’Hawks fall to Wildcats in second game of year
Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 01:09
The Miami University football woes continued this week in Kentucky, as the University of Kentucky routed the RedHawks, 41-7. Miami now sits at 0-2 for the season.
Kentucky (1-1) jumped out to an early lead on a pair of touchdowns and a field goal to make it 17-0 with 5:54 remaining in the first quarter. After an opening game loss to Western Kentucky, the wildcats came out with a vengeance and dominated the rest of the game. Miami redshirt senior linebacker Chris Wade did get the ’Hawks on the board on a six yard fumble recovery touchdown, but it was the only daylight his team saw all afternoon. Kentucky scored again two minutes before the half to take a commanding 24-7 lead and tacked on another 17 points in the second half.
“We’re learning a lot more about our team now that we’ve got two games under our belt,” head coach Don Treadwell said. “We are very disappointed in the loss, but we want to find out with the guys we were playing how they performed. Very seldom do you like a bye week coming up, but for us, I think it will be a good thing, because we need to internally look at some things … and make adjustments.”
Indeed, the bye week might help the ’Hawks – after an off-week last year, Miami came back and beat ranked Ohio University in a close contest at home, 23-20. But right now, the focus is on correcting the mistakes made in Lexington. According to senior defensive back Dayonne Nunley, the team looked much better in the second half, when they stalled Kentucky much more frequently.
“In the second half we came out a lot better,” Nunley, who recorded a game-high eight tackles, said. “We only allowed ten points, so we just start clicking and we just need to play football and just have fun, like you’re supposed to do.”
When the dust settled, the RedHawks paper trail offered little room for fun. The 675 yards allowed tops the 591 they gave up to Marshall last weekend, while the Wildcats averaged just over nine yards per play. Miami mustered just 122 yards of total offense, and converted only one of sixteen third down attempts.
“For us to play the kind of game we needed to play to compete with a team at this caliber we have to play flawless, and that obviously did not happen,” Treadwell said. “But at the same time we give a lot of credit to the team we played, as they were a very explosive football team.”
At 0-2, Miami is hoping to right the ship, quickly. The danger of falling to another 4-8 type of season is not one that coaches or players would like to think about, as Miami heads back to the drawing board over the next two weeks.
“Kentucky’s a good team,” redshirt senior quarterback Austin Boucher said. “After a loss, I … don’t have much to say, but the better team won today. They executed and we didn’t. We’ve got to get stuff fixed.”
Following the bye week, the RedHawks will take on the Cincinnati Bearcats Saturday Sept. 21 at Yager Stadium for their home opener. The game time has yet to be determined.