2008 Ohio Bobcats Season
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Ohio DT Jameson Hartke
Ohio DT Jameson Hartke
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Posted Jan 31, 2009


2008 Ohio Bobcats Season, Game Recaps, Scores and Reviews


2008 Ohio Bobcats

Nov. 28
Ohio 41 … Miami University 26
Chris Garrett ran for 222 yards with touchdown dashes from 22 and 79 yards as Ohio pounded out 326 yards of rushing offense on the way to the win. Miami’s offense was only able to produce four Nathan Parseghian field goals and didn’t get into the end zone until the final 26 seconds on a 15-yard Chris Givens catch. The RedHawks were able to stay in the game with a strange play early in the second half as Givens took an Ohio punt that bounced off an MU player 60 yards for a score. Boo Jackson connected with Taylor Price for a 51-yard touchdown less than a minute later to take the momentum back. Jackson finished with three touchdown passes.
Player of the game: Ohio RB Chris Garrett ran 23 times for 222 yards and two touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Miami University - Passing: Daniel Raudabaugh, 26-41, 258 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Andre Bratton, 17-100. Receiving: Chris Givens, 5-72, 1 TD
Ohio - Passing: Boo Jackson, 15-20, 190, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Chris Garrett, 23-222, 2 TD. Receiving: Taylor Price, 5-91, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Where has this offense been all year? The emergence of Chris Garrett as more of a rushing threat appeared to have made Boo Jackson better, and vice versa, and everything clicked in the win over Miami. The defense did its job by coming up with the big stops needed to force field goals instead of touchdowns, and Garrett and the offense did the rest. Considering what a lousy season this was, the Bobcats have something to build on going into next year.
 

- 2008 Ohio Preview
- 2007 Ohio Season

2008 Schedule
CFN Prediction: 5-7
2008 Record: 4-8

Aug. 30 at Wyoming L 21-20
Sept. 6 at Ohio State L 26-14
Sept. 13 Central Mich L 31-28
Sept. 20 at Northwestern L 16-8
Sept. 27 VMI W 51-31
Oct. 4 at Western Mich L 41-20
Oct. 11 at Kent State W 26-19
Oct. 21 at Temple L 14-10
Oct. 28 Buffalo L 32-19
Nov. 1 OPEN DATE
Nov. 8 Bowling Green L 28-3
Nov. 15 OPEN DATE
Nov. 22 Akron W 49-42
Nov. 28 at Miami Univ. W 41-26

2007 Schedule
CFN Prediction: 7-5
2007 Record: 6-6

Sept. 1 Gard.-Webb W 36-14
Sept. 8 at UL Laf. W 31-23
Sept. 15 at Va Tech L 28-7
Sept. 22
Wyoming L 34-33
Sept. 29 Kent State L 33-25
Oct. 6 at Buffalo L 31-10
Oct. 13 Eastern Mich W 48-42
Oct. 20 at Toledo L 43-40
Oct. 27
at Bo. Green W 38-27
Nov. 2 Temple W 23-7
Nov. 7 at Akron L 48-37
Nov. 24
Miami Univ. W 38-29

Nov. 28
Ohio 41 … Miami University 26
Chris Garrett ran for 222 yards with touchdown dashes from 22 and 79 yards as Ohio pounded out 326 yards of rushing offense on the way to the win. Miami’s offense was only able to produce four Nathan Parseghian field goals and didn’t get into the end zone until the final 26 seconds on a 15-yard Chris Givens catch. The RedHawks were able to stay in the game with a strange play early in the second half as Givens took an Ohio punt that bounced off an MU player 60 yards for a score. Boo Jackson connected with Taylor Price for a 51-yard touchdown less than a minute later to take the momentum back. Jackson finished with three touchdown passes.
Player of the game: Ohio RB Chris Garrett ran 23 times for 222 yards and two touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Miami University - Passing: Daniel Raudabaugh, 26-41, 258 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Andre Bratton, 17-100. Receiving: Chris Givens, 5-72, 1 TD
Ohio - Passing: Boo Jackson, 15-20, 190, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Chris Garrett, 23-222, 2 TD. Receiving: Taylor Price, 5-91, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Where has this offense been all year? The emergence of Chris Garrett as more of a rushing threat appeared to have made Boo Jackson better, and vice versa, and everything clicked in the win over Miami. The defense did its job by coming up with the big stops needed to force field goals instead of touchdowns, and Garrett and the offense did the rest. Considering what a lousy season this was, the Bobcats have something to build on going into next year.
 

