UCF vs. Ohio Game Notes

Alex Haynes (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)

ORLANDO -UCF (2-3, 1-1 MAC) looks for its second straight MAC win this weekend at Ohio (1-4, 0-2 MAC). The Golden Knights defeated Buffalo 19-10 last week at the Florida Citrus Bowl while Ohio lost a heartbreaking 30-23 decision in overtime at No. 16 Northern Illinois last time out.

UCF has yet to win back-to-back games this season as the Knights begin a two-week road trip away from Orlando. UCF, 0-3 on the road this season, travels to Akron following the Ohio game.

Ohio's only win of the season has come in Athens over Southeast Missouri State, 17-3. The Bobcats have played three home games already in 2003, losing to Western Michigan (39-32) and Big Ten foe Minnesota (42-20).

Live coverage on the UCF ISP Sports Network begins at noon with the pregame show.

Celebrating 25 Years!
From the humble beginnings of borrowed equipment to the bright lights of national television, UCF is proudly celebrating its Silver Anniversary of football in 2003.

The first game left plenty to be desired as a heavy downpour prior to kickoff flooded a cow pasture turned football field in Dade City, Fla. A soggy crowd, exaggerated at 1,000, watched as the upstarts from Orlando blanked St. Leo, 21-0.

Just 25 years later, fans from across the nation will tune in to watch the Knights on television six times in 2003, including two appearances on national television.

Series Notes
Saturday's game is just the second meeting all-time between the two schools. Last season, UCF topped Ohio 42-32 in the season finale for both schools at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

Doug Gabriel tied a school record with four touchdown receptions in last year's game vs. the Bobcats. Ryan Schneider threw four touchdown passes and also ran for another score in the win while Alex Haynes carried the ball a then career-high 27 times for 151 yards and a touchdown.

The Golden Knights totaled 461 yards of total offense in the victory.

Running Game Key In Buffalo Win
UCF totaled 298 rushing yards in last week's 19-10 victory over Buffalo. The 298 yards rushing were the most in a home game for UCF during Mike Kruczek's six-year tenure as head coach.

The Golden Knights totaled 55 rushes for 298 yards, an average of 5.4 yards per carry. Three players rushed for over 40 yards, including Alex Haynes (165), Jon Rivera (89) and Dee Brown (43). It marked the first time all season UCF had three players rush for over 40 yards.

Running Into The Record Books
For the first time under head coach Mike Kruczek, UCF rushed for over 200 yards in a half. The 201 rushing yards in the first half also marked just the fifth game during the Kruczek era that UCF totaled over 200 rushing yards as a team.

The Golden Knights totaled a Citrus Bowl record under Kruczek of 298 rushing yards.

Most Rushing Yards Under Kruczek
Date Opponent Yards
11/13/99 at Middle Tenn. St. 323
10/4/03 Buffalo 298
11/16/02 Kent State 246
10/31/98 Youngstown State 228
10/13/01 Liberty 216

UCF Fails To Reach 100 Yards Passing
UCF passed for just 59 team yards vs. Buffalo, marking the first time under Kruczek that UCF failed to throw for 100 yards.

It also marked just the third time in 61 games during the Kruczek era that UCF failed to reach 200 yards passing.

Least Passing Yards Under Kruczek
Date Opponent Yards
10/4/03 Buffalo 59
9/7/02 at Arizona State157
11/7/98 at Auburn 182
10/16/99 Nicholls State 204
9/29/01 at Virginia Tech 227

Rivera On The Run
UCF head coach Mike Kruczek had to dust off parts of his playbook when Jon Rivera took over at quarterback for the Golden Knights. An athletic quarterback with excellent running skills, Kruczek used several quarterback traps and running plays that he used when Daunte Culpepper was the quarterback.

While Ryan Schneider is one of the nation's top pocket passers, Rivera gives the UCF attack the added dimension of a running quarterback.

Rivera is second on the season in rushing for the Golden Knights with 109 yards on 20 carries. He leads the team with a 5.4 yards per carry average.

Last week vs. Buffalo, Rivera became the first UCF quarterback under Kruczek to total more yards rushing than passing in a game. Rivera finished with 89 yards on 15 carries, falling 11 yards short of becoming just the second UCF quarterback to run for 100 yards in a game.

Vic Penn rushed 11 times for 122 yards vs. Middle Tennessee State in 1999.

Youth Is Served
With Ryan Schneider and his 34 career starts out of the lineup last week vs. Buffalo, UCF had just four senior starters vs. the Bulls.

