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Miami Captures 42-41 Comeback Win over UMASS

OXFORD, Ohio--In a furious finish, the Miami University football team overcame a 27-point deficit to seize a 42-41 win over the Massachusetts Minutemen on Saturday afternoon at Yager Stadium. The win snapped a 21-game skid and handed the RedHawks their first win since Oct. 27, 2012 and the first under new head coach Chuck Martin.

Trailing 41-14 late in the second quarter, Miami scored four unanswered touchdowns to overtake the Minutemen. The game-winning score came with 2:58 to go on a 1-yard run by senior quarterback Andrew Hendrix with an extra point by junior kicker Kaleb Patterson that put the RedHawks ahead for good.

Hendrix finished with 528 yards of total offense, which is the second-highest single-game total in Miami history to Zac Dysert’s 624 yards of total offense at Akron on Sept. 29, 2012. Hendrix finished with 437 yards passing, completing 32-of-58 passes with no interceptions, throwing four touchdowns and rushing for one other. He also led Miami with 91 yards on the ground.

Freshman wide receiver Sam Martin tied a Miami record for receiving touchdowns, hauling in four from Hendrix. Martin’s record-tying touchdown grab came with 6:16 to go in the fourth quarter, matching a record set by Andy Schilling against Central Michigan at Yager Stadium on Nov. 1, 1986 in a 59-21 Miami win. He finished with eight catches to lead the RedHawks and tallied 111 yards receiving.

UMass opened up a 14-0 lead in the first quarter with respective 18 and 3-yard touchdown passes at the 9:31 and 2:55 marks.

Seven touchdowns highlighted an explosive second quarter. Miami put its first points on the board when Hendrix hit Martin on a 30-yard pass at the 13:15 mark. Patterson’s extra point pulled the RedHawks within seven, 14-7. The Minutemen quickly retaliated, taking the kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown with 13:01 to go in the opening half. Miami came back just over a minute later as Hendrix and Martin connected on a 5-yard touchdown pass to cap a six-play, 65-yard drive.

UMass regained a 14-point lead on the next drive with a 7-yard touchdown pass at the 9:50 mark. After Miami fumbled the ensuing kickoff on its own 19-yardline, the Minutemen again recorded a 7-yard touchdown pass on its third play of the 45-second drive. UMass, however, missed the extra point. With 2:00 to go in the first half, UMass pushed its lead to 41-14, scoring on a six-yard run.

Miami capped the furious 15 minutes of action, covering 68 yards on eight plays when Hendrix and Martin hooked up for their third touchdown reception of the quarter, this one a 19-yarder with 46 seconds to play. Patterson’s extra point closed the gap to 20 points as the RedHawks trailed 41-21 at the half.

The second-half scoring was all Miami.

Neither team was able to put points on the board in the second half until sophomore wide receiver Jared Murphy found the endzone on a 3-yard rush with 2:33 left in the third quarter. The RedHawks continued to chisel away at the UMass advantage with Martin’s record-tying touchdown catch at 6:16 in the fourth quarter.

Junior linebacker Trey Clifton forced a fumble on the following drive by the Minutemen, which senior defensive back Jarrell Jones recovered on the UMass 45-yardline to set up the game-winning score.

Hendrix completed passes to Martin, sophomore wide receiver Rokeem Williams and freshman tight end Ryan Smith for 21, 13 and 10 yards, respectively, to put Miami on the UMass 1-yardline. After a rush for no gain, Hendrix ran the ball up the middle to knot the game at 41, before Patterson’s game-winning PAT with 2:58 to play.

Sophomore defensive back Heath Harding halted the next UMass drive with an interception on the UMass 43-yardline with 2:19 remaining. Miami, however, was unable to get a first down and was forced to punt with 1:06 left, and the Minutemen took over on their own 20-yardline. The RedHawks had a costly penalty amidst a frantic drive that eventually found UMass on the Miami 6-yardline with three seconds to play. The Minutemen decided to run one last play, which resulted in a 4-yard gain before junior linebacker Joe Donlan made the tackle out of bounds on the 2-yardline as the clock read 00:00.

In addition to Martin’s career receiving day, Williams racked up career highs of 133 receiving yards and six catches with a career-long reception of 61 yards.

Donlan and Jones led the Miami defense with 12 tackles apiece to lead all players. It was a career high for each. Harding also recovered a fumble in addition to his interception, while Clifton accounted for both forced fumbles. Sophomore defensive back Marshall Taylor had the other interception for the RedHawks.

As a team, Miami compiled 557 yards of total offense, edging the Minutemen by three yards.

Miami hits the road for two straight games, beginning with a 2 p.m. tilt at Akron next Saturday, Oct. 11.

Notes

- Senior quarterback Andrew Hendrix established himself into several all-time Miami records following the win. He finished the game with 528 all-purpose yards, second-most in the history of Miami football. He also completed 32 passes (10th), attempted 58 (third), had 437 passing yards (sixth) and finished the game with four touchdown passes (fifth). The fifth-year senior added a career-high 92 yards rushing and the game-winning touchdown (1 yard).

- Hendrix has now attempted 107 straight passes without an interception.

- All four of Hendrix’s touchdowns went to freshman Sam Martin, who finished the game with eight receptions for 111 yards and those four scores. The four receiving touchdowns matches a Miami and Yager Stadium record.

- Rokeem Williams had a career-high six catches for 133 yards.

- Freshman tight end Ryan Smith had his first career catch.

- Joe Donlan and Jarrell Jones had career-highs in tackles, with 12. Jones added a fumble recovery that helped set up the game winning touchdown.

- Heath Harding had nine tackles, one interception and a fumble recovery.

- Tre Clifton had a career-high two forced fumbles.