Nov. 22
Ohio 49 … Akron 42
Boo Jackson threw his fifth touchdown pass of the game on a one-yard play to David Carter with just 32 seconds left to lift Ohio over Akron in the shootout. Jackson’s day through the air balanced out a huge day from Akron RB Dennis Kennedy, who ran for four short scores and 123 yards. Three of his touchdowns came in the fourth quarter including his final one with just over two minutes to play, but Jackson was able to go to work and pull off the win. LaVon Brazill started off the scoring for Ohio with a 55-yard punt return, while Taylor Price caught three of Jackson’s touchdown passes.
Player of the game: Ohio QB Boo Jackson completed 20-of-28 passes for 222 yards and five touchdowns, and he ran nine times for 52 yards
Stat Leaders: Akron - Passing: Chris Jacquemain, 21-36, 235 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Dennis Kennedy, 34-123, 4 TD. Receiving: Deryn Bowser, 7-118, 1 TD
Ohio - Passing: Boo Jackson, 20-28, 222 yds, 5 TD
Rushing: Boo Jackson, 9-52. Receiving: Taylor Price, 8-100, 3 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... After struggling so much with the offense over the last few weeks, and with an inconsistent attack all season long, Boo Jackson took things into his own hands against Akron with a special game that’ll carry him into the off-season no matter what happens in the season finale against Miami University. He and Taylor Price should form one of the MAC’s most dangerous passing combinations, but more will be needed from the running game next year to have a shot at the conference title.

Nov. 8
Bowling Green 28 … Ohio 3
Bowling Green got an eight-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Sheehan to Jermiah Kelley in the first quarter, and then Sheehan was on the receiving end of a 22-yard pass from Andrew Beam on a trick play in the second. Ohio only managed a 21-yard Barrett Way field goal as the offense struggled on the ground, gaining just 40 yards, and sputters when it got in range, stalling twice around the BG 25. Beam also ran for a two-yard score and Sheehan threw a second touchdown pass to Marques Parks from four yards out.
Player of the game: Bowling Green QB Tyler Sheehan completed 22-of-29 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns and ran 12 times for 20 yards. He also caught a 22-yard touchdown pass.
Stat Leaders: Ohio - Passing: Boo Jackson, 6-16, 96 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Vince Davidson, 16-66. Receiving: LaVon Brazill, 4-70
Bowling Green - Passing: Tyler Sheehan, 22-29, 207 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Jason Rice, 7-32. Receiving: Corey Partridge, 5-63
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Ohio keeps getting worse as the season goes on. The running game went from bad to non-existent against Bowling Green, gaining a mere 40 yards, while Boo Jackson didn’t do enough for the passing game. Brandon Jones didn’t do much in relief of Jackson, completing 7-of-14 passes for 92 yards while taking Jackson’s mobility out of the equation. With a week off before facing Akron, the coaching staff has to work on figuring out what it has for next year. Who needs two games of development?

Oct. 28
Buffalo 32 ... Ohio 19
James Starks started the scoring with a three-yard touchdown run on Buffalo's first drive, and he put the Bobcats away with a 52-yard scoring dash midway through the fourth. Ohio moved the ball, outgaining UB 417 yards to 393, but it turned it over five times. Boo Jackson threw two touchdown passes including a 59-yarder to Brandon Peterson and he added an eight-yard scoring run, but UB never trailed. Drew Willy threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to Naaman Roosevelt and Brandon Thermilus ran for a three-yard score to keep the Bulls ahead.
Player of the game:
Buffalo RB James Starks ran 30 times for 185 yards and two touchdowns, and he caught a pass for 16 yards.
Stat Leaders: Ohio - Passing: Boo Jackson, 20-29, 290 yds,  2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Boo Jackson, 9-70, 1 TD. Receiving: Brandon Peterson, 6-97, 1 TD
Buffalo - Passing: Drew Willy, 14-23, 116 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: James Starks, 30-185, 2 TD. Receiving:
Naaman Roosevelt, 7-58, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
Whatever happened to the Ohio running game? It's late October and it still hasn't showed up, and while Boo Jackson was decent against Buffalo, there were too many mistakes. Five turnovers, and several other near misses by putting the ball on the ground, showed how the offense isn't clicking. The defense didn't do enough to slow down the UB running game and it couldn't get the offense off the field. But in the end, it came down to the problems with mistakes. The turnover and penalties were a killer, and now the season is basically over. Ohio, at 2-7, is out of the bowl picture.

