Miami Game Notes vs. Southern Illinois
Sept. 8, 2012 · Yager Stadium · Oxford, Ohio
- With the win over SIU, Miami (1-1) earned its first victory of the season, snapping a four-game losing streak dating back to last year, and improved to 88-29-4 all-time in home openers, a winning percentage of .744. It was just the second home-opening win for Miami in its last eight home openers. In addition to being the home opener, Saturday was both Band Day and Youth Day at Yager Stadium.
- Saturday's game was the first ever meeting between the RedHawks and Salukis while Miami improved to 2-0 all-time against the Missouri Valley Conference, beating Indiana State back in 2004. The RedHawks improved to 7-0-1 against NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS, formerly Division I-AA) opponents in program history but it was just their third game against FCS competition since 1982.
- Southern Illinois won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Miami received the opening kickoff.
- Redshirt senior quarterback Zac Dysert started the game a perfect 5-for-5 with all five completions being caught by senior wide receiver Andy Cruse for 29 yards. Cruse finished with a career-high 12 catches for 60 yards. Cruse's previous best was eight catches twice, including last week at Ohio State. His 12 receptions tie for eighth on Miami's single-game receptions list with teammate Nick Harwell and Eddie Tillitz (2001).
- Junior tight end Steve Marck hauled in a career-long 35-yard pass in the first quarter from Dysert. His previous career long was a 24-yard catch as a freshman in 2009 against Temple that went for a touchdown. Marck finished with four catches for a career-best 73 yards. His previous career high was 38 yards on three catches against Toledo on Oct. 31, 2009 when he was a freshman.
- Zac Dysert threw the 50th touchdown pass of his career in the first quarter to Andy Cruse. He moves into sole possession of 22nd place in Mid-American Conference history in career touchdown passes and ranks third all-time at Miami as he passed current Miami quarterbacks coach Mike Bath (1997-2000), who had 49. Josh Betts (2002-05) is second on the list with 54. Dysert finished with 226 passing yards, marking his eighth straight game with at least 200 passing yards and 12th time in his last 13 games. It was his 24th career 200-yard-or-more passing game. He now has 9,059 passing yards in his career, which moves him into 13th in MAC history, while his 823 career completions move him into 10th all-time in MAC history. He already ranks second in Miami history in both categories.
- True freshman tight end Orlando David caught the second pass of his career in the first quarter from Dysert, a career-best 11-yard completion for a first down. He hauled in his first pass at Ohio State last Saturday for four yards.
- Senior linebacker Pat Hinkel snagged two interceptions against SIU, his first two of the season, with one coming in the second quarter and another in the third. He now has six interceptions for his career. He returned the first one for 24 yards for a touchdown, the first touchdown of his career. The last time a RedHawk returned an interception for a touchdown was then-junior, now senior Wes Williams against Bowling Green on Sept. 24, 2011. Hinkel becomes the first Miami player to have two interceptions in a game since Evan Harris had two picks against Temple, Nov. 23, 2010 as a sophomore. Hinkel made a game-high 11 tackles as well, which tied his career high of 11 against Toledo on Oct. 22, 2011.
- Sophomore wide receiver Jimmy Turvy caught his first career pass in the third quarter, a five-yard reception from Dysert.
- Freshman kicker Kaleb Patterson drilled a career-long 30-yard field in the third quarter Saturday. It was his second career field goal after making a 22-yarder at Ohio State last week. He is now 2-for-3 on the season on field goals. Patterson also handled some kickoff duties against SIU, the first time he has done so.
- Freshman running back Jamire Westbrook scored his first career touchdown in the third quarter on a 12-yard rush. He finished with a career-high 18 rushing yards on five carries. The TD score was Miami's first rushing touchdown by a running back since Justin Semmes scored against Akron on Nov. 3, 2011.
- Sophomore running back Spencer Treadwell had a team-high and career-best 73 rushing yards on a career-high 16 carries Saturday. He also scored his first career touchdown in the fourth quarter. He is the son of head coach Don Treadwell.
- Led by Treadwell's 73 rushing yards, Miami finished with 110 yards on the ground on 33 carries. It marks the first time the RedHawks have topped the century mark in rushing yards since totaling 168 rushing yards Nov. 3, 2011 against Akron.
- Junior linebacker Chris Wade recorded a career- and game-high 11 tackles, including seven solo tackles. He had a total of 11 tackles in 2011 and had just 12 for his career entering Saturday's game.