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RedHawks Collect Second Straight Home Win Against KSU

OXFORD, Ohio—Behind a 10-3 win over Kent State University on Saturday afternoon at Yager Stadium, the Miami University football team collected its second straight home triumph as the RedHawks improved to 2-7 on the season and 2-3 in Mid-American Conference play. The Golden Flashes dropped to 1-7 overall and 0-4 in MAC action.

The RedHawks struck first, covering 88 yards on nine plays in their second series of the game. The drive included a 30-yard rush by sophomore wide receiver Fred McRae to take the ball to the Kent State 10-yard line. A Golden Flashes penalty and a Miami 1-yard rush put the Red and White on the 4-yard line but a personal foul on the RedHawks pushed them back to the 19-yard line at second and goal. Senior quarterback Andrew Hendrix rushed up the middle for the touchdown on a 19-yard carry, and junior kicker Kaleb Patterson’s extra point handed Miami an early 7-0 lead with 4:12 to go in the first quarter.

With 1:36 to go in the opening half, the Golden Flashes closed the gap when Anthony Melchiori kicked a 28-yard field goal to make the score 7-3 at the intermission.

Late in the third quarter, Miami reclaimed a seven-point lead when Patterson hit a 41-yard field goal with 40 seconds to go. It was Patterson’s second field goal of 40 or more yards this season, hitting a 49-yarder versus Cincinnati on Sept. 20.

The Golden Flashes threatened late in the game, converting on fourth-and-six to keep their last drive alive and eventually moving the ball to the RedHawks’ 21-yard line. Facing third-and-one on its own 21-yard line, the Miami defense came up big with two defensive stands at the line of scrimmage for no yardage. Sophomore defensive lineman J’Terius Jones came up with the third-down tackle and redshirt freshman linebacker Zach Smierciak and junior defensive lineman Mitchell Winters came up with the fourth-down stop.

Hendrix finished with 120 yards through the air, completing 11-of-28 passes with no interceptions. He also had a team-high 104 yards on the ground on 15 carries. Sophomore wide receiver Jared Murphy was the RedHawks’ leading receiver with 71 yards on four catches.

Defensively, senior cornerback Jarrell Jones paced the RedHawks with nine tackles, including one tackle for a loss of 8 yards. Sophomore defensive back Heath Harding added eight tackles, and an interception.

Miami wraps up a two-game homestand when the RedHawks host Western Michigan at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1. Next Saturday Miami University celebrates its 100th Homecoming. The game against the Broncos also is a Red Out and fans are encouraged to wear their Miami Red to the game. For tickets, click HERE.

OXFORD, Ohio—Behind a 10-3 win over Kent State University on Saturday afternoon at Yager Stadium, the Miami University football team collected its second straight home triumph as the RedHawks improved to 2-7 on the season and 2-3 in Mid-American Conference play. The Golden Flashes dropped to 1-7 overall and 0-4 in MAC action.

The RedHawks struck first, covering 88 yards on nine plays in their second series of the game. The drive included a 30-yard rush by sophomore wide receiver Fred McRae to take the ball to the Kent State 10-yard line. A Golden Flashes penalty and a Miami 1-yard rush put the Red and White on the 4-yard line but a personal foul on the RedHawks pushed them back to the 19-yard line at second and goal. Senior quarterback Andrew Hendrix rushed up the middle for the touchdown on a 19-yard carry, and junior kicker Kaleb Patterson’s extra point handed Miami an early 7-0 lead with 4:12 to go in the first quarter.

With 1:36 to go in the opening half, the Golden Flashes closed the gap when Anthony Melchiori kicked a 28-yard field goal to make the score 7-3 at the intermission.

Late in the third quarter, Miami reclaimed a seven-point lead when Patterson hit a 41-yard field goal with 40 seconds to go. It was Patterson’s second field goal of 40 or more yards this season, hitting a 49-yarder versus Cincinnati on Sept. 20.

The Golden Flashes threatened late in the game, converting on fourth-and-six to keep their last drive alive and eventually moving the ball to the RedHawks’ 21-yard line. Facing third-and-one on its own 21-yard line, the Miami defense came up big with two defensive stands at the line of scrimmage for no yardage. Sophomore defensive lineman J’Terius Jones came up with the third-down tackle and redshirt freshman linebacker Zach Smierciak and junior defensive lineman Mitchell Winters came up with the fourth-down stop.

Hendrix finished with 120 yards through the air, completing 11-of-28 passes with no interceptions. He also had a team-high 104 yards on the ground on 15 carries. Sophomore wide receiver Jared Murphy was the RedHawks’ leading receiver with 71 yards on four catches.

Defensively, senior cornerback Jarrell Jones paced the RedHawks with nine tackles, including one tackle for a loss of 8 yards. Sophomore defensive back Heath Harding added eight tackles, and an interception.

Miami wraps up a two-game homestand when the RedHawks host Western Michigan at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1. Next Saturday Miami University celebrates its 100th Homecoming. The game against the Broncos also is a Red Out and fans are encouraged to wear their Miami Red to the game. For tickets, click HERE.

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