Central Michigan Chippewas (0-1, 0-0 Mid-American Conference)
CMU Hosting Michigan State in 2012
The Chippewas will host Michigan State at Kelly/Shorts Stadium in 2012 as part of a scheduling agreement between Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Michigan State announced in August. Michigan State will play at each of the Michigan MAC members once between 2012-20. CMU will play at Michigan State in 2011, 2015 and 2018.
CMU-East Lansing Ties
Several ties exist between the CMU program and either Michigan State or the East Lansing area:
• CMU Director of Athletics Dave Heeke was raised in East Lansing and is a 1981 graduate of East Lansing High School. He began his professional career as assistant athletic events coordinator at Michigan State in 1987, the same year the Spartans defeated USC in both the Rose Bowl and the first night game at Spartan Stadium.
• Associate head coach-defense/defensive ends coach Steve Stripling was an assistant at Michigan State during the 2003-04 seasons.
• Director of football operations Plas Presnell is a 1973 graduate of Michigan State.
• Five current Chippewas hail from the Lansing area:
- Tyler Reed (Holt High School)
- Dannie Bolden (Grand Ledge High School)
- Allen Ollenburger (Charlotte High School)
- Mike Repovz (Lansing Catholic High School)
- Chris Starkey (DeWitt High School)
• Former Chippewas Calvin Hissong (Haslett High School) and Jean Pitts (East Lansing High School) are still with the program as student coaches. Both Hissong and Pitts had their careers cut short by injuries.
Football Program Memorializes Dan Bookey
The Chippewas will honor the memory of former equipment coordinator Dan Bookey by wearing a helmet decal that reads “Book.” Bookey, who spent more than 30 years with the CMU athletics department before retiring in 2004, died Aug. 30 at the age of 69. The Daniel Lee Bookey and Family Scholarship Endowment Fund is an award made on an annual basis to CMU student equipment managers in their junior year or higher who best epitomize the character traits of Dan Bookey: selflessness, dedication, integrity and love of the game.
CMU vs. the Big Ten
CMU is 3-19 all-time against the 11 current members of the Big Ten Conference, including a 37-34 victory at Indiana last season. The 2009 season marks the 12th consecutive year the Chippewas have played at least one Big Ten opponent. CMU vs. the current members of the Big Ten:
Indiana 1-3 Iowa 0-2 Michigan 0-3 Michigan State 2-4
Minnesota 0-1 Penn State 0-1 Purdue 0-5
After having just 11 seniors on the roster in both the 2007 and 2008 seasons, CMU entered the 2009 campaign with just 13 seniors on its roster. Only eight teams in the Bowl Subdivision have fewer seniors than CMU. There are 53 true or redshirt freshmen on the Chippewas’ roster.
• Of the 70 Chippewas who traveled to last week’s season opener at Arizona, 29 were either true or redshirt freshmen.
Breaking Down the Defense
Notable numbers from the CMU defense’s performance at Arizona:
• Arizona converted just six of 16 third downs (37.5 percent), including 3-for-10 on third downs on CMU’s side of the 50-yard line.
• Excluding the game’s final possession, Arizona’s offense advanced inside the CMU 30-yard line seven times. The Chippewa defense surrendered just one touchdown on those seven drives. Arizona was forced to kick five field goals, missing one, and CMU forced a fumble on the game’s opening drive.
• CMU held an opponent to a single touchdown for the first time since the 2008 season opener.
• The 19 points allowed marked the fewest in a CMU loss since a 17-14 loss at Toledo in 1998.
The Big Crowd is Here
If Saturday’s game is a sellout (75,005), the crowd will be the seventh-largest ever to attend a CMU football game. Four of the 10 highest attended games in CMU history have been at Spartan Stadium.
Anderson Riding Receptions Streak
Bryan Anderson’s streak of 41 consecutive games played with a reception is the longest active streak in the country. He has caught at least one pass in every game he has played in his career. The Bowl Subdivision record for consecutive games with a reception is 51 shared by Taurean Henderson (Texas Tech) and Michael Larkin (Miami, Ohio).
LeFevour Ranks 15th in NCAA Career Total Offense
Dan LeFevour enters the weekend 15th in NCAA Bowl Subdivision history in career yards of total offense. He has accounted for 11,828 total yards (9,575 passing, 2,253 rushing) in his career. LeFevour has averaged 295.7 yards of total offense per game for his career.
• Among active Bowl Subdivision quarterbacks, LeFevour ranks first in completions, attempts and total offense, second in passing yards and fourth in touchdown passes.
Bellore Tallies 10 Tackles
Nick Bellore tied for game-high honors with 10 tackles at Arizona last weekend. It was the 14th time in his career he has recorded double-digit tackles in a game. Dating back to last season, Bellore has made at least 10 tackles in eight straight contests.
• Bellore’s career average of 9.3 tackles per game ranks second among all active players in the Bowl Subdivision. He ranks 10th among active players in total tackles with 260 career stops.
Anderson Leads Active FBS Receivers
Bryan Anderson leads all active Bowl Subdivision players in career receptions (228) and receiving yards (2,879). Ryan Wolfe (UNLV) ranks second in both receptions (214) and yards (2,802) among active players.
Anderson, Brown Among Top TD Catching Tandems
Senior Bryan Anderson and junior Antonio Brown have combined to catch 34 touchdown passes in their career, the second-highest total of any active receiving duo in the country. The top five touchdown pass catching tandems in the Bowl Subdivision:
|Jeff Moturi, Kris Adams
|Bryan Anderson, Antonio Brown||Central Michigan||34|
|Carlos Singleton, Duke Calhoun||Memphis||33|
|Charles Clay, Trae Johnson||Tulsa||33|
|Dezmon Briscoe, Kerry Meier||Kansas||32|
CMU on ESPN
Since the start of the 2006 season, CMU is 12-8 in 20 appearances on the ESPN family of networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Regional).
• Former CMU linebacker Ray Bentley will serve as the analyst during Saturday’s telecast. Bentley ranks third on CMU’s career tackles list and was inducted into the CMU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994. He has been part of the broadcast crew for six games involving CMU since 2007; the Chippewas are 2-3 in those contests.
Saturday’s game will be CMU’s second and final game of the season played on natural grass. The Chippewas have dropped five straight games on natural grass. CMU’s last win on grass was a 42-26 decision at Temple in 2006.