Miami at Akron Game Notes
Sept. 29, 2012 · InfoCision Stadium · Akron, Ohio
- Defensive lineman Mwanza Wamulumba joined season-long captain Zac Dysert, Jaytee Swanson and Andy Cruse for the coin toss.
- Miami won the toss and elected to receive. The RedHawks have started on offense in each of the first five games.
- Miami now leads the series 16-5-1 after the 56-49 win. The RedHawks have won four straight and nine of the last 10 against the Zips.
- Miami's 705 yards of total offense were a school record and ranked seventh all-time in MAC history. The previous best was 648 at Kent State on Oct. 25, 2003.
- Miami scored on its opening possession for the first time this season. The RedHawks started the first three games with three punts and a lost fumble.
- The RedHawks tallied 13 first-quarter points, scoring touchdowns on each of their first two drives. They entered Saturday's game with 10 first-quarter points total over the first four games.
- The 56 points scored by Miami were a season high and the most since a 62-point effort against Kent State (62-26) Oct. 11, 1997. The RedHawks also tallied 56 points at UCF Nov. 28, 2003 (56-21).
- The 516 passing yards tied for fifth all-time in MAC history. It ranked second all-time behind a 525-yard effort against Northern Illinois in 2002.
- The 42 first downs were a new school record, topping 36 at Kent State in 2003.
- Zac Dysert's six touchdown passes set the Miami school record, topping four other performances including his own career-high reached of five last Oct. 29 vs. Buffalo. Ben Roethlisberger had five twice (at UCF, 2003 and at Ohio, 2001) with Sam Ricketts also hitting that mark (vs. Akron, 2005). Dysert has thrown for four or more scoring strikes three times in his career and three or more on 10 occasions.
- The performance matched 11 other players for tied for third best in Mid-American Conference history. The league record is seven, set by Kent State's Jose Davis (vs. CMU, 1997) and Western Michigan's Alex Carder (at Toledo, 2011).
- Dysert moved into 15th place on the Mid-American Conference's all-time passing touchdowns list on Saturday. With 59 overall, he jumped over five players Saturday, including former Miami quarterback Josh Betts (54 from 2002-05). Dysert trails only Ben Roethlisberger (84 from 2001-03) in the Miami record books.
- Dysert's 516 passing yards were a career high, topping 426 at Temple on Nov. 5, 2009. It was the third time in his career he overshot the 400-yard plateau. It was the second-most in Miami history, trailing a 525-yard day by Ben Roethlisberger against Northern Illinois in 2002.
- Dysert's 289 passing yards in the first half were a career high for that 30 minutes. He threw for 268 vs. Buffalo last year. His best overall half was 322 at Temple, also in 2011.
- Dysert accounted for a school- and MAC-record 624 yards of total offense, the first time in school history a player reached 500. The previous best was 485 by Ben Roethlisberger (525p, -40 r) against Northern Illinois in 2002. Dysert' career best had been 444 yards at Kent State (337p + 107r) on Sept. 26, 2009. The MAC record was 564 by Western Michigan's Alex Carder (at Toledo, 2011).
- Dysert's 108 rushing yards were a career-high (107 at Kent State in 2009). It was his second career century rushing game.
- For the second straight week, sophomore Dawan Scott hauled in a pair of touchdown passes. Those are the only two multiple-TD games of his career after he totaled two touchdown receptions all of last year.
- Scott tallied 11 receptions for 208 yards, both career highs. His previous bests were catches (Oct. 22, 2011 at Toledo) and 141 yards (Oct. 29, 2011 vs. Buffalo). The catch total tied for 11th in a single Miami game, while the yardage mark was third highest (and third 200+ effort in school history).
- Freshmen Kaleb Patterson was two-for-three on field goals against the Zips, the second multi-kick game of his career. He also kicked two against Boise State on Sept. 15. Patterson has made all three 40+ yard attempts this year, 43 vs. the Zips and 45 and 42 vs. the Broncos.
- Sophomore Luke Swift hauled in his first career touchdown pass on just his second career reception on the first drive. His 35-yard catch from Dysert marked the seventh play from scrimmage of 35 or more yards and the ninth of 30+ yards.
- Alvonta Jenkins caught his first career pass during the first quarter. He added another in the second quarter. David Frazier caught his first career touchdown pass late in the second quarter.
- Brison Burris grabbed the only turnover of the game when he picked off Akron's quarterback at the Miami 1 with no time left. It was the first career interception for the sophomore.