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.