Miami at Buffalo Game Notes

Nov. 3, 2012 · UB Stadium · Buffalo, N.Y.


General Notes

  • Defensive lineman Jason Semmes joined season-long captains Zac Dysert, Jaytee Swanson and Andy Cruse for the coin toss.
  • Buffalo won the toss and took the ball to start the game, marking the first time this season (nine games) that Miami started on defense. When it took possession, Miami was forced to punt, snapping a four-game streak of scoring on the opening possession (two touchdowns, then two field goals).
  • Buffalo won for just the second time in 15 meetings with Miami, snapping a two-game losing streak in the series. The Bulls' other wins came in 2008 (Oxford) and 2009 (Buffalo). The RedHawks are now 5-2 at UB Stadium.


Team Notes

  • A scoreless first quarter marked just the second time this season that neither Miami nor the opponent scored in ANY 15-minute period. The RedHawks and UMass were also tied at 0 following the first quarter.
  • The 199 yards gained by UB running back Branden Oliver is the highest total by an opponent running back since Morgan Williams of Toledo tallied 330 on Nov. 21, 2008. The season-high was 188 by Michael Cox of Massachusetts on Sept. 22.
  • The six points scored by both teams combined marked the lowest scoring half in a Miami game since Kent State held a 3-0 lead over the RedHawks last Oct. 15.

Individual Notes

  • Zac Dysert became Miami's career passing leader with a 13-yard completion to Nick Harwell at the 5:34 mark of the third quarter. He passed Ben Roethlisberger, who tallied 10,829 yards from 2001-03. "Big Ben" played in 38 career games for the RedHawks, while Saturday marked Dysert's 43rd appearance over the last four years.
  • With 242 passing yards, Zac Dysert moved up 11 spots to 41st on the NCAA's FBS career passing chart. In addition to Roethlisberger, he climbed ahead of Brian Brohm (Louisville/2004-07), Danny Wueffel (Florida/1993-96) and Drew Brees (Purdue/1997-2000) among others. Dysert's current total of 10,997 ranks sixth in MAC history.
  • Nick Harwell added 62 yards to his career receiving total, giving him 2,794. During the contest, he moved ahead of Michael Larkin (2,772 from 2001-04) for third place on Miami's career list. With three touchdown grabs, he now has 21 in his career, moving him ahead of Trevor Gaylor (1996-99) for fourth in Miami history.
  • Zac Murphy's first punt of the day covered a wind-aided 74 yards. It was a career-long and the tied for the third-longest in school history. Gary Layton had kicks of 78 (at Bowling Green, 1994) and 74 yards (at Toledo, 1993) during his career. Three others have also had 74-yard kicks. Murphy's previous best was at Buffalo in 2010. 
  • Harwell's three touchdown receptions equaled a career high. He also had three vs. Western Michigan in 2011.
  • True freshman Kaleb Patterson converted his eighth straight field-goal attempt in the second quarter, a 29-yarder that gave Miami at 3-0 lead. He is now 12 of 14 this season, including three of four in the 20- to 29-yard range.
  • Junior linebacker Chris Wade tallied 13 tackles on Saturday, the eighth straight game he has topped double figures in stops. He also had 13 at Boise State and at Akron. He entered the year with 12 cazreer stops.
  • Sophomore Brison Burris made his second career interception during the second quarter. He also picked off a pass at Akron earlier this year. Burris also recovered a fumble late in the period, the first of his career.