Nov. 4, 1972 – CMU 28, Illinois State 21
After 14 months of anticipation, the Chippewas and 17,000 Homecoming fans dedicated the $2 million Perry Shorts Stadium with a close win over the Redbirds behind Gary Bevington’s three TD passes.
Nov. 30, 1974 – CMU 20, Boise State 6
Hosting one of the NCAA’s Division II quarterfinal games, CMU upset Boise State in the Chippewas’ first postseason game. Sophomore Dick Dunham scored the game’s first two TDs during an 8 1/2-minute span in the second half to boost the Chippewas.
Dec. 14, 1974 – CMU 54, Delaware 14
Dick Dunham ran for 121 yards and four touchdowns and Mike Franckowiak completed 11-of-13 passes for 186 yards and a score as CMU routed Delaware in the Division II national championship game. Dunham scored three times in the first half, including a 68-yard run on the game’s first play, as the Chippewas built a 30-8 halftime lead. Franckowiak booted two field goals and converted six point-after attempts as the Chippewas capped a 12-1 season, the most wins in a season in school history.
Sept. 6, 1975 – CMU 34, Western Michigan 0
Before the first overflow crowd in Perry Shorts Stadium history, CMU blanked arch-rival Western for the first time in 22 years to make a successful Mid-American Conference and major college debut. Four different backs scored in the opening half en route to 360 yards rushing for the day. Western failed to complete a pass in four tries.
Oct. 29, 1977 – CMU 35, Bowling Green 28
CMU’s first regular-season appearance on ABC-TV’s regional Game of the Week was witnessed by a Homecoming crowd of 22,761. Behind 28-14 with 12 minutes to go, the Chippewas staged a stirring comeback behind the brilliance of senior QB Ron Rummel. After running for two TDs and passing for a two-point conversion in the opening half, Rummel added a 21-yard scoring aerial to Brian Blank and the tying PAT run with 3:35 to go. Topping it off, Rummel connected with Mike Ball on a 39-yard scoring play to win it with just 23 seconds left.
Sept. 9, 1978 – CMU 41, Kent State 0
Herb Deromedi’s debut as the Chippewas’ head coach served as a fitting prelude to the future success he would enjoy. The 11-year CMU defensive assistant coach showed he could work both sides of the ball as Central’s offense put 24 points on the board in the first quarter. Fullback Will Young ran for three touchdowns and future pro quarterback Gary Hogeboom threw a TD pass to help Deromedi to his first win.
Nov. 10, 1979 – CMU 37, Eastern Michigan 14
Coupled with Northern Illinois’ upset win over Toledo, this victory clinched CMU’s first MAC football title. The visiting Hurons twice took one-touchdown leads before three Chippewa touchdowns in the second quarter sealed it for CMU.
Nov. 15, 1980 – CMU 22, Western Michigan 10
An all-time MAC record crowd of 32,159 saw the Chippewas rally from a 10-0 deficit to become the first league member in five years to repeat as the MAC football champion. Senior QB Kevin Northup took CMU 80 yards in a time-consuming 12-play drive for his second scoring run of the game to clinch the verdict in the fourth quarter.
Oct. 20, 1990 – CMU 13, Toledo 12
A Kelly/Shorts Stadium Homecoming throng of 20,781 was kept in suspense until the final gun as the Chippewas took sole possession of first place in the MAC with the win. CMU’s stingy defense was led by linebacker Rich Curtiss’ 21 tackles, and a big-play offense directed by quarterback Jeff Bender provided the scoring. A 53-yard scoring strike to Ken Ealy gave CMU a 7-6 halftime lead, and a 38-yard aerial to Bob Kench in the third quarter erased a 12-7 Toledo lead. Defenses dominated the rest of the way, but CMU’s win wasn’t secure until UT kicker Rusty Hanna’s 51-yard field goal attempt fell short and wide as time expired.
Nov. 10, 1990 – CMU 52, Ohio 7
The Chippewas rolled to a 38-0 halftime lead in clinching their first MAC title in 10 seasons. Tailback Darnell Rush and fullback Joe Connolly each scored two touchdowns in CMU’s domination of the Bobcats. The Chippewas gained 584 yards in total offense while limiting Ohio to 125. Central finished tied with Toledo at 7-1 in the MAC, but earned the California Raisin Bowl berth by virtue of its 13-12 win over the Rockets earlier in the season.
Sept. 14, 1991 – CMU 20, No. 18 Michigan State 3
In the greatest gridiron triumph in CMU history, the Chippewas stunned the 18th-ranked Spartans, controlling all facets of the game. The Chippewas outgained MSU, 346-281, led by tailback Billy Smith’s 162 yards and a fierce rush that sacked MSU quarterbacks four times. Smith’s high school classmate at Detroit Henry Ford, Lamar Sally, registered three of those sacks as both players reaped MAC Player of the Week honors. CMU’s defense set the tone on the first series when Doug Adler stuffed Tico Duckett on fourth-and-goal at the CMU one-yard line. Smith opened the scoring with a 15-yard TD run just before halftime, and the Chippewas made it 14-0 on a 57-yard pass from Jeff Bender to Ken Ealy in the third period. From there, the defense took over.
