2003 Miami RedHawks football team
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.
|August 30||12:00 PM||at Iowa*||ESPN2||L 3–21||54,128|
|September 13||12:00 PM||at Northwestern*||ESPN+||W 44–14||24,215|
|September 20||3:00 PM||at Colorado State*||W 41–21||31,610|
|September 27||2:00 PM||Cincinnati*||W 42–37||27,512|
|October 4||2:00 PM||Akron||W 45–20||20,157|
|October 11||2:00 PM||Buffalo||W 59–3||23,683|
|October 18||3:00 PM||at Ball State||ESPN+||W 49–3||18,396|
|October 25||2:00 PM||at Kent State||ESPN+||W 38–30||10,693|
|November 4||7:30 PM||No. 20 Bowling Green||ESPN2||W 33–10||28,023|
|November 12||7:30 PM||Marshall||No. 24||ESPN2||W 45–6||26,286|
|November 22||2:30 PM||at Ohio||No. 19||FSN||W 49–31||14,327|
|November 28||1:00 PM||at UCF||No. 16||W 56–21||12,902|
|December 4||7:00 PM||at No. 23 Bowling Green||No. 15||ESPN||W 49–27||24,813|
|December 18||8:30 PM||vs. Louisville*||No. 15||ESPN||W 49–28||40,620|
After the season
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. Roethlisberger's #11 selection was the highest ever draft pick for a player from Miami.
The Columbus Dispatch named Hoeppner "Ohio College Coach of the Year." The 2003 team as a whole earned the American Football Coaches Association's "Academic Achievement Honor" for achieving a graduation rate over 70%.
- "Roethlisberger Goes 11th to Pittsburgh Steelers in NFL Draft". Miami RedHawks. April 24, 2004. Retrieved December 2, 2010.
- "Sports digest". The Cincinnati Enquirer. January 27, 2004. Retrieved December 2, 2010.
- "Miami Football Earns AFCA Academic Achievement Honor". Miami RedHawks. June 11, 2004. Retrieved December 2, 2010.
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