Miami runs over Bowling Green in MAC opener

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 15: Gus Ragland #14 of the Miami (Oh) Redhawks hands the ball to teammate Alonzo Smith #26 during the first quarter of the game on September 15, 2018 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 15: Gus Ragland #14 of the Miami (Oh) Redhawks hands the ball to teammate Alonzo Smith #26 during the first quarter of the game on September 15, 2018 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Alonzo Smith ran for 164 of the RedHawks’ season-high 289 yards rushing and Miami defeated Bowling Green 38-23 in a Mid-American Conference opener on Saturday.

Smith’s 34-yard run put the senior over 2,000 yards rushing for his career and set Miami (1-3, 1-0) up at the Falcons 2-yard line before Gus Ragland ran over from the 1 two plays later for a 17-3 lead. Ragland tossed a 6-yard pass to Andrew Homer with 33 seconds left in the first half to go up 24-3.

The lead grew to 31-3 on Ragland’s 26-yard pass to Jack Sorenson in the third quarter before the Falcons (1-3, 0-1) scored their remaining points in the final 5½ minutes of the game.

Ragland was an efficient 10-of-15 passing for 119 yards and two scores.

Bowling Green’s Jarret Doege threw 45 times, completing 30, for 237 yards and two scores. Grant Loy added a TD pass on the game’s final play.

The RedHawks host Western Michigan on Saturday at Yager Stadium.

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