Staff Writer, OhioBobcats.com
Jordan Reid entered the postgame press conference with chicken noodle soup in hand.
“I’m sick, man. I need something,” he said.
Reid being sick makes his career-high 112 receiving yards and two touchdowns all the more impressive. He was one of the cogs in Ohio’s dominating 48-31 win against Ball State on Senior Night at Peden Stadium.
The Bobcats’ 48 points was a season-high and their 607 yards of total offense was a mark that hadn’t been reached since the Clinton administration in 1997.
Sprague said things were just “clicking” for the Ohio offense.
“The offensive line played physical,” Sprague said. “Our backs ran really hard, which was really good to see. I mean, we’re so deep at running back. It’s good to see them all just run so hard. And things just kind of went our way. We had a good week of practice and I think that was a big tribute to what happened today.”
Making Sprague’s job easier was a running game that eclipsed 300 yards for the third consecutive game, accumulating 332 yards on the ground with sophomore A.J. Ouellette leading the charge with 121 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries.
Ouellette surpassed the 100-yard mark for the first time this season, but heaped the credit on his offensive line.
“It feels good as an individual, but if you look at our backs, our averages were crazy,” Ouellette said. “Anybody who was in there was popping 10 or 12 a carry. Big credit to the offensive line. I’d give them all 100 (grades).”
Redshirt sophomore running back Dorian Brown added 82 yards on 12 carries while senior running back Daz Patterson racked up 44 yards on four carries.
The 48 points is the highest point total Ohio’s accrued in a Mid-American Conference game since a 51-point performance against Massachusetts in 2013.
Scoring well into the 40s in a conference game was something Solich had been looking forward to.
“(Ball State) is a very good offensive football team and it was good to see us win a MAC game like a lot of MAC games have to be won, just by outscoring people,” Solich said. “It was good to see our offense alive.”
The scoring festivities began in the first quarter on a 15-yard touchdown run by Patterson, who took an end-around and sped past the Ball State defense for his ninth rushing score of the season.
“I knew the last guy didn’t have a chance,” Solich said. “It was set up well and that’s right to Daz’s liking to be in the open field and to be able to make those kind of cuts.
Patterson is a part of a class that was celebrated on Senior Night before the game and part of a class that Reid wanted to send out on top.
“I just wanted to go out there because I knew it would be the last time that we would all be on the field together, senior class-wise,” Reid said. “I wanted to give my all for them. Any way I could, I just wanted to give them my all.”
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