2010 GMAC Bowl
No. 25 CMU 44, Troy 41 (2OT)
January 6, 2010
The school-record tying 38th victory by Central Michigan’s senior class may have been its most memorable.
Senior quarterback Dan LeFevour threw for a career-high 395 yards, and a trio of clutch special teams plays lifted the No. 25 Chippewas to a 44-41 double-overtime victory over Troy.
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.
A game that featured two of the top statistical offenses in the country turned into a defensive slugfest in the first half. Levi Brown’s 9-yard scoring pass to DuJuan Harris was the only touchdown in the first 30 minutes, and Troy took a 10-9 lead into halftime.
CMU capitalized on Troy’s only turnover to take its first lead of the game. The Chippewas covered 79 yards in nine plays following Jerrel Jernigan’s fumble, with Antonio Brown scoring on a 7-yard run to cap the drive. Aguila’s point-after gave CMU a 19-17 lead with 2:46 remaining in the third quarter.
Troy regained the lead on the following possession. Brown’s 29-yard throw to Jason Bruce on third-and-28 led to a 6-yard touchdown run by Harris.
CMU’s only punt of the game opened the fourth quarter, and Troy appeared to have taken control of the game when Harris scored on a 1-yard run with 8:01 remaining. His score stretched the Troy lead to 31-19.
Brown returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown to jump-start the Chippewas’ rally.
CMU regained possession at its own 15-yard line with 4:22 remaining, and LeFevour directed one of the most memorable drives of his career to give the Chippewas the lead. He hit Brown for 27 yards on second-and-15, Brown for 8 yards on third-and-2, Cody Wilson for 7 yards on third-and-4 and Brown again for 30 yards on the next snap before connecting with Bryan Anderson on a 4-yard touchdown pass. LeFevour then tossed a two-point conversion pass to Kito Poblah to give CMU a 34-31 lead with 1:17 remaining.
Jernigan returned the kickoff 32 yards to the Troy 37-yard line, and Brown completed a pair of passes to move the Trojans to the CMU 29-yard line. Michael Taylor’s 46-yard field goal with 31 seconds remaining forced overtime.
CMU needed just three plays to score in the first overtime period. LeFevour rushed for no gain, threw to Anderson for 12 yards and scrambled for a 13-yard touchdown to put the Chippewas in front.
Brown hit Jason Bruce for 18 yards on third-and-5 from the 20-yard line on Troy’s first possession, and two plays later Shawn Southward tied the score on a 1-yard run.
Troy’s offense remained on the field to begin the second overtime period. After stalling the Chippewas’ 14-yard line, and Taylor lined up for a 31-yard field goal attempt. CMU’s Vince Agnew raced untouched around Troy’s right end and blocked the field goal attempt, giving the Chippewas an opportunity to win the game.
Three-yard runs by Brown and Bryan Schroeder moved the ball to the Troy 19-yard line, and Aguila booted the game-winning field goal from 37 yards out.
LeFevour was named the GMAC Bowl Most Valuable Player. Brown was selected offensive MVP, Agnew defensive MVP and Aguila special teams MVP.
|Attendance - 34,486|
|Troy||1||Harris 9-yard pass from Brown (Taylor PAT)
|CMU||1||Aguila 28-yard field goal
|CMU||2||Aguila 35-yard field goal|
|Troy||2||Taylor 22-yard field goal
|CMU||2||Aguila 44-yard field goal|
|Troy||3||Southward 1-yard run (Taylor PAT)
|CMU||3||Aguila 42-yard field goal|
|CMU||3||Brown 7-yard run (Aguila PAT)|
|Troy||3||Harris 6-yard run (Taylor kick)
|Troy||4||Harris 1-yard run (Taylor kick)|
|CMU||4||Brown 95-yard kickoff return (Aguila PAT)
|CMU||4||Anderson 4-yard pass from LeFevour (Poblah pass from LeFevour)|
|Troy||4||Taylor 46-yard field goal
|CMU||OT||LeFevour 13-yard run (Aguila PAT)|
|Troy||OT||Southward 1-yard run (Taylor PAT)|
|CMU||OT||Aguila 37-yard field goal
|Total Net Yards||504||572|
|Time of Possession||26:35||33:25|
CMU – Bryan Schroeder 13-73, Antonio Brown 4-22, Dan LeFEvour 9-12, Carl Volny 1-2
Troy – DuJuan Harris 14-112, Jerrel Jernigan 6-39, Shawn Southward 10-28, Maurice Greer 1-2, Levi Brown 8-(-12)
CMU – Dan LeFevour 33-55-1 for 395, Antonio Brown 0-1-0 for 0
Troy – Levi Brown 31-56-0 for 386; Cornelius Williams 1-1-0 for 17
CMU – Antonio Brown 13-178, Bryan Anderson 7-84, Cody Wilson 4-36, Kito Poblah 3-50, Bryan Schroeder 3-14, Carl Volny 1-17, Jeremy Wilson 1-12, David Blackburn 1-4
Troy – Jerrel Jernigan 9-154, Jason Bruce 4-51, DuJuan Harris 4-49, Shawn Southward 3-29, Tebiarus Gill 3-28, Patrick Cherry 2-26, Cornelius Williams 2-21, Zack Marcum 2-9, Levi Brown 1-17, Josh Jarboe 1-12, Andrew Davis 1-7