#1 – Campus Sparkles On Nationally Televised Victory
The recent success of Ohio Dominican's football team did not go unnoticed by outsiders. In the spring of 2013, the university was approached by the NCAA and CBS Sports Network about moving a game onto the network as part of its package of weekly Division II games.
That set into motion a chain of events that brought the national spotlight to Ohio Dominican on Thursday, Oct. 17 as the Panthers played host to Findlay for a primetime contest.
ODU entered the game with a 6-0 record and was ranked No. 18 in the country, while the Oilers were 4-2 and had won three straight entering the showdown.
In front of nearly 2,500 fans and plenty of media, the Panthers put on a show. ODU took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, then essentially put the game away by half with 17 unanswered points for a 31-7 cushion.
When it was all said and done, the Panthers racked up over 650 yards of total offense en route to a 41-21 victory.
Mark Nichols authored the best rushing performance of his career, tallying 275 yards on 31 carries and scoring three times. Mark Miller, meanwhile, completed a remarkable 28-of-32 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns as well.
The defense limited the Oilers' high-octane offense to its lowest point total of the season, with two big interceptions by Dominic Clegg and Brad McCurdy helping turn away the Oilers. Justin Bell had 11 tackles and Warren Shields and Cody Culbertson each tallied 2.5 tackles for loss to lead the unit as well.