BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Bowling Green forced three Miami turnovers and outscored Miami 20-6 in the second half as the RedHawks dropped their first Mid-American Conference game of the season, 37-12, Saturday afternoon at Doyt Perry Stadium.
Miami (3-4 overall, 2-1 MAC) pulled within five points of the Falcons on their first possession of the second half, as Zac Dysert connected with Andy Cruse for a 2-yard touchdown. The senior signal-caller, who finished the game completing 17 of 31 passes for 198 yards with a TD and 2 interceptions, set up the score with a 64-yard strike to Nick Harwell down the left sideline. It was the longest offensive play of the year for Miami.
Harwell led the RedHawks seven catches for 117 yards, while Cruse had seven grabs for 54 yards.
Dysert moved into eighth all-time on the MAC passing list with 10,444 career yards and also passed Robert Giffin III and Andy Dalton on his way to becoming the 60th ranked passer in NCAA FBS history.
Bowling Green, however, closed out the half with three more scores. The Falcons (4-3, 2-1 MAC) scored on a Matt Schilz 13-yard pass to Chris Gallon with 2:01 left in the third and added on another TD when Booboo Gates returned an interception 37 yards for a score. BGSU's John Pettigrew rounded out the host's scoring with a 29-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
Miami held the early lead, but wasn't able to hold onto it for very long. Kaleb Patterson kicked two first-half field goals from 36 and 44 yards, as the RedHawks trailed 17-6 at halftime. Patterson was 2-for-2 on the day, including his fifth straight successful try of 36 yards or more.
Bowling Green finished the contest with a total-offense advantage of 486 to 256 yards. The rushing totals were 251 to 3 in favor of the Falcons.
Miami has a week off before hosting Ohio University Saturday, Oct. 27 at Yager Stadium.