The Northern Illinois University Huskies (3-7, 2-4 MAC), one of the Mid-American Conference’s most potent rushing offenses, welcome the Miami University RedHawks (4-6, 2-4 MAC), one of the conference’s softest ground defenses, at Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium on Wednesday.
The Huskies are 2.5-point favorites, and the total is 48. Miami (OH) is coming off a 37-21 loss against Ohio at Fred C. Yager Stadium last Tuesday. Brett Gabbert threw for 244 yards and three touchdowns. Keyon Mozee ran six times for 27 yards. Mac Hippenhammer caught eight passes for 107 yards and three touchdowns.
Northern Illinois beat Western Michigan 24-21 at Waldo Stadium last Wednesday. Nevan Cremascoli was 8 of 17 for 133 yards, a touchdown, and three interceptions. Jaiden Credle carried 36 times for 136 yards and a touchdown. Tristen Tewes caught four receptions for 64 yards.
The teams are meeting in the regular season for the first time since October 2019, a 27-24 win for the RedHawks.
TALE OF THE TAPE
The RedHawks are averaging 19.6 points per game for the season, 116th in FBS, and they are facing a Huskies defense that has surrendered 32.0 PPG (112th). Meanwhile, Northern Illinois has scored 29.2 points a game this season, 64th in the nation, and Miami (OH) is allowing 23.0 PPG (43rd).
The RedHawks rank as one of the nation’s worst teams in passing yards per game (158.8, 121st), while they are 77th in rushing yards (142.0). The Huskies are 101st in passing yards allowed per game (253.7) and 45th against the run (134.3).
Northern Illinois has been one of the country’s least successful passing teams, averaging 185.5 passing yards per game (114th), while ranking 25th in rushing yards (199.6). The RedHawks are allowing 252.4 passing yards (96th) and 116.4 rushing yards per game (22nd).
Through four games, Brett Gabbert has thrown for four touchdowns and 204.0 yards per game to lead Miami (OH) in passing. In two away games this season, he has one TD and an average of 175.0 yards passing. Keyon Mozee leads the team in rushing with an average of 45.5 yards a game over 10 games.
He has two touchdowns on the ground. Mac Hippenhammer is the RedHawks’ leading receiver with 55.1 yards a game and seven TDs. Ethan Hampton has seven passing touchdowns (6 INT) with 199.5 yards per game through four games to lead Northern Illinois. In two home games this season, he has thrown for four TDs (5 INT) and an average of 204.0 yards.
Harrison Waylee has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 95.9 yards a game through nine games. He has five touchdowns. Cole Tucker has been a key target in the Huskies’ passing game. He has four touchdowns and a 59.7 yard per game average through 10 appearances.
HOME AND AWAY
Northern Illinois has dropped three straight at home this season.
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