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SETTING THE SCENE
• Central Michigan will continue a four-game home stand and re-enter MAC play on Saturday when it welcomes Ball State to Kelly/Shorts Stadium.
• CMU’s 86th Homecoming game is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff
• The 45th meeting between Central Michigan and Ball State will be streamed online on ESPN3 with Jim Barbar (play-by-play) and Jerod Cherry (color) calling the action.
THE CENTRAL MICHIGAN-BALL STATE SERIES
• Central Michigan holds a slight advantage in its all-time series with Ball State, owning a 22-21-1 record.
• The Chippewas have won five of the last eight match-ups but have dropped the last two, falling at home 31-17 in 2010 and 31-27 in 2011 in Muncie.
• CMU last defeated Ball State in Mount Pleasant in 2006, an 18-7 Chippewas victory.
• Central Michigan possesses a 55-29-1 all-time record in Homecoming games, dating back its first in 1924, a 13-0 victory over Alma College.
• The Chippewas’ longest Homecoming winning streak in program history lasted 17 straight games, stretching from 1966-1982.
• CMU has dropped its last two Homecoming games but prior to that won five consecutive (2005-2009).
• The Chippewas are 2-0 all-time versus Ball State in Homecoming games, winning 10-3 in 1991 and 18-7 in 2006, and are 4-0 in Homecoming contests played on October 20.
CMU CELEBRATES “TAKE A KID TO THE GAME” DAY
• In addition to celebrating Homecoming versus Ball State, Central Michigan is sponsoring “Take A Kid to Game” Day on Saturday.
• Youth ages 12 and under will be admitted to the game free when accompanied by an adult with a full-priced ticket.
DEROMEDIS TO SERVE AS HOMECOMING GRAND MARSHALS
• Former CMU football coach and athletic director Herb Deromedi and his wife, Marilyn, will serve as Homecoming Grand Marshals this weekend.
• Inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 2007, the winningest football coach in the history of the MAC compiled a 110-55-10 record as the Chippewas’ head coach from 1978-93, winning MAC titles in 1979, 1980 and 1990.
• Deromedi then spent 12 years as CMU’s director of athletics, during which time he oversaw extensive facility upgrades, 34 MAC championships and eight MAC Institutional Academic Achievement Awards.
1962 CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM TO HOLD REUNION
• 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of Central Michigan’s 1962 Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) championship team.
• Thirteen members of that title-winning team will reunite on Homecoming weekend to commemorate the championship season.
• Under the guidance of head coach Bill Kelly, the 1962 Chippewas started 0-4 before reeling off six straight victories to finish the season.
• CMU was led by First Team AP All-American and team MVP Ralph Soffredine, a 2001 inductee into the Central Michigan Athletics Hall of Fame.
• In addition to Soffredine, George Alward (DT), Dick Moffit (QB), Larry Moore (HB), and Uwe Wiese (DT) earned First Team All-IIAC honors in 1962.
CHIPPEWAS TO WEAR PINK TO RAISE AWARENESS OF BREAST CANCER
• In a show of support for Chips for a Cure, a CMU initiative designed to raise awareness of the fight against breast cancer, Central Michigan players and coaches will wear pink in its Homecoming battle versus Ball State.
• Players will sport pink gloves, wristbands, and tape while coaches and football staff will don pink hats.
BANDIT INDUSTRIES NASCAR CAR TO LEAD CHIPPEWAS INTO STADIUM
• A NASCAR Nationwide Series car, sponsored by Mid-Michigan wood chipper manufacturer and CMU Athletics sponsor Bandit Industries, will lead the Chippewas into Kelly/Shorts Stadium for each of their remaining home games.
• Bandit Industries, founded in 1983 in Mount Pleasant, is a global manufacturer of wood processing equipment for professionals in the logging, tree care, land clearing, wood waste recycling and biomass industries.
