FRISCO, Texas (AP) Brett Gabbert completed 22 of 31 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns, Kenny Tracy scored on an 8-yard run and Graham Nicholson kicked two baskets as Miami (Ohio) beat North Texas 27-14 in the first – and possibly the last – Frisco Football Classic Thursday.
Gabbert, the brother of NFL quarterback Blaine Gabbert, threw a 5-yard pass to Kenny Davis at the end of the second quarter and an 11-yard pass to Nate Muersch at the start of the third quarter for Miami (7-6) , who won a bowl match for the first time since the 2010 season.
Gabbert was named the offensive MVP of the match. The defensive MVP was Miami first-year nickel Jacquez Warren, who had an interception on the goal line.
After Miami stopped North Texas inside the RedHawks’ 5-yard line early in the fourth quarter, Gabbert escaped the pressure – as he did much of the game – on the third and second. -8 deep in Miami territory to run for the first down which allowed the RedHawks to miss the rest of the clock.
âI was going to do whatever I had to win this game,â said Gabbert, a sophomore. âThe momentum kind of reversed, and we kind of rolled from there. “
“Brett Gabbert’s No.1 quality is his tenacity,” said RedHawks coach Chuck Martin. âThey reached it. They hit him. I like all the throws and all the decisions, the quick release. If we were all as strong as him, we would never lose a game.
Tracy’s touchdown came late in the first quarter.
Nicholson had a 48-yard field goal in the RedHawks’ first practice, which was one yard off his season high, and 36 yards in the second quarter.
Austin Aune and Isaiah Johnson scored on 2-yard and 1-yard runs for the Mean Green (6-7). Aune had 15 of 32 passes for 228 yards and two interceptions.
âEvery loss is tough,â North Texas coach Sean Littrell said. âIf not, you are probably in the wrong profession. “
North Texas played without two senior starters, running back DeAndre Torrey and defenseman Makyle Sanders, for unspecified reasons. Torrey averaged 101.3 yards rushing per game, 41 percent of the 245.5-yard team average that ranked fourth in the FBS.
The Mean Green made 32 carries for 89 yards, the lowest of the season, led by Aune’s 28 yards. North Texas averaged 50 rushes per game this season.
The bowl game, played at Toyota Stadium, which hosted the Frisco Bowl on Tuesday night, was hastily created a few weeks ago when 83 NCAA Division I teams were eligible to fill the 41 playoff slots. NCAA approved.
âA lot of people didn’t want to go to the new bowl,â Martin said. âWe all have lifelong memories of smart people coming together and pushing this thing forward. “
Take it away
Miami: The RedHawks were two points away from the MAC East conversion. They extended their streak of seasons to .500 or better to four in a row.
North Texas: The loss ended Mean Green’s five-game winning streak after a 1-6 start, and leaves them with their third consecutive losing season. Littrell is 0-5 in Bowls in six seasons.
Do you think coaches live in a work bubble? âMy wife says we have Christmas in a few days,â said Martin. . The game ended a streak of 141 straight games for the RedHawks played on artificial turf, dating back to their 2010 opener in Florida. . Mean Green junior bettor Bernardo Rodriguez, a transfer from Kansas State, had punters of 70 yards (the 15th longest in program history) and 66 yards.
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