On offense, linemen Kyle Watkins and David Ashkinaz both started their 14th and 17th career starts respectively. Both players were junior college transfers to the UCF program.

On defense, defensive tackle Larry Brown and defensive end Brent Bolar were the only two senior starters. Brown has 15 career starts to his credit while Bolar has started just four games over his four-year career.

Alex's Career Day
Alex Haynes established new career-highs with 30 carries for 165 yards in UCF's 19-10 victory over Buffalo. Haynes was the first UCF running back since 1995 to carry the ball 30 times in a game.

The last time a Golden Knight toted the ball 30 times, Marquette Smith rushed 39 times for 203 yards vs. Bethune-Cookman on Nov. 4, 1995.

Haynes broke his previous personal best of 156 yards he rushed for in 2002 at Miami (Ohio). He also broke his attempts record after his previous best was 27 carries last year vs. Ohio.

The 30 attempts vs. Buffalo put Haynes sixth on the all-time, single-game rushing attempts list at UCF. Marquette Smith's 39 carries vs. Bethune-Cookman in 1995 is the school record.

Haynes Reaches The 2,000-Yard Club
With 54 rushing yards at Kent State, Alex Haynes became the sixth running back in school history to rush for 2,000 yards.

Haynes is third in school history with 2,184 yards after rushing for 165 yards vs. Buffalo. Haynes vaulted himself from sixth to third in the career rankings at UCF with the big day vs. the Bulls.

UCF Career Rushing Leaders
1. Willie English (1989-91, 93) 3,131
2. Marquette Smith (1994-95) 2,569
3. Alex Haynes (2001-Pres.) 2,184
4. Elgin Davis (1983-86) 2,170
5. Gerod Davis (1992-95) 2,164

Haynes Continues To Hit Pay Dirt
Alex Haynes has scored at least one touchdown in eight of the last 11 games he has played in.

Haynes is now tied for eighth in school history with 21 career touchdowns scored. He is also tied for fourth in school history with 20 career rushing touchdowns.

UCF Career Rushing TD Leaders
1. Willie English (1989-91, 93) 38
2. Daunte Culpepper (1995-98) 24
3. Mark Giacone (1987, 89-90) 22
4. Alex Haynes (2001-Pres.) 20
4. Mike Grant (1995-98) 20

UCF Career Touchdown Leaders
1. Willie English (1989-91, 93) 38
2. David Rhodes (1991-94) 29
3. Gerod Davis (1992-95) 25
4. Bret Cooper (1989-92) 24
Daunte Culpepper (1995-98) 24
6. Mark Giacone (1987, 89-90) 22
Mike Grant (1995-98) 22
8. Alex Haynes (2001-Pres.) 21
Ted Wilson (21 (1983-86) 21
Doug Gabriel (2001-02) 21

Reaching The Century Mark
Alex Haynes rushed for 105 yards on 13 carries in the first half vs. Buffalo for his ninth career 100-yard game. Haynes is now third in school history with nine 100-yard games and it was the first 100-yard rushing game in 2003 for Haynes and UCF.

UCF Career 100-Yard Rushing Games
1. Willie English (1989-91, 93) 15
2. Marquette Smith (1994-95) 13
3. Alex Haynes (2001-Pres.) 9
4. Mark Giacone (1987, 89-90) 8

Adding Up The Carries
Alex Haynes leads the team with 91 rushing attempts in 2003 and has moved into the top six in career rushing attempts at UCF.

Haynes is just 18 attempts out of fifth place on the career attempts list.

UCF Career Rushing Attempts
1. Willie English (1989-91, 93) 606
2. Elgin Davis (1983-86) 485
3. Marquette Smith (1994-95) 468
4. Daunte Culpepper (1995-98) 456
5. Mark Giacone (1987, 89-90) 452
6. Alex Haynes (2001-Pres.) 435

Consistency Behind Center
With Ryan Schneider unable to play vs. Buffalo, it snapped a string of 34 consecutive starts at quarterback for the senior. The last time Schneider failed to start a game was during his redshirt freshman season in 2000.

The last time Schneider did not start prior to last week's missed start was Sept. 23, 2000 at home vs. William & Mary.

