The Matchup: Central Michigan vs. Temple
Series Record: Central Michigan leads, 2-0
Last Meeting: Central Michigan 24, Temple 14 (2008)
Last Meeting at Temple: Central Michigan 42, Temple 26 (2006)
A CMU Win Over Temple Would …
… mark the Chippewas’ first 2-0 start to a season since 2002.
… be the Chippewas’ 19th straight win against a MAC East Division opponent.
… extend to seven CMU’s winning streak in MAC openers.
… make CMU 12-1 in its last 13 MAC road games.
CMU vs. the MAC East Division
CMU has won 18 straight games against opponents from the MAC East Division, including victories in the 2006, 2007 and 2009 MAC Championship Games. Since the MAC expanded to two divisions in 1997, the Chippewas are 25-14 in games against the East Division.
CMU, Temple Open 2010 MAC Season
CMU and Temple will square off in the first Mid-American Conference contest of the 2010 season. The Chippewas have won three of the last four MAC titles, while Temple was tabbed the preseason favorite to win the 2010 MAC championship. Two other conference games are slated for Saturday: Eastern Michigan at Miami and Toledo at Ohio.
At Home on the Road
CMU has won 17 of its last 20 MAC regular season games on the road since the start of the 2005 season, including four straight and 12 of its last 13.
Chippewas Riding Six-Game Winning Streak in MAC Openers
CMU has won each of its last six MAC openers dating back to 2004, the longest string of 1-0 conference starts since CMU joined the MAC in 1975. CMU’s last six MAC openers:
2004: vs. Kent State, 24-21 W
2005: at Miami, 38-37 W
2006: vs. Akron, 24-21 W
2007: vs. Toledo, 52-31 W
2008: at Ohio, 31-28 W
2009: vs. Akron, 48-21 W
Chippewas Receive Votes in Preseason Polls
CMU received votes in both the Associated Press and USA Today coaches’ preseason polls. The Chippewas collected two points in the AP poll balloting and one point in the coaches’ poll voting. CMU received votes in at least one of the two major polls each of the final 11 weeks of the 2009 season, finishing the year ranked No. 23 in the Associated Press poll and No. 24 in the coaches’ poll. The first weekly polls of the 2010 season will be released Tuesday.
Bellore Named MAC West Defensive Player of the Week
Senior linebacker Nick Bellore was named MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week after making a game-high 11 tackles against Hampton. He led a defensive effort that earned CMU’s first season opening shutout since 1979 and held the Pirates to 129 total yards. It is the second time in his career that Bellore has earned the MAC’s weekly honor.
Defense Pitches Historic Shutout
CMU’s 33-0 win over Hampton last week marked the first time the Chippewas opened a season with a shutout since a 10-0 win over Western Michigan in 1979. The game also marked the first time since 1984 that Hampton was held scoreless in a game.
Radcliff Makes First Career Start
Sophomore Ryan Radcliff made first career start at quarterback last week, becoming the first Chippewa not named Dan LeFevour or Brian Brunner to start a game at quarterback since the start of the 2006 season. Radcliff completed 20-of-34 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown and ran for a score in CMU’s 33-0 win over Hampton. Recent CMU quarterbacks’ first career starts:
Five Chippewas Make First Career Start
Sophomore quarterback Ryan Radcliff was one of five Chippewas to make his first career start last week. The others were sophomore receiver Jerry Harris, sophomore defensive ends Joe Kinville and Caesar Rodriguez, sophomore linebacker Alex Smith and sophomore defensive back Jahleel Addae. A total of 15 Chippewas saw their first action in a CMU uniform, including five true freshmen.
Bellore Extends Starting Streak to 42 Games
Senior linebacker Nick Bellore has started every game of his career, a streak of 42 consecutive starts. The NCAA Bowl Subdivision record for consecutive games started is 54 by Hawaii’s John Estes (2006-09). Former CMU offensive lineman Andrew Hartline shares the third longest streak with 52 straight starts from 2005-08.
Poblah’s Receptions Streak at 25
Senior receiver Kito Poblah has caught at least one pass in 25 consecutive games dating back to the 2008 season. It is tied for the 10th longest active streak in the country. Colorado’s Scotty McKnight has the longest active streak—38 games.
Bellore Leads Nation in Total Tackles
• Nick Bellore enters Thursday’s game with 393 career tackles, the most of any active player in the Bowl Subdivision. Michigan State’s Greg Jones is second with 368 career stops.
• Bellore enters the game 97 tackles shy of Brian Leigeb’s school record of 490 career tackles.
• Bellore has tallied 10 or more tackles in a game 20 times in his career, including a career-high 16 stops on three different occasions. He made 11 tackles in last week’s season opener against Hampton.
Keep it Under 10
The Chippewas are unbeaten in their last 49 games (48-0-1) when allowing 10 points or less. CMU’s last loss when allowing 10 or fewer points was a 10-7 defeat at Toledo (Nov. 9, 1985). CMU shut out Hampton, 33-0, last week.
Schedule Features Six Bowl Teams from 2009
CMU’s schedule includes six opponents that played in bowl games following the 2009 season. The Chippewas will play five of those opponents—Temple, Northwestern, Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois and Navy—on the road. The only 2009 bowl participant to visit CMU will be Bowling Green.