(MAC FOOTBALL RELEASE)
2020 LENDINGTREE BOWL
Miami (8-5, 6-2 MAC) vs. Louisiana (10-3, 7-1 Sun Belt)
Monday, January 6, 2020 • 7:30 pm ET • Mobile, Ala. • Ladd-Peebles Stadium (40,646)
ESPN Announcers: Dave LaMont (play-by-play), Gene Chizik (analyst), Lauren Sisler (sideline)
- Miami football ranks first all-time in the MAC in wins (698), MAC Championships (16) and bowl wins (7). The RedHawks also captured the 2019 MAC Championship with a 26-21 win over Central Michigan.
- Miami was 4-26 in Coach Martin’s first 30 Mid-American Conference games. Miami is 23-8 in the last 31 games versus schools from the MAC, the best record in the conference in that span.
- The RedHawks clinched the MAC East Championship with a 6-2 record. This is the third time in four years the RedHawks finished the regular season with a 6-2 conference record.
- After graduating 25 seniors a year ago, Miami’s depth chart is much younger in 2019. On the two-deep alone, Miami features 17 players classified as sophomores or younger.
- Martin, in his sixth year, has had many of the same coordinators in all six seasons. Eric Koehler and George Barnett, both in their sixth years with Miami, handle the offense and Spence Nowinsky (second year) and John Hauser (sixth year) manage the defense.
- Since 2014, Miami Athletics has added nearly $40 million in facilities for the football program. The Dauch Indoor Sports Center was opened in 2015 and the Athletic Performance Center was added in early 2017. Both facilities are located in the north end zone of Yager Stadium.
- The RedHawks come into Monday’s game having won seven of its last nine games, after opening the season 1-3 with losses to Ohio State, Iowa and Cincinnati.
- Miami is 5-0 this season in one-score games.
- The RedHawks have had a lead in every game this year. In games they lost, they led Iowa (7-3), Cincinnati (10-0), Ohio State (5-0), Western Michigan (6-0) and Ball State (24-7).
- Miami is bowl eligible for the third time in four years. From 2006-15, Miami was bowl eligible just twice.
- Miami arguably has one of the top special teams units in the nation. Place kicker Sam Sloman ranks second in the nation with 25 made field goals and Kyle Kramer is 35th in the nation with a 43.2 punt average. Maurice Thomas ranks sixth in the country in punt returns (12.6) and 30th in kick returns (22.9).
- In MAC-only games, Miami’s defense ranks near the top in almost every category. The RedHawks rank second in scoring defense (22.5), third in total defense (352.9), first in pass defense (175.9), sixth in rush defense (177.0), second in sacks (27) and fourth in interceptions (7).
Bowl Bound: The RedHawks are competing in their 12th bowl game in school history and are 7-4 all-time in bowl games. This is Miami’s third trip to Mobile, Ala., for a bowl contest and are 2-0 in Ladd-Peebles Stadium with wins in 2003 and 2010.
- 1948 Sun Bowl (Won 13-12 vs. Texas Tech)
- 1950 Salad Bowl (Won 34-21 vs. Arizona State)
- 1962 Tangerine Bowl (Lost, 49-21 vs. Houston)
- 1973 Tangerine Bowl (Won, 16-7 vs. Florida)
- 1974 Tangerine Bowl (Won, 21-10 vs. Georgia)
- 1975 Tangerine Bowl (Won, 20-7 vs. South Carolina)
- 1986 California Bowl (Lost, 37-7 vs. San Jose State)
- 2003 GMAC Bowl (Won, 49-28 vs. Louisville)
- 2004 Independence Bowl (Lost, 17-13 vs. Iowa State)
- 2010 GoDaddy Bowl (Won, 35-21 vs. Middle Tennessee State)
- 2016 St. Petersburg Bowl (Lost, 17-16 vs. Mississippi State)
Series vs. Louisiana: This will be the third meeting between the two schools. Miami is 2-0 all-time versus Louisiana, capturing wins in 1991 (27-14) and 1993 (29-28). The last time Miami played a team from the Sun Belt was in the 2010 GoDaddy.com Bowl, a contest Miami won 35-21 over Middle Tennessee State (no longer in the Sun Belt).