CMU, down 27-10, turns back EMU, 41-36
CMU, down 27-10, turns back EMU, 41-36 By Jim Spadafore The Detwir Sews MT. PLEASANT, Mich. - Central Michigan's comeback overshadowed a record-setting Saturday at Kelly Shorts Stadium. The Chippewas overcame a 27-10 deficit in the last 22 minutes to defeat Eastern Michigan, 41-36, in a Mid-American Conference game before 18,405. Fourteen school or stadium records were broken or tied, as Central (4-4, 3-2) and Eastern (1-7, 1-4) combined for 941 yards in total offense. "This comeback really shows the character of this football team," CMU Coach Dick Flynn said. Records broken or tied included: EMU's senior wide receiver Ontario Pryor set school and stadium records with 14 receptions for 241 yards. A 14-yard catch went for a touchdown. EMU true freshman quarterback Walt Church set school and stadium records with 62 pass attempts for 450 yards. Church completed 30 passes with three going for touchdowns. He threw two interceptions. CMU sophomore receiver Reggie Allen, after catching eight passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns, set a season stadium record of 931 receiving yards. CMU sophomore tailback Silas Massey broke a stadium record with 45 carries. That tied the school record. Massey rushed for 227 yards and three touchdowns. CMU senior quarterback Chad Darnell passed for two touchdowns to tie the school season record of 18. EMU set a stadium record with 33 first downs. CMU and EMU combined to set a stadium record of 175 plays. Flynn felt a turning point came with 7:01 left in the third quarter when CMU defensive back Blake Schanski blocked a punt, which rolled out of the end zone for a safety. That left EMU up 27-12. That really gave us a lift," Flynn said. "But, very honestly, just before that I was steaming a little bit because we weren't playing up to our capabilities." After the blocked punt, the Chippewas rallied to take a 41-30 lead. The Chips scored 31 points in just more than one quarter. The Eagles were hurt when linebackers Jermaine Brooks and Marvin Rushing were injured in the first half. "To lose those two guys was devastating," Coach Rick Ras-nick said. "We're slim there to begin with, and they started running inside." The Chips went up 10-0 on Casey Wilson's 19-yard field goal and Darnell's 8-yard pass to Allen. But then the Eagles scored the next 27 points. Church had scoring passes of 14 yards to Pryor and 15 yards to Kevin Allar and defensive back Marvin Cox scored on a 31-yard interception return. The Eagles were pushing the CMU defense all over the field. To show how easy it was, the Eagles went 80 yards in the final 1:26 of the first half. Church combined with Keijuan Douglas on a 29-yard pass on the last play of the half to make it 27-10. But the second half was complete reversal. The Chips got the first 24 points for a 34-27 lead. Massey scored twice on short runs, and Darnell combined with Allen on a 4-yard touchdown pass. EMU's Justin Ventura kicked a 42-yard field goal to make it 34-30. Massey raced 44 yards to the 1 and scored on the next play to make it 41-30 with 6:49 left in the final quarter. EMU's Mike Scott plunged a yard to make it 41-36 with 3:31 left, but the Chips ran out the clock. Ball State 16, (at) Bowling Green 11: Jeff Phelps tackled the Falcons' Courtney Davis at the 1 on a fourth-down pass with less than a minute left, and the Cardinals (4-3, 3-1) held on. BGSU is 4-3, 3-2. Ohio 24, (at) Kent 15: Steve Hookfin rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns, and Kareem Wilson ran 147 and a score for the Bobcats (4-3, 3-1). The Golden Flashes are 2-5, 1-3. Detroit News wire services contributed.