From Frank Taddeo at SI.com:
During Miami (OH) 23–14 upset win over Toledo in the 2023 MAC championship at Ford Field in Detroit on Saturday, college football fans were treated to a hilarious mistake from the head referee.
As the Redhawks (11–2) captured their first MAC title since 2019, a holding penalty was called on Miami’s No. 7.
However, the jersey number, which was worn by two-time Super Bowl champion Ben Roethlisberger, was retired by the school back in 2007.
No current Miami player wears the number.
The penalty amused those at the game who noticed the error.
Fans on social media found it comical that a penalty could be called on the jersey held by a quarterback 20 years after his last collegiate game.
Roethlisberger played for the school from 2000 to ’03.
Aveon Smith was named Offensive MVP of the game after guiding a balanced Redhawks attack. The sophomore quarterback threw for 109 yards while adding 99 rushing yards on the ground.
Congratulations to Miami RedHawks Football – first MAC title since 2019!
— Miami Football (@MiamiOHFootball) December 2, 2023