Miami RedHawks (4-7 overall, 3-4 MAC)
vs. Ball State Cardinals (8-3 overall, 5-2 MAC)
Friday, Nov. 23 • 1:00 p.m. ET • Yager Stadium
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ZAC DYSERT'S LAST GAME: Friday will be the final opportunity to see Miami's all-time leading passer. He will likely finish his career among the NCAA's top 20 statistical quarterbacks of all-time.
With one game to play in 2012, Dysert has 3,265 passing yards with 23 touchdowns and 12 interceptions ... he has a good chance to top his own single-season best of 3,513 passing yards ... despite 35 sacks that account for for 212 lost yards, Zac has rushed 97 times for 223 net yards and two TDs ... Dysert is one of just 81 quarterbacks in NCAA FBS history to reach 10,000 career passing yards. This season, he has surpassed the career totals of Mississippi's Eli Manning (71.-10,119 yds), TCU's Andy Dalton (64.-10,314), Baylor's Robert Griffin III (62.-10,366), Boston College's Doug Flutie (59.-10,579 yds), Southern Cal's Matt Leinart (55. 10,693), Florida's Danny Wuerffel (48. 10,875), Purdue's Drew Brees (46. 10,909), Tennessee's Peyton Manning (35. 11,201), Southern Cal's Carson Palmer (29. 11,388), UCF's Daunte Culpepper (28. 11,412), N.C. State & Wisconsin's Russell Wilson (23. 11,720) and Notre Dame's Brady Quinn (22. 11,762) Just ahead is Byron Leftwich (20, 11,903) ... at Akron on Sept. 29, Dysert put up numbers that no other collegian had ever compiled, becoming the first NCAA FBS player to pass for 500 yards (516) and run for 100 yards (108) in a single game ... his 516 yards stands second-best in school history, behind a 525-yard passing performance by Roethlisberger vs. NIU in 2002 ... Dysert's six touchdown passes vs. Akron set a Miami record, topping four other performances of five TD passes, including his own vs. Buffalo in 2011 ... Dysert accounted for a school- and MAC-record 624 yards of total offense against the Zips, breaking the previous MAC record of 564 total yards by WMU's Alex Carder ... Dysert's 108 rushing yards at Akron topped his own single-game best of 107 yards at Kent State in 2009 ... on Nov. 10 vs. Kent State, Zac's 455 passing yards was the third-best effort effort by a Miami QB ... a two-time MAC East Offensive Player of the Week in 2012, Zac had a hand in all four RedHawk touchdowns vs. UMass, throwing three TD passes (49, 17 and 33 yards) and rushing for a TD ... in MAC career passing categories, Dysert now ranks third in passing yardage (11,795) and needs 109 yards next week to surpass Leftwich (11,903) and move into second place. He will not break the record of all-time MAC leader Dan LeFevour (12,905) ... Zac currently ranks second among all-time MAC QBs in completions (1,040, also a school record) and is tied for ninth in TD passes (71) ... Zac is 437-of-665 passing his last 15 games (.657) ... Zac broke Big Ben's career total offense record in the game against Ohio. He now has 12,418 career yards (11,795 passing, 623 rushing), surpassing Roethlisberger's total of 11,075. He is now in second place on the all-time MAC list, but well behind CMU's Dan LeFevour (15,853) ... Dysert became the first visiting QB to top 300 yards at Ohio State (303) since MSU's Drew Stanton in 2005 ... he's thrown for 300 or more yards in a game 19 times ... Zac has three of the top five all-time Miami passing performances (516 vs. Akron in 2012, 455 yards vs. Kent State in 2012, 426 yards vs. Temple in 2009) ... his .637 career completion percentage is second only to Roethlisberger's .655 ... in 42 career starts, he's averaged 281 passing yards per game ... among active NCAA Division I quarterbacks, Zac ranks fourth in career passing yards per game among active leaders with 262.1, behind Oklahoma's Landry Jones (318.9), Troy's Corey Robinson (287.9), Geno Smith (263.9) and Matt Barkley (262.3) ... Dysert has never played against Ball State ... selected by his teammates as Miami's first-ever three-time captain.
RedHawk Season Review for 2012
Statistically, among all FBS teams, Miami's offense ranks 21st in passing (306.0 ypg), 116th in rushing (85.1 ypg), 78th in total offense (391.1 ypg) and 93rd in scoring offense (23.3 ppg).
Miami's defense ranks 59th in passing defense (234.7 ypg), 119th in rushing defense (242.5 ypg), 111th in total defense (477.2 ypg) and 104th in scoring defense (35.3 ppg).
The composite record of the 12 teams on Miami's 2012 schedule is 77-54 (.588) ... (Miami's first 11 opponents (OSU, SIU, BSU, UMass, Akron, Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Ohio, Buffalo, Kent State and Central Michigan) is 69-51 (.575) ... seven of the 11 foes currently have winning records ... the record of Ball State, its final opponent, is 8-3 (.727) ... 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 seven losses, its offensive unit has scored 19.9 ppg and has gained 347 ypg, while its defense has yielded 39.9 ppg and 476.6 ypg.
Twenty-five Miami seniors play their final game this Friday at Yager Stadium. The group includes Brad Bednar, Justin Bowers, DJ Brown, Andy Cruse, Zac Dysert, Eric Finklea, Stephen Goehring, Evan Harris, Pat Hinkel, Mike Johns, Luke Kelly, Matt Kennedy, Mitch Krotz, Zach Mages, Andrew Muller, Sam Olberding, Jason Semmes, Justin Semmes, Brian Slack, Jaytee Swanson, Luke Swift, Evan Wiley, Joseph Williams, Jake Wurzelbacher and Dave Zulandt.
Miami's Nick Harwell has a chance to become only the second RedHawk receiver to post back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving totals. He enters the final game of the season with 835 yards. Former RedHawk Ryne Robinson had consecutive receiving totals of 1,119 yards in 2005 and 1,178 yards in 2006.