This blog post is rated “H” for “Huzzah! College football is back!”
104 – Miami (Ohio)’s FBS ranking in total defense in 2012. If you can believe it, that’s a worse ranking than Marshall’s defense (101st).
51 – The RedHawks ranking in pass defense in 2012. Miami allowed 226.58 yards per game last season. A lot of that had to do with the skill of corner Dayonne Nunley.
21 – The total number of pass breakups Nunley recorded in the past two seasons. He picked off six passes, three each in 2011 and 2012. That’s pretty flippin’ ridiculous.
350.08 – Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato’s FBS-best passing yards-per-game average in 2012. Putting him up against Nunley should make for a fun evening.
Here’s what could keep the night from being fun for Miami …
241.08 – The rushing yards per game Miami allowed last season. That was next to last in the FBS, above only Eastern Michigan. Not a good thing when Kevin Grooms, Essray Taliaferro, Steward Butler and Remi Watson are lying in wait for you.
Let’s look at some history …
61 – The total games Miami and Marshall have played since 1905.
10 – The number of wins the Thundering Herd has recorded against the RedHawks.
6 – The number of wins the Herd scored against the RedHawks in their last seven meetings.
1 – Desk that was destroyed in the RedHawks coaches box at Joan C. Edwards Stadium after Stan Hill scored the winning touchdown in 2002 to beat Miami 36-34. Then-Miami linebackers Coach Taver Johnson admitted to damaging the room. I’d say, “Remember that then-Defensive Coordinator Jon Wauford was arrested that night on a misdemeanor battery charge, accused of striking a fan.” But, of course you remember that.
And finally …
9 – The months we’ve all waited for college football to return to our lives. Thank goodness it has.