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Game Notes: Central Michigan at Ohio

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CMU News and Notes

• Central Michigan returns to the Buckeye State for the second straight week on  Saturday when it visits Athens  to take on MAC East Division favorite Ohio at Peden Stadium.
• The interdivisional MAC contest, which is the last leg of a three-game road swing for CMU, is scheduled for a 2:07 p.m. ET kickoff and will be televised on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel and Comcast Michigan and will be streamed online by ESPN3. Keith Morehouse (play-by-play), Frank Stams (color analyst) and Lyndsay Rowley (sideline reporter) will call the action.
• The match-up will feature the only two MAC teams to win a bowl game in 2012. CMU defeated Western Kentucky, 24-21, in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit while OU knocked off Louisiana-Monroe, 45-14, in the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La.
• Both teams are coming off conference road victories -  CMU defeated Miami (Ohio), 21-9, in Oxford while Ohio won at Akron, 43-3.
• The Chippewas will wear the gold jersey-gold pants combination for the third time ever on Saturday. The team also wore them in 2012 at home versus Navy and on the road at Eastern Michigan.
• Saturday is Ohio’s annual Homecoming game.

• Central Michigan owns a commanding 21-5-2 advantage in its all-time series versus Ohio, including a 9-3-1 mark in Athens.
• From 1981-1994, CMU posted a 13-0-1 record against OU.
• The Chippewas have won four of their last five meetings with the Bobcats but dropped the latest match-up, a 43-28 setback in 2011 at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.  
• Central’s 2006 victory over Ohio stands among the greatest in program history, as the Chippewas secured their first MAC Championship in 12 seasons with a 31-10 win at Ford Field in Detroit.

• Junior receiver Titus Davis is ranked No. 2 in the nation among active players with a career 19.0 yards per reception average and No. 9 with a career 71.0 receiving yards per game average.
• Junior linebacker Justin Cherocci ranks No. 1 in the MAC and seventh nationally with 62 total tackles.
• CMU is ranked No. 15 in the nation in fewest penalty yards, averaging 34.2 per game.
• With four road games in the span of five weeks, including visits to Nevada, North Carolina and two trips to Ohio, CMU will log over 5,800 travel miles.
• Ten different Chippewas have recorded at least a half-sack this season while seven different have forced a fumble.

• Sophomore running back Saylor Lavallii rushed for a career-high 151 yards and the CMU defense recorded four sacks to claim a 21-9 MAC road victory over Miami (Ohio) at Yager Stadium in Oxford.
• Lavallii also registered his second two-touchdown game of the season, scoring from 16 and three yards out.
• Redshirt freshman running back Maurice Shoemaker-Gilmore added 50 yards on the ground and scored a touchdown for the second consecutive game, reaching paydirt from 16 yards out.
• The CMU defensive effort was highlighted by the play of redshirt junior tackle Leterrius Walton and sophomore safety Kavon Frazier.
• Walton had a career-high seven tackles, including three for a loss and a sack, while Frazier set a career high with four pass break-ups.
• Senior punter Richie Hogan outdueled Miami’s Zac Murphy, who entered the game No. 2 in the nation in punting, averaging 47.4 yards per kick to Murphy’s 44.5.

• Central Michigan will return home for the first time since September 21 next weekend, hosting defending MAC champion Northern Illinois in the Chippewas’ annual Homecoming game.
• The intradivisional contest is scheduled for a 3 p.m. kickoff and will be broadcast by ESPN3.
• CMU is the last MAC team to defeat the Huskies, winning 48-41 in Mount Pleasant on October 1, 2011.
• The Chippewas possess a 25-22-1 record in the all-time series with NIU, including a 6-4 mark in Homecoming match-ups, and have won four of the last six meetings.

