Miami RedHawks (0-2, 0-0 MAC)
vs. Cincinnati Bearcats (2-1, 0-0 AAC)
Game 3: Sat., Sept. 21 • 4 p.m.
Yager Stadium (24,286)
Series vs. Cincinnati: Miami leads 59-51-7
Series Streak: Cincinnati - 7
Last Meeting: Oct. 6, 2012
Television: ESPN3 • Jim Barber (PxP), Pete Najarian (Analyst) and Rontina McCann (sideline)
Radio: Miami Sports Network • Steve Baker (PxP), Terry Bridge (Analyst) and Greg Waddell (sideline)
Live Stats: www.muredhawks.com
Miami Quick Hits
• The Miami University football team is in its 125th season of football and has an all-time record of 668-412-44 (.614).
• Miami is coming off a 41-7 loss at Kentucky in week two.
• Head coach Don Treadwell is in his third season at the helm of the football team and has a record of 8-18.
• Coach Treadwell returns both his offensive coordinator (John Klacik) and defensive coordinator (Jay Peterson) for the third consecutive season.
• Miami will have four captains in 2013, voted on by their teammates. QB Austin Boucher, TE Steve Marck, DT Austin Brown and DE Wes Williams will serve as captains in 2013.
• Miami returns 47 letterwinners (20 offense, 23 defense and 4 special teams) and 16 starters (6 offense, 6 defense and 4 special teams).
• Miami leads the all-time series with Cincinnati 59-51-7, but has lost the last seven contests in a series that began in 1888.
• The RedHawks are 88-29-4 all-time in home openers, a winning percentage of .744.
• Miami will feature a roster loaded with youth. The RedHawks entered the season opener with 12 seniors, 14 juniors, 23 sophomores and 51 freshmen.
Need To Know
• The Miami University football team is coming off back-to-back 4-8 seasons under third-year head coach Don Treadwell.
• The RedHawks are coming off a 41-7 loss at Kentucky. Miami’s lone touchdown with a six-yard fumble recovery return by senior Chris Wade. It was the RedHaws’ first fumble recovery for a touchdown since 2007.
• The highlight of the contest was Zac Murphy, who registered 11 punts for 524 yards. He had four punts travel over 50 yards, including a 66-yard bomb, and downed another four punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. Murphy was named MAC East Special Teams Performer of the Week for his efforts.
• Josh Dooley (7), Tyler Tucker (6), Heath Harding (5) and T.J. Williams (3) all recorded career-highs in tackles. Offensively Austin Gearing posted career-bests in rushing attempts (9) and yards (28).
• The “Battle for the Victory Bell” between Miami and Cincinnati is the longest-lasting collegiate football rivalry west of the Allegheny Mountains, first being played in 1888. It is also the fifth-most played rivalry in Division I (FBS only) with 117 all-time meetings and is the oldest non-conference rivalry in the nation.
•The first Miami/Cincinnati game was played in Oxford on Dec. 8, 1888 as the teams played to a scoreless tie. The game was the first college football game played in the state of Ohio.
• Miami controls the all-time series 59-51-7, but the Bearcats have won the last seven meetings.
• Miami is 14-9-2 against Cincinnati in Oxford, last winning in 2005 (44-16), with the 44 points being the most Miami has ever scored against the Bearcats.
• The two teams have played every year since 1945, not playing in 1943 or 1944, but Miami and UC also played every year from 1909 though 1942. Of the 117 meetings, 50 have been decided by seven points or less, including the seven ties in series history.
When We Were Young
When Miami faces Cincinnati on Saturday, they will do so with one of the youngest teams in the nation. Of the 100 players on its roster, 51 of those student-athletes are either freshmen or red-shirt freshmen. The entire roster is broken down below.
The Boucher File
• Nov. 10, 2010 - Replaced Zac Dysert after he suffered a lacerated spleen in a contest with Bowling Green. Lead Miami on a game winning drive that resulted in a 33-yard FG as time expired for a 24-21 victory.
• Nov. 17, 2010 - Made his first career start on Nov. 17, 2010, a road contest versus Akron. As a red-shirt freshmen, he completed 22 of 33 passes for 213 yards and no turnovers, helping the RedHawks to a 19-14 MAC win.
• Dec. 3, 2010 - Started the MAC Championship game versus Northern Illinois, throwing for 333 yards and one touchdown. That lone touchdown came with 33 seconds remaining in the game, helping Miami to a 26-21 MAC Championship win.
• Jan. 6, 2011 - Completed his magical run by throwing for 289 yards and a career-high two touchdowns in a 35-21 win over Middle Tennessee State. Boucher earned MVP of the contest and received a kiss on the cheek from Danica Patrick during the postgame ceremonies.
• All of 2011 and 2012 - Sat behind Dysert in each of the 2011 and 2012 seasons, seeing spot game action in 10 games while completing 13-of-23 passes for 158 yards and one touchdown in those two years.
• Aug. 31, 2013 - Made his first start in 966 days versus Marshall.
While watching the game Saturday and you think you see Boucher playing offense and defense ... you would be correct ... sort of. Austin Boucher is expected to start at quarterback, while his twin brother Collin is a linebacker. More importantly ... Collin is 23 minutes older than Austin.
Like Father, Like Son
Sophomore running back Spencer Treadwell has some tough blood lines to follow, considering his father will be pacing the Miami sideline as he enters his third year as the head coach of the RedHawks. Spencer is not the only other Treadwell playing Division I football. His oldest son, Blake, is a senior offensive lineman at Michigan State.
He’s Got Legs
Hard to imagine Zac Murphy’s individual stats could be much better than they are after two games into the 2013 season. The senior ranks second in the nation with a punting average of 48.8 per kick. He has eight punts of over 50 yards (4/game) and has added another five punts that were downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.
Red-shirt freshman Fred McRae made an instant impact in the RedHawk’s punt return game. In his first career return he went 14 yards, which may not seem like much, but Miami’s longest punt return in all of 2012 was 11 yards by Andy Cruse. McRae continued his hot start a week later, recording a 32-yard return at Kentucky. McRae is averaging 16.5 yards per punt return in 2013, which ranks first in the MAC.
The point has been made that this Miami team is very young, but looking at the defensive side of the ball, four of Miami’s top-10 tacklers are first year starters (Kent Kern, Jay Mastin, Josh Dooley and Bryson Albright). Kern is first on the team with 19 tackles and Mastin is second (17). Nate Gerbus (r-Fr.), Tyler Tucker (r-So.) and Heath Harding (Fr.) also rank in the top-10.
Quarterback Austin Boucher, tight end Steve Marck, defensive tackle Austin Brown and defensive end Wes Williams will serve as captains for the 2013 season. The four captains were selected by a vote of their teammates.
The 2013 Miami coaching staff will have a ton of history to share with its players, considering five full-time staff members are graduates of Miami University. Head coach Don Treadwell (1982), Jay Person (1985), Andrew Marlatt (1988), Ron Carpenter (1993) and Mike Bath (2001) have also played for Miami.