MIAMI 20, AKRON 14
RedHawks close case for bowl

Sunday, November 22, 1998

AKRON - Miami University's work is done.

The RedHawks completed their 10-1 season with 20-14 victory over Akron in the regular-season finale on a cold, windy day at the Rubber Bowl.

The RedHawks' fate is in the hand of the bowl gods.

"I've not allowed myself to get caught up in that," Miami coach Randy Walker said. "It's in the hands of bowl committees around the country. I think we have a made a great case."

Miami had to finish 10-1 to have a shot. The last 10-1 team not to go to a bowl game with New Mexico in 1982.

It is only the fifth 10-win season in Miami's 110-year football history. It is best since 1977 when the RedHawks, then the Redskins, went 10-1.

The game was closer than records would have indicated. The RedHawks had to overcome injuries to star running back Travis Prentice and quarterback Mike Bath.

"We lost a guy who I think is the best player in the conference," Walker said. "But we've always found a way to get it done. That's what this team has done."

Prentice went out early in the third quarter with a rib-kidney injury. It was diagnosed as a bruise, but there's a possibility one of his ribs is broken.

Prentice finished with 127 yards on 21 carries. His replacement, freshman Steve Little, had 79 yards on 13 carries.

Bath suffered a turf toe injury late in the first half. He was replaced by Bobby Pesavento. Bath returned early in the third quarter. Miami fell behind 7-0, then scored 20 unanswered points to take a 20-7 lead with 9:31 left in the game.

Miami 3 14 0 3 - 20
Akron 7 0 0 7 - 14

First Quarter
Akron-Rasche Culler 2-yard run (Zac Derr kick), 6:47
Miami-John Scott 27-yard field goal, 4:01
Second Quarter
Miami-Mike Bath 5-yard run (John Scott kick), 13:09
Miami-Mike Sullivan 68-yard pass from Mike Bath (John Scott kick), 6:39
Fourth Quarter
Miami-John Scott 34-yard field goal, 9:31
Akron-Mike Lagasse 1-yard run (Zac Derr kick), 6:49
A-3,871.

Mia Akr
First downs 18 27
Rushes-yards 13-246 10-229
Passing 162 181
Comp-Att-Int 8-17-1 16-31-0
Return Yards 71 93
Punts-Avg. 4-37.0 3-43.0
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 10-101 6-72
Time of Possession 27:11 32:49

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING-Miami, Prentice 21-127, Little 13-79, Monk 8-44, Bath 4-5, Gaylor 1-(minus 2), Pesavento 1-(minus 7). Akron, Lagasse 26-139, Culler 11-47, Lomax 7-25, Washington, 5-14, Hayes 1-6.

PASSING-Miami, Bath 10-5-1-134, Pesavento 7-3-0-28. Akron, Washington 31-16-0-181.

RECEIVING-Miami, Gaylor 3-57, Hall 2-21, Sullivan 1-68, Johnson 1-9, Monk 1-7. Akron, Eaton 7-78, Bailey 5-56, Schifino 2-17, Ritley 1-15, Whitt 1-15.



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