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Gophers’ opponent Miami (Ohio), at 0-2, has a dangerous receiver but not much else

September 12, 2018

An early look at Saturdays game:

Scouting report:andthinsp;Gophers vs. Miami (Ohio)

2:30 p.m. Saturday, TCF Bank Stadium (BTN, 100.3-FM)

A look at the RedHawks

Miami is off to an 0-2 start, falling 35-28 to Marshall and 21-0 at Cincinnati. RedHawks quarterback Gus Ragland passed for 357 yards and three touchdowns in the opener but was held to 139 yards against the Bearcats during a steady rain. Miami mustered only 59 yards on the ground and couldnt contain Cincinnatis run game, giving up 188 yards as the Bearcats rushed 51 times.

Who to watch:andthinsp;James Gardner, WR

The 6-4, 217-pound senior creates matchup problems for defenses, and he has 106 receptions for 1,891 yards and 17 touchdowns in his career. The teams MVP last year, Gardner caught five passes for 115 yards and two TDs vs. Notre Dame. Hes got great size. Hes got a great catch radius, a physical player, said Gophers coach P.J. Fleck, who as Western Michigans coach recruited Gardner before settling on other receivers.

From the coach:andthinsp;Doug Martin

Martin guided Grand Valley (Mich.) State to NCAA Division II championships in 2005 and 06 and went 74-7 in six years with the Lakers. Winning, however, has been more difficult at the Oxford, Ohio, school, where he is 16-35 in five seasons. The RedHawks returned eight starters on both offense and defense, but the results havent shown yet. Martin wants better starts from his RedHawks: Cincinnatis quarterback broke a long run and they got up 7-0. Having a lead on a [rainy] night like that was really important. Both defenses didnt yield much for the next three quarters. In the few opportunities that each team had, they cashed in on theirs and we didnt cash in on ours.

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