RedHawks Fall to Northern Illinois, 28-25

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Oct. 8, 2006

Recap |  Final Stats

Northern Illinois vs. Miami
Yager Stadium - Oxford, OH
October 8, 2006


- In the 12th meeting between Miami and Northern Illinois, the RedHawks fell to 0-6 for just the third time in program history and the first time since 1988 with a 28-25 loss to the Huskies. Miami has now lost four straight games at home, its longest skid since it lost seven in a row 1988-89.

- Sunday night's three-point loss dropped Miami to 0-2 in Mid-American Conference play for the first time since it started 0-3 in 1993. It also was Miami's third straight loss to Northern Illinois.

- Trevor Cook's 37-yard field goal in the first quarter marked the first time this season that Miami scored on its first offensive possession. Miami's 12 first-half points were a season-high.

- Andre Bratton's 9-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter gave Miami its first second-half lead of the season at 18-17.

- Miami got strong offensive contributions from a trio of redshirt freshmen. Dustin Woods recorded eight catches for a career-best 178 yards and a touchdown, while Andre Bratton contributed a Miami season-high two rushing touchdowns. E.J. Morton-Green added a season-long 38-yard reception that led to a Miami TD.

- Miami notched its second game of the season with over than 400 yards of total offense, finishing with 469 total yards on 372 yards passing and 97 yards rushing.


- After staring the game 2-of-5, Mike Kokal caught fire and finished the game completing 21-of-29 passes for 324 yards and a touchdown. It was his second career 300-yard passing day.

- Senior receiver Ryne Robinson extended his string of consecutive games with a reception to 36 on the night while becoming the program's career record holder for receptions. With seven catches for 57 yards on the night, he now has 211 career receptions.

- Junior cornerback Jerrid Gaines made his second career interception on NIU's opening drive. He also had a quarterback sack on the drive and finished with four tackles.

- Freshman Trevor Cook connected on field goals of 37 and 31 yards and is three-for-three since being named Miami's starting placekicker.

- Redshirt freshman defensive end Travis Craven stopped Garrett Wolfe for negative yardage in the second quarter and has been in on a tackle for loss in each of his first four career games.

- Dustin Wood's 80-yard touchdown reception of a Mike Kokal pass was Miami's longest since an 81-yard hook up between Michael Larkin and Ben Roethlisberger at Bowling Green in 2001.

- With his 40-yard catch near the end of the second quarter, redshirt freshman receiver Dustin Woods went over 100 yards receiving for the first time in his career. Woods finished the game with eight catches for a Miami season-high 178 yards.

- Redshirt freshman Andre Bratton scored on touchdown runs of nine and three yards on the night, recording the first two touchdowns of his career and doubling the number of rushing touchdowns for the RedHawks on the year. He had a career-high 41 yards rushing on the night.

- Senior defensive back Joey Card tied a season-high with 11 tackles, his third game of the season with 10 or more stops.