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Published Sep. 2, 2005

Cal Murray ran for two touchdowns and Miami of Ohio's swarming defense forced three fumbles Tuesday night, setting up a 33-10 victory over No. 15 Bowling Green.

Miami has won eight in a row since an opening drubbing at Iowa. The RedHawks are on the threshold of their first national ranking since the end of the 1974 season.

Playing with its highest ranking in school history, Bowling Green never got rolling on offense and couldn't overcome a three-fumble game by quarterback Josh Harris.

The teams were facing their mirror image: Bowling Green tops the MAC in offense and defense, and Miami is a close second in both. Miami's Ben Roethlisberger made the two plays that made the difference.

His 49-yard completion early in the third quarter set up one touchdown, and his 1-yard sneak put Miami ahead 24-7 midway through the quarter.

UCF SUSPENDS QB: Central Florida quarterback Ryan Schneider was suspended for the rest of the season by coach Mike Kruczek. Kruczek said Schneider violated team rules that he would not specify. Redshirt freshman center Cedric Gagne-Marcoux also was suspended for the season for rules violations.

MARSHALL: Quarterback Stan Hill will miss the rest of the season after having surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

W. VIRGINIA: Quarterback Rasheed Marshall probably will not play Saturday at Boston College. He had a concussion in last weekend's win over UCF.

OBITUARY: John Patrick Conroy, one of the original Seven Blocks of Granite at Fordham, died Friday in Portland, Maine. He was 95.