With the win the Chippewas...
... improve to 2-0 all-time against Southeast Missouri State
... have won three consecutive season openers, and four of the last five.
... have won six consecutive home openers.
The Chippewas finished Thursday's contest with zero penalties, accomplishing the feat for the first time since September 17, 2011 versus Western Michigan.
Senior David Harman's 24 yard field goal at the 8:53 mark of the first quarter was the first field goal of the 2012 college football season.
Junior RB Zurlon Tipton rushed for a career-high 180 yards, the highest total for a CMU player since Paris Cotton ran for 209 against Eastern Michigan on Sep. 18, 2010. Tipton's three rushing touchdowns also marked the first time since Cotton vs. EMU in 2010 that a Chippewa finished with three touchdowns on the ground.
Sophomore RB Anthony Garland ran for 102 yards and a touchdown, marking the first time two Chippewas rushed for 100 yards in the same game since 1999, when Eric Flowers went for 219 and Ira Gooch ran for 108 at home against Buffalo on Oct. 9.
Tipton scored in the season-opener for the second consecutive season.
Tipton's 48 yard touchdown run in the second quarter (5:24) tied his career longest rush.
Tipton rushed for 120 in the first half. The last time a Chippewa rushed for 100 or more yards in a half was Paris Cotton with 116 in the second half against North Carolina State on Oct. 8, 2011.
Tipton's 180 yard performance and Anthony Garland's 102 marks the first time at least one Chippewa has rushed for 100 yards in the season opener since Sep. 2, 2005, when Ontario Sneed went for 148 against Indiana in his first career game as a Chippewa.
Sophomore TE Jarrett Fleming caught his first career touchdown reception on a 20-yard pass from Ryan Radcliff in the third quarter to give the Chippewas a 31-27 lead.
With 23 passing attempts, senior QB Ryan Radcliff moved into second place on the all-time CMU career passing attempts list with 963. He passed Jeff Bender (1988-91), whose career mark is 960.
Radcliff extended his team-leading consecutive games started streak to 25. Radcliff has 25 career starts, which is tied with OL Jake Olson for the most on the team.
Senior WR Cody Wilson extended his consecutive games with a reception streak to 30.
Wilson moved into sixth place on the CMU all-time career receptions list with 158. He passed the late Ontario Sneed, who is now seventh with 157.
Three Chippewas made their first career starts: OL Nick Beamish, DB Jarret Chapman and DB Dennis Nalor.
Freshman RB Saylor Lavallii recorded his first career rush in the beginning of the second quarter, and finished with 33 yards on six attempts.
Redshirt freshman WR Andrew Flory made his first career appearance, catching two passes for 29 yards, third-highest on the team.