American Football Database
2011 Bowl
Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Middle Tennessee State University 14 0 7 0 Expression error: Missing operand for +.
Miami University 7 7 14 7 Expression error: Missing operand for +.
Date January 6, 2011
Season 2010
Stadium Ladd-Peebles Stadium
Location Mobile, Alabama
Favorite Miami by 1[1]
Referee TBA (Southeastern Conference)
Payout US$750,000 per team
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers: Carter Blackburn, Brock Huard and Mike Bellotti Bowl
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The 2011 Bowl, the twelfth edition of the college football bowl 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.


Middle Tennessee

This was Middle Tennessee's first bowl appearance in the 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).[2]


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.

Game summary

Scoring summary

Scoring play Score
1st quarter
MT – Phillip Tanner 18-yard run (Alan Gendreau kick), 4:37 MT 7–0
Miami – Thomas Merriweather 3-yard run (Trevor Cook kick), 2:29 TIE 7–7
MT – Dwight Dasher 51-yard run (Gendreau kick), 0:40 MT 14–7
2nd quarter
Miami — Thomas Merriweather 3-yard run (Trevor Cook Kick), 13:11 TIE 14–14
3rd quarter
Miami — Dayonne Nunley 52-yard interception return (Trevor Cook Kick), 13:22 Miami 21–14
MT — Phillip Tanner 54-yard run (Alan Gendreau Kick), 12:32 TIE 21–21
Miami — Chris Givens 17-yard pass from Austin Boucher (Trevor Cook Kick), 00:54 Miami 28–21
4th quarter
Miami — Nick Harwell 5-yard pass from Austin Boucher (Trevor Cook Kick), 5:25 Miami 35–21


Statistics Middle Tennessee Miami
First Downs 15 22
Total offense, plays - yards 61–372 78–431
Rushes-yards (net) 32–211 40–134
Passing yards (net) 161 297
Passes, Comp-Att-Int 18–29–4 23–38–2
Time of Possession 21:02 38:58


  • 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 12-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.


  1. The Tuscaloosa News, December 18, 2010
  2. Mid-American Conference 2010 Bowl Post Season Football Release, Mid-American Conference, December 17, 2010