A CMU Win Over North Carolina State Would …
… be the Chippewas’ first win over an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent.
… snap a six-game nonconference road losing streak.
… be CMU’s third win in the past four years over an opponent from a BCS automatic-qualifying conference.
… even the Chippewas’ nonconference record at 2-2 in 2011.
Saturday’s game is the first between CMU and North Carolina State. The Chippewas are 0-6 all-time against current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference: 0-3 against Boston College, 0-1 against Clemson, 0-1 against Virginia and 0-1 against Virginia Tech.
CMU Opens Season in Familiar Fashion
The Chippewas are 2-3 through five games for the seventh time since 2003. Twice during that span, in 2006 and 2007, CMU went on to win a MAC championship after a 2-3 start. In 2007, CMU defeated Northern Illinois at home, 35-10, to improve to 2-3; last weekend, the Chippewas defeated Northern Illinois at home, 48-41, to improve to 2-3.
Harman Earns Weekly MAC Honor
Junior kicker David Harman was named MAC West Division Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in the win over Northern Illinois. Harman was a perfect 6-for-6 on point-after attempts and 2-for-2 on field goals, converting from 29 yards in the first quarter and 30 yards in the fourth quarter. He earned the MAC’s weekly honor for the first time in his career.
Dan Bazuin Selected Honorary Captain
The CMU football program is hosting former lettermen as honorary captains for each game this season. This week’s honorary captain is Dan Bazuin, a four-year letterman from 2003-06. A three-time All-MAC first team selection, Bazuin was the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year as a junior in 2005 after leading the nation in tackles for loss and ranking second in sacks. He finished his career as CMU’s all-time leader in both categories. Bazuin was a co-captain on the 2006 MAC championship team and was named UAW Lineman of the Game in the 2006 Motor City Bowl. An Academic All-American as a senior, Bazuin was a three-time Academic All-MAC and two-time Academic All-District IV selection. He was selected by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft.
CMU-N.C. State Connections
• CMU receiver Jerry Harris was a high school teammate of N.C. State defensive back Brandan Bishop.
• N.C. State head coach Tom O’Brien has faced CMU three other times. He was the head coach of Boston College teams that defeated CMU in 2002 and 2006. He also was the offensive coordinator at Virginia in 1996 when the Cavaliers defeated CMU.
Young Chippewas See Early Action
• Of the 52 players listed on CMU’s offensive and defensive depth charts for Saturday’s game, 30 are either freshmen or sophomores. The Chippewas’ roster includes 69 players who are freshmen or sophomores.
• Just 15 seniors appear on CMU’s 2011 roster.
• Nineteen players made their collegiate debut in the season opening over South Carolina State.
• Through five games, 15 different Chippewas have made their first career start, and 26 different Chippewas have seen their first game action at the collegiate level.
• During the second half of the Sept. 24 game at Michigan State, CMU fielded a lineup on defense that included seven freshmen: NG Leterrius Walton, DT Matt Losiniecki, LB Ryan Petro, LB Justin Cherocci, LB Cody Lopez, DB Dennis Nalor and DB Jarret Chapman.
Offense Breaks Out Against NIU
CMU’s offense had one of its most productive days in recent history in Saturday’s 48-41 win over Northern Illinois:
• CMU’s 563 total yards were the most since the Chippewas posted 639 yards in a 35-32 win at Akron in 2007.
• The Chippewas’ 48 points were the most since they scored 52 at Eastern Michigan last season and were the most in a home game since a 56-28 win against Toledo in 2009.
• The Chippewas recorded 10 offensive plays of more than 20 yards, five of which were scoring plays. Prior to Saturday, CMU had 12 offensive plays of more than 20 yards in the first four games combined.
A Few More Notes on the CMU Offense vs. NIU
• Ryan Radcliff’s four touchdown passes were a career high. He posted his sixth career 300-yard passing game (387 yards) and was just seven yards shy of his career high.
• Radcliff’s 387 passing yards ranks as the seventh-highest single-game total in school history.
• Paris Cotton set career highs for receiving yards (115) and touchdown receptions (2). His three total touchdowns matched a career high. He also recorded his fourth career 100-yard rushing game.
• Ben Brown scored his first career touchdown on a 7-yard run in the first quarter.
• Anthony Garland ran for a career-high 62 yards on 10 carries. He had four second-half carries that resulted in first downs, including runs of 18 and 31 yards.
• CMU did not commit a turnover for the first time since Nov. 13, 2010 at Navy.