UCF Consecutive Starts At QB
1. Darin Hinshaw 1991-94 37
2. Daunte Culpepper 1995-98 35
3. Ryan Schneider 2000-pre. 34

Consecutive Starts At Quarterback
In the last 13 seasons, UCF has had just two starting quarterbacks miss a start due to injury. From 1991-94, Darin Hinshaw started 37 consecutive games behind center. From 1995-98, Daunte Culpepper started 35 straight games, missing only the Hawaii game his freshman season. Vic Penn followed Culpepper and started 15 straight games before missing a start in the 2000 season due to injury.

From there, Ryan Schneider started 34 consecutive games until last week vs. Buffalo. With Schneider out, it was just the second time in the last 13 years that UCF has had a quarterback miss a game due to injury.

Yrs. Quarterback Consc. starts
1991-94 Darin Hinshaw 37
1995-98 Daunte Culpepper 35
1999-00 Vic Penn * 15
2000-03 Ryan Schneider * 34
* Missed start to injury

First-Time QB Starters Under Kruczek
Now in his sixth season at UCF, head coach Mike Kruczek has had just three quarterbacks make their first career starts under his guidance as the head coach.

In 1999, junior Vic Penn made his first career start at No. 22 Purdue. Penn and the Knights lost 47-13 to the Boilermakers. Penn was 4-7 in his first season as starting quarterback.

Schneider made his first start behind center Sept. 30, 2000 at Eastern Michigan. Schneider finished 27-for-38 for 365 yards and two touchdowns. He ended the year 5-2 as the starter.

During UCF's streak of 13 seasons with just four starting quarterbacks, Kruczek guided two other quarterbacks during his tenure as offensive coordinator in the 1990s. Daunte Culpepper set an NCAA I-AA record with 12 straight completions to start the game vs. Eastern Kentucky in 1995. Culpepper finished the contest 20-for-25. UCF topped Eastern Kentucky 40-32 in Orlando.

In 1991, Darin Hinshaw completed just six-of-21 passes for 86 yards and two interceptions in a 20-6 loss at Georgia Southern.

Darin Hinshaw -- 10/26/91 vs. GSU
6-for-21, 86 yards, 2 INT
Daunte Culpepper -- 8/31/95 vs. EKU
20-for-25, 254 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
Vic Penn -- 9/4/99 at Purdue
24-for-45, 250 yards, TD, 4 INT
Ryan Schneider -- 9/30/00 at EMU
27-for-38, 365 yards, 2 TD, INT
Jon Rivera -- 10/4/03 vs. Buffalo
6-for-14, 59 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT

Capers Takes It To The House
Junior wide receiver Tavaris Capers returned a 52-yard punt for his first career touchdown via a return vs. Buffalo.

The punt return for a touchdown was the first for UCF since last season when Alphonzo Hopkins returned a blocked punt two yards for a touchdown at Miami (Ohio).

The last time UCF returned a punt for a touchdown without blocking the kick was Nov. 21, 1998, when Siaha Burley returned a punt 91 yards for a touchdown vs. New Mexico.

The 10,000 Yard Club
Ryan Schneider became just the 25th player in NCAA history to pass for over 10,000 career yards after throwing for 284 yards at Syracuse Sept. 20. The senior quarterback is now 22nd in NCAA history with 10,210 career passing yards.

NCAA Career Passing Yard Leaders
1. Ty Detmer (BYU) 15,031
2. Tim Rattay (La. Tech) 12,746
3. Chris Redman (Louisville) 12,541
4. Kliff Klingsbury (Texas Tech) 12,429
5. Todd Santos (San Diego St.) 11,425
18. Philip Rivers (NC State) 11,085
19. Luke McCown (La. Tech) 10,893
20. Brian McClure (Bowl. Green) 10,280
21. Troy Kopp (Pacific) 10,258
22. Ryan Schneider (UCF) 10,210
23. Glenn Foley (BC) 10,042
24. Cade McNown (UCLA) 10,008
Active players in bold

Schneider Continues Historic Career
Ryan Schneider is also moving quickly in the NCAA record books for career touchdown passes. The senior is the nation's active leader with 77 career touchdown passes.

NCAA Active TD Pass Leaders
1. Ryan Schneider, UCF 77
2. Luke McCown, La. Tech 75
3. Jared Lorenzen, Kentucky 71

Currently, Schneider is tied for 16th in the NCAA career record books with 77 touchdowns. Schneider is tied with NCAA greats including, John Elway, Donovan McNabb and Rex Grossman.

