Doyt Perry Stadium; Bowling Green, OH
For a team that carried a pretty good defensive reputation earlier this season, the last couple outings haven’t gone all that well. Since dominating Miami 34-3, the Ohio Bobcats have yielded 100 points in two losses. With a road game at Bowling Green Wednesday, Ohio’s defense will be facing arguably its biggest challenge of the season.
Quarterback Matt Johnson leads the Football Bowl Subdicision in passing yards with 3,321 yards. The Heisman Trophy candidate has now thrown for at least 300 yards in nine straight games, and the Falcons lead MAC teams in scoring offense. The 42.9 ppg average is eighth in the nation.
-- Bowling Green holds a 39-25-2 advantage in the series and has won the last three meetings. The Falcons posted a 49-0 home field win over Ohio in 2013. The Bobcats last win at Bowling Green was in 2011 (29-28).
Here’s a further look at the two teams:
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-- The Bobcats fell at Buffalo 41-17 in their last outcing (Oct. 24). Quarterback Derrius Vick completed 32 of 51 passes for 321 yards and three interceptions. The Bobcats had four turnovers (all interceptions) total, offsetting an advantage in total yards, 422-373. WR sebastian Smith refistered nine receptions for 79 yards. Ohio managed just 54 yards on the ground. Buffalo, on the other hand, got 147 yards and two TDs from RB Jordan Johnson. Quarterback Joe Licata completed 21 of 32 for 212 yards.
-- The Bobcats are averaging 378.9 yards of total offense (9th MAC) per game per game, including 256 yards (6th MAC) through the air and 131.2 ypg (10th) on the ground.
-- Quarterback Derrius Vick is sixth in pass efficiency and ninth in passing average (206.8 ypg). He is completing 63.6 percent of his passes.
-- Sebastian Smith leads Ohio receivers with 40 receptions for 497 yards and five TDs. Brendan Cope and Jordan Reid have combined for 53 catches and 711 yards with three touchdowns.
-- Blair Brown leads the Ohio defense with 57 tackles, including 4.5 TFl.
-- Despite its four turnovers against Buffalo, the Bobcats are second in turnover margin (+5/+0.62 per game). Of course, the No. 1 team is Bowling Green (+9/+1.12).
BOWLING GREEN (6-2, 4-0 MAC)
The Falcons are on a five-game win streak that began with a 35-28 win at Purdue. A 44-41 loss to Memphis (currently 8-0) back on Sept. 19 was the last loss.
-- Bowling Green opened the season with a 59-30 loss against No. 25 Tennessee and followed with a 48-27 victory over Maryland. The Falcons have two wins over Big 10 teams this year.
-- BGSU has outscored its last two opponents 107-10. The Falcons blanked Kent State Oct. 24, 48-0. It was Bowling Green’s first shutout since Nov. 12, 2013 (a 49-0 win over Ohio).
-- Senior Matt Johnson has completed 242 of 345 passes for 3,321 yards and 29 touchdowns. Johnson is also first in pass efficiency.
Receiver Roger Lewis has contributed 58 receptions (3rd MAC) for 1,122 yards (1st MAC) with 11 scores. Ronnie Moore is fifth with 50 grabs for 631 yards and four TDs.
-- Travis Green has rushed for 590 yards and four TDs on 112 attempts.
-- Linebacker Austin Valdez leads the team with 74 tackles 4th MAC). DT Taylor Royster has 31 tackles, 5.5 TFL and 3.0 sacks.
-- Kicker Tyler Tate is fourth (MAC) in scoring (8.6 ppg).
-- Punter Joe Davidson is the MAC’s top punter. He averages 46.5 yards per boot and has a long of 71.