A year after losing 11 games, the Miami RedHawks are Mid-American Conference champions.
Austin Boucher threw a touchdown pass to Armand Robinson with 33 seconds left, and Miami of Ohio won the Mid-American Conference championship with a 26-21 victory over No. 24 Northern Illinois on Friday night.
“Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good,” Boucher said of a pass on fourth and 20 two plays before the winning touchdown that was tipped by Northern Illinois into the hands of a Miami receiver for the first down.
The RedHawks (8-4) won the MAC for the first time since 2003 and their conference-best 15th title overall a season after they went 1-11.
Chandler Harnish threw three touchdowns for the Huskies (10-3), who had won eight in a row.
“They made a few more plays than we did and that’s what got us in the end,” Huskies coach Jerry Kill said.
Kansas State will play Syracuse in the inaugural Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 30 at Yankee Stadium, the first bowl game in the Bronx in nearly five decades. ... Texas-El Paso accepted an invitation from the New Mexico Bowl and will face BYU on Dec. 18 in a matchup of former Western Athletic Conference rivals.