MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Central Michigan has claimed three of the Mid-American Conference's annual…
CMU Beats NIU, Completes Perfect MAC Season
The 12-yard reception from Dan LeFevour with 12:10 remaining in the first quarter was his 274th career reception, the second most in school history and third most in Mid-American Conference history. The previous record of 51 straight games with a reception was shared by Taurean Henderson (Texas Tech) and Michael Larkin (Miami, Ohio).
The Chippewas (10-2, 8-0 MAC) went on to take a 7-0 lead on the drive and a 10-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.
The Huskies (7-5, 5-3 MAC) got on the board midway through the second quarter on a 30-yard field goal, but the Chippewas responded with an 11-play, 80-yard drive that concluded with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Kito Poblah to put CMU up 17-3 with 6:29 left in the half.
Northern Illinois needed just three plays to come within seven again, 17-10, but Central extended its lead to two touchdowns on Bryan Schroeder's second touchdown of the half, a 5-yard run less than a minute before halftime.
On the first play of the second half, Schroeder broke through the line for an 80-yard touchdown run, and Anderson added a 16-yard touchdown reception midway through the quarter to put the Chippewas up, 38-10. The scoring play was LeFevour's 146th touchdown of his career, tying him with Graham Harrell (Texas Tech) and Colt Brennan (Hawaii) for the most touchdowns in a Bowl Subdivision career.
With Central leading by what appeared to be a comfortable margin, LeFevour started the fourth quarter on the bench, but an 80-yard interception return by the Huskies' Patrick George caused LeFevour to re-enter the game and sparked 21 fourth-quarter points for Northern Illinois.
The Huskies came within 14, 38-24, at the 8:25 mark and were threatening to make it even closer when Frank Zombo intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown and a 45-24 Chippewa lead. NIU added one more score with 2:03 remaining, but CMU recovered the ensuing on-side kick and was able to run out the clock.
Schroeder totaled 128 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries as the Chippewas outgained the Huskies 257-126 on the ground. LeFevour, meanwhile, completed 27 of his 41 pass attempts for 255 yards and three touchdowns, including four completions for 41 yards and a touchdown to Schroeder.
ChippewasInsider.com Recommended Stories
Dr. Roto Video: CPatt's Fantasy Funeral
Unfortunately, despite all his promise, we must lay to rest Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson. No games with 100 or more yards receiving. Only one game with at least five receptions. The…Read More
Scout College Football Top 30- Week Thirteen
The top 30 teams in college football after Week Thirteen...Read More
Outdoorsman's Gift Guide: Christmas 2014
Finding just the right present for that special someone can be a challenge, so we’ve compiled a wide variety of hunting, fishing and outdoor gifts that you—or Santa—can deliver this Christmas.Read More
Scout's ACC All-Century Team
There have been so many great basketball players in the Atlantic Coast Conference since 2000, but which have been the very best? We break down the Player of the Century, Best Coach, Best Freshman, and…Read More
The First Thanksgiving: 10 Myths and Facts
The story of the first Thanksgiving is filled with folklore and legend. But what’s the real story? Here are 10 commonly believed myths about the First Thanksgiving debunked.Read More