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Sept. 2, 2008

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FIFTH MEETING BETWEEN REDHAWKS AND WOLVERINES: Saturday's game marks only the fifth meeting in the all-time series between Miami and Michigan, with the Wolverines leading the series by a 4-0 count. The first meeting between the two schools (1924) was played at UM's Ferry Field, and each of the last three games (1995, 2001 and 2004) have been played at Michigan Stadium. Miami's narrowest loss to Michigan was a 38-19 defeat in 1995.

BEST MIAMI PERFORMANCES VS. MICHIGAN: In Miami's previous games vs. Michigan, here are the RedHawks' top individual efforts:

RUSHING: DeLand McCullough, 141 yards (28-141-2 TD), 9/30/95

PASSING: Josh Betts, 201 yards (18-36-4-201, 0 TD), 9/4/04

RECEIVING: Jason Branch, 66 yards (4-66, 0 TD), 9/1/01; Martin Nance, 63 yards (5-63, 0 TD), 9/4/04

PUNTING: Jason Cheney, 46.8 avg (6-281), 9/30/95

FIELD GOALS: Chad Seitz, 54 long, 9/30/95

PUNT RETURNS: Ryne Robinson, 34.8 avg (4-139, 70 long), 9/4/04

KICKOFF RETURNS: Eric Henderson, 27.7 avg (3-83, 31 long), 9/30/95

TACKLES: Johnnie Williams, 17 (9-8-17), 9/30/95

MICHIGAN TIES: The RedHawks' roster features two players from Michigan--senior defensive back Bryan Roland (Detroit/U of D Jesuit HS) and sophomore running Quincy Landingham (Bloomfield Hills/Lahser HS). Roland will likely be on Miami's travel squad, while Landingham is being redshirted after transferring from Wisconsin ... George Little, who was head coach at Miami in 1916 then again from 1919-21, also was Michigan's head coach for one season (1924). Little led the Red & White to Ohio Conference titles in 1916 and 1921. Little was Michigan's head coach the year Illinois' Red Grange had his legendary performance against the Wolverines ... former Michigan coach Bo Schembechler served in a similar capacity at Miami from 1963-68. During his six seasons in Oxford, Schembechler led his alma mater to a 40-17-3 record and back-to-back Mid-American Conference co-championships. Bo's successor at Michigan, Gary Moeller, was a Miami assistant coach under Bo in 1967 and `68 ... Miami Athletics Director BRAD BATES earned his bachelor's and master's degree from Michigan in 1981 and `82, respectively. He was a walk-on for UM coach Bo Schembechler, winning a varsity letter in 1980 as a defensive back. Bates attended Northern High School in Port Huron, Mich.