COLUMBUS, Ohio -- After opening the season with a 41-14 road victory over one of the top teams in the NAIA ranks, Georgetown (Ky.), Ohio Dominican's football team returns to Columbus for its home and GLIAC opener as the Panthers square off against conference rival Hillsdale.
Kickoff is slated for noon Saturday from Panther Field.
After gaining just 10 yards on its first two possessions and surrendering a score to the Tigers in the first quarter, ODU kicked it into gear, outscoring Georgetown 41-7 over the final three frames. In that stretch, the Panthers had a 353-228 advantage in total yards, forced four turnovers and had four scoring drives of 1:30 or less.
Georgetown came back with a touchdown of its own to cut the score to 24-14 midway through the third quarter, but ODU answered in just 59 seconds. Dez Stewart caught a 58-yard touchdown pass to bump the lead to 31-14 heading into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth, Wahle tied a school-record with a 47-yard field goal and Nick McKnight caught a 26-yard touchdown to cap the scoring for the Panthers.
Stewart set a school-record with 187 receiving yards on seven catches and Mark Miller threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns. Overall, the Panthers finished with 428 yards of total offense
Leading the defense was Warren Shields with a career-high 12 tackles, while Di'Andre Harrison had two sacks and forced a fumble as well. The defense allowed Georgetown to convert six of its first eight third down attempts, but stiffened after that as the Tigers managed to pick up just one first down in its final eight attempts.
• With a defensive line composed entirely of freshmen and sophomores, ODU registered 6.0 sacks and 8.0 tackles for loss while holding Georgetown to 92 yards rushing on 35 attempts (2.6 yards per carry). They will take on a Hillsdale offensive line that starts four seniors on Saturday.
• For the first time since Bill Conley took over as ODU's head coach in 2010, the Panthers won despite rushing for less than 100 yards as a team. ODU managed 81 yards on the ground and was held below 100 yards for just the third time in 33 games under Conley.
• The Panthers are 1-2 in GLIAC openers, having split with Northwood in 2010 and 2011 and losing at Hillsdale to kick off conference play last season. ODU has a 4-5 record in its home opener all-time.
• The Panthers have won six straight games by an average of 32.2 points per game, outscoring opponents 280-87 in that stretch.
ALL OHIO DOMINICAN FOOTBALL GAMES LIVE ON THE RADIO AND INTERNET
Fans in Central Ohio can listen to Ohio Dominican football LIVE on the radio on 820 AM (St. Gabriel Radio) and simulcast online everywhere at www.pressboxproductions.net. This week's broadcast starts at 6:45 p.m. with the Panther Countdown Pregame Show. Veteran broadcaster Todd Bell returns for his sixth year in the booth as the play-by-play announcer and is joined by Matt Natali.
CONTACT: Scott Miles