Sherman Smith led Miami of Ohio to their best run in school history


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Sherman Smith (10), former quarterback of Miami of Ohio Football team

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OXFORD, Ohio (WKBN) – Competing in the Tangerine Bowl for the third consecutive year, dual-threat quarterback Sherman Smith led Miami of Ohio past South Carolina to a 20-7 bowl win on December 10, 1975. Smith, a Youngstown North alum, ran for 64 yards and passed for another 137 stripes in their victory.

The Redskins (now known as the RedHawks) finished off a three-year run with 32 wins in 34 outings over a three-year stretch from 1973 to 1975 (32-1-1).

Bill Mallory coached Miami to an 11-0 mark in 1973 before taking over Colorado in 1974. Dick Crum replaced Mallory and went onto post three 10-win seasons over the next four campaigns.

As a senior (in 1975), Smith passed for 729 yards (5 TDs) and topped the 1,000-yard plateau on the ground (1002) while scoring 11 times.

In 1976, Sherman “The Tank” was drafted by Seattle in the second round as a running back. Smith was the first Seahawk in team history to gain over 100-rushing yards in a game. He went onto lead Seattle in rushing in each of his first four seasons with the team.

Sherman Smith, QB/Miami (OH)
Career: 1150 yards passing, 9 TDs; 2251 yards rushing, 19 TDs

1975 Redskins’ Results
Redskins 20 South Carolina 7 (Tangerine Bowl)
Redskins 21 Cincinnati 13
Redskins 27 Kent State 8
Redskins 44 Western Michigan 21
Redskins 35 Toledo 21
Redskins 20 Bowling Green 17
Redskins 17 Ohio 9
Redskins 10 Dayton 0
Redskins 14 Purdue 3
Redskins 35 Ball State 28
Michigan State 14 Redskins 13
Redskins 50 Marshall 0

Most wins in Miami school history
2003 – 13-1 (won GMAC Bowl)
1973 – 11-0 (won Tangerine Bowl)
1975 – 11-1 (won Tangerine Bowl)

Countdown to College Football
August 14 – Top sports star in 1942 wins Heisman
August 15 – Before politics, Traficant started at QB for Pitt
August 16 – Roger Staubach meets Youngstown State
August 17 – “Best linebacker I ever coached” says Woody Hayes
August 18 – Sherman “Tank” runs wild for Miami of Ohio
August 19 – Sugar Bowl MVP aids Pitt in title game
August 20 – Lombardi award winner called New Castle home
August 21 – Walk-on Karlis kicks for Cincinnati
August 22 – K-State registers 1st bowl victory; Coleman named MVP
August 23 – Burke’s 400-yard game lifts Michigan State past Brady & Michigan
August 24 – Clarett shines for Buckeyes in memorable season
August 25 – Syracuse’s workhorse from Struthers
August 26 – Missouri’s dual-threat quarterback boosts Tigers to top Nebraska
August 27 – Penn State QB guides Nittany Lion faithful to Rose Bowl

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