Radio: Central Michigan IMG Sports Network - Don Chiodo (play by play), Brock Gutierrez (analyst) and Justin Hoff (reporter)
Television: ESPNU - Anish Shroff (play-by-play) and Dan Hawkins (color)
Live Audio: CMU Sports Zone (free)
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Series Record: Michigan State leads 5-3
Last Meeting: Michigan State 45, Central Michigan 7 (September 24, 2011 at MSU)
SETTING THE SCENE
• Central Michigan will welcome Michigan State to Mount Pleasant for the first-time ever on Saturday afternoon.
• The Clash at Kelly/Shorts presented by PNC Bank, which is expected to be played in front of a record capacity crowd of 32,855, is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. kick.
• Tickets for the highly-anticipated match-up sold out prior to game day for the first time in school history.
• The ninth meeting between the regional rivals, whose campuses are separated by just 70 miles, will be broadcast on ESPNU with Anish Shroff and Dan Hawkins calling the action.
THE CENTRAL MICHIGAN-MICHIGAN STATE SERIES
• All previous eight meetings between CMU and Michigan State have been played at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.
• The Chippewas won the first two meetings in the series (1991, 1992) before MSU won four straight.
• Michigan State has averaged 30.0 points per game in the seven previous meetings, while CMU has averaged 18.6 points per contest.
• The previous eight meetings between CMU and MSU:
|9/14/91: CMU 20, MSU 3
||10/3/98: MSU 38, CMU 7|
| 9/11/04: MSU 24, CMU 7
||9/8/01: MSU 35, CMU 21|
|9/12/92: CMU 24, MSU 20||9/12/09: CMU 29, MSU 27|
|9/25/93: MSU 48, CMU 34||9/24/11: MSU 45, CMU 7|
SCOUTING MICHIGAN STATE
• Michigan State visits Mount Pleasant for the first time in program history coming off a 17-13 season opening win over No. 24 Boise State in East Lansing.
• The Spartans offense is powered by junior running back Le’Veon Bell, who piled up 217 yards versus Boise State and had three touchdowns in last year’s match-up with CMU.
• Junior quarterback Andrew Maxwell threw for 248 yards in his first career start but had three interceptions.
• The MSU defense is among the nation’s best and features four postseason award candidates in linebackers Max Bullough and Denicos Allen, defensive end William Gholston, and cornerback Johnny Adams.
Enos Enters Third Season as CMU Head Coach
• Dan Enos is the 26th head coach in CMU history and the ninth since the start of the 1950 season.
• The Chippewas’ 33-0 win over Hampton in the 2009 season opener made Enos the first Chippewa head coach since Herb Deromedi to win his debut. Deromedi, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, defeated Kent State, 41-0, in his debut in 1978.
• Enos guided the Chippewas to a 48-41 home win over eventual MAC champion Northern Illinois in 2012. Central Michigan is the last team to defeat NIU, which owns the nation’s longest winning streak at nine games.
• Enos returns all but one member from his 2011 coaching staff. Former Chippewa player and coach Mose Rison returns to Mount Pleasant to lead the wide receivers corps.
“CELEBRATE THE STATE” SERIES CONTINUES
• Saturday’s game is a continuation of the 12-game “Celebrate the State” series announced in 2009.
• CMU, Eastern Michigan, and Western Michigan will each travel to Spartan Stadium three times between 2011-2020; in return, MSU will play once at the home site of each of the three Mid-American Conference programs.
• The Spartans’ first road game in the series is Saturday’s match-up with the Chippewas.
• CMU will play in East Lansing in 2015, 2017, and 2018.
COACHING STAFF CONNECTIONS
• Central Michigan and Michigan State are not only connected by their regional location but by associations between the programs’ coaching staffs.
• CMU head coach Dan Enos served as an assistant under MSU head coach Mark Dantonio for six seasons (two at Cincinnati, four at Michigan State) before assuming the head post at CMU.
• Michigan State receivers coach Terrence Samuel spent the 2010 season as the receivers coach at CMU.
• Central Michigan passing game coordinator Morris Watts spent three different stints as the offensive coordinator at Michigan State.
• Watts also served as the Spartans’ interim head coach for the final three games of the 2002 season.
• CMU Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach Mike Cummings coached special teams and tight ends at Michigan State for the 1998 season.
ATTENDANCE RECORD EXPECTED TO BE SET
• When Central Michigan meets in-state rival Michigan State in the sold-out Clash at Kelly/Shorts on September 8, a new stadium attendance record is expected to be established.
• With the addition of bleachers to the student section (2,450) and the installation of suites (180)on the east concourse, which will remain in place throughout the 2012 season, the seating capacity at Kelly/Shorts Stadium has risen to 32,885.
• Previously, the largest crowd inside Kelly/Shorts Stadium was 30,302, set on October 18, 2008, a 38-28 win over Western Michigan.
