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Avery Cunningham breaks up a pass in CMU's victory over Akron.
Game Notes: Central Michigan vs. Western Michigan
The Matchup: Central Michigan vs. Western Michigan

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• Central Michigan will conclude a four-game home stand on Saturday when it hosts MAC rival Western Michigan in the annual Battle for the Cannon.
• Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.
• The 84th all-time meeting between the Chippewas and the Broncos will be streamed online on ESPN3 with Shawn Kenney and Bob Chmiel calling the action.

• Central Michigan is 37-44-2 all-time versus Western Michigan in a series that dates back to 1905.
• The Chippewas have won five of the last six meetings, but the Broncos claimed the Cannon Trophy for the first time since its inception last season, winning 44-14 in Kalamazoo.
• CMU won the last game in the rivalry played in Mount Pleasant, a 26-22 decision in 2010.

• Fans who attend the Central Michigan-Western Michigan football game can use their ticket stub to receive free admission to the CMU-Ohio volleyball in McGuirk Arena at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
• Saturday is Rocket Football Day, with several local youth football teams scheduled to attend.
• 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.
• Parachuters will deliver the game ball prior to kickoff.
• Saturday will be Student-Athlete Recognition Day with numerous Chippewas set to be honored for their achievements at timeouts throughout the game.
• Former Chippewa great and current New York Jets linebacker/special teams ace Nick Bellore will be in attendance at the Central Michigan-Western Michigan game. Vote for Bellore for the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl at

• David Johnson was a four-year letterwinning member of the Chippewas football team from 1986-90.
• A three-year starter at free safety for legendary head coach Herb Deromedi, Johnson earned First Team All-MAC honors as a junior and senior and was a second team all-conference selection as a sophomore.
• A co-captain of the 1990 MAC championship team, Johnson recorded 14 career interceptions, ranking him third all-time in the CMU record book.
• He finished his standout career with 269 total tackles, including 143 solos, and 14 passes defensed
• An excellent all-around athlete, Johnson also played small forward on the CMU basketball team.

• 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.
• 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).
• Through eight games, Tipton has amassed 871 rushing yards, the most by a CMU running back since Ontario Sneed had 1,065 in 2005 and the most by a CMU player since quarterback Dan LeFevour totaled 1,122 in 2007.
• He is ranked No. 1 in the MAC in average yards per rush (6.4) among running backs with more than 100 attempts, second in rushing touchdowns by a running back (10), and third in scoring, averaging 8.2 points per game.
• Tipton earned MAC West Offensive Player of the Week honors for the first time in career for his workhorse effort versus Akron.

• Western Michigan, 3-6 overall on the season, dropped its third straight MAC game last weekend, falling to West Division co-leader Northern Illinois, 48-34, in Kalamazoo despite amassing nearly 500 yards of offense.
• Junior quarterback Tyler Van Tubbergen has thrown for 1,463 yards with 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions since taking over the reins of the Broncos offense after starter Alex Carder was injured in game four.
• Freshman receiver Jaime Wilson has emerged as WMU’s top pass-catching threat, totaling 59 receptions for 706 yards and six touchdowns, but junior Josh Schaffer is also a top target (41-553-3).
• Junior running back Dareyon Chance is the Broncos’ leading rusher with 719 yards while junior Antoin Scriven has a team-best seven rushing touchdowns.
• Junior safety Johnnie Simon is the leading tackler (82) on the MAC’s second-ranked defense while sophomore cornerback Donald Celiscar ranks No. 1 in the conference with 14 passes defended.
• Senior linebacker Paul Hazel is also a key playmaker, totaling four sacks and three forced fumbles.

CMU Head Coach Dan Enos

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 News and Notes
• Central Michigan ranks No. 1 in the MAC in red zone offense (12th nationally), converting on 21-of-23 trips inside the 20-yard line (91.3%).
• The Chippewas have scored 15 touchdowns (8 run, 7 pass) and are 6-for-6 on field goal attempts inside the red zone.
• CMU also continues to be ranked No. 1 in the conference in penalties, totaling 30 through eight games.
• Individually, sophomore receiver Titus Davis is first among the MAC’s top pass catchers with a 20.8 yards per reception average.
• Junior Zurlon Tipton is ranked No. 1 in the MAC in average yards per rush (6.4) among running backs with more than 100 attempts, second in rushing touchdowns by a running back (10), and third in scoring, averaging 8.2 points per game.
• Freshman Saylor Lavallii is third in the MAC in kick returns, averaging 25.8 yards per return.
• Junior linebacker Justin Cherocci ranks second in the conference in assisted tackles (59) and tied for fourth in total tackles (84).

