Miami (Ohio) becomes the first team in FBS history to win six straight after 0-6 start
The RedHawks finished 6-6 after beating Ball State on Tuesday night
Miami (OH) made FBS history on the final Tuesday night of MAC play, becoming the first team to finish 6-6 after an 0-6 start to the season.
The Redhawks trailed 17-7 at halftime but opened things up in the second half with a 74-yard Rokeem Williams touchdown and eventually prevailed 21-20 at home over Ball State.
Williams finished the night with six catches for 145 yards and two scores.
After starting 0-6, redshirt sophomore Gus Ragland took over as Miami's starting quarterback. Less than a year after tearing his ACL, Ragland threw for 380 yards in Tuesday's win and improved to 6-0 as a starter in 2016.
Miami's historic turnaround has been powered by an improved rushing attack with Ragland at quarterback and much-improved play on defense. The turnover margin went from -5 in the first six games to +8 in the final six games.
Not only that, the dramatic swing came right as conference play hit, making the RedHawks a MAC title contender until Ohio held off Akron 9-3 on Tuesday to clinch a spot in the championship game representing the MAC East.
After the game, there was much rejoicing in the locker room.
Elsewhere, Eastern Michigan also made some school history by beating Central Michigan to become 7-5 for the first time since 1989. The loss also knocks the Chippewas down to 6-6 overall, though they are bowl eligible thanks to that controversial win against Oklahoma State in September.
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