Oct. 21
Temple 14 ... Ohio 10
Ohio dominated, holding Temple to just 143 yards of total offense, but a bad punt let to a 45-yard Temple drive and a one-yard Kee-ay touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Late in the fourth, Ohio's Boo Jackson lost a fumble deep in his own territory, and Temple took advantage as Adam DiMichele hit Steve Maneri for a five-yard touchdown catch with less than two minutes to play. Ohio finished the game with five sacks and held Temple to 1.7 yards per carry. Ohio averaged 1.6 yards per run.
Player of the game: Temple RB Kee-ay Griffin ran 22 times for 85 yards and a touchdown
Stat Leaders: Temple - Passing: Adam DiMichele, 9-22, 79 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Kee-ay Griffin, 22-85, 1 TD. Receiving: Bruce Francis, 4-50
Ohio - Passing: Boo Jackson, 23-40, 220 yds
Rushing: Chris Garrett, 14-48, 1 TD. Receiving: Chris Garrett, 8-82
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... And there goes Ohio's season. It dominated Temple, controlled the game from the start, and had it well in hand before blowing it late. This would've been a season-changer, but instead, the Bobcats are now 2-6 and all but knocked out of the MAC title hunt. The Bobcat running game continues to be a problem, and Boo Jackson wasn't able to make up for it. However, the pass rush was phenomenal and there was play after play in the backfield.

Oct. 11
Ohio 26 … Kent State 19
Boo Jackson ran for a nine-yard touchdown to start the scoring for Ohio, and PK Barrett Way capped off four drives with field goals from 42, 47, 23 and 37 yards for 12 straight points to put Kent State away. The Golden Flashes got a 84-yard Shawn Bayes touchdown catch, and Julian Edelman ran for two touchdowns, but Ohio was able to hold on late. Ohio controlled the ball for 36:50.
Player of the game: Ohio DB Lee Renfro made 11 tackles, forced a fumble, a sack, and two tackles for loss
Stat Leaders: Kent State - Passing: Julian Edelman, 15-25, 200 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Julian Edelman, 21-136, 2 TD. Receiving: Shawn Bayes, 5-141, 1 TD
Ohio - Passing: Boo Jackson, 16-26, 203 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Donte Harden, 23-115. Receiving: Andrew Mooney, 4-42
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Ohio can breathe a sigh of relief after finally getting a decent MAC win. Kent State was able to put up yards, but the Bobcat defense was able to hold on helped by three takeaways. While it was a good win, Ohio has to be sharper going forward after committing 12 penalties for 102 yards, turning it over twice, and struggling to come up with touchdowns with too many drives settling for field goals.

Oct. 4
Western Michigan 41 … Ohio 20
Western Michigan got four touchdown passes from Tim Hiller including two to Brandon West from 18 and 45 yards out, and West also added a 26-yard touchdown run with a 107 yards on the ground in the win. Ohio hung tough in a wild fourth quarter with Boo Jackson hitting David Carter for a two-yard score and Donte Harden for a 41-yard touchdown, but it wasn’t nearly enough. Each team turned it over three times.
Player of the game: Western Michigan QB Tim Hiller completed 24-of-37 passes for 347 yards and four touchdowns and an interception, and he ran five times for 51 yards
Stat Leaders: Western Michigan - Passing: Tim Hiller, 24-37, 347 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Rushing:
Brandon West, 22-107, 1 TD. Receiving: Jamarko Simmons, 8-87, 1 TD
Ohio
- Passing: Boo Jackson, 13-22, 144 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT
Rushing:
Donte Harden, 12-65. Receiving: Andrew Mooney, 5-67, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
Three turnovers, nine penalties, 503 yards allowed … this isn’t Ohio football like Frank Solich wanted it to be. Western Michigan did whatever it wanted to offensively, connecting on too many big pass plays against the Bobcat secondary, while the offense didn’t do nearly enough to keep things moving for the first three quarters. The season is almost gone at 1-5, but the MAC season is still in play, even at 0-2, as long as the team goes on a run starting next week at Kent State.