• One of the greatest defensive backs in program history, Robert Jackson was a four-year letterwinner for the Chippewas from 1977-80.
• During his time in Mount Pleasant, the Allendale, Mich. native helped CMU to a 38-5-2 record and was a key contributor to back-to-back Mid-American Championships in 1979 and 1980.
• A three-time First Team All-MAC selection, he finished his career with 304 tackles, 17 pass break-ups, six fumble recoveries and his 12 interceptions rank sixth all-time. • Following his standout career at Central Michigan, Jackson was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 11th round and played nine seasons in the NFL.
• Jackson was inducted into the Central Michigan Athletics Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

• Ohio (4-1, 1-0) enters Saturday’s MAC contest coming off a 43-3 road thrashing of Akron in the Bobcats’ 2013 conference opener.
• Winners of four straight, the lone blemish on OU’s schedule thus far is a 49-7 loss to No. 9 Louisville in the season opener on September 1.
• Redshirt senior quarterback Tyler Tettleton triggers an Ohio offense that averages 29.8 points per game.
• Through five games, Tettleton has completed 64.6 percent of his passes, throwing for 1,029 yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions.
• Tettleton’s top targets in the passing game are receivers Donte Foster (22-335-2), Chase Cochran (19-297-1) and Matt Waters (16-216-2).
• Seniors Beau Blankenship (246 yards, 2 TDs) and Ryan Boykin (222 yards, 3 TDs) are the featured rushers in the Bobcats’ run game.
• Ohio is ranked No. 2 in the MAC in total defense and boasts the conference’s top rush defense, allowing just 126 yards per game.
• Redshirt sophomore linebacker Ben Russell leads the team in total tackles (33) and solo stops (16) in addition to two sacks.  
• Redshirt junior safety Josh Kristoff (30 tackles, 2 FFs) and redshirt senior Xavier Hughes (23 tackles, 2 INTs) headline the OU secondary.
• Freshman defensive lineman Tarell Basham tops the Bobcats with four sacks while redshirt senior defensive end Ty Branz has 3.5.

• Sophomore running back Saylor Lavallii has started the last five games, recording two 100-yard games and two two-touchdown efforts over that stretch.
• Junior wide receiver Titus Davis has had at least one reception in every game in which he has played at CMU, a streak  of 30 contests.
• Redshirt freshman Maurice Shoemaker-Gilmore entered the season fourth on the running back depth chart but has totaled 113 rushing yards and two touchdowns over the last two games.
• Junior left guard Andy Phillips and redshirt sophomore center Nick Beamish have been mainstays up in the middle on the CMU offensive line the past two seasons, starting each of the last 19 games.
• Junior Deon Butler, a converted wide receiver, leads all CMU tight ends with eight receptions for 72 yards.

• CMU linebackers Justin Cherocci and Shamari Benton have combined for 379 tackles over the last 19 games, nearly an average of 20 tackles per game.
• Cherocci leads CMU with 3.0 sacks despite not having any in the 23 games in which he played prior to this season.
• Sophomore safety Kavon Frazier leads the team with four pass-break ups, all recorded in last week’s win over Miami (Ohio).
• Senior safety Avery Cunningham ranks first among all active CMU players with 264 career tackles, including 148 solos, and 11 pass break-ups and is tied for the lead in tackles for loss (12.0) and sacks (4.0).
• Redshirt junior defensive tackle Leterrius Walton leads all linemen with 6.0 tackles for loss.
• Redshirt sophomore Louis Palmer, a tackle for his first two years at CMU, dropped 20 lbs. in the offseason to move to end and has started there for the past five games, totaling 20 tackles, including 3.0 for a loss.
• Nine of 11 players CMU defensive players have started all six games this season.

• Junior receiver Titus Davis is having a standout 2013 season, proving again why he deserves consideration among the nation’s top pass catchers.
• One week after torching New Hampshire for 184 yards and two touchdowns in the home opener, junior receiver Titus Davis caught eight balls for 116 yards and one score against UNLV.
• Versus Toledo and North Carolina State, he caught a combined 10 passes for 156 yards and one touchdown.
• Davis is ranked fourth in the MAC in receiving yards per game (86.3) and 20th nationally in receiving yards (518).
• With 20 career touchdowns, Davis is ranked third in the CMU record book, just two behind former great and current NFL star Antonio Brown.
• With 2,129 career yards, the Biletnikoff Award preseason nominee ranks seventh all-time among Chippewa receivers.
• Davis is ranked No. 2 in the nation among active players with a career 19.0 yards per reception average and No. 9 with a career 71.0 yards per game average.

