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Nation-State: RedHawks notch 10th in a row

By Wire services
Published November 23, 2003

ATHENS, Ohio - Four arms were no match for one.

Ben Roethlisberger threw four touchdowns against a depleted defense, and Miami of Ohio rolled to its 10th straight win Saturday 49-31 over Ohio. The RedHawks shattered school records for points and yards in a season while extending their longest win streak since 1975.

"There's not many 10-win programs in the country," coach Terry Hoeppner said. "That was a significant number to get to. This was a significant game for us. We're not a finished product, we're a work in progress."

Ohio tried every alternative, using four quarterbacks, but none could keep up with Roethlisberger or find an opening on option plays. The Bobcats had 87 yards on 45 carries.

Miami has put together its best run in 28 years behind an offense averaging 40 points. On Saturday, the RedHawks set a school record for points in a season (448) and surpassed 5,000 yards for the first time.

BOWLING GREEN 41, BALL ST. 14: Josh Harris threw two touchdowns and ran for two to lead the visiting Falcons. Harris, who entered fourth in the nation in total offense with 330 yards a game, threw touchdowns of 36 and 19 yards and scored on runs of 1 and 2 yards.

Bowling Green plays Toledo on Saturday. A win would clinch the MAC West title and get the Falcons to their first MAC championship game since the league split into divisions in 1997. Scott Blair had 10 carries for 84 yards and two TDs to lead Ball State.

HARVARD 37, YALE 19: Ryan Fitzpatrick threw four touchdowns to lead the host Crimson in the 120th meeting of the Ivy League teams. Harvard snapped a three-game skid and grounded Yale's potent offense, which was second in I-AA at 471.3 total yards a game and averaging a league-best 37.22 points.

The Bulldogs had 475 yards, but sputtered repeatedly inside the red zone. Yale leads the storied series 63-48-9, but has lost the past three. Fitzpatrick played sparingly all season because of injuries and was making his first start since Oct.11. He completed 13-of-22 for 230 yards and one interception. Yale's Alvin Cowan completed 34-of-64 for a career-high 438 yards.

FAU 32, FIU 23: Jared Allen threw for 281 yards and a touchdown and Quentin Swain's 3-yard fumble return in the fourth helped seal it for visiting Florida Atlantic. FAU rallied twice, including from an early 17-0 deficit, to win its eighth straight and keep its hopes of earning a I-AA tournament berth alive. It would be the first postseason bid.

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