SCOUTING BALL STATE
• After consecutive MAC losses to Kent State and Northern Illinois, Ball State upped its conference record to 2-2 with a 30-24 win over Western Michigan last weekend in Muncie on Homecoming.
• Helming the Cardinals offense, which is ranked No. 1 in the MAC in first downs and total offense, is quarterback Keith Wenning.
• The junior, who is second in the conference in passing yards per game (286.4), has thrown for 2,005 yards with 12 touchdowns, completing 62.9% of his passes.
• Sophomore Willie Snead is the MAC’S No. 1 receiver with 56 catches for 771 yards and five touchdowns.
• Three other players (Jamill Smith, Zane Fakes, and Connor Ryan) have 28 or more receptions and multiple touchdowns.
• Sophomore running back Jahwan Edwards headlines the Ball State ground game, rushing for 673 yards and five touchdowns through seven games.
• Senior linebacker Travis Freeman leads the Cardinals in tackles (76) and is ranked eighth in the nation, averaging 10.9 stops per game.
• Sophomore cornerback Eric Patterson (2 INTs, 8 PBUs) and senior defensive end Jonathan Newsome (7.5 TFLs, 6.0 sacks) are also top playmakers.
Enos Enters Third Season as CMU Head Coach
• Dan Enos is the 26th head coach in CMU history and the ninth since the start of the 1950 season.
• The Chippewas’ 33-0 win over Hampton in the 2009 season opener made Enos the first Chippewa head coach since Herb Deromedi to win his debut. Deromedi, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, defeated Kent State, 41-0, in his debut in 1978.
• Enos guided the Chippewas to a 48-41 home win over eventual MAC champion Northern Illinois in 2012. Central Michigan is the last team to defeat NIU, which owns the nation’s longest winning streak at nine games.
• Enos returns all but one member from his 2011 coaching staff. Former Chippewa player and coach Mose Rison returns to Mount Pleasant to lead the wide receivers corps.
• Central Michigan ranks No. 1 in the MAC in red zone offense, converting on 16-of-17 trips inside the 20-yard line (94.1%).
• The Chippewas have scored 10 touchdowns and are 6-for-6 on field goal attempts inside the red zone.
• CMU is also ranked No. 1 in the conference in penalties, totaling just 17 through six games.
• The second-ranked team in the MAC, Miami (Ohio), has been flagged for more than twice as many penalties (35).
• Individually, freshman running back Saylor Lavallii ranks second in the MAC in kick returns, averaging 25.6 yards per return.
• Versus Navy, Lavallii had a career-high 69-yard return.
DAVIS FINDING THE END ZONE
• Sophomore wide receiver Titus Davis has showed a knack for finding the end zone in his young career.
• In just 18 career games, Davis has totaled 13 receiving touchdowns, tying him for ninth in the CMU record book with D.J. Reid (1990-93), Bryan Schorman (1995-98), and Ontario Sneed (2005-08).
• Versus Navy, Davis scored a touchdown in his fourth straight game, hauling in a 29-yard scoring pass late in the second quarter.
• This season, Davis has caught 21 passes for a team-high 436 yards and five touchdowns.
FLAGS FEW AND FAR BETWEEN
• After seven weeks of FCS play, Central Michigan ranks No. 1 in the nation in fewest penalties per game, averaging just 2.83.
• The Chippewas weren’t called for a penalty in their 38-27 season opening win over Southeast Missouri State, achieving that feat for the first time since September 17, 2011 versus Western Michigan, and then followed it up by recording zero penalties in the loss to Michigan State.
• Although the NCAA does not keep specific records for fewest penalties in consecutive games, the
CMU mark is believed to be one of the few instances in recent years when an FBS team was not penalized in back-to-back contests.
• CMU’s streak of 10 consecutive quarters without a penalty to start the season came to an end versus Iowa when it was flagged for illegal procedure early in the third quarter.
• Through six games, CMU has totaled just 17 penalties for 136 yards.
