Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Miami Clipped by EKU, 17-10

In its second game of the season, the Miami University football team (0-2) was clipped by the Eastern Kentucky Colonels (2-0) at Yager Stadium on Saturday afternoon, 17-10.

Miami racked up 419 yards off offense and had the ball for 38:38 of the game compared to EKU’s 280 yards of offense and 21:22 time of possession, but six turnovers stymied the RedHawk attack.

Senior quarterback Andrew Hendrix finished with 359 yards passing, completing 25-of-52 attempts but threw three interceptions. Senior wide receiver David Frazier led all players with 106 receiving yards, while sophomore receiver Rokeem Williams finished with 105 receiving yards.

Defensively, junior linebacker Kent Kern led all players with 10 tackles, including eight solo stops, and had two pass break ups. Junior linebacker Joe Dolan followed with nine tackles.

Miami struck quickly, putting its first score on the board less than a minute into the game. Hendrix connected with sophomore wide receiver Jared Murphy on a 40-yard touchdown pass at the 14:01 mark to cap a three-play, 75-yard drive. The junior Kaleb Patterson extra point handed the RedHawks an early 7-0 lead.

A RedHawk special teams’ turnover on their own 15-yardline allowed EKU to put its first points on board with a 37-yard field goal at the 2:05 mark of the first quarter as the Colonels pulled within four of Miami, 7-3.

Each team had chances to score in the second quarter but neither was able to convert, leaving Miami holding a 7-3 edge at the half. Miami had a 21-yard field goal blocked with 6:39 to go in the second quarter, before senior defensive back Quinten Rollins came up with a brilliant interception in the end zone to prevent an EKU touchdown at the 4:34 mark.

Miami extended its lead in the third quarter when Patterson booted a 22-yard field goal at the 6:39 mark to hand the RedHawks a 10-3 lead. Eastern Kentucky knotted the game when Stanley Absanon intercepted a Hendrix pass and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown with 3:53 remaining in the third. The Andrew Lloyd extra point evened game at 10 apiece.

Eastern Kentucky took its first lead of the game on a 43-yard pass from Jeff Glover to Deno Montgomery with 4:43 to go up, 17-10.

At halftime, Miami retired the jersey number of Travis Prentice, an All-America running back from 1996-99.

The RedHawks hit the road for three straight games, beginning with a 3:30 p.m. game at Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 13.

Notes



- Andrew Hendrix became the first RedHawk with back-to-back 300-yard games since Zac Dysert did so in 2012 with 455 yards versus Kent State and 343 yards against Central Michigan.



- Hendrix also established a new RedHawk record with 677 passing yards in his first two career starts. The previous-high was held by Zac Dysert, who threw for 623 yards in his first two career games in 2009.



- David Frazier (7-106) and Rokeem Williams (6-105) became the first RedHawk duo to go over 100-yards receiving in the same game since Andy Cruse (123 yards) and Nick Harwell (122 yards) did so versus Akron in 2012.



- Frazier had back-to-back 100-yard games, finishing last week with 109 yards receiving versus Marshall. The last RedHawk to accomplish that feat was Nick Harwell versus Bowling Green and Ohio in 2012.



- Rokeem Williams recorded career-highs in catches (6) and yards (105).



- Jared Murphy established career-bests in catches (4) receiving yards (67) and touchdowns (1).



- Sam Martin had three catches for 30 yards, including his first career catch with Miami.



- Spencer McInnis had a career-high 51 rushing yards.



- Joe Donlan had a career-high nine tackles and his first career sack.

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