The 6-foot, 192-pound Sorenson finished with a programrecord 283 receiving yards.
“I’ve been playing with Jack for three years,” Gabbert said. “He’s been here six years. He’s been playing for a long time. He knows how to play wide receiver, but it was a whole team effort. I mean, Jalen Walker caught a touchdown pass. Mac Hippenhammer caught two touchdown passes. I can’t wait for the next few weeks.”
Miami coach Chuck Martin admired the efforts of both Gabbert and Sorenson.
“Brett’s competitive level was off the charts,” the eighth-year RedHawks coach said. “There were so many plays where he just wouldn’t give up. We all have a lesson to learn from watching him compete. Sorenson obviously had an amazing game.”
Miami’s special teams, a weapon for the RedHawks on the way to their 2019 MAC championship, continued to be a source of frustration for Martin. Especially noteworthy was Ohio’s block of freshman Graham Nicholson’s 33-yard field goal attempt 11 seconds into the second half.
“If you look at the final score, that would’ve been nice,” Martin noted.
Martin wasn’t specific regarding how Miami came out of the game physically.
“We’re OK,” he said. “We have to get some pictures of some things. There are a few things we’re concerned about.”
Both Gabbert and Martin felt that anybody who was surprised to see Miami lose to an Ohio team that went into the game 1-7 overall and 1-3 in the MAC simply wasn’t paying attention. The Bobcats’ three MAC losses had been by a combined 11 points.
“Their record didn’t reflect how good they are,” Gabbert said. “They were a lot better than we’d hoped they’d be. In the first half, I couldn’t complete a pass, and we kept turning the ball over. In the second half, we started playing Miami football.”
“We were in a hole we deserved to be in,” Martin said. “We had a lot of bumps in the road. They were still just 11 points from being undefeated in the league.”
Buffalo at Miami, 7 p.m., ESPNU, 980, 1450