The GoDaddy Of Them All: Miami (Ohio) Caps Historic Turnaround With .Com Bowl Win

The Miami RedHawks' turnaround from 1-11 to conference champs is now capped with a bowl victory, as they drubbed Middle Tennessee State, 31-21 in Mobile.

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GoDaddy.com Bowl Final Score: Miami (Ohio) 35, Middle Tennessee State 21

Time is running out in the 2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl, and it appears as though Miami's transmogrification from I-A laughingstocks to MACtion heroes will have a happy ending.

The fourth quarter opens with Dwight Dasher's second interception of the night, which is returned for 23 yards, but the ensuing field goal attempt by the RedHawks is blocked, and the one-score game remains a one-score game. The Blue Raiders go three-and-out thanks to two sacks in three plays on Dasher, and Austin Boucher and Thomas Merriweather set up to put this iteration of Red vs. Blue on ice. The drive is a productive one in terms of both distance and clock; six minutes and 65 yards later, Boucher hits Nick Harwell with a five-yard scoring pass. With 6:15 remaining in the game, Miami leads MTSU, 35-21. Dasher's third interception at the 4:57 mark, and his fourth at the 2:11 mark, remind us why the Blue Raiders ranked dead last nationally in turnover margin heading into tonight's game. And you'd think he would have learned his lesson about gambling by now. Red beats Blue in Mobile, 35-21.

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GoDaddy.com Bowl, Miami (Ohio) Vs. Middle Tennessee State: Finally, A Touchdown With No Answer (Yet)

There isn't quite so much the way of points in the waning minutes of the third quarter of the 2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl, but there's no shortage of action. Following the touchdown trade that opened the second half of play, Austin Boucher is intercepted for the second time on the RedHawks' first play from scrimmage following Phillip Tanner's 54-yard touchdown run, but on the Blue Raiders' first play, Malcolm Beyah catches a short pass from Dwight Dasher, is hit, and fumbles the ball directly into the hands of Dayonne Nunley (again!).

Other than a one-yard punt from Miami's Zac Murphy, the rest of the quarter is nothing to write home about until the final two minutes, when Boucher connects with Chris GIvens for a 17-yard touchdown. With 1:36 remaining in the third quarter, Miami leads MTSU, 28-21.

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GoDaddy.com Bowl, Miami (Ohio) Vs. Middle Tennessee State: RedHawks Pick-Six, But Blue Raiders Have An Answer

We're off to a rip-roaring start in the second half of the 2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl, where a second quarter ended by an Austin Boucher interception is about to find its parallel in the third.

It's immediately apparent that the RedHawks have Dwight Dasher's number right about now, or at least that of his O-line. First and 10 for Middle Tennessee State rapidly becomes second and 26 as Dash is chased further and further back, into his own endzone. An 11-yard run gives the Blue Raiders a not-insurmountable 15 yards to gain on third down, but the now-beleaguered quarterback makes a hilariously ill-advised throw, into triple coverage and aimed at a receiver who isn't even looking for the ball -- but freshman RedHawks cornerback Dayonne Nunley is. Nunley engages in some Family Circus-style running, weaving his way downfield for what will be called a 52-yard interception return but probably required 70 yards of running. With 13:51 remaining in the third quarter, Miami leads MTSU, 21-14.

As is apparently the fashion in this game, the Blue Raiders answer immediately, with Phillip Tanner wriggling free from an apparently stopped pile of defenders and offenders to streak down the left sideline for a 54-yard touchdown. With 12:55 remaining in the third quarter, Miami and MTSU are tied, 21-21.

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GoDaddy.com Bowl, Miami (Ohio) Vs. Middle Tennessee State: Another Pair Of Touchdowns, Another Tie

We've had two touchdowns in just over two minutes in the 2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl. Anybody in the mood for a third? You'll have to wait a good minute and a half this time, but the results are worth the wait.

Middle Tennessee State doesn't employ Dwight Dasher until third down on this latest possession, but he makes good, passing to Malcolm Beyah for an 11-yard gain that earns the Blue Raiders a fresh set of downs. Three plays later, Dash breaks loose left for a 49-yard touchdown rocket run, and if that doesn't crank your tractor enough, a fight breaks out in the endzone! Sort of! Both teams are penalized, and the first quarter draws to a close with Miami's Armand Robinson breaking off a nice 21-yard run of his own.

The second quarter, you will be shocked to learn, opens with yet another score. Three plays into the period, Austin Boucher hits Nick Harwell with a 40-yard bomb that sets the RedHawks up for a three-yard touchdown punch by Thomas Merriweather. With 13:16 remaining in the second quarter, Miami and MTSU are tied, 14-14.

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GoDaddy.com Bowl, Miami (Ohio) Vs. Middle Tennessee State: Late Scores In First Quarter Tie Game

Hey, check it out, it's the 2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl, the country's only surviving college football postseason contest named after a website! (Mourn ya 'til we join ya, chronic pizza shortages bowl.) In a fitting opening quarter for a bowl featuring a team that lost to Memphis and North Texas, it's taking a while to get going.

Three go-nowhere, do-nothing possessions open play and eat more than half the first quarter; by the time Middle Tennessee sets up at their own 11-yard line for what will be the game's inaugural score, seven minutes remain in the period. Dwight Dasher and Phillip Tanner dink-and-dunk the team down the field in just over two minutes, and score thanks to two big plays at the series' conclusion: A 27-yard pass from Dasher to T.L. Edwards, and an 18-yard run by Tanner for the touchdown. MTSU leads, 7-0.

Undaunted, Miami takes just two minutes and four plays to answer, with a 70-yard pass from wee freshman quarterback Austin Boucher to Armand Robinson setting up a three-yard scoring scramble by Thomas Merriweather. Tie game, 7-7.

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