Dysert crosses the five yard line on his way to a 7-yard touchdown in the third quarter in the RedHawks 27-16 victory over UMass.
OXFORD - Quarterback Zac Dysert passed and ran the Miami RedHawks to their second home victory over the University of Massachusetts Minutemen 27-16. Miami gave UMass a rude welcome to the Mid American Conference as this is their first year in the league. The second straight homecoming victory at Yager stadium was witnessed by 15,159 partisan RedHawk fans.
Dysert's third scoring pass of the game, a 33-yarder to Spencer Treadwell on the first play of the fourth quarter, was the 855th of his career. This moved him ahead of Ben Roethlisberger's record of 854. "I did not know that," Dysert said in the post-game interview. "It's an awesome feeling, I guess, now that I know."
Dysert completed 12 of 22 passes and had one intercepted. His other two touchdown passes went to Dawan Scott; the first was 49 yards to start the scoring early in the second quarter and the second one a 17 yard pass later in the same period. Receivers Nick Harwell and David Frazier were both out of this game with leg injuries.
Dysert also ran 12 times for a net 76 yards and a 7 yard touchdown scamper in the third quarter. "We saw some things in their defense (on video). We game-planned for it and we got what we wanted from it," Dysert said. "The offensive line played awesome. They controlled the line of scrimmage." Several of Dysert's runs were well-executed and planned draw plays. True freshman Jamire Westbrook gobbled up 105 yards on 17 carries.
UMass coach Charley Molnar said he wasn't surprised by Dysert's running ability. "I've watched this guy since he was a junior in high school," Molnar said. "He can make something happen with his feet. I was saying it all week. I was telling our players, telling our coaches, telling anybody who would listen. All those reps and all the games he's played in, he's so confident. He never took a hard hit. He never really accumulated a lot of pounding." The RedHawks travel to Akron Saturday, September 29. They will take on the Zips under first year head coach Terry Bowden at 2:00 p.m. on Summa Field in InfoCision Stadium.