This Week’s Matchup
Miami University and Kent State University will square-off on Saturday, October 15. The game is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. inside Yager Stadium in Oxford, Ohio. The contest will feature Community Day and Swoop’s Kids Club Day.
The matchup with the Kent State Golden Flashes will be carried live on ESPN3. Jim Barber will handle the play-by-play duties and John Gregory will be the color analyst.
In its 10th 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 game-day 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 for the contest can be found at www.miamiredhawks.com
Need To Know
• Miami football ranks first all-time in the Mid-American Conference in wins (673), MAC Championships (15), bowl appearances (10) 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 15 seasons. Martin has an all-time head coaching record of 79-28.
• 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.
Miami comes into Saturday’s contest with an 0-6 record with losses to Iowa, Eastern Illinois, Western Kentucky, Cincinnati, Ohio and Akron. Despite the record, many positives can be found.
• Miami has outgained its opponent in four of six games.
• The RedHawks have won the turnover battle in two games and tied in another.
• In four of six games Miami has held the ball for over 30 minutes of action.
• Miami had fourth quarter leads against Eastern Illinois and Cincinnati and were an on-side kick away from having a chance to tie up the game versus the Hilltoppers. Miami also had the ball down by three points with three minutes to play versus Ohio.
About Kent State
Kent State features an offense that averages 24.5 points and 319.3 yards of per game. The Golden Flashes have played four different quarterbacks, so naturally, they are a run heavy team, averaging 173.2 yards per game on the ground. Nick Holley is tops in that group with 64.7 yards rushing per game and five touchdowns. Defensively they allow 29.7 points and 368.7 yards per game. Nate Holley is tops on the team with 86 tackles. Terence Waugh is second on the team with 34 stops and leads the team in sacks (6.0) and tackles for loss (9.0).
Series vs. Kent State
Miami leads the all-time series 47-16 and are 24-7 overall in Oxford, Ohio. The Golden Flashes did win last year’s contest in Kent, Ohio, with a 20-14 victory in last season’s MAC opener. KSU’s last win in Oxford came back in 2012, a contest they won 48-32.
Home Sweet Home
Miami has a 90-73-4 record inside Yager Stadium, a building that opened in 1983.
Defense Continues to Set the Tone
Over the past two weeks, Miami’s defense has played some incredible football. Versus Ohio, the Bobcats came into the contest averaging 36.8 points and 490.2 yards per game and finished the contest with 17 points (defense only gave up 7) and 197 yards. This past week at Akron, the Zips did manage 35 points, but only recorded 299 yards (came into the contest averaging 437.6 per game).
In The MAC
As mentioned above, the Miami defense has been outstanding the past two games, both MAC contests. Here are a few more numbers on one of the best defenses in MAC play only.
• In MAC games only, Miami ranks first in the conference in total defense, allowing just 248.0 yards per game. Ohio is second at 302.5.
• Miami ranks fifth in MAC games only, allowing 133.0 yards rushing per game.
• Miami ranks second in pass defense, allowing 115.0 yards passing per game in two MAC contests. They are first in pass efficiency in MAC games (104.7).
Four different times this season Miami has controlled the ball for over 31 minutes of action. In the contest at Iowa, Miami dominated time of possession, holding onto the ball for 36:21. Against EIU, Miami once again refused to return the ball, recording a time of possession of 35:37 and versus WKU, Miami had the ball for 35:45. This past week versus Akron, even with a true freshman quarterback making his first career start, the RedHawks held onto the ball for 31:25.
Taking Care of Business
After throwing nine interceptions in his first 63 pass attempts of his career (1 INT every 7 throws), Billy Bahl has been taking care of the ball. In his final 157 passes of 2015 he turned the ball over just four times and has thrown 125 passes and four interceptions this season. In all, he has thrown just eight interceptions in his last 282 pass attempts (1 interception every 35.3 passes).
Wezensky Makes First Career start
With Billy Bahl nursing an injury, true freshman quarterback Noah Wezensky made his first career start last week at Akron. Wezensky completed 14-of-28 passes for 153 yards and one touchdown, while throwing two interceptions.
Versus Ohio, Wezensky played the entire second half after Bahl went to the locker room with that injury. Wezensky would complete 14-of-25 passes for 154 yards and one touchdown in his first action as a RedHawk (Bahl had taken every snap at quarterback up to that point).