Roethlisberger, Hoeppner capture top MAC awards

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 3, 2003

CLEVELAND - Coach Terry Hoeppner and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who led Miami of Ohio to a berth in the GMAC Bowl, won Mid-American Conference honors Tuesday.

Hoeppner was selected MAC coach of the year and Roethlisberger won offensive player of the year honors in voting by sportswriters and sportscasters who cover the league.

The 14th-ranked RedHawks (11-1) will play Louisville (9-3) in the GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Dec. 18.

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Roethlisberger, a junior from Findlay, Ohio, has completed 295 of 427 passes for 3,670 yards and 29 touchdowns with 10 interceptions.

Western Michigan's Jason Babin, a senior from Paw Paw, Mich., with 15 sacks, 80 solo tackles and three forced fumbles on the season, repeated as MAC defensive player of the year.