2006 Motor City Bowl
Courtesy: Robert Barclay/CMU
Dan Bazuin pressures Middle Tennessee quarterback Clint Marks during the 2006 Motor City Bowl.

2006 Motor City Bowl Bowl
CMU 31, Middle Tennessee State 14
December 26, 2006
Detroit, Mich.

The Central Michigan University Chippewas won their first Division I-A bowl game in impressive fashion, and picked up their second victory at Ford Field in less than a month with a resounding 31-14 triumph over Middle Tennessee State in the Motor City Bowl in Detroit, Mich.

A Motor City Bowl-record crowd of 54,113, most of them clad in maroon and gold, saw CMU score touchdowns on its first two offensive possessions to grab a 14-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the game.

Ontario Sneed scored on a 1-yard run and on a 29-yard pass from redshirt freshman quarterback Dan LeFevour, the first of two scoring strikes from the record-setting Chippewa signal-caller.

After MTSU narrowed the lead to 14-7 on a touchdown run by Eugene Gross, LeFevour needed only 35 seconds to put CMU back up by two scores, capping a quick scoring drive with a 9-yard TD run of his own. CMU led, 21-7, at the half.

The defense took care of putting the game away early in the third quarter. Senior defensive end Dan Bazuin, who was named the game’s UAW Most Outstanding Lineman, hit MTSU quarterback Clint Marks, forcing a wobbly pass that was easily intercepted by CMU linebacker Doug Kress. Kress raced up the left sideline and went 56 yards with the return for a touchdown, bumping the lead to 28-7 and burying MTSU’s hopes for a comeback.

LeFevour was the Motor City Bowl MVP, going 16-of-26 for 162 yards and a TD through the air and adding another 69 yards and a score on 15 carries on the ground.

Bazuin led the defense with a pair of sacks among his eight tackles, while Kress and Red Keith both had nine tackles for CMU. 

Game Statistics

  1 2 3 4 Final
CMU 14 7 7 3 31
MTSU 0 7 0 7 14
Attendance - 54,113  

Team   Qt.   Play  
CMU   1   Sneed 1-yard run (Albreski PAT)  
CMU   1   Sneed 29-yard pass from LeFevour (Albreski PAT)
MTSU   2   Gross 3-yard run (Smith PAT)  
CMU   2   LeFevour 9-yard run (Albreski PAT)
CMU   3   Kress 56-yard interception return (Albreski PAT)  
MTSU   4   McNair 6-yard run (Smith PAT)
CMU   4   Albreski 43-yard field goal  

    CMU   MTSU
First Downs   22   19
Rushing Attempts   32   30
Net Rushing   149   61
Net Passing   162   259
Passes Attempted   26   41
Passes Completed   16   27
Interceptions   1   2
Total Plays   58   71
Total Net Yards   311   320
Fumbles/Lost   0/0   0/0
Penalties/Yards   4/55   10/103
Time of Possession   23:19   36:41

Dan LeFevour 15-69, Ontario Sneed 11-48, Marcel Archer 4-26, Bryan Anderson 1-11, Damien Linson 1-(-5)
MTSU – Eugene Gross 12-37, DeMarco McNair 11-23, Desmond Gee 1-13, Joe Craddock 1-2, Clint Marks 5-(-14)

Dan LeFevour 16-26-0 for 162
MTSU – Clint Marks 25-37-2 for 251, Joe Craddock 2-4-0 for 8

Bryan Anderson 6-51 Ontario Sneed 6-48, Justin Gardner 2-30, Obed Cétoute 1-20, Damien Linson 1-13
MTSU – Desmond Gee 9-63, Joe Grigsby 5-86, Eugene Gross 3-24, Bobby Williams 3-21, Pierre Ingram 2-15, DeMarco McNair 2-13, Taron Henry 1-16, Clinton Corder 1-13, Michael Cannon 1-8