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The 2003 Miami RedHawks football team represented Miami University in the 2003 NCAA Division I-A football season. They competed in the East Division of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) . The team was coached by Terry Hoeppner and played their homes game in Yager Stadium. The Redhawks finished the season with a record of 13–1 (8–0 MAC). They won the MAC for the first time since 1986 and was invited to the GMAC Bowl, where they beat Louisville 49-28.

2003 Miami RedHawks football
Miami Redhawks logo.svg
MAC champion
MAC East Division champion
GMAC Bowl champion
GMAC Bowl, W 49–28 vs. Louisville
ConferenceMid-American Conference
DivisionEast
Ranking
CoachesNo. 12
APNo. 10
2003 record13–1 (8–0 MAC)
Head coachTerry Hoeppner (5th season)
Home stadiumYager Stadium
(Capacity: 30,012)
Seasons
← 2002
2004 →
2003 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 10 Miami x$   8 0         13 1  
Marshall   6 2         8 4  
Akron   5 3         7 5  
Kent State   4 4         5 7  
UCF   2 6         3 9  
Ohio   1 7         2 10  
Buffalo   1 7         1 11  
West Division
No. 23 Bowling Green x   7 1         11 3  
Northern Illinois   6 2         10 2  
Toledo   6 2         8 4  
Western Michigan   4 4         5 7  
Ball State   3 5         4 8  
Eastern Michigan   2 6         3 9  
Central Michigan   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Miami 49, Bowling Green 27
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 3012:00 PMat Iowa*ESPN2L 3–2154,128
September 1312:00 PMat Northwestern*ESPN+W 44–1424,215
September 203:00 PMat Colorado State*W 41–2131,610
September 272:00 PMCincinnati*W 42–3727,512
October 42:00 PMAkron
  • Yager Stadium
  • Oxford, Ohio
W 45–2020,157
October 112:00 PMBuffalo
  • Yager Stadium
  • Oxford, Ohio
W 59–323,683
October 183:00 PMat Ball StateESPN+W 49–318,396
October 252:00 PMat Kent StateESPN+W 38–3010,693
November 47:30 PMNo. 20 Bowling Green
  • Yager Stadium
  • Oxford, Ohio
ESPN2W 33–1028,023
November 127:30 PMMarshallNo. 24
  • Yager Stadium
  • Oxford, Ohio
ESPN2W 45–626,286
November 222:30 PMat OhioNo. 19FSNW 49–3114,327
November 281:00 PMat UCFNo. 16W 56–2112,902
December 47:00 PMat No. 23 Bowling GreenNo. 15ESPNW 49–2724,813
December 188:30 PMvs. Louisville*No. 15ESPNW 49–2840,620
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

After the seasonEdit

CommentsEdit

Two Miami players were drafted into the National Football League: quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, left as a junior without a degree with a year of college eligibility remaining and was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round, #11 overall, and guard Jacob Bell, taken by the Tennessee Titans in the fifth round, #138 overall.[1] Roethlisberger's #11 selection was the highest ever draft pick for a player from Miami.[2]

AwardsEdit

The Columbus Dispatch named Hoeppner "Ohio College Coach of the Year."[3] The 2003 team as a whole earned the American Football Coaches Association's "Academic Achievement Honor" for achieving a graduation rate over 70%.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/2004.htm
  2. ^ "Roethlisberger Goes 11th to Pittsburgh Steelers in NFL Draft". Miami RedHawks. April 24, 2004. Retrieved December 2, 2010.
  3. ^ "Sports digest". The Cincinnati Enquirer. January 27, 2004. Retrieved December 2, 2010.
  4. ^ "Miami Football Earns AFCA Academic Achievement Honor". Miami RedHawks. June 11, 2004. Retrieved December 2, 2010.