Miami (OH) upsets Toledo in MAC championship
DETROIT (AP) — Rashad Amos ran for two touchdowns, Graham Nicholson kicked three field goals and Miami (Ohio) upset No. 23 Toledo 23-14 in the Mid-American Conference championship game Saturday.
The RedHawks (11-2) last won the MAC title in 2019 when they beat Central Michigan. It is the first time Miami has won 11 games in a season since 2003.
The Rockets (11-2) were attempting to become the first Toledo team to win 12 straight games for the first time since 1971.
Following a 40-yard field goal by Nicholson at the start of the third quarter, Dequan Finn gave Toledo its only lead of the game with a 3-yard run. Nicholson put Toledo in front for good, 16-14, at the beginning of the fourth quarter when he made another 40-yarder, and Amos sealed the win when he ran 10 yards for a touchdown with 2:41 left.
Miami took a 10-0 lead on a 32-yard field goal by Nicholson and a 1-yard run by Amos. The scoring run was set up by a targeting call against Kiel Eldridge, who hit Smith on a third-and-13 play from the Toledo 16 with 1:25 seconds left in the first quarter.
Toledo scored 9 seconds before halftime on Finn’s 13-yard pass to Anthony Torres. The pair also connected on the 2-point conversion to pull the Rockets within two.
Nicholson, who has made a field goal in all 13 games this season, saw his streak of made kicks end when his 48-yarder was wide left with 5:58 left in the third quarter. The MAC Special Teams Player of the Year had made all 25 of his field-goal attempts before the miss.
Nicholson is a finalist for Lou Groza Award, which recognizes the nation’s top placekicker.
The Rockets and RedHawks find out their bowl destinations Sunday. The MAC has six teams bowl eligible, but the conference champion does not automatically qualify for a specific bowl.
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