Bowling Green Rallies, scoring the final ten points, to beat the Miami RedHawks, 17-13

Bowling Green Rallies, scoring the final ten points, to beat the Miami RedHawks, 17-13

The Bowling Green State University football team scored the final 10 points Saturday afternoon (October 15), rallying for a 17-13 win over the University of Miami in Mid-Atlantic Conference action. American at Doyt L. Perry Stadium.

Ta’ron Keith’s 19-yard run with 11:31 left in the game gave BGSU the lead, and the Falcon defense held the RedHawks to Miami’s final two offensive possessions of the game. Darren Anders stopped Miami quarterback Aveon Smith on a third run, forcing a MU punt with just over seven minutes to go.

BGSU won a pair of first downs, working nearly four minutes off time before returning the ball to MU. Then Anders broke up passes on back-to-back plays before Anthony Hawkins and Walter Haire combined to stop Smith a yard from first down on a fourth down. BGSU landed a first down before a pair of knees ran out.

Harold Fannin Jr. scored a second-quarter touchdown and Mason Lawler netted a third-quarter field goal to bring the Falcons within three points before Keith’s score in the fourth quarter gave the home side a definite lead .

Jaison Patterson rushed for a game-high 94 yards as the Falcons gained 176 rushing yards as a team. The BGSU defense held the RedHawks to just 189 total yards (98 rushing, 91 passing) in the win.

Demetrius Hardamon had three tackles for the loss, including a pair of sacks. One of those sacks resulted in a fumble from Smith. As a team, BGSU has 10 tackles for loss in the afternoon.


  • Bowling Green won the toss and carried over to the second half. Miami received the opening kick with the Falcons defending the southcourt.
  • The RedHawks’ opening drive yielded three points, as a Graham Nicholson field goal put the visitors ahead with just over four minutes remaining.
  • The teams traded punts before the Falcons went 67 yards on a drive spanning the end of the first quarter and the start of the second. Matt McDonald completed passes for double-digit wins to Odieu Hiliare and Tyrone Broden on that drive, but on the 13th game of possession, Yahsyn McKee intercepted a pass in the end zone to return the ball to the RedHawks.
  • The Falcons responded by forcing a three-and-out, and Jake Rogers returned the punt that followed 11 yards down the BGSU 44-yard line.
  • BGSU completed a second straight drive over 61 yards. McDonald rushed for 12 yards on a fourth-and-1 play, and the drive culminated in a one-yard run by Harold Fannin Jr. with 7:13 to go before halftime.
  • The RedHawks scored a touchdown in the final minute of the half, as Aveon Smith drove for 16 yards before throwing a 19-yard pass to Miles Marshall. MU took a 10-7 lead into the intermission.
  • The opening kick of the second half was missed by Bowling Green and recovered by Miami, giving possession to the RedHawks at BG 27.
  • In the ensuing practice, however, the Falcons held the RedHawks to seven yards on three plays, with Chris Bacon breaking up a third pass. Nicholson’s 39-yard field goal gave Miami a 13-7 lead.
  • The teams traded punts, with BGSU taking over at the Miami 48. A 24-yard run from Fannin was followed by McDonald’s 8-yard shovel pass to Christian Sims, putting BG inside the 10. The RedHawks held and Mason Lawler’s 22 yards. the field placement made it a three-point game with 4:44 left in the third quarter.
  • Miami’s next practice ended with an apocalyptic sack from Demetrius Hardamon, forcing the MU Smith quarterback to fumble. Donrez Brown recovered at the Miami 34-yard line.
  • McDonald completed a pass to Broden to get the Falcons inside the Miami 20, but the drive ended with a 31-yard field goal attempt from Lawler that hit the post and rebounded.
  • The Falcons forced a three-and-out, taking over on their own 45-yard line with 13:52 left in the fourth quarter. A pass from McDonald to Fannin picked up 17 yards, and after a catch from CJ Lewis, Ta’ron Keith broke a tackle, cut left and went 19 yards for a score. Lawler’s PAT gave the Falcon a 17-13 lead with 11:31 to go.
  • On the next drive, Smith ran for a first down on a third-and-9 play to bring the RedHawks just above midfield. But, several plays later, Darren Anders stopped Smith on a third run, forcing a Miami punt.
  • Jaison Patterson collected a pair of first downs for the Falcons, who used up several minutes on the clock before a third sack ended the practice. Sami Sir’s punt returned the ball to the RedHawks at the Miami 25 with 3:23 left. After a QB run on first down, Anders broke up passes on each of the next two plays. On fourth down, Smith climbed up the middle, but was stopped by Walker Haire and Anthony Hawkins, out of sticks, with 2:38 on the clock.
  • Two runs by Patterson were followed by timeouts in Miami, but on third down Patterson made a right tackle for six yards and a first down. After another six-yard gain by Patterson, the Falcons were able to use consecutive knee plays to miss time.

The Falcons hit the road next weekend and travel to Mount Pleasant on Saturday, October 22 for a 1:00 p.m. EST kickoff against Central Michigan. The game will be streamed via ESPN3.

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