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Miami (Ohio) 47, Bowling Green 14

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) -- Miami of Ohio retired former quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's No. 7 in a pregame ceremony on Saturday and then rolled past Bowling Green, 47-14, as Austin Sykes ran for a career-high 124 yards and scored two touchdowns.

The RedHawks sacked the Falcons' Tyler Sheehan six times and limited him to a season-low 140 yards in the air while handing Bowling Green (3-3, 1-1 Mid-American Conference) their second straight loss.

Miami (4-3, 3-0) won by its largest margin since beating Buffalo 54-13 on Nov. 5, 2005.

Redshirt freshman Eugene Harris scored his first two career touchdowns, the second on a 73-yard pass -- Miami's longest play of the season -- that helped the RedHawks open up a 30-7 halftime lead.

Roethlisberger, now the Pittsburgh Steelers' starting quarterback, said one of his childhood goals was to have his high school, college and professional numbers retired. Findlay High School in northwest Ohio also has retired his No. 7.

"Of all the things kids want, I don't know how I got this crazy idea in my head, but I wanted to get that done," Roethlisberger told reporters before the ceremony.

Roethlisberger set almost every school passing record and led Miami to its last MAC championship in 2003. The RedHawks, coached by Terry Hoeppner, finished that year 13-1 and ranked 10th in the nation.

Miami on Saturday also remembered Hoeppner with a video tribute at halftime and a moment of silence before the game's kickoff.

Hoeppner was Miami's coach from 1999-2004. He left in 2005 to become Indiana's coach, and died in June at age 59 from complications of a brain tumor.

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