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SETTING THE SCENE
• Central Michigan will face the first of two MAC East Division opponents to end the 2012 regular season on Saturday when Miami (Ohio) visits Mount Pleasant for the second time in three years.
• Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.
• Both teams enter the contest with identical 4-6 overall records and needing wins in their final two games to become bowl eligible.
• The game will not be televised but it will be video streamed on CMU Sports Zone. The Central Michigan IMG Sports Network will provide audio coverage of the game with Don Chiodo, Brock Gutierrez, and calling the action.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN-MIAMI (OHIO) SERIES
• Central Michigan possesses a 10-12-1 record in its all-time series with Miami.
• The Chippewas have faced the RedHawks just three times in the last 10 years (2005, 2007, and 2010), posting a 2-1 mark.
• The teams last met in Mount Pleasant in CMU’s 2010 Homecoming game, a 27-20 Miami victory.
• Ryan Radcliff threw for 329 yards in the game but MU quarterback Zac Dysert tossed a 71-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Andy Cruse with 19 seconds remaining to give the RedHawks the victory.
CMU CELEBRATES SENIOR DAY
• Central Michigan football will celebrate Senior Day on Saturday, as 18 players are set to make their final appearance in the Maroon and Gold at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.
• The senior class will be recognized for their contributions to the program prior to the game.
• Seniors being honored are: Jahleel Addae, Taylor Bradley, Eric Fisher, David Harman, Jerry Harris, Curtis Huge, Darren Keyton, Joe Kinville, Mark Lathers, Ryan Radcliff, Chris Reeves, Mike Repovz, Caesar Rodriguez, Lorenzo White, Nate Williams, Cody Wilson, Steve Winston, and Anthony Young.
WHAT TO KNOW/WHAT TO LOOK FOR
• Junior running back Zurlon Tipton needs 191 rushing yards to break into the top 10 in the CMU single-season rushing charts.
• Two Chippewas are in the midst of streaks - Zurlon Tipton has rushed for more than 100 yards in four consecutive games while senior receiver Cody Wilson has caught at least one pass in 39 consecutive games.
• Senior quarterback Ryan Radcliff is in position to move up in the CMU single-season charts top 10 in four categories (passing yards, passing attempts, touchdowns, and total offense).
• With 9,380, Radcliff ranks 102nd all-time in NCAA history in career passing yards, ahead of the likes of John Elway (9,349), Daunte Culpepper (9,341), Matt Ryan (9,313), and Tim Tebow (9,285).
• Senior kicker David Harman is five PATs shy of breaking into the top six in the CMU career charts and three field goals short of the top five in the CMU record book.
FRESHMEN STAR IN WIN OVER EASTERN MICHIGAN
• Two freshmen played prominent roles in CMU’s 34-31 road win over in-state rival Eastern Michigan last weekend.
• Filling in at wide receiver, redshirt freshmen Andrew Flory captured the offensive spotlight, catching nine passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns.
• His 10-yard scoring reception in the second quarter, the first of his career, got the Chippewas on the scoreboard, and his 14-yard touchdown catch late in the third quarter gave CMU its largest lead of the game at 31-21.
• Freshman safety Kavon Frazier had the play of the game on defense, intercepting a pass, the first of his career, and returning it 49 yards for a touchdown to provide CMU with its first lead of the game.
TIPTON REACHES RUSHING MILESTONE
• With 110 yards on the ground in the win over Eastern Michigan, his fourth consecutive 100-yard rushing game, junior running back Zurlon Tipton surpassed the 1,000-yard barrier for the season for the first time in his career.
• Tipton’s 1,093 are the most by a Chippewas running back since Jerry Seymour totaled 1,284 in 2004 and by any CMU player since Dan LeFevour posted 1,122 in 2007.
• Averaging 109.3 rushing yards per game in 2012, he is ranked fifth in the MAC and 19th in the NCAA.
• Tipton’s 13 rushing touchdowns, which are tied for second most in the MAC among running backs, rank ninth for a single season in the CMU record book, tying him with Willie Todd (1978), Curtis Adams (1984), and Craig Tefft (1968).
• Miami enters its match-up with Central Michigan coming off back-to-back MAC losses, to Buffalo and Kent State, and needing wins in its final two games to become bowl eligible.
• Senior quarterback Zac Dysert triggers the MAC’s No. 2 passing offense.
• Individually, he ranks second in the conference in passing yards per game (292.2) and touchdowns (22), completing 63 percent of his attempts.
• The receiving corps features different leaders in receptions (Andy Cruse, 68), receiving yards (Dawan Scott, 700), and touchdowns (Nick Harwell, 7).
• Dysert leads MU, which averages 86.2 rushing yards per game, in attempts (399) but freshman running back Jamire Westbrook tops MU in rushing yards (298).
• Linebacker Chris Wade, the MAC’s second leading tackler with 107 total (63 solos), headlines the RedHawk defense.
PAUL VERSKA TO SERVE AS HONORARY CAPTAIN
• Paul Verska was a standout member of the Chippewas’ 1965 and 1966 teams.
