MACtion Tonight on National Television:
Buffalo at Miami, 8 pm ET (ESPNU)
Kent State at Ohio, 8 pm ET (ESPN2)
Buffalo Game Notes:
Bulls Quick Notes
• The Bulls are just 1-6 in games played at Yager Stadium since joining the MAC.
• A win over Miami would be the Bulls’ sixth MAC win. It would be the most ever by a UB team in a single season. The Bulls went 5-3 in the MAC in 2007 and 2008.
• Joe Licata is just the second UB quarterback to throw 20 touchdown passes in a season (Drew Willy had 25 in 2008).
• Joe Licata and NIU’s Jordan Lynch are the only two MAC quarterbacks to have thrown a touchdown pass in every game this season.
• Branden Oliver has rushed for 100 yards in school-record six straight games and is averaging 172 yards per game in MAC play.
• Branden Oliver is 170 yards shy of his own school single-season rushing record of 1,395 yards set in 2011.
• Khalil Mack has 13 career forced fumbles, one shy of the NCAA record.
• With 184 career receptions, Alex Neutz in one catch shy of Brett Hamlin (2005-09) for third in school history.
• Since beating Miami on Oct. 29. last season, the Bulls are 10-4.
Bulls Travel to Miami for Mid-Week Matchup
The University at Buffalo football team will travel to Oxford, OH for a Tuesday night clash with Miami at Yager Stadium. Buffalo is 7-3 overall, 5-1 in the MAC and is coming off a 51-41 at Toledo last Tuesday night. UB was led by Joe Licata who threw for career-high 497 yards and four touchdowns. Miami is 0-10 overall, 0-6 in the MAC and is coming off a 24-6 loss at Kent State on Wednesday. The RedHawks are led by linebacker Kent Kern who has 84 tackles on the season. Miami leads the all-time series, 12-3. The Bulls won the last meeting, 27-24, on a last second field goal by Patrick Clarke at UB Stadium last season.
Joe What a Night
Joe Licata threw for a school-record 497 yards and four touchdowns against Toledo last Tuesday – both career highs. The 497 yards eclipsed the previous record of 490 set by Cliff Scott against New Haven in 1992. Licata completed 36-of-58 passes to break the school record for completions and tie the school record for attempts. Licata came alive in the second half as he went 24-for-36 for 382 yards and all four of his touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters. His second-half passing yardage alone ranked ninth in school history for a single game. Licata’s passing yardage was the seventh-most in a single game in Mid-American Conference history and the sixth-most by any quarterback in the nation this season.
Licata is having a breakout season for the Bulls. He is 179-for-295 for 2,235 yards and 20 touchdowns. He is just the second UB quarterback to throw for 20 touchdowns in a season and five shy of Drew Willy’s single season record. His 2,235 passing yards are currently eighth in school history for a single season.
Scoring at Will
Through 10 games, the Bulls have already scored 319 points - the second most ever for a single season in their FBS era. UB scored 424 points over 14 games in 2008. Buffalo has scored 42 touchdowns on the season, already 10 more than it scored all of last season.
See Bo Go
Branden Oliver rushed for a career-high 249 yards against Ohio on Nov. 5. He carried the ball 34 times in the game for a 7.3 yards per carry average. It was the most rushing yards in a game in Buffalo’s FBS era. Oliver already holds the school record for career rushing yard with 3,637, eclipsing James Starks’ mark of 3,140 yards. The senior running back broke the record on his 694th career carry. Starks had 698 career carries. Oliver is on pace to break his own single-season rushing record. He has rushed for 1,225 yards on the season, 170 yards shy of his own single-season record of 1,395 yards set in 2011. He joins Starks as just the second player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season twice in a career. Oliver has averaged 172 yards rushing and has scored 10 touchdowns through six MAC games. He now ranks fifth in the nation in rushing.
Miami Game Notes:
Miami Quick Hits
• The Miami University football team is in its 125th season of football and has an all-time record of 668-420-44 (.608).
• Miami is coming off a 24-6 loss at Kent State last Wednesday on ESPNU.
• Mike Bath was named interim head football coach on Sunday, Oct. 6 and will serve in that role the remainder of the season.
• Bath replaced Don Treadwell, who was 8-21 in 29 career games at Miami.
• Miami has four captains in 2013, voted on by their teammates. QB Austin Boucher, TE Steve Marck, DT Austin Brown and DE Wes Williams serve as captains in 2013.