NCAA Career Passing TD Leaders
1. Ty Detmer (BYU) 121
2. Tim Rattay (La. Tech) 115
3. Danny Wuerffel (Florida) 114
4. Chad Pennington (Marshall) 100
5. Kliff Kingsbury (Texas Tech) 95
T12 Drew Brees (Purdue) 81
T12 Joe Adams (Tennessee St.) 81
14 Chris Weinke (Florida St.) 79
15 Bart Hendricks (Boise St.) 78
T16 Rex Grossman (Florida) 77
T16 John Elway (Stanford) 77
T16 Donovan McNabb (Syracuse) 77
T16 Ryan Schneider (UCF) 77

Schneider In The UCF Record Books
Senior quarterback Ryan Schneider is closing in on several of former UCF All-American Daunte Culpepper's school records. Schneider already broke Culpepper's single-game yardage mark last season vs. Syracuse (440 yards) and single-season record (3,770 yards). The senior quarterback broke his own school mark with 497 yards passing earlier in the year vs. Florida Atlantic.

With 77 career touchdown passes, Schneider is the active leader among NCAA quarterbacks and is just seven shy of Culpepper's mark of 84.

Schneider is also third among active players in career passing yards with 10,210. Schneider needs 1,203passing yards to eclipse Culpepper as UCF's all-time leader in passing yards.

He also tied Culpepper for the school record for both 300- and 400-yard passing games in a career. With 497 yards vs. Florida Atlantic, it marked the 15th time Schneider has broken the 300-yard mark in a game while also eclipsing the 400-yard mark for the third time.

With 501 yards rushing and passing vs. FAU, Schneider also broke the single-game total offense record at UCF. Culpepper held the old mark with 480 yards vs. Louisiana-Monroe (11/1/97).

In career pass attempts, Schneider is now second in school history with 1,244 attempts. He moved past Darin Hinshaw (1,112) for second place and now trails Culpepper for first by 147attempts.

UCF Head Coach Mike Kruczek
UCF head coach Mike Kruczek is known as one of the top offensive minds in the nation and his teams have proven it. In his sixth season at the helm, Kruczek is 35-26 and has finished with a winning record in four of the five years he has been head coach at UCF.

Of Kruczek's 26 losses, 18 have come against schools from BCS conferences. During Kruczek's tenure, the Knights have lost to a BCS team by seven or fewer points six times.

Since taking over as the head coach of the program in 1998, Kruczek's teams have finished in the top 15 nationally in passing offense. The Golden Knights ranked sixth in 2002 and ninth in 2001 in the NCAA. In Kruczek's first year at the helm, he led UCF to a sixth place showing in NCAA passing offense.

Prior to being named the head coach of the Golden Knight program in 1998, Kruczek served as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at UCF since 1985.

UCF has had a quarterback finish in the top 20 nationally in total offense each of the past seven years, including three in the top five. A Golden Knight receiver has ranked in the top 20 in the nation in six of the past seven seasons, including four in the top 10.

Kruczek, a former All-American quarterback at Boston College, won two Super Bowl rings with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1978 and 1979.

On This Date
UCF is 1-2 all-time on Oct. 11. The only victory on this date for the Golden Knights was in 1997. UCF downed Samford 52-7 for the win.

In 1986, UCF lost on the road at Wichita State 9-6. The only other game on Oct. 11 was in 1980 when Savannah State shutout the Knights, 44-0.

Wild Knights!
Special teams coach Joe Robinson has had quite a debut in 2003. Robinson, who is the newest member of the coaching staff after serving at Houston in 2002, led the Golden Knights to an impressive start to the year vs. special teams guru Frank Beamer and Virginia Tech.

Robinson, who dubs his unit the "Wild Knights", got the best of Beamerball.

Matt Prater set a new UCF record with a 55.7 yardage per punt average vs. the Hokies. Prater totaled six punts for 334 yards and had three kicks over 60 yards. The old single-game record for UCF was held by Glenn McCombs, who averaged 49.6 yards per punt vs. Carson-Newman on November 5, 1983.

Prater's 67-yard punt in the first quarter tied for the fifth-longest punt in UCF history. Prater tied Marek Butcher, who kicked a 67-yarder vs. Auburn Sept. 27, 1997. In the second quarter, Prater booted a 71-yard punt, the second longest punt in school history.

The Wild Knights also blocked a 21-yard field goal attempt when Paul Carrington swatted away the Hokie attempt.

In the win over Florida Atlantic, the special teams unit for UCF totaled two field goals as Prater connected from 43 and 38 yards. He also had two touchbacks on kickoffs and punted for an average of 42.5 yards per punt.