Sept. 27
Ohio 51 … VMI 31
The two teams traded big punches in a wild first half with VMU getting touchdown passes from Timothy Maypray and Kyle Hughes in the first quarter, and a one-yard Howard Abegesah touchdown run on the way to a 24-17 lead, but Ohio took over as Michael Brown returned a fumble nine yards for a score and Boo Jackson threw thee second of his two touchdown passes on the way to a 34-24 lead. The Keydets pulled within three on a one-yard Maypray run, but Ohio answered with a kickoff return for a score from L.J. Flintall to put the game away.
Player of the game: Ohio QB Boo Jackson finished 16-of-23 for 287 yards and two touchdowns, adding 33 yards rushing on eight carries.
Stat Leaders: VMI - Passing: Kyle Hughes, 2-9, 61 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing:
Tim Maypray, 19-130, 1 TD. Receiving: Mario Scott, 1-46, 1 TD
Ohio
- Passing: Boo Jackson, 16-23, 287 yds, 2 TDs
Rushing:
Donte Harden, 20-142, 1 TD. Receiving: Taylor Price, 4-82, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
Finally the Bobcats got their first win, but it took was too much to get by a VMI team that ran wild. The Keydets only completed 3-of-10 passes, but they ran for 339 yards. Ohio won’t have the same problems against the run against Western Michigan next week, but file this game away for two weeks from now when Kent State, who runs a similar attack to VMI, is up. The Ohio offense got rolling and didn’t stop, but they shouldn’t have had to keep pushing against a bad team. The defense didn’t do its job.

Sept. 20
Northwestern 16 ... Ohio 8
Amado Villarreal hit three first half field goals and Omar Conteh ran for a one-yard score as Northwestern beat Ohio to get out to a 4-0 start for the first time since 1962. Ohio was able to get a 12-yard Andrew Mooney touchdown catch in the third quarter, but it had two field goal attempts blocked in the second half. The Wildcats held Ohio to just four yards rushing helped by five sacks, but QB C.J. Bacher threw four interceptions. Malcolm Arrington made 11 tackles, a sack, and three tackles for loss with a forced fumble for the Wildcats.
Player of the game: Northwestern DE Vince Brown had seven tackles, four tackles for loss, three sacks, a forced fumble, and a blocked kick.
Stat Leaders: Ohio
- Passing: Boo Jackson, 27-42, 228 yds, 1 TD, 2 INTs
Rushing: Donte Harden, 9-19. Receiving: LaVon Brazill, 9-79
Northwestern
- Passing: C.J. Bacher, 18-35, 133 yds, 4 INTs
Rushing: Tyrell Sutton, 9-76. Receiving: Eric Peterman, 7-61

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The Ohio running game continues to be non-existent. The O line got whipped up and down throughout the game, including on special teams, by Northwestern, and Boo Jackson wasn't able to connect on enough big plays down the field to open up the offense. There were chances to score, but two blocked field goals and too many sacks allowed killed the offense. Fortunately, VMI is up next to get the team its first win before kicking off the MAC season at Western Michigan.

Sept. 13
Central Michigan 31 … Ohio 28
Ohio got up 14-0 on two of Chris Garrett’s three touchdowns, but Central Michigan controlled the rest of the game with Ontario Sneed running for two short scores, Dan LeFevour adding a two-yard touchdown run, and Antonio Brown returning a punt 75 yards for a touchdown. Ohio cut the lead to three midway through the fourth quarter on a 77-yard scoring grab from Garrett but couldn’t get back on the board. One drive deep into CMU territory ended in disaster with CMU’s Nick Bellore sacking Boo Jackson and forcing a fumble to snuff out the drive. The two teams combined for 944 yards of total offense.
Player of the game:
Central Michigan QB Dan LeFevour completed 28-of-42 passes for 361 yards, and ran 17 times for 45 yards and a score.
Stat Leaders: Central Michigan
- Passing: Dan LeFevour, 28-42, 361 yds
Rushing: Dan LeFevour, 17-45, 1 TD. Receiving: Antonio Brown, 10-78
Ohio - Passing: Boo Jackson, 17-31, 365 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Chris Garrett, 12-51, 1 TD. Receiving: Chris Garrett, 3-124, 2 TD

