Miami (Ohio) knocks off Toledo for MAC title

Aveon Smith passed for 109 yards and rushed for 99, and Miami (Ohio) scored the final 10 points to rally past Toledo 23-14 in the Mid-American Conference Championship game Saturday in Detroit.The RedHawks (11-2) avenged a 21-17 loss on Oct. 21 to the Rockets (11-2), who were was seeking a second consecutive MAC title and a potential New Year’s Six bowl game bid.Miami has not lost since, winning four regular-season games and Saturday’s conference championship, its first since 2019.Smith replaced injured starting quarterback Brett Gabbert in the first game against Toledo. He was selected the Offensive Most Valuable Player after Saturday’s effort, with 6-of-16 passing and 21 rushes, including a 50-yarder.Miami’s Graham Nicholson made three field goals, including a 40-yarder with 13:37 remaining in the fourth quarter for a 16-14 lead.