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Miami of Ohio 29, Northern Illinois 23

Associated Press

DeKALB, Ill. - Aveon Smith threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Mac Hippenhammer and added two TD runs about 4 minutes apart that gave Miami (Ohio) the lead for good just before halftime as the Redhawks beat Northern Illinois 29-23 in the snow.

Smith completed 11 of 23 passes for 180 yards and ran for 105 yards on 20 carries for Miami (5-6, 3-4 Mid-American Conference).

John Richardson kicked a 31-yard field goal and Nevan Cremascoli threw a 15-yard TD pass to Liam Soraghan that gave Northern Illinois (3-8, 2-5) a 10-0 lead with 4:39 left in the first quarter. The Redhawks ensuing drive stalled at midfield and Dom Dzioban's 47-yard punt pinned NIU at its own 3 and two plays later Harrison Waylee fumbled the ball and kicked it out of the end zone for a touchback that got Miami on the scoreboard less than 3 minutes later.

Smith had four carries for 28 yards - including a 10-yard TD run - and went 1-for-1 passing for 13 yards on a six-play, 49-yard drive that made it 10-9 with 4:39 left in the second quarter and, after the Huskies went three-and-out, Tom Foley's punt was blocked and went just 17 yards, giving Miami the ball at its own 49 and six plays later Smitch scored on a 15-yard run to make it 16-10 at halftime.

Cremascoli threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Kacper Rutkiewicz to put Northern Illinois back in front just 96 seconds into the second half but Graham Nicholson kicked a 44-yard field goal 5 minutes later and Hippenhammer's TD catch with 48 seconds left in the third quarter made it 26-17.

Antario Brown raced untouched for and 86-yard score 42 seconds later to trim the Huskies' deficit to 26-23 and Nicholson capped the scoring with a 24-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

November 16, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter Mia-ONIU
NIU FG 10:36 John Richardson 31 yd FG 0 3
NIU TD 4:45 Liam Soraghan 15 yd pass from Nevan Cremascoli (John Richardson kick) 0 10
Mia-O SF 2:07 Team safety 2 10
Second Quarter Mia-ONIU
Mia-O TD 4:39 Aveon Smith 10 yd run (Graham Nicholson kick) 9 10
Mia-O TD 0:37 Aveon Smith 15 yd run (Graham Nicholson kick) 16 10
Third Quarter Mia-ONIU
NIU TD 13:24 Kacper Rutkiewicz 53 yd pass from Nevan Cremascoli (John Richardson kick) 16 17
Mia-O FG 8:24 Graham Nicholson 44 yd FG 19 17
Mia-O TD 0:48 Mac Hippenhammer 47 yd pass from Aveon Smith (Graham Nicholson kick) 26 17
NIU TD 0:06 Antario Brown 86 yd run (failed 2pt rush) 26 23
Fourth Quarter Mia-ONIU
Mia-O FG 9:02 Graham Nicholson 24 yd FG 29 23
Team Stats
  Miami (OH) Northern Illinois
First downs 20 15
  Rushing 11 3
  Passing 7 9
  Penalty 2 3
3rd Down Efficiency 7-17, 41% 0-9, 0%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 48-171 32-200
Passing Yards 185 165
Return Yards 65 2
Completions-Attempts-Int 11-23-0 14-22-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 3--33 1--11
Punts 7 7
Punts-Average 42.4 27
Fumbles Lost 1-1 2-0
Penalties - Yards 6-60 5-50
Time of Possession 34:32 25:28
Miami (OH) Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Smith 11 23 185 1 0
Northern Illinois Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
N. Cremascoli 14 22 165 2 1
Miami (OH) Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. Smith 20 105 5.3 2
T. Shelton 16 43 2.7 0
K. Davis 6 28 4.7 0
K. Tracy 3 9 3.0 0
Northern Illinois Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Credle 15 97 6.5 0
A. Brown 5 97 19.4 1
H. Waylee 6 9 1.5 0
J. Lynch 2 4 2.0 0
B. Dozier 1 3 3.0 0
N. Cremascoli 3 -10 -3.3 0
Miami (OH) Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Hippenhammer 5 105 21.0 1
M. Marshall 1 32 32.0 0
M. Bjorson 1 20 20.0 0
T. Shelton 2 13 6.5 0
J. Coldiron 1 13 13.0 0
K. Tracy 1 2 2.0 0
Northern Illinois Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Rutkiewicz 4 80 20.0 1
S. Thornton 4 44 11.0 0
M. Travis 2 21 10.5 0
L. Soraghan 2 19 9.5 1
B. Dozier 2 1 .5 0
Miami (OH) Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Saunders Jr. 1 0
Northern Illinois Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Miami (OH) Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
D. Dzioban 7 297 42.4
Northern Illinois Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Foley 5 162 32.4
J. Lynch 1 10 10.0
Miami (OH) Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Northern Illinois Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Pardridge 1 0 0
Miami (OH) Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Walker 2 52 26.0
L. Bolden 1 13 13.0
Northern Illinois Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Dozier 1 2 2.0
Miami (OH) Missed FG
Player Length
Northern Illinois Missed FG
Player Length




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