• A key figure on CMU’s offensive and defensive lines, Verska earned All-Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors both as an offensive guard and a defensive end in 1965.
• In 1966, as a team captain he helped Central Michigan capture an IIAC championship, as the Chippewas reeled off five straight wins to end the season while outscoring their opponents, 150-26.
• Following that championship season, Verska was honored as team MVP and All-IIAC for the second time in his career.
• The Detroit native was also named to the “Bill Kelly Dream Team” when Coach Kelly retired from Central Michigan.
• A highly successful high school football coaching veteran in the state of Michigan, Verska currently leads the program at De La Salle Collegiate in Warren.
CMU IN THE MAC RANKINGS
• Central Michigan ranks No. 1 in the MAC in red zone offense (15th nationally), converting on 31-of-35 trips inside the 20-yard line (88.6%).
• The Chippewas have scored 20 touchdowns (11 run, 9 pass) and are 11-for-11 on field goal attempts inside the red zone.
• CMU also continues to be ranked No. 1 in the conference in penalties, totaling 41 through 10 games.
• Individually, sophomore receiver Titus Davis is first among the MAC’s top pass catchers with a 20.4 yards per reception average.
• Junior Zurlon Tipton is ranked No. 2 in the MAC in average yards per rush (6.1) among running backs with more than 100 attempts, No. 1 (tie) in rushing touchdowns by a running back (13) and third in scoring, averaging 8.4 points per game.
• Junior linebacker Justin Cherocci ranks first in the conference in assisted tackles (75) and is fourth in total tackles (105).
DAVIS’ STAR CONTINUES TO RISE
• Sophomore wide receiver Titus Davis accounted for 41 percent of Central Michigan’s 506 total yards of offense versus Western Michigan, catching 10 passes for a career-high 208 yards and one touchdown.
• Davis’ 208 receiving yards was the second highest total in the nation in week 10 and ranks third all-time in the CMU record book for single game efforts.
• Seven of his career-best tying 10 receptions went for first downs and registered double-digit gains of yardage.
• His 58-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter was his eighth scoring catch of the season, equaling his total from his freshman season and tying him for sixth in the CMU record book.
• Davis’ 16 touchdowns (in 22 collegiate games) also ties him for sixth all-time in program history.
• With a team-high 835 yards through 10 games, he needs just 36 yards to break into the top 10 of the CMU single season receiving yards list.
• Of the approximately 100 players listed in the three major receiving statistical categories (total receiving yards, receiving yards per game, and reception per game) by the NCAA, Davis ranks No. 1 in the nation with a 20.4 yards per catch average among players with more than 30 receptions.
HOGAN NAMED MAC WEST SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
• Junior punter Richie Hogan was recognized with MAC West Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career for his standout performance versus Western Michigan.
• Hogan averaged 52.7 yards per punt against WMU, including a career-long 74-yard boot in the second quarter that pinned the Broncos at their own three-yard line.
• His booming kick led directly to the Chippewas’ first touchdown of the game, as three plays later linebacker Shamari Benton intercepted a Tyler Van Tubbergen pass, setting up a Zurlon Tipton one-yard touchdown run.
• Hogan also had a 49-yard punt that was downed at the two-yard line and a 35-yarder that forced a fair catch.
• Hogan was also nationally lauded for his efforts versus WMU, receiving College Football Performance Awards’ Punter Performer of the Week honorable mention recognition.
WILSON HAVING STRONG SENIOR SEASON
• Senior receiver Cody Wilson leads CMU with 58 receptions and ranks eighth in the conference in receptions per game (5.8).
• Wilson has recorded four 100-yard receiving games, tied for first in the MAC.
• With 214 receptions and 2,578 yards receiving for his career, he ranks third and fifth, respectively, in the CMU record book.
• Wilson has caught at least one pass in 39 consecutive games, tied for the second longest active streak in the nation.
• Consecutive games with at least one reception list:
|1.||Conner Vernon, Duke||45
|2.||Cody Wilson, Central Michigan
|Lanear Sampson, Baylor||39|
|Taylor Stockemer, Arkansas State
RADCLIFF IN THE CMU RECORD BOOK
• With two games remaining left to play in his senior season, Ryan Radcliff is ranked second in school history in passing yards (9,370), completions (768), passing attempts (1,276), touchdown passes (60), total offense (9,206), and 300-yard passing games (14).
• Radcliff also holds a prominent place in the CMU single-season charts, as three of his individual seasons rank in the top 10 in five categories (yards passing, passing attempts, passes completed, touchdown passes, and total offense).
• In 2012, Radcliff has thrown for 2,621 yards with 18 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.
CHEROCCI AND BENTON LEADING THE DEFENSE
• Redshirt sophomore linebacker Justin Cherocci and redshirt junior linebacker Shamari Benton have made their presence felt on the defense in 2012.
• Cherocci has led CMU in tackles in six of 10 games, including the first three of the season, and notched a team-high six double-digit tackle games thus far this season.
• Cherocci leads CMU with 105 total tackles and is ranked first in the MAC and the nation in assisted tackles (75).
• Benton established himself as CMU’s leading tackler for a stretch of four straight games.
