Miami (OH) RedHawks Need to Find Offensive Spark Against Cincinnati Bearcats

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The Miami (OH) RedHawks have struggled early in the 2013 season. Sitting at 0-2, the RedHawks have been inconsistent on both sides of the ball. Things will not get any easier this weekend as the 2-1 Cincinnati Bearcats come to town.

The RedHawks are ranked 123rd in points scored (10.5 points per game) and have been blown out in both of their losses on the season. The RedHawks are ranked 120th and 114th in the nation in both rushing and passing yards. They are averaging under 100 yards per game in both categories (94 passing yards per game and 86.5 rushing yards per game) and must break their offensive tendencies on Saturday to change the momentum.

Senior quarterback Austin Boucher has been living a nightmare this season. He has completed 38.9 percent of his passes for 188 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Head coach Don Treadwell will have to open up the playbook and take some chances this weekend against the Bearcats. Cincinnati’s defense has been solid, allowing only 125 rushing yards per game and 184 passing yards per game.

Defensively, the RedHawks will need to contain Bearcats quarterback Brendon Kay. Kay has taken over the duties from injured starter Munchie Legaux, and is a good pocket passer. Kay has completed 74.2 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and no interceptions.

The RedHawks must also find a way to slow down the running game of the Bearcats, led by Hosey Williams. Williams is averaging 7.4 yards per carry and has three touchdowns on the season. The RedHawks have been porous allowing 46.5 points per game. They have not played a physical game and have been worn down late in both of their losses on the year. They are giving up 283 yards rushing per game and 350 passing yards per game.

The RedHawks must be able to find answers quickly against the Bearcats. In order to get the victory, they must be able to force turnovers and keep the Bearcats offense off the field.

Joseph Lisi is a MAC writer for Rantsports.com, follow him on Twitter @GoForthe2, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google

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