After winning two in a row, Miami came into Saturday’s game against Missouri looking for the school’s first three-game win streak since the 2006 campaign. A win against the Tigers would have been huge for the Miami program, which has not earned a bowl-bid since 2007. Missouri had no plans for a Miami upset though, and showed the RedHawks why they had been placed in the top 25 after starting out 3-0.
Miami expected a close game on Saturday, but when they looked up at the scoreboard after four quarters they saw a 51-13 win for the Tigers. Turnovers really hurt the RedHawks, as a Miami turnover on the first play of the game put Missouri up 7-0 only eight seconds in.
Miami’s offense did not play a bad game, as they totaled 316 yards against a tough Tiger defense. The problem for the RedHawks came in the running game, as they gained only 70 yards on the ground. With an ineffective run game, Miami was forced to throw the ball more than they wanted to. The combination of Miami sophomore quarterback Zac Dysert to junior wide receiver Armand Robinson was a lone bright spot on offense for the RedHawks, who fell to 2-2 with the loss against the Tigers.
Robinson continued his strong start to the season with 10 receptions for 99 yards. The ten receptions for Robinson puts him at 32 on the season, putting him in the top five among receivers in the NCAA for total receptions. Miami quarterback Zac Dysert had a strong game also, going 20-27 for 178 yards.
Miami’s offense held the ball for 34:54 in the game, while Missouri only had possession for just over 25 minutes. Keeping Missouri’s dangerous offense off of the field was a key for the RedHawks coming into this game, but the Miami defense was unable to stop the Tigers, who gained 469 total yards on offense. Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert only threw for 189 yards and one touchdown in Missouri’s pass happy offense. The difference in the game was the Missouri rushing attack, which totaled 236 yards on the ground.
Miami struggled against Missouri, but they have a great chance to bounce back next week when they host MAC foe Kent State. A win against the Golden Flashes would give the RedHawks a 2-0 record in the MAC, putting them in good position to make a run at a MAC East title. The loss against the Tigers brought the RedHawks back down to earth after winning two in a row, but there is no doubt this team has more talent than it has had in a few seasons.
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Written by Michael Solomon