Ohio at Miami Game Notes

Oct. 27, 2012 · Yager Stadium · Oxford, Ohio

General Notes

  • Miami season-long captains are Zac Dysert, Jaytee Swanson and Andy Cruse. There was no game captain this week
  • Ohio won the toss and elected to defer. Miami received the opening kickoff, the eighthtime in as many games this season that it has opened with possession.
  • Miami snapped a six-game losing streak against Ohio in the Battle of the Bricks. The RedHawks now hold a 52-35-2 advantage in the all-time series, including a 31-13-2 lead in Oxford.
  • Miami earned its first win over a ranked team since a Dec. 3, 2010 win over Northern Illinois in the MAC Championship game. The Bobcats were the fourth ranked that that the RedHawks have faced this season. Miami is 8-21 against ranked opponents since 1980, including 2-3 at home.
  • Today's attendance of 19,326 is Miami's largest crowd of 2012.

Team Notes

  • Miami scored a field goal on its opening possession Saturday, the fourth straight week that it started the game with a scoring drive. In the first four games, the RedHawks' opening drive resulted in three punts and a lost fumble.

  • Miami registered six sacks for 44 yards against the Bobcats, the same number it tallied in the first seven games combined. The RedHawks entered the game with six sacks for 41 yards through seven games. Ohio entered the contest ranked 10th in the nation with only five sacks allowed. The game ended when senior defensive end Wes Williams sacked Tyler Tettleton at the Miami 9, allowing the clock to expire.

  • Miami entered the game ranked 116th in the nation in rushing defense with an average of 285.3. The RedHawks held Ohio to 162 yards, including only 74 to Beau Blankenship, who entered the contest third nationally at 135.86 ypg.

  • Miami finished the contest with 113 yards rushing, the fourth time this year they topped the century mark as a team. The RedHawks talled three yards at Bowling Green and 59 at Cincinnati in their last two outings.

Individual Notes

  • With 311 passing yards, Zac Dysert moved up nine notches on the NCAA's FBS career passing chart. He climbed ahead of Doug Flutie (Boston College/1981-84), Matt Leinart (USC/2002-05) and Chad Pennington (Marshall/1997-99) among others. Dysert's current total of 10,755 ranks seventh in MAC history.

  • Dysert's 300-yard performance was the 17th of his career.

  • Andy Cruse caught five passes for 24 yards, marking the 20th straight time he caught at least two passes in a game.

  • True freshman Kaleb Patterson kicked three field goals, including the game-winner with 1:24 left in the game (a 31-yarder) . The effort marked the first time in his career that he had booted three field goals after three games with a pair of kicks. Patterson is now 11 of 13 this season and has made seven straight tries. He is also 4-of-5 from 30-39 yards and 5-of-5 from 40 yards or more this year.

  • Nick Harwell's 54-yard touchdown catch with 6:33 left in the first quarter marked the 13th time in his career that he has caught a pass of 40 yards or more. It was his 14th career game of 100 yards or more receiving, leaving him one short of the school record held by Martin Nance.

  • In three career games vs. Ohio, Nick Harwell has had 33 catches for 520 yards.

  • Dawan Scott became the 29th Miami receiver to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark. For his career, Scott now has 1019 receiving yards on 56 catches. Andy Cruse and Nick Harwell are also on that list.

  • Dayonne Nunley had a 41-yard kickoff return. It was the longest by any RedHawk player this season.