Schmitt sets NCAA completion record: Eagles upset Chippewas in Genyk's last game at Eastern Michigan

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Schmitt sets in Eagles upset GO final game at Eastern Michigan EASTERN 56, CENTRAL 52 Bt MARK SNYDER FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER Four hours in frigid weather could freeze anyone. But when Eastern Michigan coach Jeff Genyk rolled into the football building after Friday's 56-52 56-52 56-52 upset of Central Central Michigan, he was still hot enough from an Jeff Genyk: afternoon at Ky- Ky- One last win nearson fataoium. Not only was Genyk coaching his final EMU game he was fired Monday after after five seasons and not only was it senior day at EMU, but CMU coach Butch Jones apparently apparently took the pregame "warm-ups" "warm-ups" "warm-ups" literally. "Interestingly enough, before the game, about 23 minutes before before we kicked off, the guys started jawing a little bit," Genyk Genyk recounted. "Coach Jones kind of came after one of our coaches and said ... 'I know you guys are out of a job, and I'm not going to help you,' with a few ex pletives turned in there. So that totally got our players and our coaches extremely excited to go out and play some tough foot ball." Tough football may be an understatement. understatement. Eastern's offense, offense, which produced six games of 17 points or fewer, exploded exploded in the first half for a 42-35 42-35 42-35 lead. By game's end, the Eagles were bulling through the NCAA record book. Quarterback Andy Schmitt set a Football Bowl Subdivision (Division I-A) I-A) I-A) record with 58 completions breaking the mark held by Purdue's Drew Brees and Wake Forest's Rusty LaRue and finished with 80 attempts three behind Brees' record. Schmitt finished with 516 yards, the nation's second-highest second-highest second-highest total this season, and five touchdowns. He also rushed for one more. "It's a good feeling," said Schmitt, a junior from St. John's who got his only full I-A I-A I-A scholarship scholarship offer from the Eagles and had received only a conditional offer from Central. "You almost feel like Superman where you can't be stopped." It t Still Mil Chippewas ," . - as..Sn - - i.. -..'."m -..'."m imm v " Eastern Michigan running back Dwayne Priest leaves the Central Michigan Michigan defense behind and takes an Andy Schmitt pass into the end zone. EMU receiver Tyler Jones tied the FBS record with 23 catches (for 170 yards), matching matching UNLVs Randy Gatewood's 1994 mark. (The overall record is 24, set by Jerry Rice of Missis- Missis- sippi Valley btate in 1983.) And for all that, even with 616 yards and 38 first downs, Eastern Eastern still needed a four-down four-down four-down stop in the final two minutes to preserve preserve the upset. For as productive as the Eagles Eagles (3-9, (3-9, (3-9, 2-6 2-6 2-6 Mid-American Mid-American Mid-American Conference) were, the Chippewas Chippewas (8-4, (8-4, (8-4, 6-2) 6-2) 6-2) matched them score for score. Their NFL-cali-ber NFL-cali-ber NFL-cali-ber NFL-cali-ber NFL-cali-ber junior quarterback, Dan Le-Fevour, Le-Fevour, Le-Fevour, passed for 378 yards and four touchdowns, an incredible incredible 17.2 yards a completion, highlighted by a 93-yarder 93-yarder 93-yarder to Antonio Brown. Although Central is probably headed to a bowl, likely the GMAC on Jan. 6 in Mobile, Ala., the two-time two-time two-time defending conference conference champions are locked out of the MAC championship game on Dec. 5 at Ford Field. But in this rivalry game, which kept the Michigan MAC Trophy with the Eagles, an extra edge of intensity was the tipping point. (The fans certainly didn't help. Even with free admission, only about 5,500 showed, with half cheering for the Chips.) CM J'J in Genyk' s TONY DINGAssociated Press Despite a 16-42 16-42 16-42 record (in cluding 13-26 13-26 13-26 in the MAC), Ge nyk boasted about his 4-1 4-1 4-1 record against the Chippewas, making certain to mention his 2-0 2-0 2-0 mark over Jones and 2-1 2-1 2-1 mark over Brian Kelly, now with Cincin nati. Genyk discussed how he didn't mind his team taking a few emotion penalties like two unsportsmanlike flags as the teams jawed heading to the locker room at halftime. And he made sure to point out that even the postgame handshake (extended as Genyk pursued Jones toward the locker locker room) continued the coaches1 feud. "He just said, 'I thought you had more class than that,' and I said, 'Butch, you started it with your comment to Coach (Josh) Buis,' " Genyk said. "Butch runs a great program and it was just the emotion of the rivalry." Jones, a protege of Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez, had no interest in discussing the extra-curriculars. extra-curriculars. extra-curriculars. "I thought we handled some of the adversity, which was unacceptable, unacceptable, well," Jones told said. "But, bottom line, we didn't get the job done." Contact MARK SNYDER at 313-223-3210 313-223-3210 313-223-3210 313-223-3210 313-223-3210 or msnyderfreepress.com. Tip-off. WTKA-AM the to judging the the 6-0;

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  2. 29 Nov 2008, Sat,
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