Miami RedHawks (0-9, 0-5 MAC)
vs. Kent State (2-8, 1-5 MAC)
Game 10: Wednesday, Nov. 13 • 8 p.m. - Dix Stadium (25,319)Kent, Ohio
Series vs. Kent State: Miami leads 46-14-0
Series Streak: KSU - 1
Last Meeting: Nov. 10, 2012
Television: ESPNU • Tom Hart (PxP) and John Congemi (Analyst)
Radio: Miami Sports Network • Steve Baker (PxP), Tim Bray (Analyst), Terry Bridge (sideline)
Live Stats: www.muredhawks.com
Miami Quick Hits
• The Miami University football team is in its 125th season of football and has an all-time record of 668-419-44 (.609).
• Miami is coming off a 45-3 loss at home to Bowling Green last Tuesday on ESPNU.
• Mike Bath was named interim head football coach on Sunday, Oct. 6 and will serve in that role the remainder of the season.
• Bath replaced Don Treadwell, who was 8-21 in 29 career games at Miami.
• Miami has four captains in 2013, voted on by their teammates. QB Austin Boucher, TE Steve Marck, DT Austin Brown and DE Wes Williams serve as captains in 2013.
• Miami returns 47 letterwinners (20 offense, 23 defense and 4 special teams) and 16 starters (6 offense, 6 defense and 4 special teams) from the 2012 season.
• Miami leads the all-time series with Kent State 46-14-0. KSU defeated Miami 48-32 last season in Oxford.
• Miami features a roster loaded with youth. The RedHawks entered the season opener with 12 seniors, 14 juniors, 23 sophomores and 51 freshmen.
Need To Know
• The RedHawks enter Wednesday’s contest with a record of 0-9 overall and 0-5 in Mid-American Conference play, including a 45-3 loss last Tuesday versus Bowling Green.
• It has been a crazy few weeks for Mike Bath. On Saturday, Oct. 5 he and the RedHawks lost to Central Michigan (21-9). The following day (Oct. 6) Bath was named interim head football coach. The RedHawks are 0-4 under Bath.
• Bath has been an assistant coach for the RedHawks for six years (two different stints), was a graduate assistant (2004-05) and a player (1997-00). Bath was the offensive coordinator for two years at Ashland (2009-10) and will call plays for Miami for the rest of the season.
• Bath spent the past three seasons coaching tight ends, wide receivers and quarterbacks at various points. In 2012, he helped coach Zac Dysert to nearly every Miami passing record known to man. Dysert was drafted by the Denver Broncos last April.
• Bath was also a decorated quarterback during his time as a player. From 1998-00, he posted a record of 23-10, while throwing for 6,524 yards and 49 touchdowns.
• Miami has two players ranked among national leaders. Senior punter Zac Murphy leads the nation in punting (48.0 yards per punt), while sophomore linebacker Kent Kern is 25th nationally in tackles per game (9.3).
• The RedHawks have lost 13 straight contests dating back to 2012. Miami’s last win was Oct. 27, 2012 at home versus Ohio (23-20).
• In the BGSU loss, Miami got a 51-yard field goal from Kaleb Patterson to get within 7-3 late in the first quarter before the Falcons scored the final 38 points of the contest. Miami fumbled the ball five times (BGSU recovered three) and it was just the second time this season Miami lost the turnover battle.
• While the RedHawks are 0-9 overall, in four of those contests the games were tied after 30 minutes of action. Miami has entered the second half tied versus Marshall (14-14), Cincinnati (0-0), UMass (7-7) and Akron (7-7).
• Miami is plus-3 in the turnover department this season. The RedHawks have thrown just eight interceptions and fumbled five, while forcing seven fumbles and intercepting nine passes this season. Miami ranks sixth in the MAC in turnover margin.
Wednesday’s contest with KSU is the second of four straight midweek games to close the 2013 season. Following the game with the Flashes, Miami will play Buffalo (Nov. 19) on a Tuesday and Ball State (Nov. 29) on a Friday. #MACTION!
The Miami RedHawks were picked to finish fifth in the East Division in the 2013 preseason poll by member of the MAC News Media Association. The Red and White recorded 78 points in the poll, trailing Ohio (164), Bowling Green (154), Kent State (119) and Buffalo (101). Trailing Miami were Akron (53) and UMass (29).
Boucher To Miss Remainder of Season
Senior starting quarterback Austin Boucher suffered an injury on Oct. 26 at Ohio and will miss the remaining portion of the season. Boucher averaged 129.5 yards per game through the air and threw seven touchdowns. Boucher started 12 games in his career, and was 4-0 back in 2010 helping the RedHawks to a MAC Championship and GoDaddy.com Bowl victory.
Redshirt freshman Austin Gearing made his first career start last Tuesday versus Bowling Green, completing 6-of-6 passes for 31 yards. He added 30 yards on the ground on nine attempts.
Run Gearing Run
Austin Gearing leads the team in rushing in 2013 with 300 yards on the season. The redshirt freshman posted back-to-back career-bests on the ground earlier this season. At Illinois, Gearing had 81 yards rushing on 16 carries, and ran the ball 15 times for 108 yards versus Central Michigan, which included a 48-yard run, Miami’s longest play from scrimmage this season.
Other Side of The Coin
While Gearing made the start, redshirt sophomore Drew Kummer also saw plenty of action versus the Falcons. Kummer entered the game with one career rush and zero pass attempts, who finished the game completing 9-of-19 passes for 100 yards.
Miami Player of the Week Honors
Miami has recorded three player of the week honors this season. Punter Zac Murphy has earned two of the awards, averaging over 50 yards per punt versus Kentucky and Cincinnati. Senior Dayonne Nunley was named MAC East Defensive Player of the Week following the Cincinnati game, finishing the contest with 10 tackles, three pass breakups and an interception.
Down Goes Frazier ... But Returns
Since missing the first four games of the season, Frazier has been one of Miami’s best offensive weapons these last four games. Frazier is second on the team with 21 receptions and 213 receiving yards and is tied for the team lead in touchdowns with two.
On The Mar(c)k
Tight end Steve Marck entered 2013 with one career touchdown reception in 32 games. In 2013 alone, the senior has two touchdown catches in just eight contests. Marck opened the year with a touchdown catch versus Marshall and added another at UMass.
Sophomore Bryson Albright leads the team with five sacks this season. This past week versus BGSU he had three sacks for a loss of 16 yards
Patterson Enters Record Book
Three weeks ago versus Akron, Miami’s Kaleb Patterson drilled a 52-yard field right down the middle. That 52-yard make is tied for the fourth longest field goal in 125 years of Miami football. This past week versus BGSU the sophomore added a 51-yard kick for Miami’s only points of the game.