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Miami tolls Victory Bell by easing past Cincinnati

Associated Press

OXFORD, Ohio – Josh Betts passed for 359 yards and three touchdowns, leading Miami (Ohio) to a 44-16 non-conference victory over Cincinnati on Wednesday night.

Betts, a senior who missed the game’s first series for violating an unspecified team rule, completed 22 of 35 passes with one interception against a freshman-laden defense.

Martin Nance had eight receptions for 119 yards and two TDs, and Ryne Robinson caught six passes for 127 yards and another score for Miami.

Brandon Murphy rushed 27 times for 120 yards and scored on an 11-yard run for the RedHawks (2-2), who totaled 539 yards on offense.

The win enabled Miami to reclaim the Victory Bell, the prize that goes to the winner of the annual series the schools bill as the oldest Division I-A rivalry west of the Allegheny Mountains. The series began in 1888 and Miami holds a 59-44-7 lead.

Miami, which had been giving up 440 yards and 27.3 points a game, didn’t have any trouble with the Bearcats’ offense. Dustin Grutza threw five interceptions, got sacked three times and finished 22 of 39 for 199 yards.

The Bearcats (2-2) were held to 66 yards rushing on 27 carries.

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