With an 8-4 overall standing after a monumental victory over Northern Illinois University on November 24, the Ohio Bobcats are finishing the season with their best record since the 2013-2014 season. The Bobcats arrived at an NIU that upheld a 22 game winning streak for the month of November and left as the team who would not allow the streak to reach 23.
Now fans and officials alike are left to wonder not if the ‘Cats will be participating in a bowl game, but exactly what game they will be attend. According to ESPN, it is likely that Ohio will be participating in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl or the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. The 2014-2015 season put an end to a bowl-visiting streak that lasted for five seasons, so this is the team’s chance to reclaim the running number.
Before coming out on top, the Bobcats battled a mid-season struggle. Injured players including the team’s first and second-string quarterbacks Derrius Vick and JD Sprague and a MAC Defensive Player of the Year candidate in Quentin Poling, contributed to a three game losing streak against Western Michigan, Buffalo and Bowling Green. A combined score for the three games totaled at 152-55. Many of those points came from the Nov. 4 Bowling Green game that left the ‘Cats trailing behind the Falcons at 62-24.
Both sides of the team seemed to regain strength for the Nov. 10 game against Kent State. The dominating win against the Golden Flashes at 27-o carried the ‘Cats into two more victories against Ball State and the NIU Huskies. According to a report from Ohio Bobcats, Coach Frank Solich was proud of his team for making a comeback. “You just don’t always bounce back. You can go into a downward spiral and just keep going down. But to their credit, they pulled themselves out of that downward spiral and they started playing the kind of football they were capable of playing,” Solich said.
Some overall season statitstics — A total of 41 touchdowns were scored and an average point value scored per game reached 27.4, compared to that of the opponents at 24.8 points. 270 first downs were made with an average rushing yardage of 187.1 and an average passing yardage of 238.4. 14 out of 20 attempted field goals were scored.