Miami RedHawks (4-6 overall, 3-3 MAC)
vs. Central Michigan Chippewas (4-6 overall, 2-4 MAC)
Saturday, Nov. 17 • 1:00 p.m. ET
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RedHawk Season Review for 2012
Miami (4-6 overall, 3-3 MAC) is no longer in contention for the the 2012 MAC East title, but victories at Central Michigan (4-6) and at home against Ball State (7-3) would make the RedHawks bowl eligible.
Statistically, among all FBS teams, Miami's offense ranks 22nd in passing (300.6 ypg), 116th in rushing (86.2 ypg), 77th in total offense (386.8 ypg) and 89th in scoring offense (24.0 ppg).
Miami's defense ranks 66th in passing defense (238.0 ypg), 119th in rushing defense (248.3 ypg), 113th in total defense (486.3 ypg) and 107th in scoring defense (35.8 ppg).
The composite record of Miami's first 10 opponents (OSU, SIU, BSU, UMass, Akron, Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Ohio, Buffalo and Kent State) is 59-41 (.590) ... the current combined record of its last two opponents is 11-9 (.550) ... in Miami's four victories, its offensive unit is averaging 34.0 ppg and has gained 468.3 ypg, while its defense has yielded 24.8 ppg and 478.3 ypg ... in Miami's six losses, its offensive unit has scored 20.5 ppg and has gained 332.5 ypg, while its defense has yielded 41.5 ppg and 491.7 ypg.
Over the last five seasons, Miami has a record of 9-14 in Mid-American Conference road games. The RedHawks' nine MAC road victories have come by margins of 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7 and 12 points. Eight of those 14 losses were by 10 points or less.
A record six MAC teams are already bowl eligible and the winner of this game could join the party. If Miami defeats Central Michigan, it would need a victory Friday over Ball State for its sixth win, while the Chippewas would need wins over the RedHawks and at Massachusetts for a shot at the postseason. Northern Illinois (9-1), Kent State (9-1), Toledo (8-2), Ohio (8-2), Ball State (7-3) and Bowling Green (7-3) are already eligible.
With 455 yards passing last week against Kent State, quarterback Zac Dysert climbed from 41st to 26th place on the NCAA FBS all-time passing yardage list. Among the legendary QBs he moved past on the list were Tennessee's Peyton Manning, Southern California's Carson Palmer and Central Florida's Daunte Culpepper. With a 19th career game of 300-plus yards next week at Central Michigan, Dysert, currently with 11,452 yards, would eclipse the collegiate passing yardage marks of Russell Wilson (11,720) and come within a few yards of Brady Quinn (11,762).
Miami had a pair of receivers top the century mark in yardage against Kent State, the second time that has happened this year. Andy Cruse totalled 123 yards on six catches, while Nick Harwell added 122 yards on his 10 grabs. At Akron, Dawan Scott and Cruse both hit the 100-yard plateau.
Miami has been more offensively successful in its first 10 games of 2012 than through a similar span in 2011. The RedHawks are averaging 386.8 total yards per game this season as compared to 349.8 total yards per contest last year. Miami is averaging 24 points per game so far in 2012, compared to a 22.2 ppg in 2011.
Twelve true freshmen have seen playing time for Miami in 2012, a total that's tied for ninth, nationally. LSU, Texas, TCU and Ohio State have all played 15 true freshmen. The RedHawk rookies who have played in this season include Bryson Albright, Brandyn Cook, Orlando David, David DeLeon, Josh Dooley, Kent Kern, Bryce Lehwald, Kaleb Patterson, Wesley Scott, Marshall Taylor, Jamire Westrbook and Mitch Winters.
This year's Football Banquet will be held on Sunday, December 2, at 11:30 a.m. The general public is invited to attend. Tickets for the banquet at the Shriver Center are $25 for adults and $15 for children 4-to-12-years-old. Contact Miami's Athletic Ticket Office at 513-529-4295.