Miami Football Hangs On For Gritty 9-7 Win at Bowling Green
Nov. 15, 2006
Miami University at Bowling Green State University
Miami Team Notes
- On a nasty night in which wind and field conditions dictated the game, Miami (2-9; 2-5 MAC) scored twice in the second half and withstood a late Bowling Green ( 4-7; 3-4 MAC) drive that ended in a missed field goal to pick up a gritty 9-7 victory and end a three-game losing streak.
- In the 63 rd meeting between Miami and Bowling Green, Miami won for the seventh time in the last eight meetings and extended its series edge to 39-19-5. The RedHawks won for the fourth straight time at Perry Stadium, where they have not lost since 1997.
- Miami's nine points were the fewest scored in a victory since 1981, when the Red and White downed Cincinnati 7-3.
- For the third straight game, Miami found itself making a late redzone stand with the game on the line. It endured when a 25-yard Sean Ellis field goal went wide left.
- When Mike Kokal was sacked and fumbled inside BGSU's 10-yard line on Miami's opening possession, it marked the third straight game in which the RedHawks lost a fumble inside the redzone.
Miami Player Notes
- In difficult conditions, quarterback Mike Kokal completed 12-of-24 passes for 130 yards and the game-winning touchdown.
- Senior wide receiver Ryne Robinson caught a pass for the 41st consecutive game, hauling in five of Miami's seven first-half receptions. He finished with nine catches for 86 yards.
- Robinson moved into the MAC's all-time top three in career receiving yardage on the night and has a Miami-record 3,606 career receiving yards to his credit. He also became the first Miami receiver to reach 250 career receptions on the night.
- Redshirt freshman wide receiver Dustin Woods hauled in a 28-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to give the RedHawks a 9-7 edge at 11:24 in the fourth quarter. All four of his touchdown receptions this season have come from outside of 25 yards.
- Junior running back Brandon Murphy, who missed the previous two games with an ankle injury, earned the start, slipping and sliding his way to 30 yards on 14 carries.
- Punter Jake Richardson booted a 65-yard first-half punt and pinned the Falcons inside the 20-yard line twice.
- Freshman Trevor Cook booted a 27-yard field goal into the wind in the third quarter for Miami's first points of the night. He had a field goal and PAT attempt blocked in the second half when there was trouble getting the snap down.
- Senior Joey Card blocked an Alonso Rojas punt late in the third quarter, marking his second punt block of the season and Miami's third.