Four Chippewas Make Double-Digit Tackles vs. NIU
The CMU defense was on the field for 95 plays on Saturday against Northern Illinois, and four Chippewas finished with double-digit tackles. Jahleel Addae recorded a career-high 18 stops (the most for a Chippewa since 2003), freshman Cody Lopez tallied a career-high 14 tackles in his first career start, John Carr made a career-high 10 tackles and Mike Petrucci chipped in 10 tackles, his second double-digit tackle effort of the season.
Addae Makes Big Plays
Junior safety Jahleel Addae has created turnovers in each of the last three games:
• At Western Michigan on Sept. 17, Addae recovered a fumble in the end zone for the Chippewas’ first touchdown of the game.
• At Michigan State on Sept. 24, Addae intercepted a pass in the second quarter and returned it 28 yards to the MSU 29-yard line.
• Last week against Northern Illinois, Addae tallied 18 tackles, two interceptions, 1.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble. His 18 tackles were the most for a Chippewa since 2003.
No Yellow for the Maroon and Gold
After committing a season-high eight penalties for 86 yards in the season opener against South Carolina State, CMU has been flagged a total of 12 times for 125 yards in the last four games combined. CMU did not commit a penalty in the Sept. 17 loss at Western Michigan, the Chippewas’ first penalty-free performance since Oct. 31, 2009 at Boston College. CMU lost that game as well, 31-10. The Chippewas’ average of four penalties per game is tied for the seventh fewest nationally.
Wilson Extends Receptions Streak
Junior receiver Cody Wilson has caught a pass in 24 consecutive games dating back to the 2009 season. He caught a team-high five passes for 43 yards last Saturday against Northern Illinois.
Davis, Williams Take First Career Catches to the End Zone
True freshman receivers Titus Davis and Courtney Williams both scored touchdowns on their first career catches this season. Davis hauled in a 67-yard touchdown pass for his first career reception in the season opener against South Carolina State, while Williams’ first career catch was a 79-yard touchdown throw last week against Northern Illinois.
Big Plays Find the End Zone
Of the Chippewas’ 12 offensive touchdowns this season, seven have covered at least 36 yards:
• Cody Wilson 45-yard pass from Ryan Radcliff vs. South Carolina State
• Titus Davis 67-yard pass from Ryan Radcliff vs. South Carolina State
• Courtney Williams 79-yard pass from Radcliff vs. Northern Illinois
• Paris Cotton 43-yard pass from Ryan Radcliff vs. Northern Illinois
• Paris Cotton 36-yard run vs. Northern Illinois
• Paris Cotton 46-yard pass from Ryan Radcliff vs. Northern Illinois
• David Blackburn 61-yard pass from Ryan Radcliff vs. Northern Illinois
CMU Schedule Notables
CMU will play one of the most unique schedules in the history of its program in 2011:
• CMU opened Mid-American Conference play at Western Michigan on Sept. 17, the first time since 1996 the Chippewas opened MAC play against the rival Broncos. It was the earliest calendar date for a CMU-WMU matchup since Sept. 8, 1979.
• CMU is the only team in the country with two three-game road trips on its 2011 schedule.
• CMU is one of just four teams (Colorado, Tulane, UAB) in the country scheduled to play its 12 regular-season games in 12 consecutive weeks.
• Six opponents on the 2011 schedule played in bowl games following the 2010 season, and a seventh—South Carolina State—competed in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
CMU vs. the BCS AQ Conferences
CMU is 2-8 since the start of the 2008 season in road games against opponents from BCS automatic qualifying conferences. The Chippewas won at Indiana in 2008 and at Michigan State in 2009.
Harris Steps Up on the Big Stage
Sophomore Jerry Harris has posted the top two receiving performances of his career against Virginia Tech (2010) and Kentucky. Last year at Virginia Tech, Harris caught five passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns, all career highs. On Sept. 10 at Kentucky, he set a new career high for receptions (six) while posting a team-high 91 receiving yards and catching a 24-yard touchdown pass.
Radcliff Throws for 295
Ryan Radcliff has thrown for at least 295 yards in nine of his 17 career starts at quarterback.
|Ball State (10/2/10)||295|
|Western Michigan (11/5/10)||300|
|Northern Illinois (10/1/11)||387|
Chippewas Partner with Army National Guard
CMU will honor the 125th Infantry and 126th Calvary of the Michigan Army National Guard throughout the 2011 football season. The Chippewas will wear a special helmet sticker displaying the seals of the units, and CMU will carry the units’ flags onto the field prior to every game this season. Members of the 125th and 126th, who are scheduled for deployment to Afghanistan later this fall, were recognized on the field during CMU’s season opener.