• Miami returns 47 letterwinners (20 offense, 23 defense and 4 special teams) and 16 starters (6 offense, 6 defense and 4 special teams) from the 2012 season.
• Miami leads the all-time series with Buffalo 12-3-0 and is 7-1-0 all-time in Oxford. Miami’s lone loss versus the Bulls at home came in 2009 (42-17).
• Miami features a roster loaded with youth. The RedHawks entered the season opener with 19 seniors, seven juniors, 23 sophomores and 51 freshmen.
• The contest versus Buffalo will be senior day for 19 RedHawks.
Redshirt freshman Austin Gearing made his first career start on Nov. 5 versus Bowling Green, completing 6-of-6 passes for 31 yards. He added 30 yards on the ground on nine attempts. This past week at Kent State he was 2-of-5 for 19 yards, while adding another 81 yards on the ground. Gearing leads the team in rushing in 2013 with 381 yards on the season. The redshirt freshman posted back-to-back career-bests on the ground earlier this season. At Illinois, Gearing had 81 yards rushing on 16 carries, and ran the ball 15 times for 108 yards versus Central Michigan, which included a 48-yard run, Miami’s longest play from scrimmage this season. This past week he recorded a career-high 24 carries, rushing for 81 yards.
On The Mar(c)k
Tight end Steve Marck entered 2013 with one career touchdown reception in 32 games. In 2013 alone, the senior has two touchdown catches in just eight contests. Marck opened the year with a touchdown catch versus Marshall and added another at UMass.
Sophomore Bryson Albright leads the team with five sacks this season. Two weeks ago versus Bowling Green the defensive end had a career-high three sacks and had 1.5 tackles for loss versus the Golden Flashes back on Nov. 13.
Patterson Enters Record Book
Versus Akron, Miami’s Kaleb Patterson drilled a 52-yard field right down the middle. That 52-yard make is tied for the fourth longest field goal in 125 years of Miami football. Two weeks ago versus BGSU the sophomore added a 51-yard kick for Miami’s only points of the game.
Nunley One of Nation’s Best DB’s
Miami University senior cornerback Dayonne Nunley earned a spot on the Jim Thorpe Award watch list, which includes 48 of the nation’s best defensive backs, representing eight conferences and one independent. He is one of three Mid-American Conference defensive backs to appear on the watch list.
Kent State Game Notes:
Facts In A Flash
• In Kent State's last two games, opponents averaged just 11.0 points and 240.0 yards of offense.
• Despite being without its starting punter in five games, KSU ranks 18th in the nation in net punting.
• Kent State's defense has 16.0 tackles for loss and 6.0 sacks in its last two games.
• On the opposite side, the Flashes rank 18th in the nation in fewest sacks allowed.
• Kent State's 300 yards rushing against Miami were its most in the last 14 games.
• Senior Dri Archer has scored eight touchdowns in seven games. His 37 career TDs rank fourth among Kent State's career leaders and his 4,789 all-purpose yards are third.
• Junior Chris Humphrey has made a catch in 19 straight games.
• Junior tailback Trayion Durham ran for 109 yards on 17 carries vs. Miami and scored his 24th career rushing touchdown (9th among KSU leaders).
• Senior Tyshon Goode is second among KSU career leaders in receiving yards (2,217), third in career TD catches (14) and second in career receptions (176).
• Senior Roosevelt Nix raised his Kent State career-leading tackles for loss total to 64.0. Nix is in second place among KSU's career sack leaders with 24.0 and has 11 career forced fumbles.
• In his last two games, Senior defensive end Mark Fackler has recovered two fumbles and made 13 tackles, including two tackles for loss.
• Cornerback Malcolm Pannell had his second interception of the season against Miami.
A Rare Feat
A victory Tuesday night would give Kent State wins over its two rivals from the southern part of the state (Ohio & Miami) in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1986-87, seven head coaches ago when Glen Mason was at the helm.
Buckling Down in Redzone
Kent State has held opponents without a touchdown in each of their last seven trips to the redzone. In Miami's three trips to the redzone Wednesday, the Flashes held the RedHawks to just two field goals. Akron also made three trips to the redzone, but was unable to score a touchdown. Ball State was 17th in the nation in redzone offense heading into its game with KSU, but the Flashes allowed just two Cardinal scores on five trips to the redzone. The previous week, Northern Illinois was held scoreless in the redzone twice.
