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Chippewas Close Road Trip at Northwestern
Posted Sep 24, 2010
MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan seeks its third straight victory over a Big Ten Conference opponent when it visits Northwestern on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. CDT. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Saturday's game also can be heard across the state on the CMU Sports Network. The radio broadcast will be streamed live for free through CMUChippewas.com, beginning with the pregame show at 10 a.m. CDT.
Saturday's game is one of eight this weekend between the Mid-American Conference and Big Ten Conference. The MAC owns six victories over the Big Ten over the past two seasons but is seeking its first win of 2010.
has won its last two games against Big Ten opponents—at
last season and at
in 2008—but the Wildcats will present a unique challenge for the visiting Chippewas.
has completed 62-of-76 passes (81.6 percent) for 769 yards and six touchdowns to lead Northwestern to its 3-0 start. He also has rushed for 129 yards and two scores.
Northwestern is averaging 30.0 points per game.
Defensively, the Wildcats are led by linebacker
. The reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week leads the team in tackles (20) and interceptions (three).
"Their quarterback is playing very well, and they are always very good on offense," said CMU head coach Dan Enos. "Coach Fitzgerald and his staff do a tremendous job there. This is going to be a great challenge for our team, but we're very excited to compete against a great program."
CMU's offense had a breakout game of its own at Eastern Michigan last week. The Chippewas rolled up 523 total yards and scored six touchdowns in a 52-14 win.
rushed for 209 yards and three scores, while
threw for 254 yards and a pair of scores.
Mike Petrucci's 43-yard fumble return for a touchdown highlighted a defensive effort that forced eight Eastern Michigan punts, two fumbles and two turnovers on downs. The CMU defense continues to rank in the top 10 nationally in points allowed (fourth / 9.0 ppg) and yards allowed (eighth / 250.7 ypg).
The Chippewas return to Kelly/Shorts Stadium next weekend when they host
in a MAC West Division matchup. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.
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