The Matchup: Central Michigan vs. Northern Illinois
A CMU Win Over Northern Illinois Would …
… be the Chippewas’ third straight win at home.
… mark the fifth time since 2005 that CMU was 2-3 overall through five games.
… be CMU’s third straight win at home over Northern Illinois.
• Northern Illinois’ 33-7 win in DeKalb last year snapped a three-game winning streak for CMU in the series.
• The Chippewas have won the last two meetings in Mount Pleasant.
• Since 2000, just two meetings between CMU and NIU have been decided by fewer than 10 points: a 33-30 CMU win in overtime in 2009 and a 31-28 NIU win in 2005.
Series Record: Central Michigan leads, 24-21-1
Last Meeting: Northern Illinois 33, Central Michigan 7 (Oct. 23, 2010 at Northern Illinois)
Last Meeting in Mount Pleasant: Central Michigan 45, Northern Illinois 31 (Nov. 27, 2009)
Hall of Fame Day at Kelly/Shorts Stadium
The Class of 2011 will be inducted into the CMU Athletics Hall of Fame this weekend, and each of the new inductees will be recognized during Saturday’s game. Joining the hall of fame are Reggie Allen (football; 1995-98), Eli (Barnes) Beshear (softball; 1996-99); Nicole Bills (gymnastics; 1997-2000), Chris (Cooper) Gaudard (women’s track and field/cross country; 1985-89), Greg Richardson (men’s track and field; 1996-2000), John Rollins (wrestling; 1958-61), and the 1976 Chippewa field hockey team coached by Mary Bottaro.
Young Chippewas See Early Action
• Of the 53 players listed on CMU’s offensive and defensive depth charts for Saturday’s game, 29 are either freshmen or sophomores. The Chippewas’ roster includes 69 players who are freshmen or sophomores.
• Just 14 seniors appear on CMU’s 2011 roster.
• Nineteen players made their collegiate debut in the season opening over South Carolina State.
• Through four games, 11 different Chippewas have made their first career start, and 24 different Chippewas have seen their first game action at the collegiate level.
• During the second half of last week’s game at Michigan State, CMU fielded a lineup on defense that included seven freshmen: NG Leterrius Walton, DT Matt Losiniecki, LB Ryan Petro, LB Justin Cherocci, LB Cody Lopez, DB Dennis Nalor and DB Jarret Chapman.
Walter Beach Selected Honorary Captain
The CMU football program is hosting former lettermen as honorary captains for each game this season. This week’s honorary captain is Walter Beach, a 1985 inductee into the CMU Athletics Hall of Fame. Beach finished his career with school records for single-season rushing (1,084), career rushing (2,968), career receptions (62), career receiving yardage (928) and total offense (3,018). He was selected CMU’s MVP in 1958 and 1959, earned All-America honors in 1959 and played seven seasons in the NFL, during which he won an NFL championship with the Cleveland Browns in 1964. Also a member of the track team at CMU, Beach matched the school record in the 100-yard dash with a time of 9.7 seconds.
• CMU defensive line coach Vinson Reynolds was a four-year letterman (2000-03) as a defensive end at NIU. Reynolds was an All-MAC first team selection in 2003 and was named the Huskies’ defensive player of the year.
• CMU defensive end Caesar Rodriguez and NIU linebacker Victor Jacques were teammates at Christopher Columbus High School in Florida.
• CMU receiver Titus Davis and NIU receiver Mack Tracey were teammates at Wheaton-Warrenville South High School in Illinois.
• CMU linebacker Cody Lopez and NIU defensive back Dominique Ware were teammates at Plainfield North High School in Illinois.
No Yellow for the Maroon and Gold
After committing eight penalties for 86 yards in the season opener against South Carolina State, CMU has been flagged a total of six times for 60 yards in the last three games combined. CMU did not commit a penalty in the Sept. 17 loss at Western Michigan, the Chippewas’ first penalty-free performance since Oct. 31, 2009 at Boston College. CMU lost that game as well, 31-10. The Chippewas’ average of 3.5 penalties per game is tied for the fourth fewest nationally.
Addae Makes Another Big Play
Junior safety Jahleel Addae has created turnovers in each of the last two games. At Western Michigan on Sept. 17, Addae recovered a fumble in the end zone for the Chippewas’ first touchdown of the game. Last week at Michigan State, Addae intercepted a pass in the seconds quarter and returned it 28 yards to the MSU 29-yard line.
Wilson Extends Receptions Streak
Junior receiver Cody Wilson has caught a pass in 23 consecutive games dating back to the 2009 season. He caught three passes for 31 yards last Saturday at Michigan State.
Experience Up Front
CMU’s projected starting five offensive linemen include a senior and four juniors who have combined for 89 career starts. Senior guard Rocky Weaver’s 31 career starts are the most of any current Chippewa.
RG Rocky Weaver
RT Jake Olson
C Darren Keyton
LT Eric Fisher
LG Mike Repovz
CMU Schedule Notables
CMU will play one of the most unique schedules in the history of its program in 2011:
• CMU opened Mid-American Conference play at Western Michigan on Sept. 17, the first time since 1996 the Chippewas opened MAC play against the rival Broncos. It was the earliest calendar date for a CMU-WMU matchup since Sept. 8, 1979.
• CMU is the only team in the country with two three-game road trips on its 2011 schedule.
• CMU is one of just four teams (Colorado, Tulane, UAB) in the country scheduled to play its 12 regular-season games in 12 consecutive weeks.
• Six opponents on the 2011 schedule played in bowl games following the 2010 season, and a seventh—South Carolina State—competed in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.