The special teams continued to perform well at Syracuse. Ryan Beal blocked the first punt of his career in the first half of the game vs. the Orangemen and Tavaris Capers returned a punt for a career-long 35 yards.

At Kent State, UCF blocked its third kick of the year when Antoine Poe blocked a field goal.

In the Buffalo game, the return game was impressive as Tavaris Capers returned a punt 52 yards for a touchdown while Luther Huggins had a 68-yard kickoff return.

Back-To-Back 1,000 Yard Seasons
Alex Haynes is looking to become just the second running back in UCF history to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons in 2003. Last year, Haynes raced for 1,038 yards, the third best figure in single-season school history.

Only Marquette Smith has accomplished that feat with 1,511 rushing yards in 1995 and 1,058 yards in 1994. Those totals rank Smith first and fourth respectively on the single-season rushing list at UCF.

Year-By-Year Improvement
Alex Haynes has continued to get better and better over his career at UCF. From rushing for 690 yards as a freshman to 1,038 yards last season a sophomore, Haynes is averaging 91.2 yards per game in 2003.

During his current pace, Haynes would finish the year with 1,094 yards.

Haynes Year-By-Year
Year Yards Yards per game
2001 690 76.67
2002 1,038 94.36
2003 456 91.20

True Freshmen In 2003
Five true freshmen have played for the Golden Knights in 2003. Renford Parkes is the only member of the class who will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.

Two wide receivers have seen action in Mike Walker and Brooks Turner. Walker was sensational vs. Florida Atlantic, finishing with four catches for 104 yards.

Fullback Evandall Williams has also seen time along with cornerback Ron Ellis.

Putting Up With Poe
UCF's opponents are quickly finding out how important it is for the Golden Knight defense to have a healthy Antoine Poe back in the lineup.

The redshirt junior outside linebacker missed all of last season due to injury, but has started 2003 with a bang.

In the season opener at Virginia Tech, Poe finished with eight tackles including five for a loss. He also was awarded the "Big Stick" of the week by the team for his tackle on Virginia Tech running back Kevin Jones.

Against Florida Atlantic, Poe established a new career-high with nine tackles including his first career two-sack game.

Poe shattered his personal-best with 16 tackles at Kent State. Poe also blocked a field goal, recovered a fumble and had one tackle-for-loss vs. the Golden Flashes.

Capers Enjoying Leading Role
With the loss of UCF's two top receivers from a year ago, there were plenty of questions on who would step up and be the go-to-guy for Ryan Schneider this season. Junior speedster Tavaris Capers has quickly established himself as the No. 1 receiver for the UCF aerial attack.

The 5-9 Miami native has tied his career-high with nine receptions each in the first four games this season. In the season opener at Virginia Tech, Capers caught nine passes for 76 yards and two touchdowns. In the FAU game, Capers set a new career-best with 89 receiving yards on nine receptions.

Stephens Steps It Up
After recording just four sacks through the first three games, the UCF defensive line and junior defensive end Josh Stephens stepped it up at Kent State.

The Golden Knights recorded four sacks as a team including two by Stephens.

The junior college transfer from Trinity Valley CC sacked Kent State quarterback Joshua Cribbs and forced a fumbled on the same play that UCF recovered.

Stephens made just his second career start for the Knights in the KSU contest.

Slow Starting Knights
The first quarter has not been a good quarter for UCF in 2003. UCF's opponents have outscored the Knights 44-9.

Turnovers Costly In 2003
UCF ranks last in the nation with -3.00 turnovers per game. In the last three games, the Golden Knights have turned the ball over 14 times while gaining just two turnovers.

Schneider On Davey O'Brien List
The Davey O'Brien Foundation announced the preseason watch list for the 2003 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award and UCF senior Ryan Schneider was one of the 42 candidates named to the list. The Davey O'Brien Award is given annually to the nation's top college quarterback.

The O'Brien Award is the oldest and most prestigious award in the country for college quarterbacks and is named in honor of the late Davey O'Brien, the All-American and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for Texas Christian University who led the Horned Frogs to the 1938 national championship.

Schneider On Unitas Watch List
Ryan Schneider was one of 26 quarterbacks announced as candidates for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. Of the 26 quarterbacks selected to the 2003 watch list, Schneider was second in passing yards last season with 3,770.

