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Ohio U's Frank Solich, a Holy Name High School alum, becomes winningest football coach in MAC history

Solich has won 111 games for the Bobcats and 169 over his full 21-year career.
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Ohio head coach Frank Solich works the sideline as his team plays against Pittsburgh in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in Pittsburgh.

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — (AP) O'Shaan Allison had touchdown runs of 54, 7 and 53 yards, Nathan Rourke accounted for four TDs, and Ohio beat Bowling Green 66-24 on Tuesday night.

Rourke was 14-of-21 passing for 267 yards and three touchdowns and added an 8-yard scoring run that gave Ohio a 38-21 lead late in the second quarter. Allison finished with 12 carries for a career-high 175 yards. The Bobcats (5-6, 4-3 Mid-American Conference) had six rushing touchdowns, one shy of the program record.

Ohio had a season-high 609 total yards and scored its most points since scoring 67 against Western Michigan in 1953.

It was Frank Solich's 111th win at Ohio, the most by a Mid-American Conference coach. Herb Deromedi won 110 games at Central Michigan from 1978-93.

The Bobcats—who went into the game with just six takeaways this season, tied with Kansas for second fewest (N.C. State, five) in the FBS—forced five BGSU (3-8, 2-5) turnovers.

The Falcons scored touchdowns on their first two drives to lead 14-7 with 6:23 left in the first quarter but Ohio scored 17 points in the next 4½ minutes to take the lead for good.

Born in Western Pennsylvania, Solich grew up in the Cleveland area and graduated from Holy Name High School in Parma Heights. He won 58 games and a Big 12 championship in six seasons as Tom Osborne's replacement at Nebraska (where he played in college) and has been at Ohio since 2005.