GAME NOTES: Miami vs. UC
Sept. 27, 2011
Miami-UC Game Notes
OXFORD, Ohio -- The 116th renewal of the oldest college football rivalry West of the Alleghenies is on tap at 1 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 1) when Miami hosts Cincinnati.
MIAMI HEAD COACH Don Treadwell (Miami, `82) is in his first season at the helm of the Miami program ... 0-3 overall record, 0-1 MAC record ... served as Michigan State's offensive coordinator the previous four seasons; Treadwell managed the Spartans for two games a year ago in Mark Dantonio's absence due to illness, directing MSU to wins over Northern Colorado and No. 11 Wisconsin ... Treadwell joins Ara Parseghian, John Pont, Bo Schembechler, Bill Mallory, Tom Reed and Randy Walker as Miami grads who have been head coaches at MU ... Treadwell was a four-year starter for Miami (1978-81) as a receiver.
CINCINNATI HEAD COACH BUTCH JONES (Ferris State, `90) is in his second season guiding UC and owns a 7-9 record as coach of the Bearcats ... he's 31-21 through four-plus collegiate seasons as a head coach, including a record of 27-13 at Central Michigan ... he's 1-0 vs. Miami.
THREE QUICK HITS
1. It's the 116th renewal of the Battle for the Victory Bell. Dating back to 1888, the Miami-Cincinnati series is the longest-lasting collegiate football rivalry West of the Allegheny Mountains. The RedHawks lead the series with 59 wins, 49 losses and seven ties.
2. For the two campuses that are less than 40 miles apart, there are numerous connections between the current Miami University and University of Cincinnati football programs. (See page 11 of the game notes for details.)
3. Miami's Nick Harwell attempts to record his third-consecutive game with receiving performances of 100 yards or more. A third-straight 100-yard receiving eff ort this week against Cincinnati would put Harwell in elite company with Martin Nance.
RedHawks On The Airwaves
MIAMI IMG SPORTS NETWORK
Entering the fifth 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. Greg Waddell will be the network's sideline reporter.
Tune-in to one of Miami's game-day affiliates:
WMOH-AM 1450 (Hamilton, OH)
WFMG-FM 101.3 (Richmond, IN)
WDBZ-AM 1230 (Cincinnati, OH)
WONE-AM 980 (Dayton, OH)
WKVB-AM 1490 (Richmond, IN)
The pregame show on Saturday, Oct. 1, begins at 12 p.m. ET.
TELEVISION COVERAGE: The Miami-Cincinnati game will be web-streamed by ESPN3. Jim Barbar will handle play-by-play duties while John Gregory will be the color analyst.
PREVIEWING CINCINNATI: Coach Butch Jones' Bearcats (3-1 overall), winners last Thursday night over North Carolina State (44-14), are averaging 49.5 points per game, ranking fourth nationwide in that category. UC ranks 16th in rushing offense (239.3) and 29th in total offense (450.6 ypg). Running back Isaiah Pead is averaging 106 yards per game and has scored a team-high five TDs. Quarterback Zach Collaros is completing 66 percent of his passes for 196 yards per game. D.J. Woods (21 receptions), Anthony McClung (17) and Kenbrell Thompkins (14) are his primary receivers. UC's opponents have had success passing the ball (280.5 ypg), but have struggled running the ball (89.3 ypg).
Miami's kickoff squads, both offensively and defensively, rank among the nation's best. The RedHawks are No. 11 in kickoff-return average, running back opponent's kicks 27.6 yards (14-for-286 yards). Dayonne Nunley's 72-yard return vs. Bowling Green was the longest this season for Miami and ranks as the third-longest by a Mid-American Conference player. The RedHawks also excel in defending kickoff returns, ranking No. 2 among the 120 Division 1 teams (14.3 average/10 for 143 yards).