What looked like an easy win for Miami (OH) (6-4, 5-1 MAC) over Bowling Green State (2-8, 1-5) turned very interesting in the fourth quarter. With the Red Hawks up 21-7, Willie Geter (16 carries, 34 yards, 2 TD) scored twice in six-and-a-half minutes to tie the game at 21.
This is where it gets a little messy. With six minutes to go, Miami (OH) wide receiver Chris Givens (one catch, 15 yards) lost a fumble that did not appear to be one after ESPN2 showed side-to-side shots from opposite angles. The referees did not have access to those shots, so the play could not be overturned. Bowling Green ended up punting a minute later and did not take advantage of its first gift from the refs in the quarter.
With 2:41 left, Zac Dysert of Miami (OH) (19 for 25, 221, 1 TD) was sacked, forcing the Red Hawks to face a 3rd-and-26 from their own 33. The Red Hawks punted a play later and gave BGSU the ball on its own 28.
The very first pass was picked off by D.J. Brown (two INT), but the play was reviewed. The heavy fog obstructed all the camera views, so there was no clear and convincing evidence that the ball bounced. Even though it seems most logical that the ball bounced from how the fuzzy image of the ball moved on the white-out screen, Miami got the ball. Miami caught another break and took over on the Falcons’ 37 with 2:03 to play.
Nick Harwell (10 catches, 125 yards, 1 TD) caught three straight passes to move the Red Hawks to the 19. Tracy Woods (eight carries, 35 yards) inched the team closer to easy field goal range, and Trevor Cook (11-13 season, 1-2 game) came out to attempt a 33-yarder with: 01 left.
A split second before the snap came down and the kick went up, Falcons coach Dave Clawson called a timeout that negated what would have been the game winner. The second kick split the uprights, and Miami (OH) celebrated its sixth win of the season.
Thomas Merriweather ran for 88 yards on 17 carries with one touchdown for the Red Hawks. Armand Robinson added five catches and 57 yards.
Kamar Jorden had four catches and 95 yards, and Alex Bayer had four catches for 38 yards and a touchdown in the second quarter.
Miami (OH) improved to 6-4 overall and 5-1 in the conference. Bowling Green fell to 2-8 and 1-5. The Red Hawks travel to Akron for a game next Wednesday and the Falcons go to Toledo.