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2017 Week 3 Recap: Miami RedHawks Gift Cincinnati a Free Win

Channel Stephen A. Smith: “Terrible”

NCAA Football: Cincinnati at Miami (Ohio) Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami-Ohio Redhawks played mostly a great game in their rivalry game against Cincinnati. Then tragedy struck.

Miami got the ball first and had to punt after a short drive. Cincinnati took 12 plays to go 47 yards and took the early lead with a field goal. Miami responded with a quick drive to go up 7-3 on 4 Gus Ragland completions, the largest a 55 yard throw to Maurice Thomas.

Any thoughts of an offensive shoot out were slowly and methodically erased as the teams combined for 9 punts and an interception to close out the first half. Whatever the definition of perfect football was wasn’t this.

The Bearcats went for it on 4th down on the opening drive of the second half, and Miami responded with a touchdown, to give Miami what seemed like a huge lead in this game. Insurmountable, even. Alas, in MAC football, nothing is a given.

After more punts and turnovers, the Bearcats had a nice drive that ended in a field goal, putting the game at 14-6. Miami responded with a drive of their own and a 37 yard field goal by Samuel Sloman with 4:45 to go. The drive took 6 minutes and 48 seconds.

An 11-point lead in this game seemed insurmountable, and the ensuing Cincinnati drive seemed to go through the motions of a losing team racking up yardage against a prevent defense. Then when the Bearcats got close, they not only were able to score, but also converted the 2 point conversion, making it a 3 point game with a little under 3 minutes to go.

Miami botched the kickoff and had to start on their own 5. Most of the stadium thought the Bearcats were going to kick an onside kick. Chuck Martin responded by calling a pass play from his own endzone, and his trust in Gus Ragland was rewarded. It was a 5 yard completion to the tight end, and they were able to run the clock to 2 minutes. Miami went power formation and it was 3rd and 2.

Then somehow Miami, even though they had timeouts, were called for a delay of game. On third and 7, Cincinnati picked it off and scored a touchdown. And that, was the ball game.

Or was it? A final minute drive for the RedHawks would put the ball with 20 seconds to go from the Bearcats 20 on a third and 5. Hope sprung eternal when a flag was thrown in the endzone for presumable defensive pass interference. That flag would then inexplicably be picked up as a non-call. Granted, it would have been a touch foul, but the UC defender had his arm around the Miami receiver’s waist. After another Gus Ragland incompletion, Cincinnati would roll out of Oxford with a 21-17 victory.

Suffice to say, Miami fans were pretty non-pleased about this little situation:

Savage out here on these Oxford streets, y’all.