After the disappointing loss in Mt. Pleasant last week, it was a good chance to see how Eastern Michigan would bounce back. Even in my preview, I assumed that the difference in the game would be decided by the fact that Miami still had a shot at a bowl game. But sometimes, pride is a motivator.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles defeated the Miami RedHawks by a score of 27-24. This came off the efforts of Brogan Roback who was 15 of 27 for 269 yards. He did manage to throw one pick though. All three of Eastern Michigan’s touchdowns came from the hands of Brogan Roback. Two of them were passes to Sergio Bailey and one was a three yard run by Roback. Of special note was that the Eastern Michigan run game found some degree of stride by gaining 191 yards on the ground. Over half of those were from Ian Eriksen who ran for 112 yards. Shaq Vann had one of his better games this season with 53 yards.
It wasn’t for a lack of trying on the part of the Miami RedHawks though. Gus Ragland was able to complete 22 of 32 passes for 251 yards. He threw one touchdown to Ryan Smith. The RedHawks other two touchdowns game on the ground from Kenny Young. The Smith touchdown came at the 2:04 mark in the 4th Quarter to bring the score within a field goal. The RedHawks attempted an onside kick but the ball was recovered by Sergio Bailey II. Eastern Michigan was then able to close out the game for the most part with the victory formation.
Once again, the Eastern Michigan run defense looked pretty solid by holding the RedHawks to 143 yards. Maxx Crosby was able to get three sacks with one of them leading to a fumble that was converted to one of Eastern Michigan’s touchdowns.
Next week the Eagles return to Rynearson Stadium where they will face the Bowling Green Falcons. The RedHawks travel to Muncie, Indiana where they will face the Ball State Cardinals.