ATHENS, Ohio – The Miami University football team dropped a 41-16 decision to Ohio in the annual “Battle of the Bricks” Saturday afternoon in Athens. The RedHawks are now 0-8 overall and 0-4 in the Mid-American Conference. The Bobcats improve to 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the MAC.
Ohio jumped to a 14-0 lead on a pair of touchdown receptions by Donte Foster. The RedHawks answered with an 11-play, 47-yard drive late in the first quarter. The key play came when senior quarterback Austin Boucher completed a 14-yard pass to senior tight end Dustin White on 3rd-and-2 for a first down. Sophomore kicker Kaleb Patterson put Miami on the board with a 45-yard field goal to cut the Bobcat lead to 14-3.
After forcing Ohio to a three-and-out deep in their own territory midway in the second quarter, the ‘Hawks rushed the punter forcing a short punt that allowed Miami to begin a drive on the Bobcat 40. Miami took advantage with a 7-play, 40-yard drive capped off by a 22-yard pass by Boucher to White in the back of the end zone for the touchdown.
Ohio was able to score 10 points late in the second quarter to take a 24-10 lead into halftime.
A field goal midway through the third quarter and a touchdown to begin the fourth gave the Bobcats a 34-10 lead. After a fumble by Ohio deep in its own territory, which was recovered by freshman defensive lineman Jimmy Rousher, Miami scored a late touchdown when sophomore quarterback Drew Kummer ran it in from three yards out to make it 34-16. It was his first career score. The Bobcats added one final rushing touchdown to complete the scoring for the day.
Boucher finished the game 12-for-25 for 120 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Junior wide receiver Dawan Scott was the team’s leading receiver with five catches for 48 yards. White finished with three catches for 38 yards with one touchdown.
Senior punter Zac Murphy, who came into the game leading the nation in punting average, had another strong day, averaging 52.7 yards per kick. That included punts of 73 and 65 yards.
Miami has 10 days off and will return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 5 when its hosts Bowling Green at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 or ESPNU.