Warren, Dzioban pick up weekly honors
Two Miami RedHawks earned MAC football Week Nine Player of the Week honors, according to the league office.
MAC East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Jacquez Warren, Miami, Defensive Back
Sophomore, Durham, NC (Southern Durham)
Warren had five tackles and his first career pick-six in Miami's 27-9 win over Akron last Saturday. The sophomore intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter and returned it 62 yards for his first career touchdown. Warren was part of a defensive unit that forced three turnovers, four sacks and scored a touchdown.
MAC East Division Special Teams Player of the Week
Dom Dzioban, Miami, P
Sophomore, Frankfork, Ill. (Lincoln Way East)
Dom Dzioban averaged a career-best 48.1 yards per punt in Miami's 27-9 win at Akron last Saturday. The sophomore had three punts of over 50 yards, downed two kicks inside the opponent's 20-yard line and had a long of 67 yards as well.
Miami defense rules as RedHawks down Zips
By MIKE SMITH
AKRON, OH -- The Akron Zips held visiting Miami to 268 yards of offense and 2 of 13 on third down conversions, but it was MU who walked away with a 27-9 win Saturday at Infocision Stadium.
With the victory, Miami . . .
Former RedHawk contributing with Bears
Former Miami football player Dominique Robinson has proved to be a versatile talent over the years.
After moving to quarterback to help his high school team, he came to Miami as a QB. He was subsequently moved to receiver but finished his career as a defensive end.
Robinson was a late-round pick of the Chicago Bears last year, but he has managed to impress in limited action this season. Most recently, he deflected a pass that led to an interception on Monday night football.
With Chicago's trade of Robert Quinn to the Eagles, Robinson's role/value could be changing.
Here's a link to one of the articles on Robinson: CLICK HERE
Miami needs win to kick-start stretch run
One-win Akron still dangerous
The Miami RedHawks have been in "scramble" mode for much of the 2021 season -- scrambling for wins despite the absence of quarterback Brett Gabbert, who was injured in Week One. The junior was a surprise returnee last week, but his presence was not enough to overcome an outstanding defensive performance by Western Michigan. The Broncos limited MU to 10 points and ended Miami's 16-game home field winning streak with a 16-10 victory.
That verdict gave Miami back-to-back losses for . . .
RedHawks fall to WMU despite Gabbert return
By MIKE SMITH
OXFORD, OH -- Miami (3-5, 1-3 MAC) pulled a rabbit out of the hat, but Western Michigan (3-5, 2-2 MAC) pulled a win out of the battle Saturday as the Broncos held on for a 16-10 victory over MU at Yager Stadium.
The verdict broke Miami's 16-game home winning streak, which started after a WMU win back in 2018. That game -- a 40-39 verdict -- was also close, and Saturday's matchup came down to the final minute when the Broncos defense stopped the Miami's final drive at Western Michigan's 34 after four straight incompletions by Brett Gabbert.
The junior, who was injured at Kentucky in Week One, was a surprise starter against WMU. Previous indications were he could possibly miss the remainder of the season. While there may have been some "rust," particularly in the first half, the Broncos defense had plenty to do with making things difficult. Western Michigan registered seven sacks (3.5 by Corvin Moment) and brought intense pressure on a number of other plays. WMU also limited the RedHawks run game to a net of 83 yards.
"Offensively, for three quarters, (we did) nothing," Miami Head Coach Chuck Martin said. "We can't throw it versus zone. We can't throw it versus man. We can't run it versus anything."
Overall, Western Michigan surrendered just 305 yards and . . .
Miami offers early look at hoops squad in action
As we pass the halfway point of football, some fans start to hear the faint sounds of basketballs bouncing around. Miami hoop fans who want to SEE the bouncing balls, as well, can catch an early Miami intra-squad scrimmage Saturday (noon) at Millet Hall.
New Head Coach Travis Steele's team is sprinkled with a bit of everything - from returning players to transfers, with some youth joining the mix, as well.
Steele talked to Mo Egger earlier this week on a number of items, including the roster. You can check it out HERE.
RedHawks in search of another bounce-back win
By MIKE SMITH
The Miami RedHawks have not won -- or lost -- two games in a row this season. After falling last week at Bowling Green, MU may be "due" for a win this time out. The RedHawks are also on home turf, where Miami owns a 16-game win streak. Throw in a family weekend, which typically brings in one of the bigger crowds, and MU should have at least some wind under its wings when kickoff time arrives at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
All that said, however, MU Head Coach Chuck Martin said Monday his RedHawks have a number of issues to "clean up" for this week's matchup. As he has . . .
MU offensive struggles set up loss to Falcons
By MIKE SMITH
BOWLING GREEN, OH - It was a battle of struggling offenses. In the end, the home offense did enough to win Saturday as Bowling Green edged Miami 17-13.
The Falcons (3-4, 2-1 MAC) entered Saturday ranked 10th among MAC teams in total offense, while Miami 3-4, 1-2 MAC) was No. 11, with a mere five-yard difference between the two.
The RedHawks had made their struggles work a week earlier when they upset high-powered Kent State 24-17. This time, however, MU was on the road, and this time its opponent virtually shut down the RedHawk run game.
Miami owned 415 yards of offense overall and churned out 236 on the ground against Kent State. Bowling Green, however, limited . . .
RedHawks seek MAC momentum at Bowling Green
By MIKE SMITH
After bouncing back from a damaging loss at Buffalo with a win over Kent State last week, the Miami RedHawks will seek to stay in the win column Saturday as they battle Bowling Green at the Falcons nest (Doyt L. Perry Stadium).
Nothing is guaranteed, especially on the road. Just ask Marshall University, who beat Notre Dame in South Bend one week, only to lose at Bowling Green the following Saturday. That overtime victory is one of two wins by the Falcons this season. They also edged Akron (on the road) two weeks ago. Like the RedHawks, BGSU is 1-1 in MAC play.
SERIES VS. THE FALCONS
Miami leads the all-time series 46-24-5 and has won four of the last five matchups. The RedHawks are 8-1 in their last nine trips to BGSU, including a 38-23 win in their most recent visit (2018).
Miami scored 34 unanswered points and defeated Bowling Green 34-7 in November 2021 to become bowl-eligible, extending the RedHawks’ Yager Stadium winning streak to 14 games. The Red and White sacked the Falcons eight times in the victory. Tyre Shelton ran for two scores and Brett Gabbert threw a pair of touchdowns to lead the Miami offense.
Here's more on the two teams . . .
Defense, big plays key RedHawks win over Kent State
By MIKE SMITH
OXFORD, OH -- Caiden Woullard's field goal block on Kent State's first drive of the day was one of several key plays that enabled hosting Miami to edge the Golden Flashes 27-24 Saturday at Yager Stadium.
After losing their conference opener at Buffalo last week, the RedHawks bounced back to raise their record to 3-3 overall 1-1 MAC. Kent State fell to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in league play.
"It's been a hard week to come off that loss (at Buffalo)," Martin said. "If you have any chance to stay in this (conference) race, you have to win."
Tyre Shelton scored two touchdowns and . . .
Editor-Publisher Mike Smith
Mike grew up in Mid-American Conference football and basketball territory and returned there after military service. He has been covering MAC football and men's basketball for much of the last several decades.