Miami Game Notes vs. Kent State
The loss to Kent State Saturday was Miami's
first home loss of the season as the RedHawks fall to 3-1 at Yager Stadium this
Even with the loss, Miami still leads the
all-time series with Kent State, 46-14, including 23-7 in Oxford. The 48 points
the RedHawks gave up to KSU are the second-most Kent State has ever scored
against Miami, trailing only the 54 the Golden Flashes put up in a 54-21 win in
2008 in Oxford.
Saturday's game was Senior Day as Miami's 25
seniors were honored prior to the game.
For the second time this season, Miami had two
wide receivers go over 100 yards in the same game as junior Nick Harwell
totaled 122 yards on 10 catches and senior Andy Cruse had 123 receiving yards
on eight grabs. The other time that happened was Sept. 29 at Akron as Cruse had
111 receiving yards and sophomore Dawan Scott had 208 yards receiving.
Miami allowed 21 points in the first quarter,
the fifth time the RedHawks have given up 21 points in a quarter this year, but
first time in MAC play. The 21 points tie the most points Miami has allowed in
a quarter this season and are the most in a MAC game.
The RedHawks gave up 35 points in the first
half, the most Miami has allowed in the opening half all season and ties the
most Miami has allowed in any half, giving up 35 in the second half at Ohio
State Sept. 1 in the season opener.
Senior quarterback Zac Dysert threw for 455 yards Saturday, moving him into 26th place
on the NCAA's all-time passing yardage list with 11,452 career yards, passing
15 people, including names such as Peyton Manning and Carson Palmer. He now ranks
third all-time on the MAC's passing yardage list as well, trailing only Dan
LeFevour (CMU) and Byron Leftwich (Marshall). With his 455 passing yards, he
has now thrown for 300 or more yards five times this season and 18 times in his
career while the 455 yards are the second-most in his career behind the 516 he
threw for Sept. 29 at Akron earlier this year.
Dysert threw for four touchdowns Saturday,
marking the fourth time in his career he has done so and second time this year.
He moved into a tie for 10th in MAC history in career touchdowns
with 70, matching Tyler Sheehan of Bowling Green (2006-09). Dysert completed 37
passes in the game, moving him into second in MAC history with 1,014 career
completions, ahead of WMU's Tim Hiller, as he trails only Dan LeFevour of CMU
Senior wide receiver Luke Swift earned his first start of the season Saturday, which was
just the third start of his career. He
hauled in a season-long 42-yard reception in the first quarter, which was his
second-longest catch of his career after a 45-yard catch as a freshman in 2009.
He finished with a career-high 71 yards on four grabs.
Junior cornerback Dayonne Nunley intercepted his third pass of the season in the
first quarter, which ties him for the team lead. It was his 12th
career interception, which moves him into a tie for sixth in Miami history with
Troy White (1984-86) and Dave Rebsch (1971-73).
Junior wide receiver Nick Harwell hauled in a touchdown pass in the second quarter,
giving him 22 touchdown catches for his career, which moves him into a tie for
third in school history with Ryne Robinson (2003-06). He finished with 122
receiving yards on 10 catches for his 15th career 100-yard receiving
game and fourth this season. The 15 100-yard receiving games tie him with
Martin Nance for the most 100-yard receiving games in school history.
Senior wide receiver Andy Cruse hauled in two touchdown catches Saturday, tying his
career high, which he also achieved at Central Michigan in 2010 as a sophomore.
He finished with 123 receiving yards on eight catches for his third career
100-yard game and second this season.
Junior punter Zac Murphy booted a 68-yard punt in the second quarter, the
second-longest of his career after a 71-yarder last Saturday at Buffalo.
Sophomore safety Brison Burris nabbed his third interception of the season (and of
his career) in the second quarter, tying him for the team lead. He picked off a
pass for the second straight game, also doing so last week at Buffalo.
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