MACtion Tonight At 8 PM ET On ESPN2 And ESPNU

Updated 11/5/2013

MACtion Tonight On National Television:

Ohio at Buffalo at 8 pm ET (ESPN2)

Bowling Green at Miami at 8 pm ET (ESPNU)

FIRST AND 10
-Ohio travels to Buffalo on Tuesday night for its midweek matchup against the Bulls. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. 
-Tuesday night’s game will be aired on ESPN2. Ohio has had all of its games aired on television this year.
-The game also can be heard live on the Ohio IMG Sports Radio Network. “Voice of the Bobcats” Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius will have the call. Network coverage begins at 7 p.m.
-The Bobcats enter this week’s game following a 41-16 victory over Miami.
-The Bobcats enter the game ranked No. 2 in the nation in sacks.
-Ohio is now bowl eligible for the fifth-consecutive season.
 
A WIN OVER BUFFALO WOULD...
-Move Ohio into a first-place tie with Buffalo in the MAC East Division.
-Get Ohio’s all-time record over .500 for the first time  since the start of the 1995 campaign. 
-Hand Ohio its seventh win in the last eight weeks.
-Give the Bobcats their fourth win over Buffalo in the last five years. 
-Give the Bobcats their 22nd win in their last 29 games dating back to the 2011 season.
-Hand head coach Frank Solich his 124th career win. It would also hand him his 66th career win at Ohio and move him into a sixth-place tie on the all-time MAC coaching wins list with former Kent State head coach Trevor Rees.
-Hand quarterback Tyler Tettleton his 25th win as a starter. Tettleton currently owns a 24-10 mark since taking over as the Bobcats’ starting quarterback in 2011.
 
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
-Ohio will be search of its third straight game with 40 points-or-more. The Bobcats have not surpassed 40-or-more points in three straight games since the 2000 season.
-The Bobcats also will be in search of its third straight game with 500 yards-or-more of total offense. In their last two games, the Bobcats have surpassed 500 yards of total offense against Eastern Michigan (547) and Miami (535).
-Quarterback Tyler Tettleton is just two touchdown passes shy of passing former Akron quarterback Charlie Frye for 16th on the MAC all-time career list.
-Senior wide receiver Donte’ Foster needs just 67 yards to crack into the all-time Top 5 for receiving yards gained in a single season. 
-Senior punt returner Travis Carrie needs just 76 yards to pass former Bobcat Stafford Owens (2001-04) for first on the all-time career punt return list. Carrie has 625 career punt return yards.
-Freshman defensive lineman Tarell Basham needs just 3.0 sacks to tie the single season record.
-As a team, the Bobcats need just four more sacks to crack the all-time top three mark for sacks in a season. The all-time record for sacks in a season is 38.
 
OHIO - BUFFALO SERIES HISTORY
Ohio and Buffalo will meet for the 20th time on Tuesday night. The Bobcats hold the all-time series lead at 12-7. The first time the two teams met was back in 1949 with the Bobcats earning a 20-7 victory over Buffalo. The last meeting took place on Oct. 6, 2012 in Athens, Ohio. In that contest, the Bobcats rallied back from an early 14-0 deficit to defeat the Bulls 38-31 to pick up their six-consecutive win on the year. 
 
SCOUTING BUFFALO
The Bulls enter Tuesday’s night contest with a 6-2 record and a perfect 4-0 mark in Mid-American Conference play. Buffalo is currently riding a six-game winning streak, which is its longest since the 1959 campaign. The Bulls are also in the midst of a six-game winning streak at home.  Offensively, the Bulls are led by running back Branden Oliver, who is averaging 170 yards rushing per game. As a team, Buffalo has scored 32 touchdowns on the year, which matches their total from all of last season. Defensively, the Bulls feature the league’s top linebacker in the form of senior Khalil Mack. In 2013, Mack leads the MAC with 11.0 tackles for loss and 7.0 sacks on the year. He also has a team-best with 54 tackles. 
 
 
Buffalo Storylines
• The Bulls have started the season 6-2 for the first time since 1986.
• The Bulls current six-game winning streak is its longest since the 1959 season. UB’s last seven-game winning streak carried over from the 1958 to 1959 seasons.
• Buffalo has won six straight homes games.
• Since joining the MAC in 1999, the Bulls are 4-2 against Ohio in games played at UB Stadium.
• Joe Licata and NIU’s Jordan Lynch are the only two MAC quarterbacks to have thrown a touchdown pass in every game this season
• Buffalo ranks second in the nation in turnover margin (1.9). The Bulls have a +15 turnover ratio, including a 12-0 turnover edge in MAC play.
• Branden Oliver has averaged 170 yards rushing and has scored seven touchdowns through four MAC games.
• Sophomore Joe Licata is 9-3 in his 12 starts at quarterback dating back to last season.
• The Bulls have scored 32 touchdowns on the season, matching their total from all of last season.
• The Bulls have outscored opponents 51-3 in the first quarter during their current six-game winning streak.
• Alex Neutz is two receiving touchdown shy of the school career record of 28 held by Naaman Roosevelt.
 