• Benton is second on the team with 92 total tackles and 34 solos and ranks tied for third in the MAC with two fumble recoveries.
• Cherocci and Benton rank No. 4 and No. 7 in the MAC, respectively, in total tackles.
EXPERIENCE UP FRONT
• CMU’s starting five offensive linemen include three seniors who have combined for 89 career starts: Darren Keyton (33), Eric Fisher (31), and Mike Repovz (25).
• Senior right tackle Jake Olson, who has missed the last seven games with an injury, has 26 careers starts to his credit.
• Sophomore Andy Phillips started five games in his freshman season of 2011 and all 10 games this year.
• Redshirt freshman center Nick Beamish, who has also been in the starting line-up for all 10 games of 2012, will be a mainstay in the middle of the CMU line for the next three-plus years.
TIPTON’S CAREER DAY POWERS CMU PAST AKRON
• Junior running back Zurlon Tipton rushed his way into the Central Michigan football records books with career highs in yards (243), attempts (37), and touchdowns (3) to help lead the Chippewas past Akron, 35-14, on October 27.
• Tipton’s 243-yard effort is tied for eighth all-time on CMU’s single game rushing list and makes him the first Chippewa to break the 200-yard barrier on the ground since 2010 when Paris Cotton ran for 207 versus Eastern Michigan.
• Tipton started the game fast, taking a hand off on CMU’s second play from scrimmage and racing down the sideline for a career-long 72-yard touchdown.
• He would go on to add scoring runs from five and six yards out to equal his career high of three touchdowns set earlier this year in the win over Southeast Missouri State.
• Tipton also far surpassed his previous career best of 180 rushing yards and over doubled his prior single game high in attempts (18).
• Tipton earned MAC West Offensive Player of the Week honors for the first time in career for his workhorse effort versus Akron.
OHIO STATE ADDED TO 2016 SCHEDULE
• Last month, Central Michigan announced the addition of Ohio State to the 2016 non-conference schedule, setting up the first ever meeting between the Chippewas and the Buckeyes.
• The game will take place on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at historic Ohio Stadium in Columbus.
• Central Michigan’s 2016 non-conference schedule also features a home match-up with UNLV and a road game versus Oklahoma State.
• Ohio State is the fourth Big Ten opponent on future CMU schedules, joining Michigan, Purdue, and Michigan State.
• The Chippewas will open the 2013 season versus the Wolverines, travel to meet Purdue in West Lafayette in 2014, and will face Michigan State in East Lansing in 2015 and 2018.
• Earlier this season, Central Michigan earned its fifth win in program history over a Big Ten school, knocking off Iowa, 32-31, in Iowa City.
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.
• Radcliff was named MAC West Co-Offensive Player of the Week while Harman earned Special Teams Player of the Week accolades.
• 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.
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|
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).
• 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 Ten opponent.
• 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).
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 10 games, Wilson leads CMU in receptions (58) and is second in receiving yards (689) and receiving yards per game (68.9).
• He is currently ranked third on the CMU career receptions list (214) and in fifth place on the CMU receiving yards list (2,578).
• Wilson is also a Wuerffel Trophy nominee, an award presented by the All Sports Association of Fort Walton Beach, Fla. to the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.
• Senior Jahleel Addae was on the Preseason Watch List for the Jim Thorpe Award, presented to the nation’s best defensive back in college football.
• Addae currently ranks fourth on the team in solo tackles (26) and total tackles (63) and has recorded 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, a team-high two interceptions, 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.
JASON 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 then-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.
EIGHT CMU GAMES TO BE BROADCAST NATIONALLY IN 2012
• Eight 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. 3) 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.
• Since the start of the 2007 season, CMU is 21-20 in 41 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 unveiled prior to the season.
• 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.
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.
CHIPPEWAS IN THE NFL
• Seven former Chippewas currently reside on NFL rosters: linebacker Nick Bellore (New York Jets), wide receiver Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers), defensive back Josh Gordy (Indianapolis Colts), defensive end Cullen Jenkins (Philadelphia Eagles), offensive lineman Joe Staley (San Francisco 49ers) and linebacker Frank Zombo (Green Bay Packers).
• Zombo, who spent the first nine weeks of the 2012 season on the Physically Unable to Perform List, was recently added to the Packers’ active roster and will be eligible to play when Green Bay visits Detroit on November 18.
• Defensive back Vince Agnew is a member of the Dallas Cowboys practice’ squad.
• Fans can vote for Nick Bellore (special teams), Antonio Brown (wide receiver), and Joe Staley (offensive line) for the 2013 Pro Bowl at www.nfl.com/probowl/ballot.
NEXT UP FOR THE CHIPPEWAS
• Central Michigan will wrap up its 2012 regular season schedule next week, traveling to Foxboro, Mass. to face MAC newcomer UMass (1-9, 1-5 MAC) at Gillette Stadium, the home of the NFL’s New England Patriots.
• Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23.
• CMU has never faced UMass, which is in its first year at the FBS level, in program history.
• UMass, which is coming off a 22-14 road win over Akron, will face Buffalo at home before hosting the Chippewas.