WILSON RECORDS/STREAK WATCH
• With three catches versus Navy, senior wide receiver Cody Wilson moved into a tie for third place with Reggie Allen (1995-98) on the CMU receptions list (192).
• He also added to his career yardage total, upping it to 2,318, which places him fifth in the CMU record book.
• Wilson also extended his consecutive games with a catch streak to 35 games, which is tied for third longest in the NCAA among active players.
• Consecutive games with at least one reception list:
|1.||Conner Vernon, Duke||42
|2.||Lanear Sampson, Baylor||37|
|3.||Cody Wilson, Central Michigan||35|
|Tavon Austin, West Virginia||35|
O-LINE PROVIDING PROTECTION
• Through the 2012 season’s first six games, CMU’s veteran-laden offensive line has allowed just eight sacks (1.33 per game), ranking the Chippewas 32nd in the nation.
• CMU quarterbacks have attempted 202 passes on the season, meaning they have been sacked on approximately just 3.9% of their dropbacks.
• Continuity has been key, as four of the five linemen have started all six games.
• Experience has also been a factor, as four of the five current starting linemen have made 20 or more career starts, led by right guard Darren Keyton’s 29.
CHEROCCI STEPS TO THE DEFENSIVE FOREFRONT
• Sophomore linebacker Justin Cherocci has made his presence felt in 2012, leading CMU in tackles through the first three games and notching four double-digit tackle games thus far.
• In his second career start in the season opener versus SEMO, he posted 15 tackles (2 solos) and followed it up with a 10 tackle-performance (1 solo) against Michigan State.
• Cherocci’s third double-digit tackle game came against Northern Illinois, when he totaled 10, including a season-high six solos.
• He was also CMU’s top tackler versus Iowa, notching seven total tackles, and tied for the team-lead against Navy, posting 14.
• Cherocci leads CMU with 61 total tackles and is ranked first (tie) in the MAC and second (tie) in the nation in assisted tackles (47).
CMU’S ROSTER IS HOME GROWN
• CMU’s roster contains more players who hail from the state of Michigan than any other Division I program in the state, featuring 68.
• Michigan State ranks second with 50 followed by Michigan (38), Eastern Michigan (35), and Western Michigan (28).
HARMAN’S HEROICS LIFTS CMU TO WIN OVER IOWA
• Senior kicker David Harman booted a career-long 47-yard field goal with three seconds remaining to lift Central Michigan to a thrilling, come-from-behind 32-31 win over Iowa at Kinnick Stadium last weekend.
• The kick completed an epic rally that saw the Chippewas score nine points in the game’s final 45 seconds.
• The win was CMU’s first over a Big Ten opponent since September 12, 2009 when the Chippewas similarly used a last second field goal to knock off instate rival Michigan State 29-27 in East Lansing.
• Sophomore wide receiver Titus Davis (5-74) scored two touchdowns in a game for the fourth time in his young career while wide receiver Cody Wilson had a game-high eight catches for 105 yards.
• Quarterback Ryan Radcliff completed 74% of the his passes, throwing for a season-high 283 yards.
• Harman was perfect on the day, going 4-for-4 on field goals and 2-for-2 on PATs.
RADCLIFF, HARMAN HONORED BY THE MAC
• Senior quarterback Ryan Radcliff and senior kicker David Harman were recognized with MAC West Player of the Week honors for their standout efforts in the Chippewas’ thrilling, come-from-behind 32-31 road win over Iowa.
• Radcliff was named MAC West Co-Offensive Player of the Week while Harman earned Special Teams Player of the Week accolades.
• Radcliff completed 26-of-35 (74%) of his passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions versus the Hawkeyes.
• He started the game red hot, completing his first eight passes, and finished with a flurry, engineering a late fourth quarter scoring drive that covered 64 yards in just 1:33.
• Radcliff found receiver Titus Davis with a 13-yard touchdown strike with 45 seconds remaining to pull CMU within two points and then, after the Chippewas recovered an onside kick, guided the offense into position for Harman to boot the winning field goal.