Sept. 12, 1992 – CMU 24, Michigan State 20
A great moment in CMU football history occurred when the Chippewas accomplished what few people thought they could do – repeat 1991’s startling victory over Michigan State. But CMU did just that. Outstanding performances on both sides of the ball helped the Chippewas stun Michigan State 24-20 for CMU’s second consecutive win over the Big Ten school. Safety Darrall Stinson paced the CMU defense with 14 tackles, including a jarring hit that forced a MSU fumble at the Central goal line in the second quarter. Quarterback Joe Youngblood connected with split end Bryan Tice for touchdown passes of 6 and 15 yards to give CMU a 14-7 halftime lead. Youngblood would earn Mid-American Conference Player of the Week honors for his performance which included 163 yards passing and two TDs on 17-of-22 attempts and a pass reception for 29 yards. Youngblood also led CMU on a crucial 69-yard drive in the second half which took 6:33 off the clock and ended with a seven-yard TD scamper by Brian Pruitt to put the game out of reach. Junior tailback Leo Griffin gained 90 of CMU’s 141 rushing yards.
Nov. 12, 1994 – CMU 36, Bowling Green 33
For the last game of the season, the Chippewas traveled to Bowling Green to play in a winner-take-all game for the MAC championship and a trip to the Las Vegas Bowl. Two unusual plays helped CMU earn the victory. The first came in the second quarter when a pass from Erik Timpf bounced off the intended receiver and into Brian Pruitt’s hands for his second touchdown of the day. Then in the fourth quarter, one of the greatest plays in CMU history happened. Bowling Green had a 25-21 lead and momentum in the game as it forced CMU to a fourth-and-three situation. On his own call, CMU punter Craig Fischer faked the punt and ran 73 yards for a touchdown, regaining the lead for CMU. The Chippewas scored again on a Brian Pruitt 1-yard run and held off a Falcon charge at the end of the game for the victory. The victory gave Dick Flynn a conference championship in his first season as head coach.
Oct. 10, 1998 – CMU 36, Eastern Michigan 23 OT
The first overtime game in CMU history ended in dramatic fashion, as roverback Shawn Williams picked off a deflected pass on third-and-goal from the EMU 1-yard line and raced the length of the field for a touchdown that ended the Chippewas’ 13-point win. The defensive stand came after the Chippewa offense had scored first in the extra session on a 1-yard plunge by Pete Shepherd. The workhorse on this night for the CMU offense was junior tailback Eric Flowers, who set a school record with 49 carries and piled up a career-best 239 yards with two touchdowns. Shepherd was 15-of-35 for 172 yards, with nine of his completions going to Reggie Allen for 133 yards. Freshman kicker Paul Savich booted three field goals in the contest, including a 27-yarder with five seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to force the game in overtime. The Chippewa defense recorded seven sacks among its 13 tackles for loss in the game.
Oct. 24, 1998 – CMU 26, Western Michigan 24
A then Kelly/Shorts Stadium record-crowd of 29,822 witnessed the second thrilling win by the Chippewas over an in-state rival this season as CMU came from behind in the second half to down the Broncos. Trailing 24-17 at halftime, the Chippewas dominated the second half, piling up 255 yards of total offense and possessing the ball for nearly 20 minutes. The defense shut down Western’s potent offense, limiting it to only 106 yards and stuffing tailback Darnell Fields, limiting him to just 36 yards in the second half after he romped for 101 in the first half. Still, CMU found itself trailing by a point with 7:36 remaining in the fourth quarter. Starting at its own 34-yard line, CMU put together a 14-play, 54-yard drive that took 5:54 off the clock, culminating in Paul Savich’s fourth field goal of the game, a 29-yarder that gave the Chippewas a two-point lead with 1:42 to play. Eric Flowers rushed 10 times during the drive for 46 of his 105 yards. CMU’s defense then finished off their archrivals, sacking Bronco QB Tim Lester for the fourth time and forcing Western to turn the ball over on downs. The Chippewas’ two comeback wins over Eastern and Western propelled them to a 6-5 record and a second-place finish in the MAC West.