• Senior punter Richie Hogan and redshirt freshman kicker Ron Coluzzi have started the 2013 season strong. • Hogan ranks fourth in the MAC in punting and 35th nationally, averaging 43.6 yards per kick, and owns the second-longest punt in the conference thus far this season, a 67-yarder in the opener at Michigan.
• Hogan outdueled Miami’s Zac Murphy, who entered the game No. 2 in the nation in punting, averaging 47.4 yards per kick to Murphy’s 44.5
• At the midpoint of the 2013 season, Coluzzi is 5-for-7 on field goals and 13-for-13 on PATs.
• In his first collegiate action, he blocked out a hostile crowd numbering over 112,000 to convert on all three of his field goal attempts at Michigan.
• In week two, Coluzzi played the hero, kicking a 27-yard field goal as time expired to lift CMU to a 24-21 win over New Hampshire.
• Versus Toledo, Coluzzi connected on a career-long 40-yard field goal.

• Redshirt freshman quarterback Cooper Rush has taken the reins of the CMU offense, starting the last four games.
• He made his first career start in week three at UNLV, throwing for 265 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions.
• Rush saw his first collegiate action in week two in the home opener versus New Hampshire, rallying the Chippewas to a 24-21 victory after entering the game in the second quarter.
• He led the Central offense on four scoring drives, including a late-game drive to set up the game-winning field goal.
• Rush finished the game completing 19-of-32 passes for 326 yards and three touchdowns, including a 97-yard scoring strike to Titus Davis, becoming the first CMU freshman quarterback to throw for 300 yards since Dan LeFevour had 314 in the MAC Championship game on November 30, 2006.
• Rush ranks fourth in the MAC in passing yards per game, averaging 216.0.
• The Charlotte, Mich. native was named CMU Offensive Scout Player of the Year in 2012.
• As a senior at Lansing Catholic High School in 2011, Rush led his team to a 13-1 record and a state runner-up
• The owner of Michigan high school records for touchdown passes in a quarter (5), half (7), game (8) and season (48), he was named the Gatorade Michigan Football Player of the Year and Associated Press Division 5/6 Player of the Year as a senior.
• Coming out of high school, Rush was ranked No. 21 on the Detroit Free Press Fab 50, No. 25 on Detroit News Blue Chip list and No. 12 on the Lansing State Journal’s Catch 22 list.

• CMU starting quarterback Cody Kater (collarbone) and running back Zurlon Tipton (ankle) were lost indefinitely after suffering injuries in the first quarter of the season opener versus Michigan.
• Kater, a junior, earned his first career start for the Chippewas after winning a three-way quarterback battle that was waged throughout the spring and preseason camps.
• Tipton attained star status in 2012, rushing for 1,492 yards and 19 touchdowns, earning Second Team All-MAC and team MVP honors.
• Tipton, who was elected by his teammates as a team captain for the 2013 season, was a preseason Maxwell
and Doak Walker Award candidate.
• Senior left tackle Jake Olson was lost for the season after breaking his wrist late in the win over New Hampshire.
• Olson was named preseason First Team All-MAC by Phil Steele and second team by Athlon Sports.
• Sophomore defensive tackle Jabari Dean was also declared out for the season following the UNLV game.
• Dean started 10 games as a freshman and was named CMU’s 2012 Defensive Rookie of the Year.
• Redshirt sophomore receiver Jesse Kroll was lost for the season prior to the North Carolina State game with an ankle injury.
• Kroll was a key part of CMU’s receiver rotation, catching five passes for 85 yards this season.
• Also out for the season due to injury are redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Ben Randle and senior fullback Ben Masztak.

