Eastern Michigan rallies for 31-24 win over CMU
Eastern for 31-24 win The Associated Press MOUNT PLEASANT Eastern Michigan quarterback Charlie Batch threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns, but it was his 1-yard scoring run that provided the winning margin in a 31-24 victory over Central Michigan on Saturday. Batch went in from a yard out with 6:27 remaining, capping a quarter in which the Eagles (1-2 Mid-American West, 1-3 overall) scored 21 unanswered points to erase a 14-point deficit. Both quarterbacks carried their teams as the ground games combined for only 100 yards 44 yards for Eastern and 56 for Central. "In the second half we decided to quit messing around with formations and throw the ball," EMU Coach Rick Rasnick said. Batch's performance overshadowed that of his counterpart, Tim Crowley, who completed 25-48 passes for 412 yards and scoring passes of 75 and 37 yards. The Chippewas led 17-3 at half-time, behind a 27-yard field goal Casey Wilson, a 75-yard scoring pass from Crowley to Reggie Allen and a 2-yard TD run by Eric Flowers. The teams traded touchdowns in the third, Eastern scoring on an 8-yard strike from Batch to Ta-if Kumasi and Crowley answering with his second TD, a 37-yardcr to Allen, who caught six passes for 170 yards. Batch brought the Eagles back in the final quarter, finding Fahcem Ali on a 16-yard TD pass with 10:45 to play. Eastern tied the game 1:43 later when Batch hit Jermainc Sheffield on a 10-yard score, setting up Batch's winning score later in the quarter. Ali led Eastern Michigan receivers with 93 yards on six catches while teammate Savon Edwards caught nine balls for 85 yards. Bryan Schorman led the Chippewas in catches with 11 for 142 yards.