Miami Game Notes vs. Ball State
Nov. 23, 2012 · Yager Stadium · Oxford, Ohio
- Friday's game was the final game for Miami's 25 seniors, which includes Brad Bednar, Justin Bowers, D.J. Brown, Andy Cruse, Zac Dysert, Erik Finklea, Stephen Goehring, Evan Harris, Pat Hinkel, Mike Johns, Luke Kelly, Matt Kennedy, Mitch Krotz, Zach Mages, Andrew Muller, Sam Olberding, Jason Semmes, Justin Semmes, Brian Slack, Jaytee Swanson, Luke Swift, Evan Wiley, Joseph Williams, Jake Wurzelbacher and David Zulandt.
- Ball State won the opening coin toss and deferred to the second half, when they received the kickoff.
- Friday's meeting was the first between Miami and Ball State since Nov. 11, 2008, which the Cardinals won in Oxford, 31-16. With the 31-24 win, Ball State has now won two in a row in the series for the first time since 1992 and 1993. Miami still leads the all-time series with BSU 16-11-1 however, including 9-6-1 in Oxford.
- Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 was officially proclaimed Zac Dysert Day in Ada, Ohio by Ada mayor David A. Retterer.
- Miami finished the season with a 4-8 record, its second straight 4-8 season. The RedHawks ended 3-5 in Mid-American Conference play, also for the second straight year. Head coach Don Treadwell is now 8-16 in two years at the helm of his alma mater.
- Miami made eight tackles behind the line of scrimmage Friday with the eight tackles for the loss marking a season high. The eight TFLs totaled 33 yards for loss. The RedHawks had recorded seven tackles for loss three times previously this year (Ohio State, Boise State and Ohio).
- The 363 yards allowed by Miami Friday were the third fewest it has given up all season and second fewest in MAC play. The RedHawks held Buffalo to 352 total yards on Nov. 3 and allowed just 349 yards to Southern Illinois Sept. 8.
- Senior quarterback Zac Dysert finished 26-for-40 for 218 yards Friday, as he finished his career with 12,013 passing yards, which moves him into 20th place in NCAA history as he passed New Mexico State's Chase Holbrook (2006-08) and Marshall's Byron Leftwich (1999-02), who also played in the MAC, during the game. Dysert started the day 22nd in NCAA history. He also finished his career second in MAC history in career passing yards behind only Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour (2006-09), who had 12,905 yards. Dysert also finished second in MAC history in attempts (1,672) and completions (1,064) behind LeFevour while his 73 career touchdowns are ninth in MAC history after tossing two Friday.
- Zac Dysert finished his career as Miami's all-time leading passer with 12,013 yards and the program's all-time leader in attempts (1,672) and completions (1,064). He also ranks second in Miami history with 73 career touchdown passes, including two today, as he trails only Ben Roethlisberger (2001-03), who totaled 84 touchdown passes in his career. His 3,483 passing yards this season rank fourth in school single-season history.
- Sophomore wide receiver Dawan Scott scored on a 3-yard rushing touchdown run late in the first quarter out of the "Wildcat" formation. It was his first career rushing touchdown. He then scored a touchdown on a 34-yard reception late in the second quarter, giving him nine career receiving touchdowns and 10 touchdowns for his career. Of his nine receiving touchdowns, seven have come this year, which is second on the team behind Nick Harwell's eight. He finished with 120 receiving yards on nine catches, his second 100-yard receiving game this season and the fourth of his career. His nine catches were the second-most in his career behind his 11 catches at Akron Sept. 29. It was his third multi-touchdown game this year.
- Senior offensive lineman Brad Bednar, who has played mostly at center, made his 50th career start Friday, as he has started every game of his collegiate career.
- Senior defensive lineman Jason Semmes recorded a sack in the second quarter, his fourth of the year, which leads the team. It was his third sack in his last five games. He now has 14.5 sacks in his three-year Miami career, which is the most among active RedHawks. Semmes totaled two tackles for loss in the game (for 14 yards), giving him 26.5 TFLs for his career, which is also the most among active RedHawks.
- Junior linebacker Chris Wade made a career-high 14 tackles in the game, including 10 solo stops, which tied a career high. The 14 tackles topped his previous best of 13 tackles which he achieved three times this year. He has now recorded double-digit tackles in nine games this season and led Miami in tackles 10 times this year, including Friday. Wade finished with 128 tackles this season, 47 more than any other RedHawk (Brison Burris was second with 81 tackles). Wade entered the season with 12 tackles in his career.