EVANSTON, Illinois (Ticker) -- Miami of Ohio again got the
best of its former coach as Ben Roethlisberger returned to form
in a 44-14 rout of Northwestern.
Roethlisberger threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns, helping
the RedHawks (1-1) recover from a season-opening loss at Iowa
and post their second win in as many meetings with former coach
Walker left Miami after the 1998 campaign to take the
Northwestern job, but he lost to the RedHawks and new coach
Terry Hoeppner, his former defensive coordinator, in the 1999
Roethlisberger rebounded a from a career-worst four-interception
performance, completing 28-of-37 passes to 10 different
receivers. His 61-yard TD strike to Martin Nance with 3:09 left
in the third quarter put away the game.
Nance caught four passes for 126 yards and two scores, including
an 18-yard grab 4:27 into the game that opened the scoring.
Miami had 515 yards of total offense to 314 for Northwestern
(1-2). Cal Murray and Mike Smith combined for 108 of the
RedHawks' 147 rushing yards and each found the end zone once.
Smith's 15-yard run with 3:29 to play in the first half
increased Miami's lead to 16-7. Just 2:05 later, Roethlisberger
found Michael Larkin from 26 yards, making it 23-7.
Roethlisberger's long connection with Nance late in the third
quarter gave the RedHawks a 30-7 cushion. Murray added a
22-yard TD run 33 seconds into the fourth and Ada Ciborowski
added a three-yard score for a 44-7 lead midway through the
The Wildcats totaled only 71 yards rushing and committed the
game's only turnover. Quarterbacks Alexander Webb and Brett
Basanev split time, combining to go 22-of-44 for 273 yards and
There was considerably less controvery this time around for the
In last week's disappointing 22-21 loss to Air Force, defensive
line coach Jay Peterson was accused of throwing a forearm at
quarterback Chance Harridge during an on-field celebration.
Peterson is a Miami alumnus.