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The final loss switches the focus to the search for a new coach willing to take over the wreckage of a winless team.
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OXFORD — The Miami RedHawks are giving thanks that their football nightmare is over.
Miami finished its winless season Friday with a 55-14 crushing at Ball State, switching the focus to the search for a new coach willing to take over the wreckage of an 0-12 team.
Athletic Director David Sayler said he would move quickly.
Sayler fired coach Don Treadwell after the RedHawks started 0-5. That came after two 4-8 seasons under the former Miami wide receiver.
Former RedHawks quarterback Mike Bath took over for Treadwell but was unable to pull out a single win.
Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning put the RedHawks out of their misery quickly, passing for 445 yards and six touchdowns. Ball State (10-2; 7-1 MAC) rolled up 585 total yards of offense and blew out to a 35-0 halftime lead.
Miami (0-12; 0-8 MAC) got a 58-yard touchdown strike from sophomore Drew Kummer (LaSalle) to junior wide receiver Dawan Scott, marking the RedHawks’ longest play of the season.
The RedHawks also got a 3-yard scoring plunge from freshman QB Austin Gearing (Fenwick).