Miami RedHawks (0-10, 0-6 MAC)
vs. Buffalo Bulls (7-3, 5-1 MAC)
Game 11: Tuesday, Nov. 19 • 8 p.m.
Yager Stadium (24,286)
Series vs. Buffalo: Miami Leads 12-3-0
Series Streak: Buffalo - 1
Last Meeting: Nov. 3, 2012
Television: ESPNU • 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 668-420-44 (.608).
• Miami is coming off a 24-6 loss at Kent State last Wednesday on ESPNU.
• 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 Buffalo 12-3-0 and is 7-1-0 all-time in Oxford. Miami’s lone loss versus the Bulls at home came in 2009 (42-17).
• Miami features a roster loaded with youth. The RedHawks entered the season opener with 19 seniors, seven juniors, 23 sophomores and 51 freshmen.
• The contest versus Buffalo will be senior day for 19 RedHawks.
Need To Know
• The RedHawks enter Tuesday’s contest with a record of 0-10 overall and 0-6 in Mid-American Conference play, including a 24-6 loss last Wednesday versus Kent State.
• 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 0-5 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 is second in the nation in punting (47.2 yards per punt), while sophomore linebacker Kent Kern is 31st nationally in tackles per game (9.2).
• The RedHawks have lost 14 straight contests dating back to 2012. Miami’s last win was Oct. 27, 2012 at home versus Ohio (23-20).
• In the loss at Kent State, Miami got an early field goal from Kaleb Patterson to take a 3-0 lead, but was out-scored 24-3 from that point. Miami’s only other score came from Patterson, a 28-yarder in the second quarter.
• The Golden Flashes racked up 447 yards of total offense, 300 coming via the ground game. KSU’s Trayion Durham had 109 yards on 17 carries and Dri Archer chipped in 96 rushing yards on 12 carries. Each recorded a single touchdown in the game.
• Tuesday’s contest will be the final home game for 19 RedHawks. Those seniors include: John Anevski, Orne Bey, Austin Boucher, Collin Boucher, Austin Brown, Dan Davis, Julian Green, JJ Greenwood, Mason Krysinski, Steve Marck, Zac Murphy, Dayonne Nunley, Dante Taylor, Allen Veazie, Chris Wade, Mwanza Wamulumba, Dustin White, Robert Williams and Wes Williams
Tuesday’s contest with Buffalo is the third of four straight midweek games to close the 2013 season. Following the game with the Bulls, Miami will play 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).
Boucher To Miss Remainder of Season
Senior starting quarterback Austin Boucher suffered an injury on Oct. 26 at Ohio and will miss the remaining portion of the season. Boucher averaged 129.5 yards per game through the air and threw seven touchdowns. Boucher started 12 games in his career, and was 4-0 back in 2010 helping the RedHawks to a MAC Championship and GoDaddy.com Bowl victory.
Redshirt freshman Austin Gearing made his first career start on Nov. 5 versus Bowling Green, completing 6-of-6 passes for 31 yards. He added 30 yards on the ground on nine attempts. This past week at Kent State he was 2-of-5 for 19 yards, while adding another 81 yards on the ground.
Run Gearing Run
Austin Gearing leads the team in rushing in 2013 with 381 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. This past week he recorded a career-high 24 carries, rushing for 81 yards.
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.
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 22 receptions and 226 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.
Sophomore Bryson Albright leads the team with five sacks this season. Two weeks ago versus Bowling Green the defensive end had a career-high three sacks and had 1.5 tackles for loss versus the Golden Flashes back on Nov. 13.
Patterson Enters Record Book
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. Two weeks ago versus BGSU the sophomore added a 51-yard kick for Miami’s only points of the game.
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 second in the nation with a punting average of 47.2 per kick. He has 22 punts of over 50 yards and has added another 14 punts that were downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. Of his 65 punts this season, only 10 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 11.7 yards per punt return in 2013, which ranks first in the MAC. He would rank 19th 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 92 tackles, Mastin and Dooley are tied for fourth (62), Harding is seventh (49) and Bryson Alright is eighth (44). Backup freshmen linebackers Tyler Tucker (35) and Nate Gerbus (28) are 10th and 11th 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.