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Miami saga: 10 losses to 10 wins

MOBILE, Ala. -- Austin Boucher threw for 289 yards and two touchdowns in his fourth career start and Miami of Ohio capped a historic turnaround season with a 35-21 win over Middle Tennessee in the Bowl.

The RedHawks (10-4) are the first team in Football Bowl Subdivision history to win 10 games one season after losing 10. Miami finished a dismal 1-11 in 2009, but recovered to win the Mid-American Conference title and finish this season on a six-game winning streak.

MTSU (6-7) won three games in a row to become bowl eligible, but was hurt by five turnovers.

Miami's Dayonne Nunley was responsible for two of them, recovering a fumble and returning an interception 52 yards for a touchdown. Thomas Merriweather rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns.


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*The 75th Cotton Bowl will be played tonight (8 p.m., Ch. 29), pitting 11th-ranked LSU (10-2) and No. 18 Texas A&M (9-3) at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It is the 50th meeting between the two schools. LSU coach Les Miles, 61-17 at the school, has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the Michigan job.

*Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett has declared for the NFL draft. The junior led the Razorbacks to their first BCS bowl this season, his second with Arkansas, and led the SEC in passing.

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