Miami (OH) 44

(1-1, 1-1 away)

Northwestern 14

(1-2, 0-2 home)

Coverage: ESPN Plus

12:00 PM ET, September 13, 2003

Ryan Field, Evanston, IL

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M-OH 7 16 7 1444
NW 0 7 0 714


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 Randy Walker.

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 season opener.

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 period.

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 an interception.

There was considerably less controvery this time around for the Wildcats.

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.