CENTRAL MICHIGAN vs. WESTERN KENTUCKY
2012 LITTLE CAESARS PIZZA BOWL
Wednesday, December 26
Kelly/Shorts Stadium
Mount Pleasant, Mich.

POSTGAME NOTES

- With its 2012 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl victory, Central Michigan is 2-2 in Detroit bowl games.
- Senior quarterback Ryan Radcliff was named the 2012 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl MVP while junior linebacker Shamari Benton was named the Lineman of the Game.
- With three touchdown passes versus WKU, his seventh multi-touchdown game of the season, Radcliff finishes the year with 23, the second most of his career and the sixth-most in CMU history in a single season.
- Radcliff’s three passing touchdowns are tied for second most in CMU bowl history (Jeff Bender, 1990 California Raisin Bowl).
- Radcliff has thrown for at least one touchdown in each of his last 11 games.
- With 253 passing yards, Radcliff broke the 3,000-yard barrier for the third time in his career.  His 3,158 yards on the season rank fifth in CMU history. He finished with 9,917 yards for his career, second all-time in program history.
- Radcliff’s 253 passing yards tied for third most in CMU bowl history (Dan LeFevour, 2008 Motor City Bowl).
- Junior linebacker Shamari Benton led the Chippewas in tackles for the seventh time this season, totaling nine (4 solos).
- Senior receiver Cody Wilson’s first quarter catch extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 42 games.
- Wilson finished the game with 10 receptions for 101 yards, his fifth 100-yard receiving game of the season, and one touchdown.
- Wilson ended his CMU career ranked third all-time in school history in receptions (230) and fifth all-time in school history with 2,729 receiving yards.
- Junior running back Zurlon Tipton eclipsed the 100-yard barrier for the seventh consecutive game and for the eighth time this season, with 23 carries for 101 yards.
- With 1,492 rushing yards, Tipton’s 2012 season ranks fourth in program history.
- Tipton’s 23 carries and 101 rushing yards are the second most by a CMU player in a bowl game.
- Junior punter Richie Hogan set a new Central Michigan bowl record and a Little Caesars Pizza Bowl record with a punt of 82 yards. The punt broke his  previous career-long of 74 yards. The former CMU bowl record was set by Brett Hartmann in the 2008 Motor City Bowl against Florida Atlantic (64 yards). The former Little Caesars Pizza Bowl record of 74 yards was set by Hendrix Brakefield of Western Kentucky earlier in the first quarter.
- Hogan’s 57.3 punting average was the second highest in Motor City Bowl/Little Caesars Pizza Bowl history (58.0, Chris Hanson, Marshall, 1998).
- Redshirt freshman receiver Andrew Flory’s 69-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter was a career long.
- Flory’s touchdown marked the first time since the October 27 match-up against Akron that Central Michigan scored on its opening possession.
- Flory recorded his second touchdown of the game (fourth on the season) making a 29-yard reception from Radcliff in the first quarter, marking the second time this season he has had multi-touchdown game.
- Two Chippewa receivers, Wilson (101 yards) and Flory (105 yards), eclipsed the 100-yard mark, for the first time since October 26, 2012, at Toledo (Titus Davis 107, Cody Wilson 108).
- Senior kicker David Harman tied the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl record with a 50-yard field goal in the second quarter. The kick equaled Memphis’ Stephan Gostkowski’s kick in the 2005 Motor City Bowl against Akron.
- Harman’s 50-yard kick also set a new CMU bowl record.  The previous record was 47 yards, set by Andrew Aguila in the 2007 Motor City Bowl against Purdue.
- The field goal was Harman’s 15th of the season, moving him into a tie for fifth place in CMU history.
- Harman’s three PATs versus WKU gave him 44 for the season, moving him into a tie for fifth place in the CMU record book.
- Junior tight end Connor Odykirk’s 15-yard carry in the second quarter was the first of his career.
- Redshirt freshman defensive end Blake Serpa’s recorded his first career sack and forced fumble in the second quarter.
- Freshman running back Saylor Lavallii’s 26-yard rush in the fourth quarter was a career long. His previous long came against Miami (Ohio) on November 17 (22 yards).
- Junior safety Avery Cunningham’s fourth quarter block of a WKU punt was the first time CMU blocked a punt since September 24, 2011, when Kevin King recorded one versus Michigan State.
- Senior fullback Adam Fenton’s six-yard catch on CMU’s opening play from scrimmage was good for a season long.
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