The city of Columbus, Ohio, is home to two of the longest winning streaks in college football. You know about the first, FBS-leading Ohio State and its 20 straight wins. Travel seven miles to the east and you'll hit Panther Field, home of Ohio Dominican's Division II-leading 12-game winning streak.
The Panthers' latest of their 12 consecutive win may have been the sweetest. In the program's first Thursday night home game and first nationally-televised contest, the Ohio Dominican rolled to a 41-21 win over Findlay. The Panthers rolled up 653 yards of total offense (270 passing/383 rushing), scored on all seven red zone penetrations, achieved 33 first downs and were highlighted by Mark Nichols' 275 rushing yards and three scores. In addition to pushing their running back into the top dozen nationally in all-purpose yardage, the Panthers' offensive line has surrendered only 13 sacks over the last two seasons combined.
Ohio Dominican has scored 30 points or more in all 12 wins, all but one of which have come by double digits.
The Panthers will take this Saturday off, and then face three November games with a chance to join their Columbus neighbors on the march to an undefeated regular season.
Good work by Bill Conley and his staff.