November 28, 2008

Eagles top Chips in a shootout

YPSILANTI, MI-The Chippewas dropped their second MAC contest of the year today as they fell in a shootout against the Eagles of Eastern Michigan University. The final score read 56-52 as both teams racked up over 1100 yards of total offense.

The player of the game was undoubtedly Andy Schmitt. For the game, Schmitt was 58-for-80 for 516 yards to go with five touchdowns to just one interception. Schmitt broke the NCAA record (for all divisions) with his 58 completions.

Schmitt's ability to get the Eagles out of several third and long situations was the story of the game. The Eagles were 13-for-18 on third down. Schmitt was also the Eagles leading rusher with 38 yards on 9 carries (1 touchdown).

His connection with Tyler Jones was equally notable. Jones tied the NCAA (for all divisions) with 23 receptions, good for 170 yards.

The Chippewas fought their way back from three fourteen point deficits. The Eagles got the first two scores of the game as Schmitt ran the first one in at 10:18 in the first quarter, and then he found Josh LeDuc from five yards out on the next possession at the 4:46 mark.

CMU would find its answering scores in a three yard run from Dan LeFevour (2:39) and a 15 yard connection by LeFevour to Joe Bockheim (0:18). After evening the score at 14, the two teams would combine for seven touchdowns in the second quarter. LeFevour connected Kito Poblah, Antonio Brown, and Bryan Anderson as Schmitt connected with Dontayo Gage, DeAnthony White, Dwayne Priest, and Josh LeDuc again as the score was 42-35 at halftime.

Just before heading into the locker rooms at halftime, the fans at Rynearson Stadium almost witnessed a team brawl. Several players from Eastern Michigan tried to prevent CMU players from entering their visitor locker room. After coaches and officials broke up the scuffle, two Eagles were assessed with unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.

The penalties would be assessed on the opening kickoff of the second half, which game CMU excellent field position. After missing a field goal on CMU's first possession, Aguila was able to get CMU its first points of the second half by capping off a 6 play, 34 yard drive to cut EMU's lead to 42-37.

The Chippewas would follow up the Aguila field goal with a 17 yard touchdown run from senior Justin Hoskins with 9:30 left in the quarter. After the run, CMU's only lead of the game would only last for 2:42 as EMU tailback Terrance Blevins scored from one yard out two times in the final seven minutes of the third quarter.

Trailing 56-45, CMU would find an answer in the form of a 38 yard Ontario Sneed run. This would be the final score of the game for either team.

After allowing 56 points in the first three quarters, CMU's defense would dig in during the most important quarter of the game. EMU's final three drives went for a punt, a faked punt gone awry, a timely interception by Taylor Bradley.

For the second consecutive game, LeFevour found himself trailing with two minutes left in the game and no timeouts. After four straight incompletions, CMU's chances of a go-ahead score were gone.

Final score:

EMU 56
CMU 52

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