Sunday, October 10, 1999

Miami 45, Bowling Green 31


Prentice, Bath lead RedHawks to record day

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — The Miami University offense that RedHawks fans know and love was back Saturday.

        Miami ran up 503 yards of total offense, averaging 8.4 yards per play, in a 45-31 victory over Bowling Green Saturday on rainy day at Perry Stadium.

        “They couldn't stop us,” said Miami coach Terry Hoeppner. “Forty-five points on 60 snaps. That's got to be some kind of record.”

        The 45 points were the most ever scored by a visiting team at Bowling Green.

HEISMAN WATCH
  • Travis Prentice, RB, Miami, 34 carries, 209 yards, 3 TDs; 4 receptions, 54 yards.
  • Shaun Alexander, RB, Alabama, was idle.
  • Ron Dayne, RB, Wisconsin, 25 carries, 80 yards.
  • Drew Brees, QB, Purdue, 24-for-39, 205 yards, 1 TD.
  • Pete Warrick, WR, Florida State, did not play following arrest for grand theft.
  • Joe Hamilton, QB, Georgia Tech, 14-of-26, 273 yards, 2 TDs; 14 carries, 77 yards, 1 TD.
  • Chris Weinke, QB, Florida State, 23-for-34, 332 yards, 2 TDs.
        Travis Prentice ran for a season-high 202 yards and scored three touchdowns.

        Quarterback Mike Bath had his best day of the season. Bath hit 15 of 22 passes for 309 yards and four TDs. He was not intercepted.

        “He had a great game,” Hoeppner said. “Everything clicked.”

        “I went in with a different mindset today,” Bath said. “I was relaxed.”

        The RedHawks were pushed around in a 32-16 loss to Mar shall last week.

        “We put an emphasis on being physical this week,” Hoeppner said. “Travis felt good about that. The offensive line had a great week.”

        Hoeppner credited fullback/linebacker Nick Monk for helping jump start the running game. Monk also had five tackles on defense.

        “He played a lot of snaps today,” Hoeppner said, “and he was hitting someone on almost every down he was in.”

        Prentice moved into second place behind former Texas star Ricky Williams in two NCAA career categories. He scored his 65th and 66th rushing touchdowns to move ahead of Indiana's Anthony Thompson (64). He's now six behind the record of 72.

        He also caught a TD pass to give him 426 career points, second behind Williams' 452. He passed Roman Anderson of Houston, who has 423.

        Prentice's string of carries without losing a fumble ended at 863 when he gave one up in the first half. That number is an NCAA record.

        Miami improves to 4-2 and 3-1 in the Mid-American Conference. Bowling Green is 2-4 and 1-3.

        Miami took control of the game with two touchdowns in the last two minutes of the first half. A 29-yard Bath-to-Prentice TD pass made it 14-3 with 1:50 to go.

        Bowling Green was unable to run the clock out. After a short punt, Miami went 43 yards in four plays. Bath hit Trevor Gay lor for eight yards and the TD.

        That made it 21-3.

        “That was huge,” Hoeppner said.

        Miami pushed the lead to 45-17 with big plays: A 62-yard TD catch by Gaylor; a 17-yard TD catch by Nate Sexton; and a 53-yard TD run by Prentice.

        The TD was the first for Sexton, a senior from LaSalle.

        Gaylor had his biggest day of the year. He caught six balls for 153 yards and two TDs.

        Miami did get some bad news: Linebacker Matt Robillard tore his anterior cruciate ligament. He becomes the seventh Miami player to be lost for the year.

        Safety Grant Crosthwaite, a redshirt freshman from Moeller, could be the eighth. He may have a broken ankle.

        Miami ....... 7 14 10 14—45

        Bowling Green ....... 0 3 14 14—31

        First Quarter

        Mia—Prentice 4 run (Brumbergs kick), 9:27

        Second Quarter

        BG—FG Strasser 32, 3:53.

        Mia—Prentice 29 pass from Bath (Brumbergs kick), 2:03

        Mia—Gaylor 8 pass from Bath (Brumbergs kick), :27

        Third Quarter

        BG—Redd 30 pass from Sahm (Strasser kick), 13:04

        Mia—Gaylor 62 pass from Bath (Brumbergs kick), 12:16

        BG—Lewis 1 run (Strasser kick), 5:28

        Mia—FG Brumbergs 33, 1:32

        Fourth Quarter

        Mia—Sexton 17 pass from Bath (Brumbergs kick), 14:55

        Mia—Prentice 53 run (Brumbergs kick), 10:41

        BG—Holmes 2 run (Strasser kick), 5:27

        BG—Sahm 21 run (Strasser kick), 1:16

        A—10,289.

        Mia BG        

First downs ....... 20   28

        Rushes-yards ....... 38-194  52-187

        Passing ....... 309   242

        Comp-Att-Int ....... 15-22-0  18-37-1

        Return Yards ....... 92   110

        Punts-Avg. ....... 4-33.8   3-39.3

        Fumbles-Lost ....... 1-1   1-1

        Penalties-Yards ....... 13-93   4-40

        Time of Possession ....... 22:35   36:17

        INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

        RUSHING—Miami, Ohio, Prentice 34-209, Bowman 1-1, Bath 3-(minus-16). Bowling Green, Holmes 19-64, Lewis 22-54, Sahm 8-49, Gibson 2-18, Martin 1-2.

        PASSING—Miami, Ohio, Bath 15-22-0-309. Bowling Green, Sahm 18-37-1-242.

        RECEIVING—Miami, Ohio, Gaylor 6-153, Prentice 4-54, Sexton 3-66, Monk 1-24, Buxton 1-12. Bowling Green, Alexander 8-87, Redd 6-115, Gerling 3-35, Martin 1-5.

       



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