Treadwell stays positive after loss to BGSU
During Monday's MAC teleconference, Don Treadwell reaffirmed his commitment to rebuilding the Miami football program.
When asked what his message to the team was during this week's bye, the second-year head coach said, "Number one, you just stay the course. We're doing a lot of good things and really continuing, again because of all the young kids playing, building some depth. And, you know, each week you look to see, 'OK are we continuing to get better?' And we are."
The RedHawks are coming off of a 37-12 loss to Bowling Green at Doyt Perry Stadium. With the loss, MU dropped to 3-4 overall and 2-1 in the conference.
Miami struggled on both sides of the ball, as it tallied 256 yards of offense, it's second-lowest total of the season, and gave up 486 yards to the Falcons (4-3 overall, 2-1 MAC), who pulled away in the second half.
"First and foremost, you have to give a lot credit to Bowling Green," Treadwell said. "They did a tremendous job and at the end of the day what they did very well, in my opinion, was control both lines of scrimmages."
The RedHawks' offensive line gave up six sacks and the defense allowed a 100-yard rusher for the sixth time this season.
The offensive line's struggles came amid some position changes. Josh Harvey, who had started the last three games at left tackle, was benched in favor of JoJo Williams. Brad Bednar moved to left tackle and Williams started at center in place of Bednar. Zac Dysert said the line practiced well, but had some "miscues" against BGSU.
Injuries also played a factor in the loss, as starting wide receiver Dawan Scott and running back Jamire Westbrook were "banged up", according to Treadwell. Captain defensive tackle Austin Brown also missed another game with a back injury, as did safety Justin Bowers.
"We had about five starters out total against Bowling Green," Treadwell said. "We are hoping with this bye-week around the corner just to kind of heal up a little bit and get some guys back the following week."
Next up, Miami hosts Ohio Saturday, Oct. 27 at 3:30 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN3.
The Bobcats sit atop the MAC standings with a 7-0 overall record. They are 3-0 in the conference and are ranked No. 25 in this week's AP Poll.
This is an important game for the RedHawks. If Miami fails to beat Ohio, it would have to win three out of its last four games to become bowl eligible.