Miami knocks off Ball State 42-21 Redhawks become bowl eligible


OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — Alonzo Smith ran for 207 yards and three touchdowns and Miami (Ohio) held Ball State scoreless in the second half for a 42-21 victory on Tuesday night.

   Gus Ragland accounted for three more scores for Miami (6-6, 6-2 Mid-American Conference). He completed 11 of 16 passes for 159 yards, and his 4-yard touchdown toss to Dominique Robinson tied the game at 21-21 with five seconds left before halftime.

   Ragland bulled in for two scores from the 1-yard line, the second early in the third quarter. Smith broke loose on two big scoring runs, a 56-yarder in the second quarter and a 47-yarder late in the third. His 2-yard TD run capped the scoring with 10:27 to play.

   Kenny Young ran for 38 yards for Miami, and is now 11 shy of 2,000 career yards rushing.

   Drew Plitt was 17-of-29 passing for 175 yards with a touchdown pass and an interception for Ball State (4-8, 3-5).

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