RedHawks drop first MAC game to Falcons
Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 19:10
The Miami University football team fell to 2-1 in the Mid-American Conference (MAC), as Bowling Green State University (BG) (4-3, 2-1 MAC) defeated the Red and White 37-12. The ’Hawks fall to 3-4 on the season, as their inability to run the ball or stop the run continues to cost them.
“We let the game get out of hand,” junior linebacker Chris Wade said. “We lost pretty badly and made a lot of mistakes.”
The RedHawks were only able to pick up three net yards on 20 rushes. Redshirt sophomore tailback Robert Williams III was the team’s leading rusher, picking up 25 yards on five carries.
BG entered the game averaging just over 159 yards per game rushing, but against the Red and White the Falcons ran for 251 yards and two scores on 44 attempts. Sophomore running back Anthon Samuel did most of the damage, picking up 171 yards on 21 rushes.
“Mostly it is just missed tackles,” Wade said. “If you look at the game film, the defender gets to him at the line of scrimmage.”
BG redshirt junior quarterback Matt Schilz outplayed redshirt senior quarterback Zac Dysert in the rain Saturday, as Schilz completed 20 of 27 passes for 235 yards, two touchdowns and one pick. Dysert was 17 for 31 for 198 yards, one touchdown and two picks.
Dysert is now 60th on the all-time NCAA passing yards list, passing current NFL players Andy Dalton and Robert Griffin III with his game against Bowling Green. He is currently eighth among MAC players.
The RedHawks defense gave up 486 yards of total offense to BG, who came into the game averaging just less than 384 yards. However, the ’Hawks entered the game giving up over 500 yards of offense per game.
The Red and White finished the game with only 256 yards of offense, despite entering the game averaging nearly 400 yards.
Junior wide receiver Nick Harwell had an impressive game, catching seven balls for 117 yards. He led all receivers in both yards and receptions.