Game Preview: RedHawks Look to Snap Streak Versus Cincinnati

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Sept. 12, 2017

Miami RedHawks (1-1) vs. Cincinnati Bearcats (1-1)
Oxford Ohio (Yager Stadium)
Sept. 16, 2017 at 8 p.m.
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This Week’s Matchup
Miami University and the Cincinnati Bearcats will square-off for the 122nd time on Saturday, Sept. 16. The contest will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and begin at 8 p.m. under the lights of Yager Stadium.

The matchup with the Bearcats will be carried live on Fox19/ESPN3. Tim Bray will handle play-by-play duties and Greg Frey will serve as analyst for the broadcast.

In its 11th year of its partnership with IMG College, the Miami Sports Network continues its coverage of Miami Football with a group of affiliates blanketing most of Southwest Ohio and Southeast Indiana. “The Voice of the RedHawks” Steve Baker will deliver the play-by-play coverage, while Terry Bridge will provide color commentary. Randy Hollowell will be the network’s sideline reporter. Tune-in to one of Miami’s gameday affiliates:

WMOH-AM 1450 (Hamilton, Ohio)
WFMG-FM 101.3 (Richmond, Ind.)
WDBZ-AM 1230 (Cincinnati, Ohio)
WONE-AM 980 (Dayton, Ohio)
WKBV-AM 1490 and 100.9 FM (Richmond, Ind.)

Live Stats
Live stats for the contest can be found at

Need To Know
• Miami football ranks first all-time in the Mid-American Conference in wins (680), MAC Championships (15) and bowl wins (7).

• In 127 years of Miami football, the RedHawks have had just 33 losing seasons. Since joining the MAC in 1948 (67 years), Miami has had just 16 losing seasons.

About Chuck Martin
• Head coach Chuck Martin, who earned that title on Dec. 3, 2013, brings an impressive resume to Oxford, Ohio.

• Not only was he 74-7 in six years at Grand Valley State (2004-09), he has coached in seven national championship games in the past 16 seasons. Martin has an all-time head coaching record of 86-34.

• He has twice been named the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) National Coach of the Year and has been a coordinator on both sides of the ball.

• Martin was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Grand Valley State University on Oct. 23, 2015.

About Cincinnati
Cincinnati is 1-1 on the season with a win over Austin Peay (26-14) and a loss last week at Michigan (36-14). Offensively they are led by quarterback Hayden Moore, who has thrown for 283 yards and four touchdowns this season. Defensively the Bearcats are led by Malik Clements, who has 22 tackles.

Series vs. Cincinnati
• The “Battle for the Victory Bell” between Miami and Cincinnati is the longest-lasting collegiate football rivalry west of the Allegheny Mountains, first being played in 1888. It is also the fifth-most played rivalry in Division I (FBS only) with 121 all-time meetings and is the oldest non-conference rivalry in the nation.

• The first Miami/Cincinnati game was played in Oxford on Dec. 8, 1888 as the teams played to a scoreless tie. The game was the first college football game played in the state of Ohio.

• Miami controls the all-time series 59-55-7, but the Bearcats have won the last 11 meetings. Miami’s last win versus UC was back on Sept. 28, 2005 in a 44-16 win in Oxford.

• The two teams have played every year since 1945, not playing in 1943 or 1944, but Miami and UC also played every year from 1909 through 1942. Of the 121 meetings, 53 have been decided by seven points or less, including the seven ties in series history.

Miami and UC Extend Series Through 2029
A series that dates back to 1888 has now been extended. Miami University Athletics Director David Sayler and University of Cincinnati Director of Athletics Mike Bohn announced this morning (Sept. 11) that the series between the two schools will continue through 2029.

The extension includes five home games for both schools and three games at Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Cincinnati Bengals. Miami will serve as the host institution for the 2018 and 2022 games at Paul Brown Stadium with UC as the host in 2026.

Upcoming Series Dates
Sept. 16, 2017 at Miami
Sept. 8, 2018 at Paul Brown Stadium
Sept. 14, 2019 at Cincinnati
Sept. 19, 2020 at Miami
Sept. 4, 2021 at Cincinnati
Sept. 17, 2022 at Paul Brown Stadium
Sept. 16, 2023 at Cincinnati
Sept. 14, 2024 at Miami
Sept. 6, 2025 at Cincinnati
Sept. 19, 2026 at Paul Brown Stadium
Sept. 11, 2027 at Miami
Sept. 9, 2028 at Cincinnati
Sept. 8, 2029 at Miami

Austin Peay Recap
Three fourth quarter turnovers by the defense energized the Miami football team and allowed it to pull away with a 31-10 victory over Austin Peay on Saturday afternoon. The RedHawks’ (1-1) big plays allowed them to hold the ball for 12:06 in the fourth quarter to allow them to even their record on the season.

Miami outgained Austin Peay 295-270 on the day with both teams ending up with three turnovers. Gardner paced the offense with five catches for 117 yards and hauled in two of Ragland’s (11-of-23 for 145 yards) three touchdown passes. Smith finished with 85 yards rushing on 22 carries to lead MU’s ground attack. Defensively, Montgomery finished with a team-high nine tackles and forced two fumbles while Reid nabbed an interception and pounced on a loose ball after a kickoff.

Miami Taking Its Time
Through two games this season Miami ranks ninth in the country in time of possession, holding onto the ball for an average of 35:37 per game. In the opener versus Marshall Miami had the ball for 35:44 and followed that up a week later with a time of possession of 35:31 versus Austin Peay.

Dominate Defense
Miami’s defense currently ranks 24th in the nation in total defense (268.5) and 52nd in scoring (20.5), but even that doesn’t tell the entire story. Versus Marshall, the Thundering Herd had two special teams TD’s and a pick-six. If you were to remove those 21 points, the Miami defense would rank 10th in the country, allowing just 10.0 points per game.

Big Play Tony Reid
Since arriving at Miami, Tony Reid has always seemed to be in the right place at the right time on the football field. That was no different last week versus Austin Peay. The senior recorded an interception and a fumble recovery versus the Governors and added a recovery of an on-side kick in the same contest.

Ragland and Smith Working It
While Ryan Smith was held without a catch last Saturday versus Austin Peay, the Ragland/Smith combo has been working well as of late. Smith opened the 2017 season with seven catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns and finished the 2016 season with seven grabs for 72 yards and a score versus Mississippi State in the St. Petersburg Bowl.

Gardner Coming Out Strong
James Gardner entered 2017 with high expectations after finishing as a third-team All-MAC player a year ago, with 45 catches for 750 yards and six touchdowns. This season through two games he has 13 catches for 228 yards and two scores, while averaging 17.5 yards per catch. His 228 yards receiving ranks 21st in the country.

September 24, 2016
Cincinnati, Ohio
Football Drops Tight Game to UC
Miami University's football team held the lead entering the fourth quarter, but was unable to bring the Victory Bell back to Oxford, falling 27-20 to the University of Cincinnati Saturday afternoon at Nippert Stadium. The RedHawks dropped to 0-4, while the Bearcats improved to 3-1 with the win.