MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) -- Brandon Murphy scored on a 6-yard touchdown run with 17 seconds left in the game as Miami of Ohio defeated Ball State 14-13 Thursday night.
Murphy rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns for the RedHawks in the opening game for both Mid-American Conference teams.
Murphy's final touchdown was set up by Eugene Harris' 56-yard punt return that gave Miami the ball on the Ball State 23 yard line with 1:54 left. The RedHawks scored on a five-play drive -- four rushes by Murphy and an incomplete pass.
Ball State had taken the lead when Nate Davis threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Dante Love with 11:22 left in the fourth quarter. Davis completed 19-of-36 passes for 198 yards.
Jake Hogue kicked field goals of 20 yards and 22 yards for the Cardinals after drives stalled deep in Miami territory.
Miami took its first lead midway through the second quarter when Murphy ran for a 21-yard touchdown.
The Cardinals had a scoring chance later in the second quarter when they reached the Miami 14, but a Davis pass fell incomplete on a fourth-down attempt with 37 left before halftime.