Late RedHawk Comeback Falls Short as Temple Tops Miami, 24-17
Oct. 20, 2007
PHILADELPHIA--Despite scoring 10 points over the final minutes of the game, it was not enough as Miami University's football team suffered a 24-17 loss to Temple at Lincoln Memorial Field on Saturday afternoon.
The loss was the RedHawks' first in Mid-American Conference play, dropping the RedHawks to 4-4 overall, 3-1 in league action and 2-1 in the MAC East Division. Temple, which won its third straight game, improved to 3-5 overall, 3-2 in MAC play and 2-2 in the MAC East Division.
Temple got on the board first, scoring at the 7:33 mark of the first quarter off a 1-yard run by Jason Harper.
Miami was set to attempt a 39-yard field goal, but a delay of game penalty moved the RedHawks back five yards and put the Red and White in a fourth-and-six situation. The RedHawk offense took the field, and sophomore quarterback Daniel Raudabaugh hit redshirt-freshman wide receiver Eugene Harris on an 8-yard pass to get a first down. Miami capitalized on the next play as Raudabaugh connected with junior tight end Jake O'Connell on a 19-yard scoring strike to knot the game 7-7 at the 3:23 mark of the first quarter after a junior kicker Nathan Parseghian PAT.
The Owls, however, scored a touchdown with 14:46 remaining in the second quarter off a 1-yard run by Adam DiMichele and carried a 14-7 lead into the half.
Temple added a touchdown in the third quarter and a field goal in the fourth quarter to extend its lead to 24-7.
Raudabaugh hit junior tight end Tom Crabtree on a one-yard touchdown pass with 1:19 left to play with a Parseghian PAT to put the RedHawks within 10 points, 24-10. After recovering the ball on an on-side kick, Miami went down and Parseghian hit a 33-yard field goal to put the RedHawks within a touchdown with nine seconds remaining.
Miami again recovered the ball on an on-side kick with four seconds left but it was not enough as Raudabaugh's pass was intercepted to end the game.
Raudabaugh finished with 314 yards, completing 33-of-57 passes, including two touchdown passes. Junior linebacker Joey Hudson led the RedHawk defense with 10 tackles, including six solo stops.
Miami plays its last non-conference game of the regular season next Saturday, traveling to Vanderbilt for a 2 p.m. (ET) game on Oct. 27.
Jake O'Connell scored his second touchdown off a 19-yard Raudabaugh pass to put Miami's first points on the board in the first quarter. It was O'Connell's fifth grab of the season. Miami dropped to 0-4 on the season when trailing at the half.
The series between Miami and Temple is even, 1-1.