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Ohio blasts Kansas behind Ouellette, Cope
September 16, 2017 / 8:03 PM / in a month

Ohio blasts Kansas behind Ouellette, Cope

Ohio blasts Kansas behind Ouellette, Cope

A.J. Ouellette rushed for 102 yards on 10 carries and Brendan Cope amassed 104 receiving yards to lead Ohio to a 42-30 victory over Kansas in a nonconference game at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio.

Kansas (1-2) has lost 42 consecutive games on the road. The longest NCAA losing streak on the road belongs to Western Colorado State, which lost 44 between 1926-36.

The Jayhawks’ last road victory was in 2009 at UTEP.

Ohio (2-1) never trailed after taking an 11-0 lead going into the second quarter. The Bobcats turned a 25-14 halftime lead into a 39-14 advantage heading into the fourth quarter thanks to Ouellette’s 8-yard touchdown run and quarterback Nathan Rourke’s second touchdown pass of the game, a 9-yard strike to Andrew Meyer.

Ouelette’s rushing total marked the first 100-yard rushing game for Ohio this season. Khalil Herbert led Kansas with 137 yards on 19 carries with two touchdowns, including one when time expired.

Rourke, who also rushed for a touchdown, completed 11 of 16 for 152 yards. Backup quarterback Quinton Maxwell, who started Ohio’s first two games, completed 5 of 6 passes for 102 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Cope caught five passes, including a 58-yarder, while Meyer had five catches for 86 yards.

Kansas cut the lead to 39-21 with 11:47 left in the fourth quarter on Peyton Bender’s second touchdown pass of the game. It was a 1-yard fade pass to Jeremiah Booker.

Bender, a transfer who once played at Washington State, completed 30 of 47 passes for 343 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

Bender was sacked five times, including a near safety in the fourth quarter in which he barely remained in front of the goal line. He eventually engineered a drive on that possession that resulted in a 34-yard field goal by Gabe Rui that trimmed the lead to 39-24 with 5:35 left.

Ohio answered with a drive that resulted with a 46-yard field goal by Louie Zervos with 2:13 remaining.

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