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Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2002 1:30 AM EDT
NCAA FOOTBALL RECAP
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Miami Ohio 31, Cincinnati 26
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CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- Luke Clemens rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries, leading Miami of Ohio to a 31-26 victory over Cincinnati in the 107th meeting between the schools.

Clemens gave the RedHawks (4-2) a 17-14 lead with a two-yard touchdown run with 2:01 remaining in the first half, then scored on a five-yard scamper to make it 31-21 with just under three minutes left in the third period.

Ben Roethslisberger completed 17-of-27 passes for 240 yards with an interception for the RedHawks, who have won three in a row following a two-game losing streak.

Gino Guidugli kept the Bearcats (2-3) in the game by completing 27-of-48 passes for 353 yards, but he was sacked four times and threw a pair of interceptions.

Cincinnati took a 21-17 lead on Demarco McCleskey's one-yard TD run 4:55 into the second half, but Miami took the lead for good at 24-21 when Josh Betts threw a 13-yard TD pass to Tyler Vogel off a faked field goal with 6:55 left in the third period.

The RedHawks broke the huddle with Vogel over center and Betts, a freshman backup, lined up at quarterback. With the rest of the team lined up two yards away, Vogel snapped the ball, then took a pass from Betts and lumbered into the end zone with his first career completion.

Miami then put together a seven-play, 55-yard drive and regained its 10-point advantage on Clemens' second TD.

Jonathan Ruffin kicked a 20-yard field goal to make it 31-24 early in the fourth quarter before the Bearcats got their final points when a punt by Miami was blocked out of the end zone by Mike Brown.

McCleskey rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries for Cincinnati, while Jon Olinger caught 13 passes for 240 yards.

Miami increased its lead in the all-time series to 57-43-7.


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