Solich sets MAC record with Ohio's 66-24 win over Bowling Green
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Solich sets MAC record with Ohio's 66-24 win over Bowling Green

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Frank Solich at Outland Dinner, 1.9

Former Nebraska and current Ohio football coach Frank Solich (left) smiles at a comment from a visitor to the head table as former Huskers coach Tom Osborne looks on during the Outland Award ceremony dinner at the Downtown DoubleTree Hotel in Omaha in January.

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — O’Shaan Allison had touchdown runs of 54, 7 and 53 yards, Nathan Rourke accounted for four TDs, and Ohio beat Bowling Green 66-24 on Tuesday night.

It was the 111th win for former Nebraska coach Frank Solich at Ohio, the most by a Mid-American Conference coach. Herb Deromedi won 110 games at Central Michigan from 1978-93.

Rourke was 14-of-21 passing for 267 yards and three touchdowns and added an 8-yard scoring run that gave Ohio a 38-21 lead late in the second quarter. Allison finished with 12 carries for a career-high 175 yards. The Bobcats (5-6, 4-3 Mid-American Conference) had six rushing touchdowns, one shy of the program record.

Ohio had a season-high 609 total yards and scored its most points since scoring 67 against Western Michigan in 1953.

The Bobcats — who went into the game with just six takeaways this season, tied with Kansas for second-fewest (N.C. State, five) in the FBS — forced five BGSU (3-8, 2-5) turnovers.

The Falcons scored touchdowns on their first two drives to lead 14-7 with 6:23 left in the first quarter, but Ohio scored 17 points in the next 4½ minutes to take the lead for good.

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