ATHENS, Ohio (WCMH) – Playing in just his second career game in three years redshirt sophomore quarterback CJ Harris led the Ohio Bobcats to a resounding victory Tuesday night over visiting Bowling Green.
Harris ran for three touchdowns, threw for a fourth and the Ohio defense forced four turnovers in a 38-14 win over the Falcons. With the win, their seventh in a row, the Bobcats (9-3, 7-1) clinched the Mid-American Conference Eastern Division and will vie for its first MAC championship since 1968.
After spotting Bowling Green (6-6, 5-3) the opening touchdown, the Bobcats scored 28 second-quarter points, including two rushing TDs by Harris. He punctuated the victory with his third TD run early in the fourth quarter for a 38-7 lead.
Harris, who replaced junior QB Kurtis Rourke last week at Ball State, finished with 67 yards on 12 carries and had 196 yards passing, completing 10-of-21 attempts, with a touchdown. Sieh Bangura led the ground attack with 99 yards on 27 attempts and scored in the second quarter.
Rourke, who leads the MAC with 3,256 yards passing and 25 touchdown passes, suffered a season-ending knee injury but will return next season.
Bowling Green’s Matt McDonald had 217 yards passing, including a 44-yard TD pass to Tyrone Broden to open the game for a 7-0 lead, but he threw three second-quarter interceptions, two of which led to OU touchdowns.
Tariq Drake had two INTs for the Bobcats, who face Toledo (7-4, 5-2) in the MAC title game on Dec. 3 in Detroit. Kickoff is at noon. To purchase tickets call 740-593-1300 or visit ohiobobcats.evenue.net.