Central's Mixon runs over Eastern
MAC: Roundup Central's Mixon runs over Eastern By Jim Spadafore The Detroit News YPSILANTI - Robbie Mixon had been hampered by injuries in his first three years at Central Michigan and started this season as the No. 3 tailback. But Mixon is now No. 1 among Mid-American Mid-American Mid-American Conference Conference running backs for rushing yards in a game. Mixon (Detroit Denby) had 43 carries for 377 yards and four touchdowns to power Central to a 47-21 47-21 47-21 victory over Eastern Michigan (3-6, (3-6, (3-6, 1-4). 1-4). 1-4). Mixon beat the MAC record of 376 yards set by Miami of Ohio's Travis Prentice against Akron in 1999. Mixon also, broke the Rynerson Stadium record of 373 yards set by Kent State's Astron Whatley, and his total is 21 yards better than the school record of 356 set by Brian Brian Pruitt in 1994 against Toledo. The Division I record is 406 yards, set by Texas Christian's LaDanian Tomlinson against Texas-El Texas-El Texas-El Paso in 1999. Mixon set the tone early. On the first play from scrimmage, he raced 65 yards for a touchdown. "The holes were b-i-g," b-i-g," b-i-g," b-i-g," b-i-g," Mixon said. "The holes were amazing. The line made great blocks and so did the receivers and our backs." The Chippewas (4-5, (4-5, (4-5, 2-3), 2-3), 2-3), who ended a five-game five-game five-game losing streak, never punted. Eastern was ranked second-to-last, second-to-last, second-to-last, second-to-last, second-to-last, just ahead of Northwestern, Northwestern, in rushing defense in Division I, and Central wisely stayed with its ground game. The Chippewas rushed for 488 yards and totaled 557. Mixon has rushed for 1,261 yards and nine touchdowns on 230 carries this season. In his first three years, he was limited to 12 games because of injuries and was held to a total of 700 yards. "We dominated the line of scrimmage," CMU Coach Mike DeBord said. "Robbie ran well and those nine guys (on the field with Mixon) did a great job blocking. Robbie got in a groove and made great cuts." Mixon also had touchdown runs of 1, 17 and 31 yards. Ter- Ter- mm terSnW'4 a f ;-,- ;-,- ;-,- ;-,- 1 5 ,.,.' Associated Press Central's Robbie Mixon rushed for 377 yards, a Mid-American Mid-American Mid-American Conference Conference record. cence Jackson had 20 carries for 83 yards, including a i-yard i-yard i-yard touchdown run, and Mike Gruzwalski kicked field goals of 22, 20, 18 and 31 yards for Central. E.MU's Troy Edwards had . touchdown passes of 5 yards to Chris Roberson and 1 yard to Kevin Zureki, and Ime Akpan scored on a 20-yard 20-yard 20-yard run. "We lost the line of scrimmage scrimmage badly," EMU Coach Jeff Woodruff said. "We had injuries to our three interior (defensive) linemen. We're out of bodies. But give a lot of credit credit to Central Michigan." (At) Ball State 17, Western Michigan 7: Marcus Merri-weather Merri-weather Merri-weather had 37 carries for 214 yards and scored the go-ahead go-ahead go-ahead touchdown for Ball State (4-5, (4-5, (4-5, 2-3). 2-3). 2-3). Western (2-7, (2-7, (2-7, 1-4), 1-4), 1-4), which out-gained out-gained out-gained Ball State 352-260, 352-260, 352-260, took a 7-o 7-o 7-o lead on Chad Munson's 15-yard 15-yard 15-yard touchdown pass to Kendrick Mosley with four minutes to go in the first quarter. But the Broncos' lead soon disappeared on Stew Monson's 35-yard 35-yard 35-yard interception return for a touchdown and Mer-riweather's Mer-riweather's Mer-riweather's 2-yard 2-yard 2-yard scoring run. Vou can reach Jim Spadafore at (313) 223-4638 223-4638 223-4638 or spad-newsuvaol.com. spad-newsuvaol.com. spad-newsuvaol.com. Detroit News staff reports and wire services contributed.