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Ohio Trounces Miami, 34-13

Oct. 23, 2010

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OXFORD, Ohio-The Ohio football squad put up five rushing touchdowns and forced host Miami into six turnovers as the visiting Bobcats nailed down a 34-13 win Saturday at Yager Stadium on the RedHawks' Homecoming.

Ohio improved to 5-3 overall and 4-1 in the Mid-American Conference, while Miami dropped to 4-4 and 3-1 in the league. The win was Ohio's fifth-straight in the series and seventh-straight road win, tying the mark the program set from 1959-61.

Ohio got two rushing scores from running back Donte Harden and quarterback Boo Jackson, while running back Vince Davidson had a career-high 103 rushing yards on 17 carries with another score. Jackson completed 10 of 19 passes for 149 yards and an interception with four of those completions going to Riley Dunlop for 68 yards. Defensively, the Bobcats got two sacks apiece from defensive lineman Dak Notestine and cornerback Travis Carrie, while linebacker Eric Benjamin added another. Ohio also picked off four passes in the game, two by cornerback Omar Leftwich, with safeties Steven Jackson and Hilton Dawson III providing the other two. Linebacker Chad Clemens had a team-high five tackles.

Miami was led by quarterback Zac Dysert's 21-for-36 effort, which netted 332 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Eleven of those passes went to Nick Harwell, a career-high, while his 219 receiving yards was a school record. Thomas Merriweather led the way with 35 yards on seven carries, but due to the sack yardage, the RedHawks mustered just 11 yards on 21 carries. C.J. Marck had a team-high nine tackles, while Evan Harris and Pat Hinkel each had eight.

Dysert came out firing for the home team, leading the RedHawks on a nine-play, 80-yard drive that culminated with his 15-yard scoring pass to Armand Robinson. Dysert converted a third-and-6 from his own 40 with a 14-yard strike to DeMarco Paine during the drive and also hit Harwell for a 27-yard toss down the middle of the Ohio defense.

Following back-to-back big tackles for loss by Ohio defensive ends Stafford Gatling (13 yards) and Dak Notestine (11-yard sack), the Bobcats fired right back with a six-play, 87-yard drive that saw Davidson take a Jackson handoff and gallop up the middle and down the near sideline for a career-long 56-yard touchdown. Jackson came up big twice in the drive with a 14-yard carry and a six-yard run on third-and-2 from his own 38-yard line.

Harden plunged the ball over the goal line from three yards out at the 9:30 mark of the second quarter for Ohio's second score to make it 13-7. The drive, which was five plays for 47 yards, also featured a 31-yard bomb from Jackson to Terrence McCrae down the middle to give the Bobcats a first-and-goal from the Miami 6-yard line.

Harden struck again on Ohio's second drive of the second half with an electrifying 48-yard scoring run through the left side of the RedHawk line to put the Bobcats up 20-7 with 11:09 left in the third quarter.

The Bobcats' next score came on a 14-play, 85-yard drive that chewed up eight minutes, four seconds that was capped by a one-yard dive over the line by Jackson. Jackson was big on the drive with three third-down completions, the first one coming on a career-long 39-yard catch by Dunlop.

Miami put up its second touchdown on a 14-yard run by Merriweather with 11:47 left on a drive that was aided by two Ohio personal fouls. The ensuing extra point clanged off the right upright, however, to keep the Bobcat advantage at 14 (27-13).

Ohio tacked on its final score on a Jackson two-yard keeper with 3:18 left after Leftwich's second interception that put Ohio in business at the RedHawk 26-yard line. Running back Ryan Boykin had the first four carries of the five-play drive, tallying 24 yards.

The Bobcats' six forced turnovers were the most for the program since Wyoming committed seven on Sept. 22, 2007. The five rushing scores were the most since Oct. 12, 2002 against Eastern Michigan. The Bobcats also had two student-athletes rush for two touchdowns (Jackson and Harden) for the first time since Sept. 24, 2005 when Kalvin McCrae and Voncarie Owens pulled off the feat.

Ohio will be back in action Saturday at 2 p.m. against Louisiana.

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