• With the injury to Zurlon Tipton in the season opener, sophomore running back Saylor Lavallii has flourished as the starter over the last five games.
• Lavallii currently ranks fifth in the MAC and 23rd nationally with 521 rushing yards (86.8/game avg.).
• Versus Michigan, he averaged 5.2 yards per rush (10-52) after coming into the game in the first quarter.
• Lavallii set career highs in rushes (20), rushing yards (93) and longest run (42) in the win over New Hamphire on September 7.
• Versus UNLV, he notched his first career two -touchdown game, scoring on a pair of three-yard runs.
• Lavallii set career highs in carries (24) and rushing yards (144) versus Toledo only to re-wrote his personal record book against Miami (Ohio), rushing 25 times for 151 yards.
• Lavallii was CMU’s second leading rusher in 2012, totaling 263 yards (4.6 avg.) and two touchdowns.
• He also ranked second on the team a year ago with 1,000 all-purpose yards.
• Redshirt freshman Maurice Shoemaker-Gilmore has stepped to the forefront as Lavallii’s primary back-up.
• Against NC State, Shoemaker-Gilmore came off the bench to rush for a team-high 63 yards, including a 38-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.
• A week later versus Miami (Ohio), he carried 10 times for 50 yards and another touchdown.

• Linebackers Justin Cherocci and Shamari Benton and safety Avery Cunningham have once again established themselves as cornerstones of the CMU defense in 2013.
• Cherocci, a junior, leads the MAC and ranks seventh nationally in total tackles (62).
• Cherocci dominated versus UNH, collecting a game-high 13 tackles and forcing two fumbles, including one late in the game that would set up CMU’s game-winning field goal.
• He tied for the team lead with 11 tackles at UNLV, including 2.5 for a loss, and tied a career high with 15 stops versus Toledo.
• Cherocci, CMU’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, led the team with 132 total tackles last season and was the nation’s leader in assisted tackles with 89.
• Benton, a senior, ranks second on CMU and third in the MAC with 59 tackles, including 5.0 for a loss.
• He has recorded four double-digit tackles games this season.
• Benton topped the team in solo tackles (54) and fumble recoveries (2) a year ago and was CMU’s leading tackler in seven of 13 games.
• Cunningham, who has 46 total tackles thus far in 2013, is second in the MAC with 32 solo tackles.
• Versus UNLV, he recorded a game-high nine solo stops.
• In the starting line-up for all 13 games in 2012, he finished fourth on the team with 88 tackles and tallied six tackles for loss, four pass break-ups, two sacks, two interceptions, a team-high two forced fumbles, and one blocked kick.
• Cunningham’s consecutive games started streak of 37 ranks second in the nation among active Division I safeties.

• At least two Chippewas made their first career starts through each of the 2013 season’s first four games, including three quarterbacks.
• In the season opener versus Michigan, four players earned their first career starts – quarterback Cody Kater, guard Cody Pettit, cornerback Brandon Greer and defensive end Jeremy Gainer.
• Against  UNH, quarterback Alex Niznak, running back Saylor Lavallii and defensive end Louis Palmer made their first appearance in the starting line-up.
• Quarterback Cooper Rush (UNLV), offensive tackle Ramadan Ahmeti (UNLV), guard Connor Collins (Toledo) and defensive tackle Kelby Latta (Toledo) have also received their first starting nods through the first quarter of the 2013 campaign.

• The Michigan Stadium attendance for the CMU-Michigan game was 112,618, which is the largest crowd ever to watch CMU play.
• The previous record number was 110,637 at Michigan Stadium in 2003.
• A year ago, CMU set a Kelly/Shorts Stadium attendance record, drawing 35,127 to the Chippewas meeting with Michigan State.

• CMU head coach Dan Enos announced in later August that junior Cody Kater will start at quarterback for the Chippewas in the 2013 season opener versus Michigan.
• Kater vied with redshirt sophomore Alex Niznak and redshirt freshman Cooper Rush throughout training camp for the starting spot.
• Kater was lost early in 2013 opener at Michigan, breaking his collarbone, but could potentially return later this season.  
• Kater transferred to CMU from Grand Rapids Community College, where he guided the Raiders to a perfect 11-0 record in 2011, directing an offense that averaged 50 points and 509 yards per game.
• A native of Montague, Mich., Kater led the MHS Wildcats to back-to-back state championships and a combined record of 27-1 in 2008 and 2009.
• A two-time all-state, all-area and all-conference selection at quarterback, he was named the Associated Press Division 5-6 Player of the Year as a senior.
• Kater was ranked No. 11 on the Detroit News Blue Chip list and No. 14 on the Detroit Free Press Fab 50 following his senior season.

