Dec 23, 2021; Frisco, TX, USA; Miami (Oh) Redhawks running back Kevin Davis (26) is tackled by North Texas Mean Green defensive back Keelan Crosby (22) in the first quarter at Toyota Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

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Miami (OH) tops North Texas in Frisco Football Classic

Brett Gabbert passed for 228 yards and two touchdowns as Miami (Ohio) dominated the final two and a half quarters in a 27-14 win over North Texas on Thursday afternoon in the Frisco Football Classic in the north Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas.

The victory assured the RedHawks (7-6) its third straight winning season and was the first bowl win for Miami in 11 years.

Jack Sorenson caught seven passes for 116 yards for Miami, while Kenny Tracy (92 yards) and Keyon Mozee (77) combined for 169 yards on the ground on 23 carries.

North Texas (6-7) was looking for its first bowl win since it beat UNLV in the 2013 Heart of Dallas Bowl. The Mean Green is now 0-5 in the postseason under coach Seth Littrell.

North Texas was without No. 1 running back DeAndre Torrey, who ran for 1,215 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. The Mean Green was held to just 89 yards on the ground after averaging almost 246 yards per game over its previous 12 contests.

Austin Aune passed for 228 yards with two interceptions for the Mean Green, which had a five-game winning streak snapped.

The RedHawks got on the board first with a 48-yard field goal by Graham Nicholson at the 12:27 mark of the first quarter. North Texas responded on the ensuing drive with a 1-yard scoring run by Isaiah Johnson that capped a 12-play, 75-yard march to earn a 7-3 lead.

Miami moved back to the front via its own 75-yard drive, ending with an 8-yard TD run from Tracy. But the Mean Green answered again, this time on 2-yard read-option touchdown run from Aune that produced a 14-10 advantage 3 1/2 minutes into the second quarter.

The rest of the half belonged to the RedHawks, with Nicholson booting a 36-yard FG with 6:52 to play until halftime. Then, after an interception of Aune by John Saunders Jr., Miami moved 30 yards in four plays to Gabbert’s 5-yard TD pass to Kevin Davis that gave the RedHawks a 20-14 lead at intermission.

Miami added to its lead early in the third quarter on an 11-yard hookup from Gabbert to Nate Muersch. The RedHawks’ defense did the rest, holding North Texas to just 69 yards of total offense in the second half.

–Field Level Media

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