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Football week three preview: Miami seeks first win against LIU

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Junior defensive back Ja'don Rucker-Furlow stretches out for a potential interception in Miami's 49-14 loss to Cincinnati.

The Miami University RedHawks football team will attempt to get in the win column for the first time this season against Long Island University. The teams match up at 3:30 p.m. this Saturday, September 18, in Oxford at Yager Stadium. 

After being crushed by Cincinnati 49-14, the RedHawks bounced back to post a solid performance against Minnesota. Despite being down at the half, 21-3, Miami clawed back to a 21-2o deficit early in the 4th quarter. 

The team scuffled in the final minutes. The defense allowed Minnesota to score 10 points in only three minutes. A late touchdown reception from redshirt junior wide receiver Mac Hippenhammer pushed the score to 31-26, but the RedHawks failed to score again. 

Sophomore quarterback Brett Gabbert shined, recording 201 yards on 29 attempts. On the defensive end, redshirt freshman defensive back Matthew Salopek led the team with 7 solo tackles. 

Long Island University is also seeking its first win this weekend. The Sharks, a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) team flopped against Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponents Florida International West Virginia (Miami is also an FBS squad). 

LIU will rely on junior quarterback Camden Orth, who managed just 60 passing yards last week in a 66-0 shutout. The offense totaled only 95 total yards against the WVU defense.

Junior defensive lineman Matthew Molina will be key to stopping the RedHawks offense, who had four solo tackles and a sack against WVU. Senior safety Jerome Brooks III will be responsible for stopping the passing game, who took part in 8 tackles in week 2.

This will be the first ever matchup between these two teams. 

The Game

Miami vs. LIU

Kickoff: Saturday, 9/18, 3:30 p.m. at Yager Stadium


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Players to Watch

Miami RedHawks

Brett Gabbert (QB, So.) last week’s stats: 14/29, 201 yards, 2 TD

Jack Sorenson (WR, Sr.) 6 receptions, 97 yards 

Matthew Salopek (DB, Fr.) 7 solo tackles, 1 PBU

Ivan Pace Jr. (LB, So.) 5 solo tackles, 4 assists 

Long Island Sharks 

Camden Orth (QB, Jr.) 20 attempts, 60 yards

Jonathan Debique (RB, Sr.) 8 attempts, 25 yards

Matthew Molina (DL, Jr.) 4 solo tackles, 4 assists

Jerome Brooks III (FS, Sr.) 6 solo tackles, 2 assists