2003 GMAC Bowl

Miami (OH) 49, Louisville 28

December 18, 2003 | Mobile, Ala. (40,620)

MOBILE, Ala. - Ben Roethlisberger passed for 376

yards and four first-half touchdowns to lead No. 14 Miami

of Ohio to a 49-28 victory over Louisville in the GMAC

Bowl. He completed 21 of 33 passes, shaking off wouldbe

sacks and throwing perfect strikes on the run. Miami

scored two more touchdowns in the fourth to stymie a

rally by Louisville. Roethlisberger completed 16-of-20 for

291 yards in the first half. The RedHawks outgained Louisville

597-492 in a matchup of high-powered offenses.

The Miami defense twice came up big in the fourth. Matt

Pusateri stepped in front of Stefan LeFors’ pass and raced

35 yards for a touchdown to erase Louisville’s comeback

hopes, the RedHawks’ fifth score of the season on interception

returns. Then, Terna Nande picked off another

pass in the end zone. Cal Murray rushed 15 times for 142

yards and a touchdown for Miami. Martin Nance had

nine catches for 169 yards. LeFors was 17-of-26 for 224

yards but was intercepted three times after getting picked

off only seven times in the first 12 games. J.R. Russell

caught seven passes for 144 yards and three touchdowns.

1 2 3 4 F

Miami (OH) 21 14 0 14 49

Louisville 0 21 7 0 28

Scoring Summary

MIA — Larkin 28-yd pass from Roethlisberger

(Parseghian kick)

MIA — Murray 2-yd run (Parseghian kick)

MIA — Nance 12-yd pass from Roethlisberger

(Parseghian kick)

LOU — Gates 1-yd run (Smith kick)

MIA — Brandt 16-yd pass from Roethlisberger

(Parseghian kick)

MIA — Larkin 26-yd pass from Roethlisberger

(Parseghian kick)

LOU — Russell 31-yd pass from LeFors (Smith kick)

LOU — Russell 2-yd pass from LeFors (Smith kick)

LOU — Russell 24-yd pass from LeFors (Smith kick)

MIA — Smith 3-yd run (Parseghian kick)

MIA — Pusateri 35-yd interception return

(Parseghian kick)

Category LOU MIA

First Downs 22 28

Rushes-Att-Yds 38-237 33-221

Passing Yards 255 376

Total Offense 492 597

Passes Cmp-Att-Int 18-27-3 33-21-0

Punts 4-42.2 3-30.0

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-0

Penalties 5-58 8-73

Sacks By 2-13 3-13

3rd Down Conv. 4-11 5-10

4th Down Conv. 2-2 0-0

Time of Possession 29:08 30:52

Individual Statistics

Rushing: (LOU) Gates 12-128-1, LeFors 8-49-0,

Shelton 8-34-0, Bush 9-33-0. (MO) Murray 15-142-1,

Smith 12-82-1

Passing: (LOU) LeFors 17-26-3-224-2, Bush 1-1-0-31-1.

(MO) Roethlisberger 21-33-0-376-4

Receiving: (LOU) Russell 7-144-3, Tinch 4-36-0, Gates

3-24-0, Ghent 2-45-0, Smith 1-5-0, Clark 1-1-0. (MO)

Nance 9-169-1, Larkin 5-88-2, Tyler 2-43-0, Robinson

2-41-0, Busing 1-17-0, Brandt 1-16-1, Corbin 1-2-0

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