• Harman was 4-for-4 on field goals, including nailing a career-long 47-yarder with three seconds left to complete a last minute CMU rally.
• In blustery Kinnick Stadium conditions, which featured winds in the 20 mph range, he also converted on attempts of 33, 25, and 20 yards and was 2-for-2 on PATs.
• Harman set the stage for his last second heroics, executing a perfect onside kick that was recovered by CMU with under a minute left to play and the Chippewas down by two points.
• Harman was also nationally recognized for his performance, receiving College Football Performance Awards’ Specialist Performer of the Week and Lou Groza Award “Star of the Week” honors.
CLASH AT KELLY/SHORTS SETS HOME ATTENDANCE RECORD
• The September 8th Clash at Kelly/Shorts between CMU and in-state rival Michigan State set a new stadium attendance record.
• An enthusiastic crowd numbering 35,127 turned out for the historic meeting, which featured the Spartans’ first-ever visit to Mount Pleasant.
• The seating capacity at Kelly/Shorts Stadium was increased prior to the 2012 season with the addition of bleachers to the student section (2,450) and the installation of suites (180) on the east concourse, both of which will remain in place throughout the 2012 season.
• Previously, the largest crowd inside Kelly/Shorts Stadium was 30,302, set on October 18, 2008, a 38-28 win over Western Michigan.
• The top 10 Kelly/Shorts Stadium crowds:
|1.||35,127||Sept. 8, 2012||MSU 41, CMU 7|
|2.||30,302||Oct. 18, 2008||CMU 38, WMU 28|
|3.||30,027||Nov. 10 2006||CMU 31, WMU 7|
|4.||29,822||Oct. 24, 1998||CMU 26, WMU 24|
|5.||29,732||Sept. 18, 1982||BGSU 34, CMU 30|
|6.||29,321||Oct. 30, 1982||CMU 42, Ohio 18|
|7.||28,547||Oct. 17, 1982||CMU 18, WMU 18|
|8.||28,463||Sept. 22, 1984||CMU 38, WMU 19|
|9.||27,895||Oct. 8, 1994||CMU 35, WMU 28|
|10.||27,813||Oct. 11, 1986||CMU 18, WMU 10|
WILSON’S FIRST CAREER INTERCEPTION GOES FOR SIX
• Sophomore cornerback Jason Wilson had a memorable first career interception, picking off Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook and taking it back 55-yards for a touchdown.
• The fourth quarter interception for a score was the longest by a CMU player since Avery Cunningham returned a pick 63 yards for a touchdown versus Bowling Green on October 30, 2010.
• Wilson recorded his first collegiate interception and touchdown in just his second game at the cornerback position.
• Wilson player wide receiver as a freshman, catching nine passes for 106 yards.
RUSHING ATTACK FUELS WIN
• In the 38-27 season opening win over Southeast Missouri State, Central Michigan rushed for 324 yards, its highest total since 2009 when it compiled 326 versus Akron.
• The Chippewas’ rushing attack was led by junior Zurlon Tipton, who ran for a career-high 180 yards on 17 carries.
• Sophomore Anthony Garland added 102 yards on the ground, giving CMU two 100-yard rushers in a game for the first time since 1999.
HARMAN HITS 2012 SEASON’S OPENING KICK
• According to the Lou Groza Award committee, Central Michigan’s David Harman was the first FBS kicker to make a field goal in the 2012 season.
• The senior’s 24-yard field goal at the 8:53 mark of the first quarter provided the Chippewas with a 3-0 lead over Southeast Missouri State.
• After that kick, Harman made five consecutive field goals, including a career-long 47-yard game winner in CMU’s 32-31 road upset of Iowa on Sept. 22 before missing a 42-yarder in the loss to Northern Illinois.
• Through six games, Harman has connected on 8-of-9 field goals and is perfect on PATs, connecting on 17-of-17 attempts.
