Ohio fell to fifth in the latest American Collegiate Hockey Association rankings, released on Friday.
Even though the Bobcats won three road games against top-20 foes Davenport and Oakland last weekend, they fell two spots in the rankings largely due to two lopsided losses to top-ranked Penn State two weeks ago.
Arizona State and Delaware, who beat Ohio 61 on Oct. 9, jumped ahead of the Bobcats in the rankings, while Lindenwood retained its place in second.
Ohio responded to the drop with a convincing 10-2 victory over Division 2 team Ohio State in a heated game at Bird Arena.
Michael Schultz picked up a hat trick to push his tally up to 13 on the year, while his linemate Tyler Pilmore bagged two goals. Nathan De La Torre, Jon Pietramala, Jeremy Browning, Brett Agnew and Zack Barbis also scored for the 'Cats.
Teddy Dushkin had to make just 12 saves in net to pick up his eighth win of the season, and also got the secondary assist on Schultz's first goal for his first ever point as a Bobcat.
Ohio will take on the Buckeyes again tonight at Bird Arena, with faceoff scheduled for 7:30.