2003 Miami RedHawks football team

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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).

Regular season[edit]


Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 12:00 PM at Iowa* Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA ESPN2 L 3–21   54,128
September 13 200 at Northwestern* Ryan FieldEvanston, IL ESPN+ W 44–14   24,215
September 20 3:00 PM at Colorado State* Hughes StadiumFort Collins, CO W 41–21   31,610
September 27 2:00 PM Cincinnati* Yager StadiumOxford, OH (Battle for the Bell) W 42–37   27,512
October 4 2:00 PM Akron Yager Stadium • Oxford, OH W 45–20   20,157
October 11 2:00 PM Buffalo Yager Stadium • Oxford, OH W 59–3   23,683
October 18 3:00 PM at Ball State Ball State StadiumMuncie, IN ESPN+ W 49–3   18,396
October 25 2:00 PM at Kent State Dix StadiumKent, OH ESPN+ W 38–30   10,693
November 4 7:30 PM #20 Bowling Green Yager Stadium • Oxford, OH ESPN2 W 33–10   28,023
November 12 7:30 PM Marshall #24 Yager Stadium • Oxford, OH ESPN2 W 45–6   26,286
November 22 2:30 PM at Ohio #19 Peden StadiumAthens, OH FSN W 49–31   14,327
November 28 1:00 PM at UCF #16 Citrus BowlOrlando, FL W 56–21   12,902
December 4 7:00 PM at #23 Bowling Green #15 Doyt Perry StadiumBowling Green, OH (MAC Championship Game) ESPN W 49–27   24,813
December 18 8:30 PM vs. Louisville* #15 Ladd Peebles StadiumMobile, AL (GMAC Bowl) ESPN W 49–28   40,620
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.


After the season[edit]


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.[2] Roethlisberger's #11 selection was the highest ever draft pick for a player from Miami.[3]


The Columbus Dispatch named Hoeppner "Ohio College Coach of the Year."[4] The 2003 team as a whole earned the American Football Coaches Association's "Academic Achievement Honor" for achieving a graduation rate over 70%.[5]