Backfield Triple Threat
Running backs Trayion Durham (109), Dri Archer (83) and Anthony Meray (69) combined for 261 rushing yards on 31 carries against Miami. The Flashes have run for 220 yards or more four times in the last seven games. Last Wednesday's win was the first time in 15 games three different players (Archer, Durham, Reardon) had a rushing touchdown.
Rushing Battle is Key
Since last season, Kent State is 13-2 when outgaining opponents on the ground and 1-9 when the opposition runs for more yards. The Golden Flashes have outgained their opponent by over 100 rushing yards in each of their three wins this season.
Ohio Game Notes:
FIRST AND 10
• Ohio welcomes Kent State Tuesday night for its midweek matchup against the Golden Flashes. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.
• Ohio's matchup vs. Kent State will serve as the Bobcat Blackout game. Fans are encouraged to wear black to the game.
• Tuesday night's game will be aired on ESPN2. Ohio has had all of its games aired on television this year. Since 2006, Ohio has made 61 appearances on the ESPN Family of Networks.
• The game also can be heard live on the Ohio IMG Sports Radio Network. "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein, Rob Cornelius and Grant Burkhardt will have the call.
• The Bobcats enter this week's game following their loss at Bowling Green.
• Ohio is bowl eligible for the fifth-consecutive season.
A WIN OVER KENT STATE WOULD...
• Hand Ohio its second win over Kent State in the last three years.
• Improve the Bobcats record to 40-23-2 over the Golden Flashes all-time.
• Guarantee a winning record for the fifth-consecutive year and the sixth time in the Frank Solich era.
• Improve Ohio's record at home to 24-6 dating back to the start of the 2009 season. -Give the Bobcats their fifth home win this year.
• Hand Ohio its seventh win in the last 10 weeks.
• Give the Bobcats their 22nd win in their last 32 games dating back to the 2011 season.
• Hand head coach Frank Solich his 124th career win. It would also hand him his 66th career win at Ohio and move him into a sixth-place tie on the all-time MAC coaching wins list with former Kent State head coach Trevor Rees.
• Hand quarterback Tyler Tettleton his 25th win as a starter. Tettleton currently owns a 24-12 mark since taking over as the Bobcats' starting quarterback in 2011.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
-The Bobcats need just 30 points to crack into the program's all-time top 10 for points in a single season. Since Frank Solich's first season in 2005, the Bobcats have posted five of Ohio's top 10 single season scoring marks.
-Senior running back Beau Blankenship needs just 106 yards to pass former Bobcat great and current Green Bay Packers scout Chad Brinker for fifth all-time on the all-time career rushing list.
-Quarterback Tyler Tettleton is just two touchdown passes shy of passing former Akron quarterback Charlie Frye for 16th on the MAC all-time career list.
-Tettleton is just 122 passing yards shy of overtaking former Bobcat signal-caller Theo Scott for third on the single season passing yards list.
-Senior wide receiver Donte' Foster needs just 56 yards to crack into the all-time Top 5 for receiving yards gained in a single season.
-Senior punt returner Travis Carrie needs just 55 yards to pass former Bobcat Stafford Owens (2001-04) for first on the all-time career punt return list. Carrie has 646 career punt return yards.
-Freshman defensive lineman Tarell Basham needs just 3.0 sacks to tie the single-season record.
-As a team, the Bobcats need just three more sacks to crack the all-time top three mark for sacks in a season. The all-time record for sacks in a season is 38.
OHIO - KENT STATE SERIES HISTORY
Ohio and Kent State will meet for the 65th time Tuesday night. The Bobcats hold the all-time series lead at 39-23-2. The first time the two teams met was back in 1936 with the Bobcats earning a 6-0 win over the Golden Flashes. The last meeting took place on Nov. 23, 2012 in Kent, Ohio. In that contest, the Bobcats were defeated 28-6.
SCOUTING KENT STATE
The Golden Flashes return 15 starters from last year's Mid-American Conference East Division championship squad that finished with a mark of 11-3. Kent State enters Tuesday's night matchup with the Bobcats following a convincing 24-6 win over in-state rival Miami. The Golden Flashes held the Redhawks without a touchdown, which marked the first time KSU has held an opponent out of the endzone in 13 games. Offensively, Kent State is led by senior Dri Archer, who last week against the Redhawks, scored his eighth touchdown on the season and the 37th of his impressive career. Junior running back Trayion Durham provides KSU with a strong duo in the backfield. Last week against Miami, Durham rushed for 109 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, seniors Roosevelt Nix and Luke Wollet lead the way. Wollet leads the team in tackles with 73, while Nix owns a team-best 12.0 tackles for loss.