Lovell's kick with 8:49 left came after a 7-yard touchdown run by western michigan's brandon west tied it. the bearcats led 24-0 early in the second quarter and held off the broncos to win the first bowl game played in canada and first held outside the united states since 1937.
The Broncos had a chance to force overtime with 1:21 remaining, but Nate Meyer's 51-yard field-goal attempt was wide.
Dominick Goodman, the game MVP with seven catches for 109 yards, had two touchdowns for Cincinnati with John Bowie scoring the other. Lovell added two field goals.
Jamarko Simmons and Herb Martin scored touchdowns for the Broncos. Meyer added a field goal.
Ohio (9-4) vs. Southern Miss (8-5)
WHERE: Ladd Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Ala.
TIME: 8 p.m., ESPN.
KEY STATS: Ohio is 29th nationally in total defense; Southern Miss is 26th against the run.
NOTES: Ohio is playing in its first bowl game since 1968. Southern Miss running back Damion Fletcher is 11th in the nation in average yards per game (110.8).