2006 Mid-American Conference Championship Game
CMU 31, Ohio 10
November 30, 2006
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.
|Attendance - 25,483|
|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)
|Total Net Yards||457||224|
|Time of Possession||23:54||36:06|
CMU – 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)
CMU – 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
CMU – 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)