- Miami finished with a season-high in total yards (557).

OXFORD, Ohio--In a furious finish, the Miami University football team overcame a 27-point deficit to seize a 42-41 win over the Massachusetts Minutemen on Saturday afternoon at Yager Stadium. The win snapped a 21-game skid and handed the RedHawks their first win since Oct. 27, 2012 and the first under new head coach Chuck Martin.

Trailing 41-14 late in the second quarter, Miami scored four unanswered touchdowns to overtake the Minutemen. The game-winning score came with 2:58 to go on a 1-yard run by senior quarterback Andrew Hendrix with an extra point by junior kicker Kaleb Patterson that put the RedHawks ahead for good.

Hendrix finished with 528 yards of total offense, which is the second-highest single-game total in Miami history to Zac Dysert’s 624 yards of total offense at Akron on Sept. 29, 2012. Hendrix finished with 437 yards passing, completing 32-of-58 passes with no interceptions, throwing four touchdowns and rushing for one other. He also led Miami with 91 yards on the ground.

Freshman wide receiver Sam Martin tied a Miami record for receiving touchdowns, hauling in four from Hendrix. Martin’s record-tying touchdown grab came with 6:16 to go in the fourth quarter, matching a record set by Andy Schilling against Central Michigan at Yager Stadium on Nov. 1, 1986 in a 59-21 Miami win. He finished with eight catches to lead the RedHawks and tallied 111 yards receiving.

UMass opened up a 14-0 lead in the first quarter with respective 18 and 3-yard touchdown passes at the 9:31 and 2:55 marks.

Seven touchdowns highlighted an explosive second quarter. Miami put its first points on the board when Hendrix hit Martin on a 30-yard pass at the 13:15 mark. Patterson’s extra point pulled the RedHawks within seven, 14-7. The Minutemen quickly retaliated, taking the kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown with 13:01 to go in the opening half. Miami came back just over a minute later as Hendrix and Martin connected on a 5-yard touchdown pass to cap a six-play, 65-yard drive.

UMass regained a 14-point lead on the next drive with a 7-yard touchdown pass at the 9:50 mark. After Miami fumbled the ensuing kickoff on its own 19-yardline, the Minutemen again recorded a 7-yard touchdown pass on its third play of the 45-second drive. UMass, however, missed the extra point. With 2:00 to go in the first half, UMass pushed its lead to 41-14, scoring on a six-yard run.

Miami capped the furious 15 minutes of action, covering 68 yards on eight plays when Hendrix and Martin hooked up for their third touchdown reception of the quarter, this one a 19-yarder with 46 seconds to play. Patterson’s extra point closed the gap to 20 points as the RedHawks trailed 41-21 at the half.

The second-half scoring was all Miami.

Neither team was able to put points on the board in the second half until sophomore wide receiver Jared Murphy found the endzone on a 3-yard rush with 2:33 left in the third quarter. The RedHawks continued to chisel away at the UMass advantage with Martin’s record-tying touchdown catch at 6:16 in the fourth quarter.

Junior linebacker Trey Clifton forced a fumble on the following drive by the Minutemen, which senior defensive back Jarrell Jones recovered on the UMass 45-yardline to set up the game-winning score.

Hendrix completed passes to Martin, sophomore wide receiver Rokeem Williams and freshman tight end Ryan Smith for 21, 13 and 10 yards, respectively, to put Miami on the UMass 1-yardline. After a rush for no gain, Hendrix ran the ball up the middle to knot the game at 41, before Patterson’s game-winning PAT with 2:58 to play.

Sophomore defensive back Heath Harding halted the next UMass drive with an interception on the UMass 43-yardline with 2:19 remaining. Miami, however, was unable to get a first down and was forced to punt with 1:06 left, and the Minutemen took over on their own 20-yardline. The RedHawks had a costly penalty amidst a frantic drive that eventually found UMass on the Miami 6-yardline with three seconds to play. The Minutemen decided to run one last play, which resulted in a 4-yard gain before junior linebacker Joe Donlan made the tackle out of bounds on the 2-yardline as the clock read 00:00.

In addition to Martin’s career receiving day, Williams racked up career highs of 133 receiving yards and six catches with a career-long reception of 61 yards.

Donlan and Jones led the Miami defense with 12 tackles apiece to lead all players. It was a career high for each. Harding also recovered a fumble in addition to his interception, while Clifton accounted for both forced fumbles. Sophomore defensive back Marshall Taylor had the other interception for the RedHawks.

As a team, Miami compiled 557 yards of total offense, edging the Minutemen by three yards.

Miami hits the road for two straight games, beginning with a 2 p.m. tilt at Akron next Saturday, Oct. 11.

Notes

- Senior quarterback Andrew Hendrix established himself into several all-time Miami records following the win. He finished the game with 528 all-purpose yards, second-most in the history of Miami football. He also completed 32 passes (10th), attempted 58 (third), had 437 passing yards (sixth) and finished the game with four touchdown passes (fifth). The fifth-year senior added a career-high 92 yards rushing and the game-winning touchdown (1 yard).

- Hendrix has now attempted 107 straight passes without an interception.

- All four of Hendrix’s touchdowns went to freshman Sam Martin, who finished the game with eight receptions for 111 yards and those four scores. The four receiving touchdowns matches a Miami and Yager Stadium record.

- Rokeem Williams had a career-high six catches for 133 yards.

- Freshman tight end Ryan Smith had his first career catch.

- Joe Donlan and Jarrell Jones had career-highs in tackles, with 12. Jones added a fumble recovery that helped set up the game winning touchdown.

- Heath Harding had nine tackles, one interception and a fumble recovery.

- Tre Clifton had a career-high two forced fumbles.

- Miami finished with a season-high in total yards (557).

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