• Central Michigan was just one of 11 teams in the nation to enter the 2013 season with no quarterbacks on its roster that have started an FBS game.
• Junior Cody Kater redshirted while at Cincinnati in 2010, started every game at the junior college level in 2011 and saw action in two games for CMU in 2012 but Saturday’s clash with Michigan was his first career Division I start.
• Redshirt sophomore Alex Niznak appeared in relief of Kater versus Michigan and started versus New Hampshire.
• Redshirt freshman Cooper Rush made his first career appearance against UNH, throwing for 326 yards and three touchdowns, and made his first career start at UNLV.
• The other FBS programs that entered 2013 with zero career QB starts on their rosters are Baylor, California, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Louisiana Tech, Penn State, Syracuse, Texas Tech and Virginia.

• In late June, the Central Michigan football program announced the addition of former Michigan State defensive end Jeremy Gainer to its roster for the 2013 season.
• Gainer’s impact has been felt immediately in 2013, as he has started all six games this season at left defensive end and leads all defensive linemen with 22 total tackles and 2.0 sacks.
• A two-year letterwinner, Gainer finished his MSU career with 13 tackles in 28 career games.
• In 2011, the Detroit native appeared in all 14 games, recording 11 tackles and two fumbles.
• Gainer made the switch to defensive end prior to the 2012 season, seeing action in all 13 games.
• Gainer graduated from Michigan State with a degree in hospitality business and will have one
year of eligibility remaining.
• He was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree for the Spartans.

• Dan Enos is just one of four active Division I coaches to win a bowl game both as a starting quarterback and a head coach.
• As a player, Enos quarterbacked Michigan State to back-to-back bowl victories, a 33-13 win over Hawaii in the 1989 Aloha Bowl and a 17-16 win over Southern California in the 1990 John Hancock Bowl.
• In 2012, he led the Chippewas to the program’s
third ever bowl win, a 24-21 victory over Western Kentucky in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.
• Steve Spurrier (South Carolina), Steve Sarkisian (Washington), and Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State) have also accomplished the feat.

• Senior running back Zurlon Tipton, junior guard Andy Phillips, senior linebacker Shamari Benton and senior safety Avery Cunningham will serve as team captains for the 2013, as elected by their fellow players.
• Tipton, who rushed for 1,492 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2012, earning Second Team All-MAC honors, was a Maxwell and Doak Walker Award candidate.
• Phillips, a junior who has started 23 games straight, will help anchor the CMU offensive line.
• Named the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Lineman of the Game, Benton ranks second on the team with 59 total tackles.
• Cunningham, who has the nation’s second-longest start streak among safeties at 37 consecutive, is second in the MAC in solo tackles with 32.

• To date, 10 Central Michigan football games are scheduled to be broadcast nationally in 2013.
• The Chippewas will appear on the ESPN family of networks seven times this season, including an ESPN2 clash with Ball State on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
• Since the start of the 2007 season, CMU is 24-22 in 46 appearances on the ESPN family of networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Plus, ESPN Regional, ESPN3), including the win over Western Kentucky in the 2012 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on its flagship station.
• CMU faced Michigan on the Big Ten Network in the season opener and played UNLV on the Mountain West Network/Campus Insiders.
• CMU is 2-3 all-time on the BTN, topping Indiana, 37-34, in 2008 and Iowa, 32-31, in 2012 while falling to Purdue (32-25) in 2008, Northwestern (30-25) in 2010, and Michigan (59-9) in 2013.