FUTURE NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENTS ANNOUNCED
• Striving to not only challenge the team but provide Chippewas fans with exciting games to attend and view, CMU has secured series with top-quality non-conference opponents from the ACC, Big 12, and Mountain West Conference.
• Coming to Mount Pleasant in the coming years will be North Carolina State (2014), Oklahoma State (2015), UNLV (2016), and Kansas (2018).
• The Chippewas will also take on North Carolina State (2013), UNLV (2013), Kansas (2014, 2017), and Oklahoma State (2016, 2018) on the road.
NINE GAMES TO BE BROADCAST NATIONALLY IN 2012
• Nine Central Michigan football games will be broadcast nationally in 2012.
• Contests versus Southeast Missouri State (Aug. 30), at Northern Illinois (Sept. 29), at Toledo (Oct. 6), and against Ball State (Oct. 20) and Western Michigan (Nov. 30) will be streamed online on ESPN3.
• The Clash at Kelly/Shorts with Michigan State on September 8 was aired on ESPNU while CMU’s game versus Navy on October 12 will be shown on ESPN2.
• The regular season finale at MAC newcomer UMass on November 23 will either be streamed on ESPN3.com or broadcast on ESPNU.
• Since the start of the 2007 season, CMU is 21-18 in 39 appearances on the ESPN family of networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Plus, ESPN Regional, ESPN3).
• The Chippewas made their fourth all-time appearance on the Big Ten Network on September 22 when it faced Iowa at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City.
• CMU is 2-2 on the BTN, topping Indiana, 37-34, in 2008 and Iowa, 32-31, in 2012 while falling to Purdue (32-25) in 2008 and to Northwestern in (30-25) in 2010.
NEW UNIFORMS UNVEILED
• Eight uniform combinations, including all-black and all-gold uniforms, for the 2012 Central Michigan football season were recently unveiled.
• Designed by adidas, the new uniform line features four outfits with the same color jersey and pants - black, gold, maroon and white - and four additional combinations created from mixing and matching the gold, maroon and white items.
• Also revealed along with the black uniform is a new black helmet with a matte finish and a tapering maroon and gold stripe down the middle.
• The maroon helmet will continue to be worn with the other seven combinations.
• A different jersey combination will we worn for each home game; no one outside the locker room will know what it is until warm-ups.
WILSON NAMED TO GOOD WORKS TEAM
• Senior wide receiver Cody Wilson has been named one of 117 student-athletes nominated for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®.
• The award is one of football’s most prestigious off-the-field honors and recognizes a select group of college football players committed to making a difference in their communities.
• Award recipients represent the sport’s finest in terms of character and leadership in the community.
• Along with collaborating with his teammates on several community service initiatives, Wilson has spent two spring breaks volunteering at various locations through mission trips organized by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
• He was part of a group that volunteered at inner-city shelters and churches in Atlanta in 2010, and, in 2011, traveled to Lakeland, Fla. as part of the FCA contingent.
• Through six games, Wilson leads CMU in receptions (36) and is second on the team in receiving yards (429) and receiving yards per game (71.5).
• He is currently ranked tied for third on the CMU career receptions list (192) and in fifth place on the CMU receiving yards list (2,318).
• For just the third time in the modern era, Central Michigan will play seven homes games during the 2012 season.
• CMU opens the season with back-to-back home games for the first time since 2002 when the Chippewas hosted Sam Houston State and Wyoming in weeks one and two.
• CMU has two Big Ten opponents on the schedule for the first time since the 2008 season when the Chippewas went on the road to face Purdue and Indiana.
• The 2012 season marks the 15th consecutive year the Chippewas have played at least one Big Tenopponent.
• CMU hosts a Big Ten opponent this year (Michigan State) in Kelly/Shorts Stadium for the first time since Indiana visited Mount Pleasant in 2005.
• CMU will play UMass for the first time in program history in 2012. This season is the Minutemen’s first at the FBS level and first as a member of the Mid-American Conference.
