COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Dominican's football team looks to continue its strong start to the 2013 season this week as the Panthers travel to take on Tiffin in a 1:30 p.m. kickoff at Frost-Kalnow Stadium in a GLIAC South Division contest.
The Panthers enter the matchup at 7-0 overall (6-0 GLIAC) and are ranked No. 11 in the AFCA Top 25 Poll and No. 14 in the D2Football.com poll. More importantly, though, ODU sits second in the NCAA Super Region Four Rankings, with the top six teams earning a bid into the Division II playoffs.
The Panthers, who have now won 12 consecutive games dating to last season, were idle last week after earning a 41-21 victory over Findlay on Thursday, Nov. 17 in the Division II Game of the Week on CBS Sports Network.
ODU ran out to a 31-7 halftime lead, totaling 440 yards of offense in the first 30 minutes alone. The Panthers would finish with 653 yards of total offense, the third-most in a game in school history, and ran for 383 yards, which is also the third-most in a game in school history.
Mark Nichols led the ground attack with a career-high 275 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries. The yardage total is second-most in school single-game history, and he ripped off runs of 70 and 53 yards. The senior also finished with 318 all-purpose yards, the most in single-game history as well.
Mark Miller had one of the best games of his career as well, completing a career-best 28-of-32 passes for 270 yards and two scores. The completion percentage was the second-highest in school history and he has now thrown 94 consecutive passes without an interception, dating back to the Grand Valley game.
A staunch defensive effort saw the Panthers come up with two takeaways, interceptions by Brad McCurdy and Dominic Clegg, while Justin Bell had 11 tackles and Cody Culbertson and Warren Shields each made nine tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss.
• ODU's defense has 24 sacks in seven games, the second-most in the GLIAC, while Tiffin has allowed 27 sacks this year.
• Tiffin boasts one of the top passing offenses in the GLIAC, averaging 285.9 yards per game in the air. ODU held Findlay to 143 passing yards, the third opponent this year to be held below 200 yards passing.
• ODU ranks second in the nation in kickoff return average (30.5) and sixth in punt return average (18.3). The Panthers also boast one of the best coverage units in the country, allowing just 15.7 yards per kick return (11th) and 4.3 yards per punt return (20th). ODU has also blocked three kicks this season and has not had a kick blocked.
• During ODU's 12-game win streak, the Panthers have outscored their opponents 509-210, winning by an average of 24.9 points per game in that stretch. It's the second longest win streak in school history (15 in 2006-07). ODU has scored at least 30 points in every game during the streak and has allowed more than 20 points just twice.
ALL OHIO DOMINICAN FOOTBALL GAMES LIVE ON THE RADIO AND INTERNET
Fans in Central Ohio can listen to Ohio Dominican football LIVE on the radio on 820 AM (St. Gabriel Radio) and simulcast online everywhere at www.pressboxproductions.net. This week's broadcast starts at 1 p.m. with the Panther Countdown Pregame Show. Veteran broadcaster Todd Bell returns for his sixth year in the booth as the play-by-play announcer and is joined by Matt Natali.
Contact: Scott Miles