MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Central Michigan thwarted the Miami University football team's comeback effort and eliminated the RedHawks from postseason play Saturday afternoon with a 30-16 victory at Kelly/Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant, Mich.
The RedHawks dropped to 4-7 overall and 3-4 in the Mid-American Conference, while the Chippewas improved to 5-6 and 3-4 in league play.
Junior wide receiver Nick Harwell, who finished with 11 catches for 215 yards, became only the third player in school history to reach the 3,000 career receiving yards milestone. The Missouri City, Texas native also went over the 200-yard mark for the third time in his career. His performance marked the 16th time that he surpassed 100 yards in a game, which was another Miami record.
Senior quarterback Zac Dysert found Harwell streaking up the middle for the RedHawks' first score of the game, a 68-yard game-tying touchdown with 55 seconds to go in the first quarter. The score was the longest touchdown play of the season for Miami.
Dysert finished 26-of-43 passing for 343 yards with a touchdown. He passed Cincinnati's Gino Guidugli and Notre Dame's Brady Quinn, just to name a few, to become the 22nd-ranked passer in NCAA FBS history with 10,795 total yards passing.
Central Michigan, which scored on a Zurlon Tipton 12-yard run with 1:51 left in the opening quarter, struck again twice late in the second to take a 21-7 halftime lead.
After a Dysert interception near the Chippewas' goal line, the hosts drove down the field, capitalizing on a 1-yard TD run by Tipton, his second of the game with 3:54 left in the half.
Central Michigan scored again with 16 seconds left before the break on an 8-yard pass from Ryan Radcliff to tight end Connor Odykirk in the right corner of the endzone.
The RedHawks made it 21-10 after a 39-yard Kaleb Patterson field goal at the 11:14 mark in the third, and then scored early in the fourth on a Dysert 1-yard sneak up the middle. Miami's 2-point conversion attempt failed, however, as Dysert's pass was batted down. Wes Williams' interception, the third of his career, helped set up the Dysert score.
The Chippewas pulled away in the fourth, cruising into the endzone on a 10-yard run with 10:28 remaining, then added a safety with just over a minute to play.
The RedHawks outgained CMU in total offense 434 to 386.
Miami returns home to play Ball State in its regular-season finale Friday, Nov. 23 at Yager Stadium. Game time is 1 p.m.