MIAMI REDHAWKS FOOTBALL NOTES VS OHIO STATE
THIS WEEK’S MATCHUP For the first time since 2012 the Miami football team will face-off with Ohio State on Saturday, Sept. 21. Opening kick is slated for 3:30 p.m. TELEVISION The matchup with the Buckeyes will be carried live on the Big Ten Network. Brandon Gaudin will handle play-by-play duties, while James Laurinaitis will serve as the color analyst. Elise Menaker will handle the sideline duties.
→ For the second time in less than a month the RedHawks will face a team from the Big Ten. Miami opened the year with a 38-14 loss at Iowa. → Following Saturday’s game Miami will play eight-straight MAC contests. Miami is 16-6 in its last 22 conference games.
RECAP VS. CINCINNATI Miami scored the game’s first 10 points and led 10-0 after 15 minutes of play. Cincinnati answered with a touchdown early in the second quarter and Miami then fumbled at the UC 12-yard line and the Bearcats then drove the field to take a 14-10 lead into the half and never looked back. Cincinnati outgained Miami 420-207 on the day, including 234-64 on the ground. Gabbert finished the day 10-of-18 with 143 yards passing while Shelton led MU with 39 yards rushing. NOTES FROM CINCINNATI • Cam Blakely had his first career catch. • Kam Butler had a career-high seven tackles, 2.0 sacks and 4.0 tackles for loss versus the Bearcats. • Tyre Shelton scored his first career touchdown. • The Miami defense had a season-high four sacks last Saturday.
The Miami football team came out with several opportunities to score early in the first half, but dropped passes and a missed field goal gave Ohio State University a chance to get comfortable. The Buckeyes, who trailed 3-0 after the first quarter, settled in en route to a 56-10 victory in coach Urban Meyer’s debut at Ohio Stadium in front of 105,039 fans. Quarterback Zac Dysert, who completed 31 of 53 passes for 303 yards, put Miami in position to succeed in the early going. He completed a 42-yard pass to Nick Harwell midway through the opening frame, setting up a 24-yard field-goal attempt, but freshman Kaleb Patterson sent the kick wide right. Harwell finished with eight catches for 120 yards. Dysert made another big play on Miami’s next offensive possession, completing a 58-yard pass to Dawon Scott, which placed the team at the OSU 10-yard line. But, three incompletions resulted in a 22-yard Patterson kick with 1:23 left. The RedHawks held the lead until early in the second when Ohio State’s Devin Smith made a one-handed 23-yard TD catch. The Buckeyes followed up the score with two more in the half for a 21-3 lead that would have become even bigger except for a goal-line stand from at the 1 on the final play of the half. Ohio State increased the lead to 35-3 with the first two scores of the second half before Dysert hooked up with Harwell for a 44-yard TD pass with 10:24 left in the third quarter. Ohio State closed out the game with three fourth-quarter touchdowns.
ABOUT OHIO STATE Ohio State is currently ranked No. 6 in the country and are coming off a 51-10 win at Indiana. Quarterback Justin Fields has thrown for 657 yards and nine touchdowns this year and has added 114 yards and four scores on the ground. Overall, the offense averages 46.0 points and 501.7 yards per game. Defensively, they allow 10.3 points and 252.7 yards per game. Chase Young has 11 tackles and 5.0 sacks on the season. SERIES VS. OHIO STATE Ohio State is 5-0 in the series that dates back to 1904. These two teams last played in 2012, a contest the Buckeyes won 56-10. PRESEASON POLL Miami was picked to finish second in the MAC East 2019 Media Preseason Poll. Ohio was picked to win the East with 144 points, recording all 24 first-place votes. The RedHawks were second with 107 points, followed by Buffalo (100 points), Kent State (62 points), Akron (54 points) and Bowling Green (37 points). Toledo was picked to win the West Division. NEW FACES ON OFFENSE After graduating 25 seniors last season the RedHawks have several new faces on the team this year, many of them on the offensive side of the ball. QB Brett Gabbert: First true freshman to begin a season as Miami’s starting quarterback in school history. Is also the brother of NFL quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Has thrown for 481 yards and two touchdowns in three career starts. RB Tyre Shelton: Redshirt freshman leads the team with 108 yards rushing through three games RED MEANS GO Miami is 11-for-12 this season on red zone opportunities. Its lone miss was a fumble inside the red zone last week at UC. In those 12 attempts, Miami has scored eight (66.7%) touchdowns. Last season, Miami was 42-for-43 in the red zone with 35 (81.4%) touchdowns. Miami was also 33-for-33 in the red zone during MAC play with 27 touchdowns last year. In its last 15 games, Miami has scored on 53-of-55 red zone opportunities.
