NCAA Game Summary - Miami-Ohio at Central Michigan|
(Saturday, October 16th)
Final Score: Miami-Ohio 27, Central Michigan 20
Mount Pleasant, MI (Sports Network) - Zac Dysert tossed a 71-yard touchdown
pass to Andy Cruse with 19 seconds remaining, lifting the Miami-Ohio RedHawks
to a thrilling 27-20 win over the Central Michigan Chippewas in Mid-American
Conference action at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.
The victory marked the first road win since 2008 for the RedHawks (4-3, 3-0
MAC), who remain unbeaten in league play. Dysert finished with 399 yards and
three touchdowns on 29-of-47 passing. Cruse had nine catches for 180 yards,
CMU (2-5, 1-3) has now lost four in a row. Ryan Radcliff threw for 329 yards
and three interceptions on 29-of-52 passing. Cody Wilson paced the receiving
corps with eight catches for 97 yards.
After a scoreless first quarter, Dysert found Cruse for a 10-yard touchdown
pass to put the RedHawks on top, 7-0 with 12:03 to play in the second quarter.
CMU's Paris Cotton tied the score at 7-7 with a five-yard touchdown run at the
6:41 mark of the second quarter.
The RedHawks took a 10-7 lead into the half, thanks to Seth Philip's 40-yard
field goal with 20 seconds remaining until intermission.
Miami pushed its lead to 17-7 on Dysert's 24-yard touchdown pass to Nick
Harwell, capping a 12-play, 78-yard drive to open the second half.
CMU trimmed the margin to 17-14 late in the third quarter, as Carl Volny
crossed the goal line on a one-yard plunge.
A 21-yard field goal by Philip gave Miami a 20-14 lead with 11:49 to play in
the fourth quarter.
Chippewas' kicker David Harman then came through with field goals of 28 and 23
yards for CMU, tying the score at 20-20 with 4:33 to play in the fourth
Then, on the deciding touchdown, Cruse somehow found himself wide open behind
the Chippewas' secondary on 3rd-and-14, and he coasted into the end zone
The RedHawks committed nine penalties for 79 yards in the victory. However,
their defense came up big when it mattered. CMU made six trips into the red
zone, but managed only two touchdowns and two field goals.
10/16 16:10:46 ET