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The Bobcats did a good job of spreading around the workload against Central Michigan with five players getting carries and nine receivers catching passes, but they couldn’t close. An argument could be made that Ohio is roughly three plays away from being 3-0, but is 0-3 and needs to find a way to come up with the big plays late. Boo Jackson had a terrific game against CMU and Chris Garrett was tremendous. Now the team needs a win.

Sept. 6
Ohio State 26 ... Ohio 14
Ohio State struggled to get the 800th win in the program's history as Brandon Saine ran for a two-yard score in the fourth quarter for the lead and Ray Small put it away with a 69-yard punt return for a score. The Bobcats took a 14-6 lead midway through the third on a fumble recovery for a score, but the offense turned it over five times and finished with just 254 yards. Ohio State only managed 272 yards of total offense with the rushing tandem of Dan Herron and Maurice Wells combining for 98 yards and a touchdown in place of the injured Beanie Wells.
Player of the game: Ohio State LB James Laurinaitis had a team-high nine tackles, an interception, and a broken up pass.
Stat Leaders: Ohio  - Passing: Boo Jackson, 9-25, 86 yds, 3 INTs
Rushing: Donte Harden, 11-63, 1 TD. Receiving: Chris Garrett, 3-2
Ohio State - Passing: Todd Boeckman, 16-26, 110 yds
Rushing: Dan Herron, 12-50, 1 TD. Receiving: Ray Small, 5-27
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
Ohio will look back on the battle with Ohio State and kick itself for not being able to pull off the shocker. The five turnovers were too many to overcome, while the lack of passing efficiency didn't help. 145 rushing yards might not seem like much, but the ground game was surprisingly effective. However, the quarterbacks combining to complete just 12-of-34 passes for 109 yards with four interceptions was the problem. Even so, this has to be a confidence booster going forward. Considering Central Michigan is up next, a far more important game than Ohio State, the hope has to be there for a hot MAC start.

Aug. 30
Wyoming 21 ... Ohio 20
Wyoming got a 23-yard touchdown catch from Donate Morgan with over seven minutes to play, and the defense did the rest with an interception and a late hold. Dax Crum threw two touchdown passes for the Cowboys, while Ohio got a four-yard touchdown catch from Andrew Mooney and a kickoff return for a score from Donte Harden in the defensive battle. Ohio was held to 39 yards on the ground.
Player of the game: Wyoming QB Dax Crum completed 14-of-22 for 111 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions and ran for 14 yards on three carries.
Stat Leaders: Ohio
- Passing: Theo Scott, 26-35, 224 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing:
Chris Garrett, 12-30. Receiving: Taylor Price, 14-139
Wyoming
- Passing: Dax Crum, 14-22, 111 yds, 2 TDs, 2 INTs
Rushing:
Devin Moore, 25-82, 1 TD. Receiving: Chris Johnson, 4-37

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Kalvin McRae, where are you? Ohio only managed 39 yards on the ground against Wyoming, being very unOhio-like, but it still had a chance to to come through with the win if it had come up with a few more plays in the fourth quarter. The defense did its job until the final UW scoring drive, but the offense couldn't come through getting the ball twice needing just a field goal to get the win. Now comes the date with Ohio State before facing Central Michigan. Things are going to get worse before they improve.

