting his 20th career touchdown.
-Blankenship will be in search of his fourth 100 yard game in his last five contests. In 2012, he surpassed 100 yards rushing in a school-record nine games.
-Wide Receiver Donte Foster is just two touchdowns shy of surpassing former Bobcat Todd Snyder for third on Ohio’s all-time receiving touchdown list.
-Foster is also just 70 yards shy of cracking into Ohio’s all-time career receiving yards top 10 list.
OHIO - NORTH TEXAS SERIES HISTORY
Ohio and North Texas will meet for the second time in school history on Saturday. The Bobcats won the first all-time meeting with the Mean Green back in 2009, defeating North Texas 31-30 in double overtime. In that first meeting, Ohio rallied back from a 17-6 second half deficit to send the game into overtime. In the overtime session, Ohio’s Taylor Price caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from former quarterback Theo Scott. Price then hauled in the two-point conversion to give the Bobcats the win.