Roethlisberger's No. 7 jersey retired

10/14/2007
BY RYAN AUTULLO
BLADE SPORTS WRITER
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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, left, is presented his Miami jersey by the university president David Hodge prior to yesterday's game with BGSU. Ben graduated from Findlay High.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, left, is presented his Miami jersey by the university president David Hodge prior to yesterday's game with BGSU. Ben graduated from Findlay High.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, left, is presented his Miami jersey by the university president David Hodge prior to yesterday's game with BGSU. Ben graduated from Findlay High.

OXFORD, Ohio - Ben Roethlisberger, a Findlay native, was honored during a midfield ceremony before yesterday's game.

Roethlisberger, a former Miami quarterback who is with the Pittsburgh Steelers, becomes just the third RedHawks player to have his jersey number retired and the first in 34 years. Roethlisberger's No. 7 joins John Pont's No. 42 and Bob Hitchens' No. 40.

He led Miami to a Mid-American Conference championship and a No. 10 final ranking during his junior season. Twice that season Roethlisberger led Miami to wins over Bowling Green State University, including a 49-27 win in the MAC Championship.

Roethlisberger was named the Division I Offensive Player of the Year as well as runner-up for Ohio's Mr. Football during his senior year at Findlay. He set state records with 4,041 passing yards and 54 touchdowns.

Former Miami coach Terry Hoeppner was honored at a halftime ceremony. Hoeppner, most recently the coach at Indiana University, died in June of brain cancer. Hoeppner's widow Jane was on hand.

INJURIES: Defensive tackle Sean O'Drobinak and cornerback Antonio Smith did not return after suffering injuries in the first half. O'Drobinak's left arm was in a sling and Brandon believes the senior hyper-extended his elbow. Smith hurt his hamstring.

Losing O'Drobinak would be costly as BG is already missing linemen Nick Davis and Michael Ream. Defensive end Joe Schaefer returned after missing three games but was used sparingly. Brandon Mack, listed as an offensive lineman on BG's roster, saw his first action of the season - at defensive tackle.

BRIGHT SPOT: Kick returner Roger Williams continues to shine for BGSU. Williams, a former walk-on, had seven returns for 172 yards. He nearly returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown but was tripped up at Miami's 38-yard line after a gain of 56 yards. Williams returned Miami's next kickoff 31 yards.

IT'S GOOD: Miami's Nathan Parseghian, a St. John's graduate, kicked a 30-yard field goal to put the RedHawks up 40-7 early in the fourth quarter. Parseghian, who also missed a 37-yard attempt, took over for Trevor Cook last week and made both of his field goal attempts in a 20-13 win over Kent State.

REMEMBER ME? Dan Macon scored BGSU's first touchdown on a nine-yard run with 1:58 remaining in the first half. Macon, who ran for a touchdown last week at Boston College, is the only Falcons running back with a rushing touchdown. Macon was BG's starter to begin last season but was benched midway through the season.

BG's other touchdown came with 1:06 remaining in the game on a 21-yard hook-up from Anthony Glaud to Marques Parks. Parks has four receiving touchdowns this season.

PRESSURE: Loren Hargrove had two sacks of Miami quarterback Daniel Raudabaugh and finished with nine tackles - second behind John Haneline's 18. Diyral Briggs and Erique Dozier combined for another sack.