Nov. 11, 2000 – CMU 21, Western Michigan 17
Simply put, this was one of the biggest upsets in the storied history of the Central/Western rivalry. CMU entered the contest with a 1-8 record and had lost seven straight games, while the Broncos, unofficially ranked 27th in the country, were 8-1 and on an eight-game winning streak that included triumphs over Iowa and Marshall. None of that mattered. The Chippewas stunned the Broncos early, scoring on the third play of the game when Derrick Vickers connected with Ira Gooch for a 77-yard scoring play to put CMU up 7-0 just 1:37 into the game. On Western’s first offensive play, Scott Naz intercepted a Jeff Walsh pass to give the Chippewas the ball back. Five plays later, Vickers threw a 15-yard scoring pass to David Hannah, and CMU led it 14-0 just 4:09 into the first quarter. However, Western scored twice before the half to cut the Chippewa lead to 14-10, and when Josh Bush returned a punt 73 yards for a TD with 10:30 to play in the fourth quarter, the Broncos had the lead for the first time, 17-14. CMU responded with their best drive of the season, a 14-play, 71-yard march that ended with Vince Webber finding the end zone from a yard out to get the lead back with 4:40 to play. From there, the defense stopped Western to get the ball back, and the offense ran out the clock to seal the Chippewa victory.
Oct. 30, 2004 – CMU 24, Western Michigan 21 OT
In the most remarkable comeback in CMU history, the Chippewas scored 14 points in the final 2:13 of regulation to force overtime, and then won the game in the first extra session on a 25-yard field goal by freshman kicker Ronnie Budd. Western held a 7-0 lead at the half and stretched the margin to 14-0 on the final play of the third quarter with a 79-yard strike from Ryan Cubit to Greg Jennings. After a 5-yard TD run by Jerry Seymour pulled CMU to within 14-7 with 8:01 left in the fourth quarter, Western went on an eight-play, 65-yard drive that culminated with a 16-yard Daniel Marks TD run that put the Broncos up 21-7 with 3:14 remaining. In the face of tremendous odds, the Chippewas stormed back. Kent Smith scampered into the end zone from 4 yards out to make the score 21-14. Two plays later, CMU forced a Bronco fumble and recovered it at the WMU 25-yard line. It took Smith and the offense only four plays to tie the game with 54 seconds left on a 9-yard toss to freshman wideout Asante White. CMU won the coin toss and stopped Western on three plays before the Broncos missed a 40-yard field goal. The Chippewas started their possession with a 12-yard run by Smith, then ran three plays to set up Budd’s kick from 25 yards. It was true, and the students rushed the field to celebrate the triumph over the Broncos.
Oct. 29, 2005 – CMU 21, Toledo 17
CMU snapped a 10-game losing streak to Toledo with a thrilling 21-17 victory at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. Toledo led 14-7 at halftime, but CMU senior quarterback Kent Smith tied the score with a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and put the Chippewas in front for good with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Justin Harper with 12:53 remaining in the fourth. Toledo had a first-and-goal at the CMU 7-yard line on the ensuing drive, but the Chippewa defense held Trinity Dawson to a 2-yard gain on first down, then forced three consecutive Bruce Gradkowski incompletions. Following a CMU punt, Toledo moved to the Chippewa 3-yard line before Gradkowski was sacked for a 12-yard loss on third-and-goal. The Rockets converted three third downs on the game’s final drive, including a 16-yard gain on third-and-10 that set up Toledo on the CMU 4-yard line for the game’s final play. Gradkowski’s pass sailed just over the outstretched hands of Nick Moore. The win was CMU’s fourth in a row, its longest winning streak since 1994, and moved the Chippewas into a tie for first in the MAC West Division.
Nov. 30, 2006 – CMU 31, Ohio 10
The Chippewas secured their first MAC title in 12 seasons with a 31-10 win over Ohio in the MAC Championship Game at Ford Field in Detroit. Damien Linson was named MVP after catching seven passes for a MAC Championship Game-record 191 yards and a touchdown. Just 14 seconds after Ohio had tied the score at 7-7 early in the second quarter, Dan LeFevour hooked up with Linson for a 71-yard score. Ontario Sneed caught a 4-yard touchdown pass and scored on a championship game-record 96-yard run in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Dec. 26, 2006 – CMU 31, Middle Tennessee 14
A Motor City Bowl record-crowd of 54,113, mostly clad in maroon and gold, witnessed CMU claim its first Division I-A bowl victory at Ford Field in Detroit. Redshirt freshman quarterback Dan LeFevour was named the game’s MVP after throwing for 162 yards and a score and rushing for 69 yards and a touchdown, while Dan Bazuin was named UAW Lineman of the Game after tallying eight tackles, including two sacks. Ontario Sneed scored on a 1-yard run and 29-yard reception to cap CMU’s first two drives of the game, and Doug Kress returned an interception 56 yards to stretch the CMU lead to 28-7 early in the third quarter. CMU reached the 10-win plateau for the first time since 1979 with the victory, and became the first Division I-A program to win a conference title game and bowl game in the same stadium in the same season.
