Miami RedHawks (0-7, 0-3 MAC)
vs. Ohio Bobcats (5-2, 2-1 MAC)
Game 8: Saturday, Oct. 26 • 2 p.m.
Peden Stadium (24,000)
Series vs. Ohio: Miami leads 52-35-2
Series Streak: Miami - 1
Last Meeting: Oct. 27, 2012
Television: ESPN3 • TBA (PxP) and TBA (Analyst)
Radio: Miami Sports Network • Steve Baker (PxP), Tim Bray (Analyst), Terry Bridge (sideline)
Live Stats: www.muredhawks.com
Miami Quick Hits
• The Miami University football team is in its 125th season of football and has an all-time record of 668-417-44 (.611).
• Miami is coming off a 24-17 loss versus Akron last Saturday in Oxford, Ohio.
• Mike Bath was named interim head football coach on Sunday, Oct. 6 and will serve in that role the remainder of the season.
• Bath replaced Don Treadwell, who was 8-21 in 29 career games at Miami.
• Miami has four captains in 2013, voted on by their teammates. QB Austin Boucher, TE Steve Marck, DT Austin Brown and DE Wes Williams 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.
• Miami leads the all-time series with Ohio 52-35-2, but the Bobcats hold a 22-21-0 advantage when the contest is played in Athens.
• Miami features 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 RedHawks enter Saturday’s contest with a record of 0-7 overall and 0-3 in Mid-American Conference play, including a 24-17 loss last Saturday at home versus Akron. It was Akron’s first win at Miami since 1939.
• It has been a crazy few weeks for Mike Bath. On Saturday, Oct. 5 he and the RedHawks lost to Central Michigan (21-9). The following day (Oct. 6) Bath was named interim head football coach and on Oct. 12 he and the RedHawks lost at Massachusetts (17-10) prior to this past week’s loss to Akron (Oct. 19).
• Bath has been an assistant coach for the RedHawks for six years (two different stints), was a graduate assistant (2004-05) and a player (1997-00). Bath was the offensive coordinator for two years at Ashland (2009-10) and will call plays for Miami for the rest of the season.
• Bath spent the past three seasons coaching tight ends, wide receivers and quarterbacks at various points. In 2012, he helped coach Zac Dysert to nearly every Miami passing record known to man. Dysert was drafted by the Denver Broncos last April.
• Bath was also a decorated quarterback during his time as a player. From 1998-00, he posted a record of 23-10, while throwing for 6,524 yards and 49 touchdowns.
• Miami has two players ranked among national leaders. Senior punter Zac Murphy leads the nation in punting (47.4 yards per punt), while sophomore linebacker Kent Kern is 32nd nationally in tackles per game (9.4).
• The RedHawks have lost 11 straight contests dating back to 2012. Miami’s last win was Oct. 27, 2012 at home versus Ohio (23-20).
• In the Akron loss Miami trailed 24-7 in the fourth quarter before Dawan Scott scored on a 44-yard touchdown pass. Following the recovery of an on-side kick Kaleb Patterson drilled a 52-yard field goal to get the score to 24-17. Miami failed on its second on-side kick chance and Akron was able to run out the clock.
• Miami had a season-high 303 yards of total offense and 226 through the air. Senior quarterback Austin Boucher had his best game of the season, completing 23-of-34 pass for 226 yards and two touchdowns. David Frazier had a career-high nine catches for 79 yards and a touchdown in the loss to Akron.
• The Miami/Akron game was tied 7-7 at the half, which should not be anything new for the Red and White. Last Saturday’s game was the fourth contest this season in which the game was tied after 30 minutes. Miami was also tied with Marshall (14-14), Cincinnati (0-0) and UMass (7-7).
• Despite the 0-7 record, Miami is actually plus-5 in the turnover department this season. The RedHawks have thrown just seven interceptions and fumbled twice, while forcing six fumbles and intercepting eight passes this season. Miami ranks fourth in the MAC in turnover margin.
