Miami RedHawks (0-3, 0-0 MAC)
vs. Illinois Fighting Illini (2-1, 0-0 Big Ten)
Game 4: Sat., Sept. 28 • Noon (ET)
Memorial Stadium (60,670)
Series vs. Illinois: Illinois Leads 2-0-0
Series Streak: Illinois - 2
Last Meeting: Oct. 4, 1941
Television: BTN • Eric Collins (PxP), Chuck Long (Analyst)
Radio: Miami Sports Network • Steve Baker (PxP), Tim Bray (Analyst), Terry Bridge (sideline)
Miami Quick Hits
• The Miami University football team is in its 125th season of football and has an all-time record of 668-413-44 (.614).
• Miami is coming off a 14-0 loss versus Cincinnati, a game that was scoreless through three quarters.
• Head coach Don Treadwell is in his third season at the helm of the football team and has a record of 8-19.
• 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) from the 2012 season.
• Illinois leads the all-time series 2-0-0. The last time these two teams played was on Oct. 4, 1941, a contest the Fighting Illini won 45-0.
• 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 14-0 loss at home versus Cincinnati, which was the 118th meeting between the two schools. The contest was scoreless for the first three quarters before the Bearcats drove 79 yards to score on a 1-yard run with 4:55 remaining in the contest.
• The highlight of the game was the Miami defense, which held Cincinnati to just 369 yards of offense on 89 plays. Miami entered the game allowing 633 yards and 46.5 points per game in the first two weeks versus Marshall and Kentucky.
• Kent Kern (15), Josh Dooley (11), Heath Harding (7) and Bryson Albright (6) all had career-highs for tackles in a game. Harding, who was making his first career start at cornerback, recorded his first career interception late in the second quarter as the Bearcats were driving to take the lead.
• Harding, along with Dayonne Nunley and Chris Wade helped Miami force a season-high three turnovers in the game. Nunley picked up his 13th career interception and is now just three shy of the school record.
• Wade forced and recovered a fumble versus Cincinnati. It was his second straight game with a fumble recovery. Previously versus Kentucky he picked up a fumble during a Wildcat punt return and scored a touchdown from five yards out.
• Miami had a season-high eight tackles for loss versus UC. Albright led the way with 2.0, while Kern (1.5), Wade (1.5), Austin Brown (1.5), Harding (1.0) and J’Terius Brown (0.5) also chipped in.
• Speaking of Austin Brown, the senior captain blocked a 36-yard field goal to start the fourth quarter to keep the game scoreless, his third career blocked kick.
• Punter Zac Murphy continued his amazing senior season, averaging 52.4 yards per punt versus the Bearcats. The highlight though came late in the second quarter when he booted an 84-yard punt from his own endzone. The kick was the longest of Murphy’s career, established a new Miami and Yager Stadium record and ranks fourth in Mid-American Conference history.
Versus The Big Ten
This will be the 58th time a Miami football team has faced a school from the Big Ten. The RedHawks are 12-43-2 all-time versus the Big Ten.
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. Coach Treadwell’s son, Blake, is a senior offensive lineman at Michigan State.
More Fatherly Love
Red-shirt freshman Spencer McInnis is the son of Patrick McInnis, who played football at Eastern Michigan. His father has also been the CEO of Fathead since 2009.
On The Mar(c)k
Tight end Steve Marck matched his career-best with four receptions versus Marshall to open the 2013 season, finishing the contests with 41 receiving yards and a touchdown. Marck entered the contest versus the Thundering Herd with one career touchdown in 32 games ... he doubled that total in game 33.
He’s Got Legs
Hard to imagine Zac Murphy’s individual stats could be much better than they are after three games into the 2013 season. The senior ranks first in the nation with a punting average of 49.8 per kick. He has 12 punts of over 50 yards (4/game) and has added another six 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 15.0 yards per punt return in 2013, which ranks first in the MAC and 15th nationally.
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, Josh Dooley, Jay Mastin and Bryson Albright). Kern is first on the team with 34 tackles, Dooley is third (23), Mastin is fifth (19) and Bryson Alright is eighth (15).
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.