• Eight former Chippewas currently reside on NFL rosters.
• Eric Fisher, the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, along with linebacker Frank Zombo, a former Super Bowl champion with the Green Bay Packers, are members of the Kansas City Chiefs.
• Offensive tackle Joe Staley, a 2011 Pro Bowler and CMU’s first-ever first round draft choice, played in Super Bowl XVVII as a member of the San Francisco 49ers.
• Antonio Brown serves as the No. 1 receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers and is quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s top target.
• Former Super Bowl champion Cullen Jenkins is a starter at defensive tackle for the New York Giants.
• Linebacker Nick Bellore is a key special teams player for the New York Jets and was on the 2012 Pro Bowl ballot.
• Safety Jahleel Addae, a three-time All-MAC selection, made the San Diego Chargers’ 53-man roster as an undrafted rookie free agent and has earned playing time in their nickel package and on special teams.
• Josh Gordy, who has also played for the St. Louis Rams and Green Bay Packers, is a reserve cornerback for the Indianapolis Colts.

• George Ricumstrict, a former All-MAC linebacker and assistant coach at Central Michigan from 2000-03, has returned to Mount Pleasant to coach the Chippewas’ defensive line.
• Gino Guidugli, who served as a graduate assistant at CMU from 2009-11, was brought back on staff to lead the running back corps.
• Head coach Dan Enos also hired Archie Collins, a former defensive graduate assistant at Michigan State, in the offseason, adding him to his staff to coach the cornerbacks.

• Central Michigan was chosen by a select group of media members that cover the conference to finish fourth in the West Division in the annual MAC Preseason Poll.
• CMU received one vote to capture the West Division and one vote to win the conference championship game.
• Northern Illinois was selected to win the West while Toledo was picked to place second and Ball State third.
• Ohio, which CMU will face on October 12 in Athens, was voted the favorite to capture the East Division title followed by Kent State and Bowling Green.

• The Mid-American Conference announced in August the creation of the Camellia Bowl, a newly established bowl game to begin in 2014, which will be based in Montgomery, Ala. and owned and operated by ESPN.
• The Camellia Bowl will feature a MAC bowl eligible football program to face a member of the Sun Belt Conference for the next six consecutive football seasons (2014-2019) in a pre-Christmas game televised nationally by ESPN or ESPN2.
• The Camellia Bowl will be played in the Cramton Bowl, a 25,000-seat stadium that has undergone significant renovations over the last several years, including a new press box facility, locker rooms and VIP hospitality accommodations.
• Central Michigan has some prominent history associated with a bowl bearing the same name. CMU won the 1974 Camellia Bowl, earning the program the Division II national championship.
• Then based in Sacramento, Calif., the Chippewas trounced Delaware, 54-14, to bring the title to Mount Pleasant.  

• A CMU Athletics tradition is getting a new look in 2013 with the launch of CMU Sideliners every Thursday,
beginning August 29, at O’Kelly’s Sports Bar & Grille.
• Beginning at 5:15 p.m., guests will have the opportunity to interact personally with CMU Head Football Coach Dan Enos, his staff and student-athletes as well as other CMU coaches and student-athletes in an informal  setting.
• Then, at 5:45 p.m., Coach Enos will provide fans an insider’s perspective as he reviews actual game film that the Chippewas use to prepare for the week ahead.
• Starting at 6 p.m., Coach Enos will join the voice of CMU Football Don Chiodo for the live broadcast portion of CMU Sideliners on the Fabiano Brothers Central Michigan IMG Sports Network.
• Chippewa fans will also hear from CMU student-athletes and other CMU coaches throughout the fall.
• Through personal features, interviews and a question and answer session with audience members in attendance and all over the world via social media, fans will get a more complete look into the making of a Championship Culture both on and off the field.
• CMU Sideliners will continue through the winter featuring coaches and student-athletes from our winter sports programs.
• Fans arriving before 6 p.m. will also be entered into that week’s drawing for great prizes such as: sideline passes, game tickets, courtside seats, exclusive CMU adidas apparel and much more.
• O’Kelly’s will also be offering a number of food and beverage specials including the all-new “Chippewa Legends Burger Menu” exclusively for CMU Sideliners.