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Bowl preview: Miami (Ohio) @ Mississippi State

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On December 26, 2016 at 12:08 am EST

On Monday morning, the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks faces the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the St. Petersburg Bowl from Tropicana Field in Tampa, Fla. The game will be on ESPN at 11 am EST.

The RedHawks are 6-6, while the Bulldogs are 5-7. Miami (Ohio) was 3-3 on the road and Mississippi State was 2-4.

This is the first meeting between these two teams.

Miami (Ohio) has won six straight games. They haven’t lost since Oct. 8 when they were defeated 35-13 by the Akron Zips.

“It’s not like they were getting crushed early in the season, and the all of a sudden, the light came on,” Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen said. “They were battling. They had some tough losses early in the season and just kind of started making the plays and having some confidence to win the games later in the year.”

Mississippi State won their last game over the Ole Miss Rebels. They haven’t lost since Nov. 19 when they were defeated 58-42 by the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Gus Ragland led the RedHawks attack with 1,274 passing yards. He has 15 touchdown passes.

Alonzo Smith has 689 rushing yards and three touchdowns. James Gardner has 658 receiving yards and five touchdowns.

Nick Fitzgerald leads the Bulldogs attack with 2,287 passing yards. He has 21 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions.

He also has 1,243 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. Fred Ross has 873 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.

“Thy have a lot of great players on offense and they do a lot of things that are not fun to try to defend with all of their movement over there,” Miami (Ohio) head coach Chris Martin said. “And their quarterback is obviously the guy they makes it go. They score on everybody.”

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