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OHIO STATE CAPS 2019 NON-CONFERENCE SLATE VS. MIAMI UNIVERSITY
The Ohio State Buckeyes, riding the nation’s second-longest winning streak at nine games, close out its non-conference season with a 3:30 p.m. game Saturday at Ohio Stadium against the Miami Redhawks. This will be the sixth meeting between the two schools, the fourth since 2000 and the first since Urban Meyer’s unbeaten, 2012 Buckeyes defeated Miami, 56-10, to open the season and the Meyer coaching era in Columbus. The game was announced in April 2017 and came about after Ohio State and TCU modified their scheduled home-and-home series in 2018 and 2019 to one, neutral site game in 2018. Ohio State defeated TCU, 40-28, last year at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
316 Yards that J.K. Dobbins has rushed for in the first half of the last two games.
42.2 Points per game by Ohio State since the start of the 2017 season, sixth best nationally.
105 Ohio State holds a 105-point differential through the first three quarters so far this season, including a dominant 73-point edge in the first
42 Number of players on the 2019 team who earned OSU Scholar-Athlete honors in 2018 for having an overall GPA of at least 3.00.
2 Consecutive Big Ten regular season games that WR Chris Olave has blocked a punt and caught at least one touchdown pass.
5 Runs of 10 yards or more given up by the Ohio State defense in the first three games. The Buckeyes have surrendered just two runs of 20
yards or more and none of 30 or more.
905 Ohio State is nationally ranked by the Associated Press for the 905th week, an all-time record among all programs.
QUICK HITTERS Ohio State ranks in the top 30 nationally in both total offense (28th) and total defense (10th). The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents 42-3 in the first quarters of its first three games this season. Ryan Day is the 25th head coach in school history. This is the 150th anniversary season of college football. Since 2012, Ohio State is 49-3 at Ohio Stadium and is averaging 44.1 points per game.
CHAMPIONS VS. INDIANA Off ense: QB Justin Fields, RB Master Teague, TE Luke Farrell, TE Rashod Berry, WR Chris Olave, WR Austin Mack, WR Binjimen Victor, LT Thayer Munford, LG Jonah Jackson, C Josh Myers, RT Wyatt Davis, RG Branden Bowen Player of the Game: RB J.K. Dobbins Defense: DE Chase Young, DT Robert Landers, DT Davon Hamilton, LB Pete Werner, SAF Jordan Fuller, CB Shaun Wade Player of the Game: CB Damon Arnette Special Teams Players of the Game: WR Chris Olave.
SCOUTING MIAMI Miami has started the 2019 season, its sixth under the direction of head coach Chuck Martin, with a 1-2 record entering Saturday’s contest. The Redhawks fell at Cincinnati last week, 35-13, despite getting out to a 10-0 first quarter lead. Quarterback Brett Gabbert directs an offense averaging 25 points per game and is completing just shy of 60 percent of his passes this year for 481 yards and two TDs. In the backfield, the 1-2 punch of Tyre Shelton and Davion Johnson has split carries almost equally. They have accounted for three of Miami’s six rushing touchdowns so far. Johnson is also the team leader in receptions (eight). Jalen Walker leads in receiving yards (113) and yards per catch (28.2). Prior to Miami, Martin spent six seasons at Grand Valley State (2004-2009) where he compiled a 74-7 record and won back to back Division II national titles (2005 and 2006). Martin previously was an assistant coach at Notre Dame (2010-13), serving as the school’s offensive coordinator in 2012 and 2013.
OHIO STATE/MIAMI STORYLINES Ohio State and Miami are meeting for just the sixth time and first since 2012. The Buckeyes lead the all-time series 5-0 with wins coming in 1904, 1911, 2000, 2005 and 2012. Ohio State offensive coordinator/tight ends coach Kevin Wilson spent eight years at Miami as an assistant coach (1990-98) under Randy Walker. Another notable Buckeye with Miami coaching ties is Woody Hayes, who went 14-5 in two seasons at Miami before coming to Ohio State in 1951. The Buckeyes are facing an in-state opponent for the second time in three weeks. It the first time they’ve played two in-state opponents in the same season since 2014. Ohio State is 184-48-15 all-time against in-state opponents.