Bulls Host Ohio in Prime-Time Matchup
Riding a six-game winning streak, Buffalo will host Ohio on Tuesday night in a prime-time matchup on ESPN2.
Buffalo is 6-2 overall, 4-0 in the MAC and is coming off a 41-21 win over Kent State last Saturday. UB was led by Branden Oliver who rushed for 185 yards and a career-best four touchdowns.
Ohio is 6-2 overall, 3-1 in the MAC and is coming off a 41-16 win over Miami (OH) last Saturday. The Bobcats are led by quarterback Tyler Tettleton who has thrown for 2,029 yards and 17 touchdowns on the season. Ohio leads the all-time series, 12-7. The Bobcats won the last meeting, 38-31, at Peden Stadium last season.
 
Oliver Sets New Rushing Mark
Branden Oliver rushed for a season-best 216 yards against UMass on Oct. 19 to break UB’s career rushing record held by James Starks. Oliver has now rushed for 3,388 yards, eclipsing Starks’ mark of 3,140 yards. The senior running back broke the record on his 694th career carry. Starks had 698 career carries.
Oliver has averaged 170 yards rushing and has scored seven touchdowns through four MAC games.
 
Mack a Butkus & Bednarik Semifinalist
Khalil Mack has been named a semifinalist for the Butkus and Bednarik Awards - a first for a UB player. He is one of 12 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, given to the nation’s top linebacker and one of 16 semifinalists for the Bednarik Award, given to the nation’s best defensive player.
Mack leads Buffalo with 54 tackles (32 solo), 11 tackles for loss, seven sacks and three interceptions. Mack leads the Mid-American Conference in tackles for loss and sacks. He currently ranks third in NCAA history with 67 career tackles for loss.
 
What a Difference a Year Makes
Buffalo has started the season 6-2 a season after starting 1-7. It is the second best improvement in winning percentage from the start of 2012 to the start of 2013.
 
 
Series Info    
 *The matchup between Bowling Green and Miami on Tuesday night will be the 70th all-time meeting. Miami currently leads the series 42-22-5.
 *Bowling Green has won two straight meetings in the series, including a 37-12 win last season in Bowling Green.
 *BGSU Head Coach Dave Clawson is 3-1 in his career against Miami, picking up wins in 2009, 2011, and 2012.
 
THE COACHING STAFF
 *Head coach Dave Clawson is in his fifth season at the helm of the football team with a career record of 85-80, which includes a 27-30 mark at BGSU. He is 20-17 in Mid-American Conference games.
 *For the fifth consecutive year the Falcons will have all three coordinators returning. Warren Ruggiero, Mike Elko and Adam Scheier will coach offense, defense and special teams.
 *BGSU is the only program in the MAC that can boast having the same head coach and coordinators for five years running.
 
THE REBUILD IS COMPLETE
 *Following a trip to the Humanitarian Bowl in 2009, BGSU Head Coach Dave Clawson knew he had an arduous rebuilding job ahead of him. The Falcons slumped to 2-10 in 2010 but have rebounded by winning three more games than the previous season in each of the past two years. The Falcons are one of just four BCS teams to have made a three-win increase or better in each of the past two seasons and the only one of those teams to have at least five wins so far in 2013.
 
DIVING INTO 5-3 AND 3-1
 *In jumping out to a 5-3 start, Bowling Green defeated a pair of teams (Tulsa and Kent State) that each won 11 games a year ago.
 *The Falcons handed Kent State its first regular season MAC loss since Nov. 25, 2011 at Temple.
 *For the second consecutive season, Bowling Green has started a season 5-3. Last year, the Falcons started 7-3 and played in the Military Bowl against San Jose State.
 *2013 also marks the second straight season that the Falcons have started 3-1 in Mid-American Conference play. Last season, Bowling Green began MAC play 5-1 and finished 6-2.
 
BREAKING THE MACTION MOLD
 *When fans hear the phrase #MACtion, most think of the offensive fireworks by Mid-American Conference schools featured in weeknight games on national television. But Bowling Green has broken that mold with a stifling defense.
 *The Falcons return nine starters in 2013 from a defense that ranked sixth in the country in total defense in 2012, allowing just 296 yards per game.
 *Through the first nine weeks of the 2013 season, BGSU is again dominating defensively. The Falcons lead the MAC in scoring defense, total defense, first downs allowed and red zone defense.
 *BGSU is second in the country in red zone defense (allowing opponents to score points on just 14-of-24 possessions), and ranks 13th in scoring defense (18.5 points per game allowed), and 11th in passing defense (allowing just 183.6 yards per game).
 *In allowing only 63 points in their first four home games, the Falcons have allowed their fewest point total in five home games to start the year since 1993.
 
