League Title At Stake As Football Plays Host To Nationally Ranked Findlay

League Title At Stake As Football Plays Host To Nationally Ranked Findlay

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The two remaining unbeaten teams in G-MAC play will square off as Ohio Dominican and No. 21 Findlay will clash in the regular season finale at noon Saturday in Panther Stadium.

The winner of this contest will not only win the conference title but will also have a shot at qualifying for the NCAA postseason. Findlay enters the week ranked No. 4 in Super Region One, while the Panthers have a 6-2 record against Division II opponents and have played the 39th toughest schedule in the nation.

Dating back to 2012, the Panthers have won the past three meetings against the Oilers, averaging 51.0 points per game.

ODU has bounced back from an 0-3 start, which came against nationally ranked California (Pa.) and Ashland and FCS opponent Penn, to win its past six games by an average of 32.7 points per game. Last week, ODU outgained Kentucky Wesleyan 638-278 en route to a 63-7 victory in Panther Stadium. The Panthers scored touchdowns on eight of their first 10 possessions and converted 10-of-15 third downs in the 56 point win, tied for the fourth largest margin of victory in school history.

ODU has turned the ball over just six times this season, the fewest in the country, and has just two fumbles against Division II competition. As a team, the Panthers lead the country in completion percentage at 72.6 percent, and senior Grant Russell (Newark, Ohio) leads the nation at 73.2 percent. The Panthers also have the third ranked passing offense at 344.1 yards per game and are seventh in total offense (509.9).

The defense stepped up to limit KWC to just 2.2 yards per carry, the third time this year it has held an opponent to less than 2.5 yards per run. Twenty-five different Panthers had at least 10 tackles in the game, led by a dozen apiece from freshman Dauson Dales (Defiance, Ohio) and junior Tristan Kehres (Shelby, Ohio). Senior Cameron Kohl (Hilliard, Ohio) continued his climb up ODU's all-time tackles list as he made 10 stops and now has 252 stops, which is fifth in ODU history.

QUICK HITS

• Since 2006, ODU has an overall record of 92-38 (.708 win percentage.) The Panthers are 46-13 in their last 59 games (.780 win percentage.) ODU has also won 44 of its last 56 regular season games (.786).
• Over the past 59 games, ODU has outscored opponents by 966 points, an average of 16.4 points per game. The Panthers have scored 30 or more points 39 times in that stretch and held opponents to 14 points or fewer 24 times.
• ODU is 41-8 against opponents from Ohio since 2007 (.837 win percentage.)
• The Panthers are  27-6 in their last 33 regular season road games (.818).
• ODU is 48-3 (.941) in its last 51 games against unranked opponents, dating back to Oct. 15, 2011.
 
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The Panther Countdown Pregame Show will begin this week at 11:30 a.m. on 98.9 FM and online at: www.pressboxproductions.net. Additionally, you can listen to Inside Panthers Football from 7-9 on Thursday on Press Box Productions, while the second hour will also air live on 98.9 FM.
 
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Contact: Scott Miles
miless@ohiodominican.edu