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Falcons score record-tying three safeties

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) -- Omar Jacobs threw three touchdown passes to
lead Bowling Green to a 42-14 win over Miami of Ohio on Tuesday
night in a game that started 2½ hours late because of strong
storms.

The Falcons (6-4, 5-2 Mid-American Conference) took over first
place in the East Division. They can clinch a spot in the MAC title
game with a win at home over rival Toledo next Tuesday.

Miami (6-4, 4-3) could have claimed a third consecutive East
title with a win, but self-destructed in the wind and rain. The
RedHawks botched three punts in the first 20 minutes, handing the
Falcons six points on three safeties -- tying the NCAA single-game
record.

Two of Dave McClain's snaps sailed over punter Jacob
Richardson's head and through the end zone. Richardson couldn't
handle another snap and was forced to run out of the end zone for
the third safety and a 20-0 Bowling Green lead.

Miami botched a fourth punt snap in the fourth quarter, leading
to a Bowling Green touchdown.

The RedHawks had a net loss of 10 yards total offense in the
first half and trailed 29-0 at the break.

Bowling Green's three touchdowns in the first half came on
drives of 20, 47 and 29 yards following an interception, a free
kick and a fumble.

Jacobs threw TD passes of 4 and 20 yards to Steve Sanders and 6
yards to Sean O'Drobinak. Jacobs, playing for the first time in
three weeks after suffering a separated left (non-throwing)
shoulder, finished 21-of-34 for 178 yards with two interceptions.

Miami's Josh Betts went 17-of-37 for 254 yards with a
career-high five interceptions. He threw two TD passes in the
second half, 50 yards to Martin Nance and 34 yards to Ryne
Robinson.