Tuesday, October 08, 2002

Four RedHawks earn weekly honors

Enquirer staff and news services

        Miami football: RedHawks senior safety Milt Bowen and redshirt freshman backup quarterback Josh Betts were named the MAC East Division defensive and special Teams player of the week, respectively.

        In the RedHawks' 31-26 win over Cincinnati, Bowen had a pair of interceptions in the Bearcats' final three drives.

        The interceptions were the sixth and seventh of his career. He has three picks this season. Bowen also made five tackles (3 solo, 2 assisted) and had three passes defended. Bowen needs two more interceptions to break into the career top 10 at Miami.

        Betts, who had never thrown a collegiate pass until last Saturday, assured himself a place in the UC-Miami rivalry history.

        With Miami trailing 21-17 in the third quarter, Betts orchestrated a trick play called the “Hoot-n-anny,” where he threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to fellow redshirt freshman Tyler Vogel for the go-ahead score.

        The RedHawks play host to Northern Illinois for Homecoming at 2 p.m. Saturday for the first of six straight conference games to close the regular season.

        Miami will be trying to extend its winning streak against the Huskies to six games. The last time the RedHawks lost to Northern Illinois was a 17-0 loss in 1983.

        At halftime, Miami will honor Cradle of Coaches member Carm Cozza, the legendary Yale coach, who will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame this December.

        Miami hockey: Redshirt sophomore Vince Pulera and senior goalie David Burleigh were named CCHA offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively, after their efforts in the Lefty McFadden Invitational.

        It is the fourth CCHA weekly honor of Burleigh's career, and the first for Pulera.

        Pulera, who was the tournament MVP, recorded five points (3-2-5) in his first two collegiate contests. He was one of eight RedHawks to record multiple points against Air Force, and one of two to record four points with two goals and two assists.

        Pulera recorded the championship game-winning goal against Bowling Green with less than seven minutes remaining.

        Burleigh garnered his fourth weekly honor after allowing just two goals in 120 minutes. The 12-1 victory against Air Force was the 41st win in Burleigh's career, making him Miami's all-time winningest goaltender.

        Burleigh added No. 42 against Bowling Green by stopping 21-of-22 shots. The only goals that Burleigh allowed were two power-play goals.

        Miami (2-0-0) opens its home schedule against St. Lawrence at 7:35 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Goggin Arena.


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