AN EXPERIENCED CREW
 *Bowling Green returns nine starters on defense and eight more on offense from the 2012 team. In fact, it is the second year in a row in which the Falcons return 17 starters between the two units.
 *Entering 2013, BGSU's returners accounted for 182 career starts on offense and 214 on defense for a grand total of 396 career starts.
 *Four Falcons entered 2013 with at least 30 career starts (Matt Schilz, Dominic Flewellyn, Alex Bayer and Cameron Truss) and three more had at least 20 (Ryland Ward, BooBoo Gates and Paul Swan).
 
THE SIGNAL CALLER
 *Redshirt sophomore Matt Johnson was inserted into the season-opener against Tulsa at quarterback to start the Falcons' third possession of the game and guided the Falcons to the 34-7 victory.
 *Since the time he was inserted into the starting lineup, he has earned three MAC East Offensive Player of the Week awards (weeks two, four and seven).
 *Johnson got the first start of his career against Kent State, going 19-for-25 for 357 yards and two touchdown passes, earning MAC East Offensive Player of the Week honors. He was one of eight Manning Award Stars of the Week.
 *In the third quarter against Kent State, Johnson found Ryan Burbrink for a 92-yard touchdown, the third-longest pass completion in BGSU history.
 *In the win over Murray State, Johnson was 19-of-22 passing. His .864 completion percentage was the fifth-best single-game percentage in BGSU history. He again earned MAC East Offensive Player of the Week honors.
 *After struggling in the first half against Akron, Johnson completed all 11 of his second-half pass attempts.
 
 
Miami Quick Hits
• The Miami University football team is in its 125th season of football and has an all-time record of 668-418-44 (.610).
• Miami is coming off a 41-16 loss at Ohio last Saturday in Athens, Ohio.
• Mike Bath was named interim head football coach on Sunday, Oct. 6 and will serve in that role the remainder of the season.
• Bath replaced Don Treadwell, who was 8-21 in 29 career games at Miami.
• Miami has four captains in 2013, voted on by their teammates. QB Austin Boucher, TE Steve Marck, DT Austin Brown and DE Wes Williams serve as captains in 2013.
• Miami returns 47 letterwinners (20 offense, 23 defense and 4 special teams) and 16 starters (6 offense, 6 defense and 4 special teams) from the 2012 season.
• Miami leads the all-time series with Bowling Green 42-22-5, but the Falcons have won the last two meetings. The RedHawks are 21-12-1 all-time in Oxford, Ohio versus BGSU.
• Miami features a roster loaded with youth. The RedHawks entered the season opener with 12 seniors, 14 juniors, 23 sophomores and 51 freshmen. 
 
Need To Know
• The RedHawks enter Tuesday’s contest with a record of 0-8 overall and 0-4 in Mid-American Conference play, including a 41-16 loss last Saturday at Ohio.
• It has been a crazy few weeks for Mike Bath. On Saturday, Oct. 5 he and the RedHawks lost to Central Michigan (21-9). The following day (Oct. 6) Bath was named interim head football coach. The RedHawks are 0-3 under Bath.
• Bath has been an assistant coach for the RedHawks for six years (two different stints), was a graduate assistant (2004-05) and a player (1997-00). Bath was the offensive coordinator for two years at Ashland (2009-10) and will call plays for Miami for the rest of the season.
• Bath spent the past three seasons coaching tight ends, wide receivers and quarterbacks at various points. In 2012, he helped coach Zac Dysert to nearly every Miami passing record known to man. Dysert was drafted by the Denver Broncos last April.
• Bath was also a decorated quarterback during his time as a player. From 1998-00, he posted a record of 23-10, while throwing for 6,524 yards and 49 touchdowns.
• Miami has two players ranked among national leaders. Senior punter Zac Murphy leads the nation in punting (48.1 yards per punt), while sophomore linebacker Kent Kern is 25th nationally in tackles per game (9.5).
• The RedHawks have lost 12 straight contests dating back to 2012. Miami’s last win was Oct. 27, 2012 at home versus Ohio (23-20).
• In the Ohio loss, Miami got off to a slow start, falling behind 14-0 early, but actually had the ball late in the second quarter with a chance to take the lead at the half. A late interception gave OU the ball deep in Miami territory, which allowed the Bobcats to add a short touchdown and take a 21-10 lead into the locker room.
• While the RedHawks are 0-8 overall, in four of those contests the games were tied after 30 minutes of action. Miami has entered the second half tied versus Marshall (14-14), Cincinnati (0-0), UMass (7-7) and Akron (7-7).
• Miami is plus-5 in the turnover department this season. The RedHawks have thrown just eight interceptions and fumbled twice, while forcing seven fumbles and intercepting eight passes this season. Miami ranks fifth in the MAC in turnover margin.