Miami RedHawks (0-11, 0-7 MAC)
vs. Ball State Cardinals (9-2, 6-1 MAC)
Game 12: Friday, Nov. 29 • 1 p.m.
Scheumann Stadium (22,500)
Series vs. Ball State: Miami Leads 16-11-0
Series Streak: Ball State - 2
Last Meeting: Nov. 23, 2012
Television: ESPN3 • Frank Giardina (PxP) and Mark Hermann (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 668-421-44 (.608).
• Miami is coming off a 44-7 loss versus Buffalo last Tuesday 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 Ball State 16-11-0 and is 7-5-0 all-time in Muncie. Miami has won five straight road contests versus the Cardinals.
• Miami features a roster loaded with youth. The RedHawks enter Friday’s contest with 19 seniors, seven juniors, 23 sophomores and 51 freshmen.
• The contest versus Ball State will be the final game for 19 RedHawk seniors.
Need To Know
• The RedHawks enter Friday’s contest with a record of 0-11 overall and 0-7 in Mid-American Conference play, including a 44-7 loss last Tuesday versus Buffalo.
• It has been a couple months 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 0-6 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.
• In the loss versus Buffalo the two teams were scoreless after 15 minutes of action, but a 28-0 second quarter doomed the Red & White. Miami’s lone touchdown came on a two-yard rush by Drew Kummer late in the fourth quarter.
• Heath Harding had his third interception of the season and now leads the team in that category.
• Miami has two players ranked among national leaders. Senior punter Zac Murphy is third in the nation in punting (46.9 yards per punt), while sophomore linebacker Kent Kern is 33rd nationally in tackles per game (9.2).
• The RedHawks have lost 15 straight contests dating back to 2012. Miami’s last win was Oct. 27, 2012 at home versus Ohio (23-20).
• Friday’s contest will be the final 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.
Speaking of Seniors
Last Tuesday versus Buffalo was senior day for 19 different RedHawks and head coach Mike Bath did something not normally seen on the football field to honor those seniors. On Miami’s first offensive play, six different seniors took the opening snap, including Julian Green, Orne Bey, Robert Williams III and J.J. Greenwood ... all who made their first career start on that day. Defensively coach Bath did it again, starting six seniors including Allen Veazie, his first career start.
Friday’s contest with Ball State is the fourth consecutive midweek game to close the 2013 season. Miami opened the month of November on a Tuesday (Nov. 5) versus Bowling Green, played the following Wednesday at Kent State (Nov. 13) and hosted Buffalo the next Tuesday (Nov. 19). #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. At Kent State he was 2-of-5 for 19 yards, while adding another 81 yards on the ground. This past week versus Buffalo he was 5-of-19 passing for 65 yards and added 40 yards on the ground.
Run Gearing Run
Austin Gearing leads the team in rushing in 2013 with 421 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.
Sophomore Bryson Albright leads the team with five sacks this season. Three 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. This past week versus Buffalo he matched his career-high with seven tackles.
He’s Got Legs
Hard to imagine Zac Murphy’s individual stats could be much better than they are this season. The senior ranks third in the nation with a punting average of 46.9 per kick. He has 23 punts of over 50 yards and has added another 16 punts that were downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. Of his 73 punts this season, only 11 have resulted in touchbacks.
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, Bryson Albright and Tyler Tucker). Kern is first on the team with 92 tackles, Dooley is third with 75, followed by Mastin (62, 6th), Harding (51, T-7th), Albright (51, T-7th) and Tucker (46, 9th).
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.