Sunday, October 12, 2003

QB is making mark in MAC

Miami notebook: Roethlisberger throws his 60th career TD pass

By Mark Schmetzer
Enquirer contributor

OXFORD - Fourth-year junior quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's four touchdown passes Saturday give him 60 in his career, two more than Kent State's Jose Davis (1997-99).

Roethlisberger is fifth all time among Mid-American Conference quarterbacks in career touchdown passes. He needs four to pass Bowling Green's Brian McClure, who threw 63 touchdown passes from 1982-85.

The MAC's career touchdown pass leader is Marshall's Chad Pennington, who threw 100 for the Thundering Herd from 1997-99.

MAIN CONNECTION: Two of Roethlisberger's TD passes went to junior wide receiver Mike Larkin, giving the duo a school-record 18 touchdown hookups. They went into the game tied with quarterback Mike Bath and wide receiver Trevor Gaylor for the school record at 16.

Larkin passed Jay Hall and moved into a three-way tie for second place on Miami's career touchdown receptions list with Jeremy Patterson (1991-94) and Jason Branch (1999-2002) at 18.

Gaylor holds the record with 20 from 1996-99.

BIGGEST WIN SINCE: The RedHawks' 59 points were the most they've scored in Terry Hoeppner's five years as coach. Their margin of victory tied the 56-0 win over Kent State in 1998 as the largest since a 64-6 win over Kent State in 1996.

The RedHawks have scored 104 points over their last two games, their most prolific two-game output since they scored 107 in wins at Kent State and over Marshall in 1997.

Miami's 24 first-quarter points were the highest single-quarter output since a 28-point first quarter in a 35-14 win over Eastern Michigan in 1999. The RedHawks' 45 first-half points were the most since a team-record 51 against Akron in 1995.

SHORT PASSES: Despite falling behind 45-0 at halftime, Buffalo actually held the ball for 54 more seconds than the RedHawks in the first half. ... Sophomore Darrell Hunter's first-quarter pass interception was the first of the Middletown High grad's college career.

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