OXFORD, Ohio (Ticker) -- Miami experienced no letdown after
last week's win at Colorado State.
Ben Roethlisberger had another big day, passing for 377 yards
and three touchdowns, as the RedHawks held on for a 42-37
victory over previously unbeaten Cincinnati.
Roethlisberger, who entered the game ranked eighth on the
Mid-American Conference's all-time career passing list with
7,276 yards, completed 31-of-49 passes. He threw for 330 yards
and two TDs in last week's 41-21 win.
Miami (3-1) opened a 42-17 lead on Cal Murray's three-yard TD
run with 13:27 remaining before Cincinnati scored three times in
the final eight minutes.
The Bearcats (3-1) made it 42-30 when Daven Holly returned a
missed field goal 78 yards for a touchdown with 4:04 left and
closed to 42-37 on George Murray's five-yard TD scamper with
1:51 to go.
Mike Smith scored on TD runs of seven and one yards, helping
Miami built a 28-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Cincinnati scored the next 17 points, closing to 28-17 on Gino
Guidugli's five-yard TD strike to Richard Hall with 15 seconds
left in the half.
Guidugli completed 17-of-39 passes for 226 yards and two scores,
while Hall rushed for 161 yards on and a TD on 25 carries.
The teams met for the 108th time, with Miami posting its third
straight victory to increase its lead in the series to 58-43-7.