Miami knew it headed to Madison as the 33-point underdog, but it didn't expect a score like this. University of Wisconsin (1-1) dominated in the air and on the ground, blowing out the RedHawks (1-1) 58-0. The Badgers outgained Miami 451-157 in yards and 26-9 in first downs.
By Jen Fortman, For The Miami Student
The RedHawks visit Camp Randall Stadium for a matchup against a University of Wisconsin football team that lost 35-17 to then-No. 3 and 2014 Southeastern Conference champion University of Alabama last weekend. It's the first-ever meeting between the two schools, and Miami enters the game as a 33-point underdog.
The Redhawks welcomed Presbyterian to Yager Stadium for their 2015 season opener Saturday afternoon. The game was back and forth and consisted of big plays and turnovers on both ends, but MU pulled away in the second half beating the Blue Hose 26-7. Running back Alonzo Smith dominated the ground with 86 total rushing yards and two TDs, and quarterback Drew Kummer ruled the air with 255 total passing yards and 2 throwing TDs, one to highly anticipated wide receiver, Chris Hudson.
Like any team with a 2-26 record over two seasons, the Miami University football team had a list of problems begging for answers when it entered the 2015 season. Rebranding the team culture became a focus of the coaching staff. The result: the first season-opening win in seven years.
In a team-wide effort, the Miami University football team won its season opener for the first time since 2007. Several team members - not just the "same five people like last year," head coach Chuck Martin noted - contributed to the RedHawks' 26-7 victory over Presbyterian College (0-1).
The Miami University football team opens its 127th season on Saturday against Presbyterian College. Head coach Chuck Martin enters his second year at Miami's helm with a young squad - 62 members of the 110-man roster are either redshirt or true freshmen.