The award is presented annually to the nation's top college quarterback by the Frank Camp Chapter of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation. The award is named for Hall of Fame quarterback Unitas, who played at Louisville before his 18-year NFL career with the Baltimore Colts. Unitas died Sept. 11, 2002, at 69.

Bigby On Nagurski Watch List
The Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America announced the 2003 watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy naming UCF strong safety Atari Bigby as a candidate for the post-season honor. The award is given annually to recognize the top defensive player in college football.

The award is named after Hall of Famer and University of Minnesota and Chicago Bears star Bronko Nagurski.

UCF On TV In 2003
UCF fans will have plenty of opportunities to view the Golden Knights on television this season. Six games have been scheduled to air on ESPN, ESPN 2 or Sunshine Network with additional games pending.

UCF's game at Ohio (Oct. 11) will air live at 2 p.m. on Bright House Central Florida on Channel 99 for digital customers and Channel 10 for all others. For satellite viewers in all areas, it will be live on DirecTV Channel 635 and DISH Network Channel 447.

Sunshine will replay the game later that night at 11:00pm. In addition, the game is being offered live on Fox Sports Digital Pacific, a digital cable channel available to cable systems nationwide (call 1-866-FSDN-NOW or go to www.foxsportsdigitalnets.com for channel availability in your area).

UCF opened the season on ESPN at No. 9/10 Virginia Tech. The Golden Knights also host Marshall, November 19 at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN 2 for the first ever national television appearance at home for UCF.

Sunshine Network announced that four UCF football games will be televised live this season on Florida's largest regional sports network.

Additional UCF games may be added to Sunshine's schedule pending determination of the conference-produced "MAC Game of the Week" telecast schedule.

Action kicks off with UCF taking on Syracuse live on September 20, at noon (live in Orlando/Melbourne/Daytona Beach TV market only; repeats statewide at 11 p.m.).

Other UCF games on Sunshine's schedule include: at Kent State on Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. (airs live statewide and repeats Oct. 1, at 10 a.m.) and at West Virginia on Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. (live in Orlando/Melbourne/Daytona Beach & Tampa/St. Pete TV markets only; repeats statewide 11 p.m.).

Play-by-play announcer Rick Peckham will be alongside analyst Brady Ackerman for UCF's games against Syracuse, Kent State and West Virginia.

Haynes On Doak Walker List
The SMU Athletic Forum announced the names of the 39 preseason candidates for the 2003 Doak Walker Award, awarded annually to the nation's top college running back.

The SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will select eight semifinalists on November 19, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will vote on the winner in late November.

Scouting Ohio
Ohio is 1-4 and 0-2 in the MAC to start the 2003 season. The Bobcats have defeated Southeast Missouri State (17-3) while losing games at Iowa State (48-20), vs. Minnesota (42-20), vs. Western Michigan (39-32) and at No. 16 Northern Illinois (30-23, OT). Last week's overtime loss to Northern Illinois was especially painful for the Bobcats as they led 23-16 with less than two minutes remaining in the game.

On offense, Ohio features the nation's 15th best rushing attack with an average of 201.4 yards per game on the ground.

Quarterback Fred Ray is a threat on the ground as he leads the option attack as the team's top rusher. Ray is first on the team with 337 yards rushing and seven touchdowns.

Through the air, Ray is just 41-for-73 for 494 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.

The Ohio passing offense is ranked 106th nationally with an average of 152.4 yards per game. In total offense, the Bobcats rank 76th in the nation with 353.8 yards per game. OU averages 22.4 points per game, 79th in the NCAA.

On defense, Ohio owns the nation's 86th ranked unit that allows 403.6 yards per game.

Ohio Head Coach Brian Knorr
Brian Knorr is in his third season as head coach at Ohio University. Knorr owns a career record of 6-22 in Athens.

In 19 career MAC games, Ohio is 5-14 under Knorr including the 0-2 mark in 2003.

Knorr began his tenure with a 1-10 record during the 2001 campaign before last season's 4-8 mark. Knorr took over the reigns in 2001 after Jim Grobe left to take the head coaching job at Wake Forest. Knorr served at Ohio since 1995, serving as inside linebackers coach from 1995-98 and defensive coordinator from 1998-2000.

Knorr, 39, was named Ohio's 27th head coach on December 12, 2000.

A 1986 graduate of the Air Force Academy, Knorr was a three-year letterman at Air Force. He was a quarterback for the Falcons that won four straight bowl games. He also served as team captain his senior seasons.

 

 

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