“The weather dictated things,” Miami coach Chuck Martin said. “We talked about how critical it would be to get the lead. We knew that whoever got the lead would have the advantage. The opportunities were limited for both teams. They made more out of their opportunities. We didn’t make the best of ours. It played out like we thought.,”
The Bearcats (2-0) narrowed Miami’s lead to 59-57-7 in the series that dates back to a 0-0 tie in 1888.
The 0-2 RedHawks finished with 198 yards of total offense after piling up 444 in the Sept. 1 35-28 home loss to Marshall. Ragland finished 22-of-41 for 139 yards and one interception. Senior running back Kenny Young had nine catches for 27 yards, while senior wide receiver James Gardner had seven catches for 80 yards, but Miami’s rushing attack squeezed out only 59 yards, led by Maurice Thomas with 21 yards on four carries.
Miami’s deepest penetration was to Cincinnati’s 29-yard line.
“We’ve got to run the ball more efficiently,” Martin said.
The shutout loss was Miami’s first since losing 58-0 at Wisconsin on Sept. 12, 2015. The shutout was the first in the series since Cincinnati’s 14-0 win Sept. 21, 2013, at Miami’s Yager Stadium.
Miami’s most effective player was junior punter Kyle Kramer, who punted 10 times for 386 yards – an average of 38.6 yards per punt – and pinned the Bearcats inside their 20-yard line four times.
Fifth-year senior quarterback Gus Ragland’s pass over the middle to sophomore wide receiver Jack Sorenson was tipped up in the air by middle linebacker Bryan Wright and grabbed by Forrest, who returned it 23 yards.
The RedHawks made it two games, two penalties on their first offensive play. In the opener, it was a false start. This week, it was delay of game as the play clock ran out.
Miami never got untracked on offense in the first half, finishing with just 86 yards of total offense, 22 on the ground. The Bearcats gained 142, 108 on the ground, including 78 by Ridder, including 39 on a 2nd-and-8 from Miami’s 48 that set up Warren’s two-yard plunge for the only first-half touchdown with 5:33 left in the first quarter.
Miami at Minnesota, 3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network, 980, 1450