OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University football team showed flashes of a solid run game, created turnovers and spread the ball around to a host of different receivers against Southern Illinois in the team's first win of the season Saturday.
The RedHawks (1-1) will have to do those things well and more again this week against much stiffer competition playing at Boise State.
The Broncos, who have had plenty of time to simmer after their 17-13 season-opening loss at Michigan State Aug. 31, host Miami this Saturday at 4 p.m.
"I certainly thought we were able to establish a balanced attack (against SIU)," MU coach Don Treadwell said during Tuesday's press conference at Yager Stadium. "It was good to see some of our younger running backs show some tough, good running."
Freshman Jamire Westbrook earned his first start of his career after showing promise against Ohio State. He ran the ball five times for 18 yards and had a 12-yard TD against the Salukis.
Freshman Spencer Treadwell, aside from an early fumble, played well and might have moved himself more into the mix, as he had 16 carries for 73 yards with a TD, which helped Miami top the 100-yard rushing mark for the first time this season.
Senior Justin Semmes, the RedHawks' Week 1 starter, finished with two carries for five yards.
Treadwell said Westbrook would likely be the starter again this week, but that the team would continue to use a running back-by-committee approach. Overall, Miami ran the ball 33 times for 110 yards.
The RedHawks' tight ends were also more involved than usual.
Steve Marck led the team in receiving yards with 73 on four catches.
"It's been good to see the progress of our tight end position," Treadwell said. "It was something that was more or less non-existent last year, so to see those guys as a group, there's about three of them that roll in there pretty frequently, that says a lot about their development."
Dustin White, who caught two passes for 14 yards, and Orlando David, who had one for 11 yards, round out the position.
Defensively, Miami was able to capitalize on two interceptions by converted linebacker Pat Hinkel. The senior returned his first pick 24 yards into the endzone in the second quarter and set up another score in the third with his second INT.
"The defense certainly helped us create some momentum," Treadwell said.
But overall, the RedHawks gave up 349 yards of total offense against a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) team, which had success both on the ground and through the air. SIU, however, couldn't capitalize on its redzone opportunities and had two missed field goals.
This week, Miami will face a Boise State offense that struggled, at least statistically, against Michigan State, tallying 206 total yards.
"They present more challenges than most teams across the country, not only because of the multiplicity that they have, but because they do it so well," Treadwell said about the Broncos.
Junior quarterback Joe Southwick completed 15 of 31 passes for 169 yards with no touchdowns and one INT.
Kirby Moore and Matt Miller were the Broncos' leading receivers. Moore had six catches for 52 yards, while Miller finished with two for 54 yards.
Boise State ran the ball a combined 24 times for 37 yards.