Improved defense key to RedHawks' success
"In our league, every week basically is a playoff game," Hoeppner said. "If you don't win, you don't control your own destiny. That's the key thing for us. It's the biggest game of our week and that's how we approach it. ... This team is different from last year's team." The RedHawks finally earned a spot in the rankings after last week's win, but Hoeppner keeps things in perspective. "It's recognition to the program," he said. "It doesn't get us a first down or a stop on defense, but it serves as motivation and a sense of responsibility."
Miami's defense proved itself to Ben Roethlisberger and the offense back in spring practice. Six months later, the rest of the MAC has taken notice. The RedHawks boast the league's best run defense at 105.4 yards per game. Miami held Bowling Green's Josh Harris to 160 yards and ranks second in average turnover margin at plus 1.11 per game.
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