• Senior receiver Cody Wilson leads CMU with 48 receptions and ranks seventh in the conference in receptions per game (6.0).
• Wilson has recorded four 100-yard receiving games, tied for first in the MAC.
• With 204 receptions and 2,452 yards receiving for his career, he ranks third and fifth, respectively, in the CMU record book.
• Wilson has caught at least one pass in 37 consecutive games, the third longest active streak in the nation.
• Consecutive games with at least one reception list:
1. Conner Vernon, Duke 44
2. Lanear Sampson, Baylor 39
3. Cody Wilson, Central Michigan 37

• Sophomore wide receiver Titus Davis continues to show a knack for finding the end zone in his young career and the result is an early appearance in the CMU record book.
• In just 20 career games, Davis has totaled 15 receiving touchdowns, tying him for seventh in the CMU record book with Greg Hoefler (1965-67) and Kito Poblah (2007-10).
• Versus Akron, Davis scored two touchdowns, giving him at least one score in sixth of eight games this season and seven for the year, tying him for eighth all-time in program history with seven other players.
• Thus far in 2012, Davis has 30 receptions for a team-high 623 yards.
• CMU career and season touchdown receptions list:

Career     Season  
1. Bryan Anderson (2006-09) 28   1. Bryan Anderson (2007) 10
2. Antonio Brown (2007-09) 22   2. John DeBoer (1984) 9
3. John DeBoer (1982-85) 19     Ken Ealy (1990) 9
  Reggie Allen (1995-98) 19     Reggie Allen (1996) 9
5. Damien Linson (2003-06) 17     Antonio Brown (2009) 9
6. Ken Ealy (1988-91) 16   6. Greg Hoefler (1966) 8
7. Titus Davis (2011-) 15   Titus Davis (2011) 8
  Greg Hoefler (1965-67) 15   8. Titus Davis (2012) 7
  Kito Poblah (2007-10) 15     Seven Others 7

• After nine weeks of FCS play, Central Michigan ranks No. 5 (tied) in the nation in fewest penalties per game, averaging just 3.75.
• 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 eight games, CMU has totaled just 30 penalties for 247 yards.

• 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 through the first three games (five total) and has notched a team-high five double-digit tackle games thus far this season.
• Cherocci leads CMU with 84 total tackles and is ranked second in the MAC and the nation in assisted tackles (60).
• Benton has come on of late, establishing himself as CMU’s leading tackler for a stretch of four straight games.
• Benton is second on the team with 75 total tackles and 28 solos and ranks tied for third in the MAC with two fumble recoveries.
• Cherocci and Benton rank No. 5 (tied) and No. 9 in the MAC, respectively, in total tackles.

• Central Michigan recently 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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 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).

• 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 eight games, Wilson leads CMU in receptions (48) and is second in receiving yards (563) and receiving yards per game (70.4).
• He is currently ranked third on the CMU career receptions list (204) and in fifth place on the CMU receiving yards list (2,452).
• 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.

• 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).

• 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 fourth on the team in solo tackles (23) and fourth in total tackles (48) 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.

• With four games remaining left to play in his senior season, Ryan Radcliff is ranked second in school history in passing yards (8,703), completions (722), passing attempts (1,201), touchdown passes (57), total offense (8,538), and 300-yard passing games (13).
• In 2012, Radcliff has thrown for 1,954 yards with 15 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.

• CMU’s starting five offensive linemen include three seniors who have combined for 83 career starts: Darren Keyton (31), Eric Fisher (29), and Mike Repovz (23).
• 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 all eight games this year.
• Redshirt freshman center Nick Beamish, who has also been in the starting line-up for all eight games of 2012, will be a mainstay in the middle of the CMU line for the next three-plus years.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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 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 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• Senior safety Jahleel Addae is the younger brother of former West Virginia defensive back Jahmile Addae.
• Sophomore linebacker Justin Cherocci posted the top two single-season tackles totals in school history during his career at Brother Rice High School. He made 193 tackles as a junior in 2008 and 220 as a senior in 2009.
• Junior kicker Connor Gagnon is the son of of Gary Gagnon, an assistant professor of marketing and hospitality services administration at CMU.
• Junior running back Tim Phillips was a state champion powerlifter at Trinity High School in Louisville, Ky.
• Senior quarterback Ryan Radcliff was drafted by the Colorado Rockies as a catcher in the 34th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.
• Junior tight end A.J. Westendorp completed 26-of-33 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 108 yards on 19 carries in the 2008 Division 4 state championship game for Holland Christian High School, setting Michigan state championship game records for completions (26), passing yards (318) and total offense (426).
• Senior receiver Cody Wilson, a Second Team Academic All-American in 2011, is the son of Dave Wilson, who has been the team chaplain for the Detroit Lions for more than 20 years.

• 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.

• Seven former Chippewas have earned roster spots on NFL teams: 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).
• Green Bay Packers linebacker Frank Zombo is on the Physically Unable to Perform List while defensive back Vince Agnew is a member of the Dallas Cowboys practice squad.

• Central Michigan will venture away from home for the first time in over a month, visiting Eastern Michigan (1-7, 0-4) for a 1 p.m. game on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the home of the Eagles, Rynearson Stadium.
• CMU has more wins against Eastern Michigan than any other school in program history (55) but will be looking to avenge a 35-28 loss to the Eagles last season in Mount Pleasant.
• Eastern Michigan, which is coming off a 24-3 loss to Bowling Green, travels to face Ohio before hosting CMU in Ypsilanti.