Miami RedHawks (0-8, 0-4 MAC)
vs. Bowling Green (5-3, 3-1 MAC)
Game 9: Tuesday, Nov. 5 • 8 p.m.
Yager Stadium (24,286)
Series vs. BGSU: Miami leads 42-22-5
Series Streak: BGSU - 2
Last Meeting: Oct. 13, 2012
Television: ESPNU • Mark Neely (PxP) and David Diaz (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 668-418-44 (.610).
• Miami is coming off a 41-16 loss at Ohio last Saturday in Athens, 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 Bowling Green 42-22-5, but the Falcons have won the last two meetings. The RedHawks are 21-12-1 all-time in Oxford, Ohio versus BGSU.
• 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 Tuesday’s contest with a record of 0-8 overall and 0-4 in Mid-American Conference play, including a 41-16 loss last Saturday at Ohio.
• 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. The RedHawks are 0-3 under Bath.
• 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 (48.1 yards per punt), while sophomore linebacker Kent Kern is 25th nationally in tackles per game (9.5).
• The RedHawks have lost 12 straight contests dating back to 2012. Miami’s last win was Oct. 27, 2012 at home versus Ohio (23-20).
• In the Ohio loss, Miami got off to a slow start, falling behind 14-0 early, but actually had the ball late in the second quarter with a chance to take the lead at the half. A late interception gave OU the ball deep in Miami territory, which allowed the Bobcats to add a short touchdown and take a 21-10 lead into the locker room.
• While the RedHawks are 0-8 overall, in four of those contests the games were tied after 30 minutes of action. Miami has entered the second half tied versus Marshall (14-14), Cincinnati (0-0), UMass (7-7) and Akron (7-7).
• Miami is plus-5 in the turnover department this season. The RedHawks have thrown just eight interceptions and fumbled twice, while forcing seven fumbles and intercepting eight passes this season. Miami ranks fifth in the MAC in turnover margin.
Why The Internet Was Created
Fans could probably spend hours on Youtube watching crazy highlights from previous BGSU/Miami contests. In 2010 the two teams played most of the second half in a dense fog. In 2006 the “Mud Bowl” took place inside Doyt Perry Stadium and in 2005 the “Tornado Bowl” took place in Yager Stadium, causing several delays and some of the craziest statistics you could ever find. Miami captured victories in the fog (20-17) and mud (9-7), with the Falcons winning the 2005 contest. Miami finished that 2005 game with minus-64 yards rushing and allowed three safeties. All three games were aired live on ESPN.
Tuesday’s contest with Bowling Green will be the first of four straight midweek games to close the 2013 season. Following Tuesday’s game with the Falcons, Miami will play Kent State (Nov. 13) on a Wednesday, Buffalo (Nov. 19) on a Tuesday and Ball State (Nov. 29) on a Friday. #MACTION!
The Miami RedHawks were picked to finish fifth in the East Division in the 2013 preseason poll by member of the MAC News Media Association. The Red and White recorded 78 points in the poll, trailing Ohio (164), Bowling Green (154), Kent State (119) and Buffalo (101). Trailing Miami were Akron (53) and UMass (29).
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 270 yards on the season. The redshirt freshman posted back-to-back career-bests on the ground earlier this season. At Illinois, Gearing had 81 yards rushing on 16 carries, and ran the ball 15 times for 108 yards versus Central Michigan, 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.
Down Goes Frazier ... But Returns
Since missing the first four games of the season, Frazier has been one of Miami’s best offensive weapons these last four games. Frazier is second on the team with 17 receptions and 180 receiving yards and is tied for the team lead in touchdowns with two.
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 eight contests. Marck opened the year with a touchdown catch versus Marshall and added another at UMass.
Patterson Enters Record Book
Two weeks ago versus Akron, Miami’s Kaleb Patterson drilled a 52-yard field right down the middle. That 52-yard make is tied for the fourth longest field goal in 125 years of Miami football.
Nunley One of Nation’s Best DB’s
Miami University senior cornerback Dayonne Nunley earned a spot on the Jim Thorpe Award watch list, which includes 48 of the nation’s best defensive backs, representing eight conferences and one independent. He is one of three Mid-American Conference defensive backs to appear on the watch list.
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 48.1 per kick. He has 19 punts of over 50 yards and has added another 13 punts that were downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. Of his 54 punts this season, only eight 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 13.2 yards per punt return in 2013, which ranks first in the MAC. He would rank 12th 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 76 tackles, Mastin is second (62), Dooley is third (57), Harding is sixth (41) and Bryson Alright is seventh (34). Backup freshmen linebackers Tyler Tucker (28) and Nate Gerbus (25) are ninth and 10th on the team.
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.