COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's football team returns to the road for its first matchup in program history against an FCS opponent as the Panthers travel to Philadelphia to take on Penn at 1 p.m. Saturday.
This is ODU's third straight road game to start the year, marking just the second time in eight years that the Panthers have played a three consecutive regular season contests away from home, and the first time ODU has opened a year with a trio of road games.
A 20-point second quarter by Ashland put ODU in a 27-7 hole last Saturday that the Panthers could not fully rally from. David Turner's second touchdown catch of the quarter helped bring the Panthers to within 27-14 at the break, and Cory Contini hauled in a 60 yard score to make it a 30-21 game with 8:42 to play in the third.
However, the Panther offense managed just 78 yards on its final three drives, while Ashland scored the final 17 points of the game, to put it away.
Turner and Contini were electric as the duo combined for 320 receiving yards on 15 catches and the three scores. The two had six receptions of 24 yards or longer in the game, and Turner added 167 kickoff return yards to give him 331 all-purpose yards for the contest, a school record.
Grant Russell continued to be sharp behind center as the senior completed 24-of-35 (68.6) percent of his passes for 370 yards and the three scores. He ranks second in the country in passing yards (748), having gone for more than 370 yards in the first two games, and his average of 378.0 yards of total offense is fourth in Division II.
Cameron Kohl set a career high with 2.5 tackles for loss and his 13 tackles were one shy of matching a career-best. Gus Dimmerling and Brian Hunter each added eight tackles and Ryan Sayers had his first collegiate sack to lead the Panther defense.