2006 Mid-American Conference Championship Game
Courtesy: Robert Barclay/CMU
Ontario Sneed scored on this 96-yard run to cap the Chippewas' 31-10 win in the 2006 MAC Championship Game.

2006 Mid-American Conference Championship Game
CMU 31, Ohio 10
November 30, 2006
Detroit, Mich.

Central Michigan University won its first appearance in the Mid-American Conference Championship Game, topping the Ohio Bobcats, 31-10, at Ford Field in downtown Detroit, Mich.

Senior wideout Damien Linson was named the game’s Most Valuable Player after making seven catches, several of the spectacular one-handed variety, for 191 yards and a touchdown to lead the Chippewa aerial attack.

His 71-yard catch-and-run for a score in the second quarter proved to be the game-winner, snapping a 7-7 tie.

CMU grabbed the early lead, taking the ball on its second possession and marching 89 yards in just seven plays to go up 7-0 on OU. Freshman QB Dan LeFevour capped the drive with a 6-yard scoring toss to Obed Cétoute in the back corner of the end zone.

Ohio tied things up at seven early in the second quarter on a 2-yard run from Kalvin McRae. Linson’s long score put CMU back in front and a 27-yard field goal from Rick Albreski just before halftime gave the Chippewas a 10-point lead at the break.

The only points of the third quarter came when Ohio kicker Matt Lasher kicked a 33-yard field goal to draw OU within seven, 17-10.

CMU put the game on ice in the fourth quarter, with Ontario Sneed scoring twice on a 4-yard pass from LeFevour and a MAC Championship game record 96-yard touchdown run to make the final score 31-10 in favor of CMU.

LeFevour finished the game 22-of-30 for 314 yards and three touchdowns. Sneed rushed for 130 yards on just nine carries with a TD. The Chippewa defense limited the best rushing attack in the MAC to just 87 yards on 39 carries and forced three turnovers.

Game Statistics

  1 2 3 4 Final
CMU 7 10 0 14 31
Ohio 0 7 3 0 10
Attendance - 25,483  

Team   Qt.   Play  
CMU   1   Cétoute 6-yard pass from LeFevour (Albreski PAT)  
Ohio   2   McRae 2-yard run (Lasher PAT)
CMU   2   Linson 71-yard pass from LeFevour (Albreski PAT)
CMU   2   Albreski 27-yard field goal
Ohio   3   Lasher 33-yard field goal
CMU   4   Sneed 4-yard pass from LeFevour (Albreski PAT)
CMU   4   Sneed 96-yard run (Albreski PAT)

    CMU   Ohio
First Downs   17   16
Rushing Attempts   21   39
Net Rushing   143   87
Net Passing   314   137
Passes Attempted   30   27
Passes Completed   22   17
Interceptions   1   2
Total Plays   51   66
Total Net Yards   457   224
Fumbles/Lost   0/0   2/1
Penalties/Yards   2/20   4/35
Time of Possession   23:54   36:06

Ontario Sneed 9-130, Marcel Archer 3-11, Dan LeFevour 7-10, TM 1-(-2), Damien Linson 1-(-6)
Ohio – Kalvin McRae 20-76, Brad Bower 12-10, Mitch Morsillo 2-4, Scott Mayle 1-3, Chris Garrett 1-3, Voncarie Owens 1-2, Austen Everson 1-(-5), Josh Febus 1-(-6)

Dan LeFevour 22-30-1 for 314
Ohio – Brad Bower 13-19-2 for 122; Austen Everson 3-5-0 for 14, Josh Febus 1-3-0 for 1

Damien Linson 7-191, Bryan Anderson 6-70, Obed Cétoute 6-41, Ontario Sneed 2-5, Justin Gardner 1-7
Ohio – Rudy Sylvan 4-11, Chris Garret 3-39, Kalvin McRae 2-30, Taylor Price 2-18, Scott Mayle 2-15, Chido Nwokocha 1-16, Justin Fitzgerald 1-6, Thomas Christy 1-3, Mitch Morsillo 1-(-1)