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Miami (OH)’s MAC title game QB Aveon Smith isn’t your typical backup

On Oct. 21, a highly-anticipated matchup in Oxford, OH suddenly turned into a nightmare. Not exactly because Miami (OH) fell 21-17 to Toledo in a clash between the MAC’s top two records, but because of a certain play which transpired in the waning moments of the fourth quarter.

Starting quarterback Brett Gabbert got sandwiched in between two Toledo defenders on a rushing attempt near the goal line, causing his leg to twist in undesirable fashion. The energy suddenly vanquished from Yager Stadium in a moment which silenced the Miami fans, the coaching staffs, and the players — including those donning Toledo uniforms.