OXFORD, Ohio — Miami University freshman linebacker Ivan Pace Jr. tied a single-game NCAA record with six sacks Wednesday night in a 20-17 win over Akron at Yager Stadium, according to the university.
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Ivan Pace Jr. didn't just break the school record for sacks last night, he also earned himself a place in the NCAA Record Books. ✔📑#ComeFlyWithUs | #GraduatingChampions pic.twitter.com/ptchaqfiNo
Pace set the school record, surpassing former defensive end JT Jones' four sacks in a 2015 game.
The RedHawks also set a school record with 12 sacks as a team, which is the fifth-most ever by an NCAA team, according to Miami University.
Pace, named the Ohio Division I state defensive player of the year in 2018, helped to lead Colerain to the state final in Canton. He was also the 2018 Southwest District Division I defensive player of the year.
He recorded 84 tackles, 6.5 sacks and four forced fumbles on defense for the Cardinals last season. He added 1,414 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on offense.
Colerain 2020 defensive back/wide receiver Deshawn Pace, Ivan’s younger brother, was named the Division I district defensive player of the year for Colerain for this season on Thursday.
The RedHawks (7-4, 6-1 Mid-American Conference) finished their home season with a 5-0 record – the first undefeated home mark since 2004. Miami completes the regular season Nov. 29 at Ball State.