2008 Recruiting Class

Star of the Class

Franshaw "Boo" Jackson QB 6-0, 197 Gardena, CA, Lompoc High School/El Camino College
Junior College:
Earned honorable Mention All-America honors and unanimous All-Mission Conference First-Team honors in 2007 while being named El Caimo's Most Valuable Player...In 2007, he threw for 2,235 yards with 23 touchdowns and just four interceptions on 134-223 passing...He also posted three rushing touchdowns...In 2006, threw for 2,385 yards on 154-252 passing with 18 touchdowns and just six interceptions and a pass efficiency rating of 159.42 to earn Second-Team All-Mission Conference honors...High School: Earned All-State, All-Los Padres League, All-County and Santa Maria Times MVP honors in 2003 and 2004...Led his team to the California Interscholastic Federation Division 10 championship honors...Plans to major in business management


Potential Instant Impact Players

Hilton Dawson III S 5-11 ½, 215, Compton, CA, Dominguez High School/El Camino College
Junior College: In 2007, Dawson had 75 tackles at El Camino College with two interceptions and was ranked the No. 12 safety in the country by J.C. Football.com.. .Posted 96 tackles in 2006 with three interceptions, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two pass deflections...High School: Registered 95 tackles as a senior with six interceptions, four forced fumbles and 10 touchdowns on offense...Posted 80 tackles as a junior with five interceptions, while recording six rushing touchdowns and five receiving touchdowns on offense...Two-time All-Moore league in 2003 and 2004 and All-San Gabriel Valley League in 2005...Earned All-State honors in 2005 and was named Best in the West Top 50 that same year.

Patrick Tafua S  6-0, 190 Midway City, CA, Westminster High School/Golden West College
Junior College: Totaled 129 career tackles (78 solo), seven interceptions and five career punt blocks...High School: Had 86 tackles as a senior (65 solo) with three interceptions and five receiving touchdowns on offense...Was named All-California Interscholastic Federation (Division 7), All-Golden West League and Golden West League Defensive Player of the Year as a senior...Named Athlete of the Year at Westminster.

2008 Early Lookahead
Why to get excited: Eight starters return on the league's fourth best scoring offense and seven starters are back on defense including three in a strong secondary. The offense became more balanced in 2007, and now QB Theo Scott should be able to add even more passing to the mix after throwing accurately in his limited time. The top pass rushers are back after a good year getting into the backfield.
Why to be grouchy: There's no replacing Kalvin McRae. While the offense tried to ease the workload on him, he was still the attack at times rushing for 1,434 yards and 19 touchdowns. It'll be up to Vince Davidson to try to provide a little bit of pop, but if there isn't a number one back emerging from spring ball, even more pressure will be on Scott and the passing game. That's not a positive.
The number one thing to work on is: Punt returns. The Bobcats let the MAC, and were eighth in the nation, in kickoff returns averaging 25 yards per game, but the punt returning way abysmal averaging just 4.28 yards per try. The run defense could stand to be better.
Biggest offensive loss: RB Kalvin McRae
Biggest defensive loss: FS Todd Koenig
Best returning offensive player: TE Andrew Mooney, Sr.
Best returning defensive player: LB Michael Brown, Sr.

2007 Recap
Recap: Although more was expected of the Bobcats than just mediocrity, a second straight non-losing season is evidence that Frank Solich’s blueprint for success is working.  While the offense reached new heights, scoring 30 points in eight games, the defense often gave away those gains, yielding 30 points and more than 400 yards a game.  What shouldn’t be lost in the Bobcats’ fourth place tie in the division is that they beat the East’s two best teams, Bowling Green and Miami, ringing up 38 points in each win.        

Offensive Player of the Year: RB Kalvin McRae

Defensive Player of the Year: DE Landon Cohen

Biggest Surprise: The offense reached a level of production and balance that hasn’t been seen in Athens in quite some time.  Finally approaching Solich’s vision for the attack, the Bobcats were rarely stopped in the second half, leaning heavily on McRae, but also getting surprising results from an improving passing game.      

Biggest Disappointment: Close losses to Wyoming and Toledo could have easily gone in the win column, propelling the Bobcats to a second straight bowl game.  In both cases, Ohio got sloppy at the end of the game, frittering away opportunities to take a couple of nail-biters.           

Looking Ahead: At this stage of the rebuilding process, Solich and the Bobcats can ill afford to go back backwards by slipping back below .500.  Although it’ll be a bear replacing McRae, the staff is excited about turning the offense over to Theo Scott, a multi-faceted quarterback who’ll be getting back most of his top pass-catchers.

   


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