The 2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl, the twelfth edition of the college footballbowl game, was played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama on January 6, 2011. The game was telecast on ESPN and matched Miami from the MAC versus Middle Tennessee from the Sun Belt. Previously, the bowl game was known as the GMAC Bowl.
See also: 2010 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders football team
This was Middle Tennessee's first bowl appearance in the GoDaddy.com Bowl. Entering the game, offense leaders for the Blue Raiders were RB Phillip Tanner (149 att., 841 yds. rushing, 11 TDs), QB Dwight Dasher (127 of 222 passes, 1,388 yards, 6 TDs) and WR Malcolm Beyah (27 rec., 364 yds., 2 TDs). Defensively, the team was led by DB Jeremy Kellem (101 tackles, 1.5 tfl, 2 INT), DE Jamari Lattimore (64 tackles, 14.5 tfl, 11.0 sacks) and LB Darin Davis (73 tackles, 8.0 tfl, 3.5 sacks, 3 interceptions).
This was Miami's second appearance in this bowl game; they played in the 2003 edition when it was under the name GMAC Bowl. Miami was one of the most improved program in the country, capped a dramatic turnaround season by winning the 2010 marathon MAC Football Championship. The RedHawks defeated Northern Illinois, 26–21, with a touchdown
with 33 seconds left in regulation. Miami clinched the East Division with a 23–3 win over Temple on November 23.
MT – Phillip Tanner 18-yard run (Alan Gendreau kick), 4:37
Miami – Thomas Merriweather 3-yard run (Trevor Cook kick), 2:29
MT – Dwight Dasher 51-yard run (Gendreau kick), 0:40
Miami — Thomas Merriweather 3-yard run (Trevor Cook Kick), 13:11
MT — Phillip Tanner 54-yard run (Alan Gendreau Kick), 12:32
Miami — Chris Givens 17-yard pass from Austin Boucher (Trevor Cook Kick), 00:54
Miami — Nick Harwell 5-yard pass from Austin Boucher (Trevor Cook Kick), 5:25
Total offense, plays - yards
Passing yards (net)
Time of Possession
This was the first meeting between these two teams.
Miami became the first FBS team ever to follow a 10-loss season with a 10-win season; the RedHawks went 1–11 the previous season. However, this was not the biggest turnaround in FBS history as measured by games. The FBS record turnaround by that measure remains the 8 1⁄2-game turnaround by Hawaiʻi from 0–12 in 1999 to 9–4 in 2000. Miami's turnaround from 1–11 to 10–4 amounted to an 8-game turnaround.