Submitted by: Don Traxler
OXFORD, OHIO - Sophomore Trayion Durham provided the thunder, rumbling for 172 yards rushing while junior slot back Dri Archer provided the lightning, flashing for 151 rushing yards as the Kent State Golden Flashes grounded the Miami RedHawks 48-32 in the Mid American Conference showdown in Oxford Saturday.However, RedHawk senior quarterback Zac Dysert filled the air with 37 completions in 50 passes for 455 yards, the second highest number in his career. Dysert threw four touchdown passes and two were picked off. He was sacked 5 times.
Twenty-five Miami seniors and their families were honored prior to the kick-off and received the appreciation of the 13,301 fans in Yager Stadium. It was the RedHawks first home loss of the season after three wins. Miami is now 4-6 (3-3 in the MAC) while Kent State is 9-1 (6-0 in the MAC).
Dysert moved up 15 spots to 26th place on the NCAA's all-time passing yardage list with 11,452 career yards. He passed Peyton Manning (Tennessee), Chris Leak (Florida), Derek Anderson (Oregon State) and Carson Palmer (USC). He now ranks third all-time on the MAC's passing yardage list as well, trailing only Dan LeFevour (CMU) and Byron Leftwich (Marshall). Dysert moved into second place in MAC history with 1,014 career completions.
Two Miami wide receivers caught passes for over 100 yards for the second time this season. Junior Nick Harwell totaled 122 yards on 10 catches and senior Andy Cruse has 123 receiving yards on eight grabs.
Miami travels to Central Michigan University for a 1 p.m. contest Saturday, Nov. 17. They return home for the final regular season game on Friday, Nov. 23 at either 11 a.m., if it is televised by an ESPN station, or at 1 p.m. This will be "Ada Day" at Miami to honor senior quarterback Zac Dysert. This is Miami's way of saying a big thank you to Dysert for his outstanding contributions not only to the RedHawks football team and program, but for what he has meant to the campus community as well as Oxford and surrounding communities.