ATHENS — Former Covington standout A.J. Oullette continued an impressive close to his senior season at Ohio University, recording his third-straight 100-yard rushing game and celebrated Senior Day Friday as the Bobcats handled Akron 49-28 to finished 8-4 overall and 6-2 in the MAC.
OU mat still play in a bowl game to be announced later.
Ouellette rumbled for 169 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, marking the third game in a row he has rushed for at least 150 yards and fourth time in the last five contests he has run for over 100. He was named CBS Sports Network Player of the
Ouellette took a direct snap and ran into the end zone from six yards out to give the Bobcats the early 7-0 lead.
With OU leading 21-7 late in the first half, Ouellette rushed for 51 yards on four touches, with the last carry going for 16 yards and a touchdown to give OU a 28-7 with five minutes to go in the first half.
After Akron got within 28-14 in the third quarter, Ouellette put Ohio on his back on the ensuing drive, ripping off runs of 25 yards and 44 yards to give Ohio a 1st-and-goal at the six, which led to another Bobcat touchdown.
He tallied his 13th career 100-yard game, which ranks as the fifth-most in program history. Ouellette eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the second year in a row, giving him the distinction of being the fourth player in program history to run for at least 1,000 yards in multiple seasons.
“Coming into the game we had a good game plan of my style,” Ouellette said. “Most of those big runs came on power plays, which is not really going to pop like that, but credit to our offensive line. When you have the two Joes [Lowery and Anderson] pulling, those D-ends and linebackers are kind of scared.”
Oullette moved into third place on Ohio’s all-time rushing list with 3,620 career rushing yards. His 12 rushing touchdowns this season are a career high and tie him for the eighth-most in a single season in program history, while his 32 career rushing touchdowns rank as the fourth-most in program history.
The Bobcats finished the season 6-0 at home.
“The 6-0 record that we got here during our senior year is something that we won’t forget, that’s for sure,” Ouellette said. “We know that every game we showed up and played. Credit to our fans, who were the best fans in the MAC, like they’ve been for years. They make it easy for us to go out there and execute.”
Ouellette talked about being a walk-on as a freshman.
“The first day on campus, I never thought it would end like this,” he said. “I thought it would have a different route, but I knew that I had the ability to do this. I am just thankful that the coaches gave me a chance.”
Earlier this week Ouellette was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Week 12 Offensive Player of the Week, as announced by the league office today.
Player of Week
Ouellette earned weekly conference honors for the second time in 2018.
He was also named MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week in week nine. He is one of two student-athletes who have accounted for five MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week honors for Ohio this season, with junior quarterback Nathan Rourke (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) earning honors in weeks five, six and eight.
Ouellette rumbled for a career-high 196 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries and also caught a touchdown to help lead Ohio to a 52-17 win over MAC East Division rival Buffalo Nov. 14 at Peden Stadium in Athens.
Ouellette rushed for an eight-yard touchdown in the second quarter, caught an eight-yard touchdown pass from Rourke in the third and capped off the scoring for the Bobcats with a 33-yard touchdown run in the fourth.