Ohio in need of win vs. Miami

ATHENS, Ohio -Ohio University’s football owes its home football fans one.

The last time the Bobcats played at Peden Stadium, 14 days ago on Oct. 12, they were the victim of a 26-23 upset by double-digit underdog Central Michigan.

History is unlikely to repeat itself today as coach Frank Solich’s team will meet winless Miami, which finds itself mired in last place in the Mid-American Conference’s East Division. Despite its upset loss to Central Michigan, Ohio sits atop the East with a 2-1 mark and is the only team in the division with a winning record.

A win today and the Bobcats will become bowl eligible for the fifth consecutive season. Ohio has won six of the last seven meetings against the RedHawks.

It has been a tumultuous season for Miami, which dismissed coach Don Treadwell two weeks ago, replacing him with Mike Bath. The RedHawks dropped a 24-17 Homecoming decision last week to Akron, the second straight week Miami has lost by a touchdown as it suffered a 17-10 loss to Massachusetts the previous Saturday. Akron’s win was its first at Miami since 1939. Going back to last season, Miami has suffered 11 consecutive losses. Miami’s last win was on Oct. 27 of last year, a 23-20 win over the Bobcats.

Offense has been Miami’s biggest problem as the RedHawks are averaging just 10.1 points per contest, while generating only 226.4 yards a game. Ohio, meanwhile, scores at a 32.6 point per game clip and averages 413.1 yards per contest.

Miami does have one national leader in punter Zac Murphy, who averages a whopping 47.4 yards per kick. RedHawks quarterback Austin Boucher has completed 77 of 159 passes for 916 yards. He has thrown for six touchdowns and has been intercepted seven times. Miami’s leading rusher is Austin Gearing, who has accounted for 260 yards on 58 attempts, but is yet to score a rushing touchdown. In fact, Miami has rushed for just two scores all season.

Ohio is led by quarterback Tyler Tettleton, who could hit a milestone today. Tettleton has thrown for 7,997 yards during his career in Athens. It’s likely his first pass completion today will make him the first quarterback in Bobcat history to reach the 8,000-yard mark. Tettleton owns a 23-10 record since becoming the Bobcats starting quarterback in 2011.

Ohio has won 530 football games in its history, while losing 531, so it can even its all-time record with a win today. The Bobcats have participated in 48 tie games.