Nov. 6, 2007 – CMU 34, Western Michigan 31
The Chippewas’ first win in Kalamazoo since 1993 went into the history books as one of the classic affairs in the historic Central/Western rivalry. Dan LeFevour scored on a quarterback sneak with 12 seconds remaining to cap a fourth quarter that saw CMU and Western Michigan combine for 48 points. Andrew Aguila’s 21-yard field goal gave CMU a 27-17 lead with 3:53 left. The Broncos, however, scored twice in a span of just 33 seconds to take a 31-27 lead with 1:34 remaining. A 39-yard completion from LeFevour to Bryan Anderson in the final minute set up the winning score. Western Michigan had time for one play following LeFevour’s score, completing a pass and using several laterals to advance the ball into CMU territory before the play went out of bounds. The win clinched CMU’s second straight MAC West Division title.
Dec. 1, 2007 – CMU 35, Miami 10
CMU scored 21 fourth-quarter points to secure its second straight MAC Championship Game victory. Chippewa quarterback Dan LeFevour was named Most Valuable Player after passing for 185 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 170 yards and two scores. CMU led 7-0 at halftime, and a field goal drew Miami within 7-3 midway through the third quarter. From there, LeFevour and Ontario Sneed combined to score touchdowns on each of the Chippewas’ next four possessions to put the game away.
Nov. 1, 2008 – CMU 37, Indiana 34
Making just his fourth career start, senior quarterback Brian Brunner completed 35-of-53 passes for a school-record 485 yards and four touchdowns and scored the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard run in the Chippewas’ first win over a Big Ten opponent since 1992. Each of Brunner’s four touchdown passes tied the score, including a 79-yard scoring toss to Antonio Brown that evened the score at 28-28 in the third quarter. Andrew Aguila converted a 48-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to draw the Chippewas within 34-31, and a Kirkston Edwards interception on the ensuing possession set up Brunner’s 1-yard keeper for the go-ahead score. The CMU defense held IU to just two first downs on its final two possessions to help seal the win.
Sept. 12, 2009 – CMU 29, Michigan State 27
Andrew Aguila’s 42-yard field goal with 3 seconds remaining, in front of a national audience on ESPN2, gave the Chippewas their third victory in seven all-time meetings against Michigan State. Dan LeFevour’s touchdown pass to Paris Cotton with 32 seconds remaining drew the Chippewas within a point, 27-26, but a two-point conversion pass to Antonio Brown was incomplete. Bryan Anderson recovered a perfectly executed onside-kick, and LeFevour completed three straight passes to move the Chippewas into field goal range and set up Aguila’s game-winner.
Dec. 4, 2009 – CMU 20, Ohio 10
Dan LeFevour threw two touchdown passes and Andrew Aguila kicked two field goals to lead CMU to its third MAC Championship Game victory in four seasons. LeFevour became the NCAA Bowl Subdivision’s all-time leader in total touchdowns and the MAC’s all-time leader in touchdown passes in the win. He was named the game’s MVP after throwing for 255 yards and rushing for 51 more. The CMU defense limited Ohio to 275 total yards and allowed just four third-down conversions in 13 chances.
Jan. 6, 2010 – No. 25 CMU 44, Troy 41 (2OT)
Andrew Aguila’s school-record fifth field goal--a 37-yarder in the second overtime--capped a comeback that saw the Chippewas rally from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit in the GMAC Bowl. Playing the first game in program history as a ranked team, the Chippewas trailed 31-19 when Troy’s DuJuan Harris scored on a 1-yard run with 8:01 remaining in regulation. Antonio Brown returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown, and Dan LeFevour threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Bryan Anderson and two-point conversion pass to Kito Poblah with 1:17 remaining to give CMU a 34-31 lead. Troy forced overtime with a 46-yard field goal with 31 seconds left. LeFevour, who threw for a career-high 395 yards, ran 13 yards for a touchdown in the first overtime. Troy answered with a 1-yard touchdown run by Shawn Southward. In the second overtime, Vince Agnew blocked a 31-yard field goal attempt by Taylor, setting the stage for Aguila’s game-winner. The victory was the school-record-tying 38th by CMU’s senior class.
Nov. 5, 2010 – CMU 26, Western Michigan 22
The Chippewas rallied from a 22-13 fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Western Michigan for the fifth straight season and retain both the Victory Cannon and Michigan MAC Championship trophies. Senior Matt Torres made a leaping 26-yard catch on fourth-and-6 early in the final quarter that set up a 1-yard scoring run by Carl Volny. The Bronocs missed a field goal, and CMU answered with an eight-play, 72-yard drive that culminated in a 5-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Radcliff to Kito Poblah with 6:04 remaining. Western Michigan drove inside the CMU 5-yard line in the closing minutes, but Armond Staten's third forced fumble of the day was recovered by Joe Kinville, and the CMU offense ran out the clock.