Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, 6 pm - Dial-Roberson Stadium, Ada, Ohio
Saturday's Contest: Today's contest is the fourth of 10 games in the 2019 season for Ohio Northern. It is also the first home game of the season. ONU is 537-499-36 in 125 seasons of play, a winning percentage of .518.
ONU Head Coach Dean Paul: Paul is in his 16th season at ONU with a 102-55 record, a winning percentage of .650. Paul is ONU's all-time winningest coach in ONU football history. He is 142-67 in 20 seasons overall and is 12-3 vs. OU.
OU head coach Tim Doup: Doup is in his eighth season at Otterbein with a 35-38 record. He is 1-6 against ONU
Last Year's Game: Head coach Dean Paul picked up his 100th career coaching victory at Ohio Northern with a hard-fought 13-7 win at Otterbein ONU got on the board on its first possession on a 30-yard field goal by K Chase Watson with 5:16 gone in the contest. QB Anthony McFadden then hit WR Anthony Amison on a 45-yard touchdown pass with 11:16 left in the half to make it 10-0 Polar Bears. ONU extended its lead to 13-7 with a 36-yard field goal by Watson with 3:25 to play. RB A.J. Marks ran 13 times for 77 yards, RB Brock Martin ran for 56 yards on 14 carries and McFadden completed 19-of-31 passes for 181 yards and a score. ONU's defense limited OU to just 223 yards of offense and 25:37 of possession time. The ONU held the ball for 34:33 and gained 328 yards of offense. Defensively, LB Mark Niles had 14 tackles .5 TFL, forced a fumble and had a PBU for ONU.
ONU Last Week: Ohio Northern rallied from a 35-17 third quarter deficit, but Wilmington scored with 28 seconds left to post a 42-38 win. ONU scored 21 unanswered points to go up 38-35 with 7:35 to play. WC took over at its 11-yard line with 2:12 left in the game and marched 89 yards in 1:44 to score the go-ahead TD with :28 left to take a 42-38 lead. ONU got to midfield, but a hail mary pass fell incomplete as time expired. QB Anthony McFadden completed 24-of-31 passes for 283 yards and 4 TDs and junior All-American Christiaan Williams ran 19 times for 123 yards and a score to lead ONU. Wilmington out-gained Ohio Northern 592-473 in total offense.
ONU Leaders: The ONU running game is led by All-American RB Christiaan Williams (64 att, 325 yards, 2 TDs) and QB Anthony McFadden (39 att, 90 yards, 1 TD). QB Anthony McFadden is 55-of-79 passing for 663 yards and 9 TDs. WR Austin Eick (21 rec, 326 yards, 7 TD) and WR A.J. Marks (11 rec, 97 yards, 1 TD) lead the receivers. LB Mark Niles, LB David Haseleu and LB Jacob Bailey lead the defense with 32, 19 and 18 tackles, respectively.
OU Last Week: No. 14-ranked John Carroll edged Otterbein 14-7 in a defensive slugfest. JCU finished with a 280-228 advantage in total offense on a day that featured 646 yards of punts, as the two sides were a combined 6 of 25 on third down. JCU broke a 7-7 tie with a 33-yard TD pass with 2:04 left in the third quarter. RB Matt Webb ran 11 times for 50 yards and RB Luke Schmelling ran 12 times for 43 yards and a TD for OU.
OU Leaders: The OU running game is led by RB Luke Schmelling (24 att, 140 yards, 2 TDs) and RB Matt Webb (34 att, 120 yards, 1 TD). QB Bryce Hall is 36-of-69 passing for 469 yards and 1 TD. WR Dylan Tuggle (9 rec, 100 yards, 1 TD) and WR Dom Ross (8 rec, 160 yards) lead the OU receivers. DB Niall Lewison, LB Jacob Tiell and DB Colton Miles lead the defense with 35, 33 and 23 tackles, respectively.
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All-Time Series: ONU leads the series between the two schools by a 40-19 margin. ONU has won 6 straight in the series, including a 13-7 victory in Westerville last season. ONU is 19-12 all-time against OU in Ada and is 6-1 all-time in Dial-Roberson Stadium.