The Boucher File
• Nov. 10, 2010 - Replaced Zac Dysert after he suffered a lacerated spleen in a contest with Bowling Green. Lead Miami on a game winning drive that resulted in a 33-yard FG as time expired for a 24-21 victory.
• Nov. 17, 2010 - Made his first career start on Nov. 17, 2010, a road contest versus Akron. As a redshirt freshman, he completed 22-of-33 passes for 213 yards and no turnovers, helping the RedHawks to a 19-14 MAC win.
• Dec. 3, 2010 - Started the MAC Championship game versus Northern Illinois, throwing for 333 yards and one touchdown. That lone touchdown came with 33 seconds remaining in the game, helping Miami to a 26-21 MAC Championship win.
• Jan. 6, 2011 - Completed his magical run by throwing for 289 yards and a career-high two touchdowns in a 35-21 win over Middle Tennessee State. Boucher earned MVP of the contest and received a kiss on the cheek from Danica Patrick during the postgame ceremonies.
• All of 2011 and 2012 - Sat behind Dysert in each of the 2011 and 2012 seasons, seeing spot game action in 10 games while completing 13-of-23 passes for 158 yards and one touchdown in those two years.
• Aug. 31, 2013 - Made his first start in 966 days versus Marshall.
Run Gearing Run
• Backup quarterback Austin Gearing leads the team in rushing in 2013 with 260 yards on the season. The redshirt freshman has posted back-to-back career-bests on the ground. Three weeks ago at Illinois, Gearing had 81 yards rushing on 16 carries. Two weeks ago, he ran the ball 15 times for 108 yards, which included a 48-yard run, Miami’s longest play from scrimmage this season.
Miami Player of the Week Honors
Miami has recorded three player of the week honors this season. Punter Zac Murphy has earned two of the awards, averaging over 50 yards per punt versus Kentucky and Cincinnati. Senior Dayonne Nunley was named MAC East Defensive Player of the Week following the Cincinnati game, finishing the contest with 10 tackles, three pass breakups and an interception.
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.
Redshirt 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 entered 2013 with one career touchdown reception in 32 games. In 2013 alone, the senior has two touchdown catches in just six contests. Marck opened the year with a touchdown catch versus Marshall and added another two weeks ago at UMass.
Patterson Enters Record Book
Last week versus Akron Miami successfully recovered an on-side kick in the fourth quarter. After a few first downs Miami set up for a 52-yard field goal that Kaleb Patterson drilled right down the middle. That 52-yard make is tied for the fourth longest field goal in 125 years of Miami football
A two-time First-Team All-MAC selection, Dayonne Nunley owns 13 career interceptions, which ranks sixth on Miami’s career list. He also has recorded 31 pass breakups and 19.5 tackles for loss during his career. As a freshman, Nunley was tabbed the Defensive MVP of the GoDaddy.com Bowl.
Dayonne Nunley is the only returning All-MAC performer from last season. Nunley, who earned first-team all-conference in 2012, was joined by Zac Dysert (QB), Nick Harwell (WR) and Andy Cruse (WR) on the All-MAC squad.
He’s Got Legs
Hard to imagine Zac Murphy’s individual stats could be much better than they are this season. The senior ranks first in the nation with a punting average of 47.4 per kick. He has 15 punts of over 50 yards and has added another 11 punts that were downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. Of his 47 punts this season, only six have resulted in touchbacks.
Redshirt freshman Fred McRae made an instant impact in the RedHawks’ 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. He would rank 11th nationally, but does not have enough returns to qualify.
The point has been made that this Miami team is very young, but looking at the defensive side of the ball, five of Miami’s top-10 tacklers are first year starters (Kent Kern, Jay Mastin, Josh Dooley, Heath Harding and Bryson Albright). Kern is first on the team with 66 tackles, Mastin is second (51), Dooley is third (48), Harding is sixth (35) and Bryson Alright is seventh (31). Backup freshman linebacker Nate Gerbus is eighth (24).
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 has a ton of history to share with its players, considering four full-time staff members are graduates of Miami University. Interim head coach Mike Bath (2001), Jay Peterson (1985), Andrew Marlatt (1988) and Ron Carpenter have all played for Miami.