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(23) Ohio 20

(7-1, 3-1 MAC)

Miami (OH) 23

(4-4, 3-1 MAC)

Coverage: GamePlan

3:30 PM ET, October 27, 2012

Yager Stadium, Oxford, OH

1 2 3 4 T
#23OHIO 7 7 3 320
M-OH 13 7 0 323

Top Performers

Passing: Z. Dysert (M-OH) - 311 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: B. Blankenship (OHIO) - 16 CAR, 74 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: N. Harwell (KU) - 8 REC, 138 YDS, 1 TD

Ohio bypasses tying field goal, comes up short in first loss

Associated Press

OXFORD, Ohio -- Nine seconds. No timeouts. Kick the tying field goal and go to overtime, or try for the win outright by running one more play? Ohio (No. 24 BCS, No. 23 AP) had a big decision to end its first game as a ranked team since 1968.

The Bobcats went for it and lost.

Tyler Tettleton lost track of his team's timeouts and held onto the ball too long, getting sacked to preserve Miami of Ohio's 23-20 upset of its Mid-American Conference rival on Saturday.

"Pandemonium, man," said defensive end Wes Williams, who wrapped up Tettleton and watched the clock run out. "It was crazy. That's what you play football for."

The Bobcats (7-1, 3-1) had won the last six games in the edgy rivalry, and had a chance to take this one to overtime after Tettleton -- one of the country's most dependable quarterbacks under pressure -- scrambled out of bounds at the Miami 7-yard line with 9 seconds left.

Kick it? Risk it? Ohio coach Frank Solich considered junior's poise under pressure -- only one interception all season -- and let him run one more play.

"We wanted to win it right there," Solich said. "Nine seconds is plenty of time to get one more play off, knowing that it's a throw. Either the guy is there or he's not there, and if he's not there then you line up for a field goal on the last play."

One problem: Tettleton lost track of the timeouts and didn't realize Ohio had none left. Then, when he took the snap and saw his receiver covered, he lost track of the clock, too.

"I just totally forgot," Tettleton said. "That's my fault."

The sideline didn't have a chance to remind him before the final play that he needed to throw it away if nobody was open right away.

"On the last drive with no timeouts left, you don't have a chance to tell Tyler to make sure you throw the ball out of bounds," Solich said. "But with all the training, and he's so sharp and everything he's done ..."

The Bobcats never led a game that was mostly a stalemate.

Kaleb Patterson kicked a 31-yard field goal with 1:24 left, giving Miami (4-4, 3-1) the lead with its first fourth-quarter points in the last three games. Then, it was up to one of the nation's worst defenses to hold on.

When Williams wrapped up Tettleton to end it, Miami had its sixth sack of the game, matching its season total coming in. A defense that ranked 115th nationally had managed to hold on.

"I was just trying to make a play," said Tettleton, who was 23 of 38 for 302 yards and a touchdown run. "Everything broke down."

Miami turned Ohio's numerous mistakes and that final gamble to its favor.

Zac Dysert completed 21 of 36 passes for 311 yards with an interception in the end zone. The senior led Miami's 59-yard drive to the go-ahead field goal, completing a 17-yard pass on third down to Nick Harwell, who finished with 138 yards receiving.

Dysert had thrown five interceptions in the last two games, both losses on the road. He made some big plays in this one, including a 54-yard touchdown pass to an uncovered Harwell and a 46-yarder to Dawon Scott that set up a field goal.

"It was a fun game, an awesome game to be a part of," Dysert said. "Right now I just can't say enough about our guys after the struggles we've been through."

Harwell's 14th career 100-yard receiving game left him one shy of the school record. He was nervous on the sideline as Ohio ran its final play with everything on the line.

Once Tettleton was sacked, the players and Miami fans stormed the field.

"I was so happy that I didn't know how to celebrate," said Harwell, who had eight catches for 138 yards. "Nobody on our team has beaten OU in what, six years? It was like a break for us."

A sign of Miami's determination to pull off the upset: Third-string quarterback Drew Kummer lined up as a receiver on one play, took a handoff and looked to throw, but nobody was open and he got tackled.

The Bobcats self-destructed several times in the second half.

Ohio had to settle for a field goal after a personal foul and a holding penalty set back its opening drive of the second half. Tettleton took a 12-yard sack on the Bobcats' next possession, pushing them out of range and forcing a punt.

The Bobcats drove to a first-and-goal at the 5-yard line, but Tettleton took a 15-yard sack. Instead of taking the lead for the first time, Ohio settled for Matt Weller's 38-yard field goal that tied it 20-all with 4:41 left and set up the wild finish.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
OHIO
M-OH
1st Downs2419
Total Yards464424
Passing302311
Rushing162113
Penalties5-581-5
3rd Down Conversions4-156-17
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Turnovers01
Possession29:2130:39

Passing Leaders

OhioC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Tettleton23/383027.900
Miami (OH)C/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dysert21/363118.611

Rushing Leaders

OhioCARYDSAVGTDLG
Blankenship16744.6119
Boykin10747.4020
Miami (OH)CARYDSAVGTDLG
Westbrook16654.1118
Treadwell9424.7030

Receiving Leaders

OhioRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith36220.7028
Cochran26030.0045
Miami (OH)RECYDSAVGTDLG
Harwell813817.3154
Scott49423.5046

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTEROHIOM-OH
FG09:05Kaleb Patterson 40 Yd 03
TD06:33Nick Harwell 54 Yd Pass From Zac Dysert (Kaleb Patterson Kick) 010
FG02:55Kaleb Patterson 32 Yd 013
TD00:48Beau Blankenship 5 Yd Run (Matt Weller Kick) 713
SECOND QUARTEROHIOM-OH
TD12:00Jamire Westbrook 1 Yd Run (Kaleb Patterson Kick) 720
TD09:45Tyler Tettleton 3 Yd Run (Matt Weller Kick) 1420
THIRD QUARTEROHIOM-OH
FG12:03Matt Weller 45 Yd 1720
FOURTH QUARTEROHIOM-OH
FG04:41Matt Weller 38 Yd 2020
FG01:24Kaleb Patterson 31 Yd 2023