• CMU plays three straight road games (at Iowa, Northern Illinois, and Toledo) followed by four consecutive home contests (Navy, Ball State, Akron, and Western Michigan).
ADDAE NAMED TO THORPE AWARD WATCH LIST
• Senior Jahleel Addae has been named to the Preseason Watch List for the Jim Thorpe Award, presented to the nation’s best defensive back in college football.
• Addae currently ranks third on the team in solo tackles (19) and fourth in total tackles (35) and has recorded three tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and four pass break-ups.
• Addae tied for the Mid-American Conference lead with four interceptions in 2011, ranked eighth in tackles per game (8.9) and ninth in total tackles (107).
• He recorded 10-plus tackles in five games, including a career-high 18 versus Northern Illinois – a game in which he also had two interceptions and forced a fumble in a victory over the eventual MAC champion Huskies.
• Addae was named a First Team All-MAC selection while also being selected to Phil Steele’s All-MAC first team in 2011.
RADCLIFF IN THE CMU RECORD BOOK
• With six games remaining left to play in his senior season, Ryan Radcliff is already ranked second in school history in passing yards (8,184), completions (684), passing attempts (1,138), touchdown passes (52), total offense (8,055), and 300-yard passing games (12).
• In 2012, Radcliff has thrown for 1,435 yards with 10 touchdowns.
• In 2011, he ranked in the top 20 nationally in passing yards for the second straight season, and in eight MAC games last season, he threw for a league-high 2,491 yards (311.4 ypg) and tied for the MAC lead with 19 touchdown passes.
EXPERIENCE UP FRONT
• CMU’s starting five offensive linemen include three seniors who have combined for 77 career starts: Darren Keyton (29), Eric Fisher (27), and Mike Repovz (21).
• Senior right tackle Jake Olson, who missed the Iowa, Northern Illinois, Toledo, and Navy games with an injury, has 26 careers starts to his credit.
• Sophomore Andy Phillips, who is listed atop the depth chart at left guard, started five games in his freshman season of 2011 and the first six games of 2012.
• Redshirt freshman center Nick Beamish, who has also been in the starting line-up for the first six games of 2012, will be a mainstay in the middle of the CMU line for the next three-plus years.
2012 TEAM CAPTAINS
• As voted on by the players, senior defensive back Jahleel Addae, senior defensive lineman Joe Kinville, and senior wide receiver Cody Wilson will serve as Central Michigan’s captains for the 2012 season.
RISON RETURNS TO CMU COACHING STAFF
• Mose Rison, a 1978 graduate of CMU and member of the Chippewas’ 1974 national championship team, returns to Mount Pleasant to coach the receivers in 2012.
• Rison previously spent eight seasons (1981-88) as a member of the Chippewas’ coaching staff.
CHIPPEWAS IN THE NFL
• Cornerback Vince Agnew became the eighth former Chippewa to earn an NFL roster spot when he was recently signed by the Dallas Cowboys.
• Agnew, who was with the Miami Dolphins last season, joins linebacker Nick Bellore (New York Jets), wide receiver Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers), defensive back Josh Gordy (Indianapolis Colts), defensive end Cullen Jenkins (Philadelphia Eagles), and offensive lineman Joe Staley (San Francisco 49ers) in the National Football League.
• Green Bay Packers linebacker Frank Zombo is on the Physically Unable to Perform List while center Colin Miller is a member of the Oakland Raiders’ practice squad.
NEXT UP FOR THE CHIPPEWAS
• Central Michigan will continue its historic four-game home stand on Saturday, October 27 when it hosts MAC foe Akron (1-6, 0-2 MAC) on Band and Hall of Fame Day
• Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.
• CMU is 14-9-1 all-time versus the Zips and has won five straight in the series.
• Akron, which is coming off a 34-28 loss to Ohio, hosts Northern Illinois before visiting Mount Pleasant.