• The top 10 Kelly/Shorts Stadium crowds:
|1.||30,302||Oct. 18, 2008||CMU 38, WMU 28|
|2.||30,027||Nov. 10 2006||CMU 31, WMU 7|
|3.||29,822||Oct. 24, 1998||CMU 26, WMU 24|
|4.||29,732||Sept. 18, 1982||BGSU 34, CMU 30|
|5.||29,321||Oct. 30, 1982||CMU 42, Ohio 18|
|6.||28,547||Oct. 17, 1982||CMU 18, WMU 18|
|7.||28,463||Sept. 22, 1984||CMU 38, WMU 19|
|8.||27,895||Oct. 8, 1994||CMU 35, WMU 28|
|9.||27,813||Oct. 11, 1986||CMU 18, WMU 10|
|10.||27,510||Oct. 13, 1990||CMU 20, WMU 13|
CMU VS. THE BIG TEN
• Central Michigan is 2-4 in its last six games against Big Ten opponents, with five being decided by seven points or less.
• CMU is 4-21 all-time against the Big Ten, with wins over Michigan State (1991, 1992, 2009) and Indiana (2008).
• The 2012 season marks the 15th consecutive year the Chippewas have played at least one Big Ten opponent.
• CMU has two Big Ten opponents on the schedule in 2012 for the first time since the 2008 season when the Chippewas went on the road to face Purdue and Indiana.
• CMU vs. the current members of the Big Ten:
CMU’S ROSTER IS HOME GROWN
• CMU’s roster contains more players who hail from the state of Michigan than any other Division I program in the state, featuring 68.
• Michigan State ranks second with 50 followed by Michigan (38), Eastern Michigan (35), and Western Michigan (28).
RUSHING ATTACK FUELS WIN
• In the 38-27 season opening win over Southeast Missouri State, Central Michigan rushed for 324 yards, its highest total since 2009 when it compiled 326 versus Akron.
• The Chippewas’ rushing attack was led by junior Zurlon Tipton, who ran for a career-high 180 yards on 17 carries.
• Sophomore Anthony Garland added 102 yards on the ground, giving CMU two 100-yard rushers in a game for the first time since 1999.
• Several Chippewas achieved career firsts in CMU’s 38-27 season-opening win over Southeast Missouri State.
• Junior tight end Jarrett Fleming caught his first career touchdown pass, a 20-yard strike from Ryan Radcliff in the third quarter.
• Sophomore defensive backs Jarret Chapman and Dennis Nalor and redshirt freshman Nick Beamish made their first career starts.
• Freshmen running back Saylor Lavallii (6 rushes, 33 yards) and wide receiver Andrew Flory (2 receptions, 29 yards) had notable performances in their collegiate debuts.
NO. 1 IN THE NATION
• Central Michigan was the only FBS team in the nation to not be penalized in week one of the 2012 season.
• The Chippewas didn’t draw a flag in their 38-27 win over Southeast Missouri State, achieving that feat for the first time since September 17, 2011 versus Western Michigan.
FIRST IN THE NATION
• According to the Lou Groza Award committee, Central Michigan’s David Harman was the first FBS kicker to make a field goal in the 2012 season.
• The senior’s 24-yard field goal at the 8:53 mark of the first quarter provided the Chippewas with a 3-0 lead over Southeast Missouri State.
FUTURE NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENTS ANNOUNCED
• Striving to not only challenge the team but provide Chippewas fans with exciting games to attend and view, CMU has secured series with top-quality non-conference opponents from the ACC, Big 12, and Mountain West Conference.
• Coming to Mount Pleasant in the coming years will be North Carolina State (2014), Oklahoma State (2015), UNLV (2016), and Kansas (2018).
• The Chippewas will also take on North Carolina State (2013), UNLV (2013), Kansas (2014, 2017), and Oklahoma State (2016, 2018) on the road.
AT LEAST SEVEN GAMES TO BE BROADCAST NATIONALLY IN 2012
• At least seven Central Michigan football games will be broadcast nationally in 2012.
• Contests versus Southeast Missouri State (Aug. 30), at Northern Illinois (Sept. 29), at Toledo (Oct. 6), and against Western Michigan (Nov. 30) will be streamed online on ESPN3.com.
• The Clash at Kelly/Shorts with Michigan State on September 8 will be aired on ESPNU while CMU’s game versus Navy on October 12 will be shown on ESPN2.
• The regular season finale at MAC newcomer UMass on November 23 will either be streamed on ESPN3.com or broadcast on ESPNU.
• Since the start of the 2007 season, CMU is 21-15 in 36 appearances on the ESPN family of networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Plus, ESPN Regional, ESPN3.com).
• Coverage for the Chippewas’ road opener at Iowa on September 22 has yet to announced.
NEW UNIFORMS UNVEILED
• Eight uniform combinations, including all-black and all-gold uniforms, for the 2012 Central Michigan football season were recently unveiled.
• Designed by adidas, the new uniform line features four outfits with the same color jersey and pants - black, gold, maroon and white - and four additional combinations created from mixing and matching the gold, maroon and white items.
• Also revealed along with the black uniform is a new black helmet with a matte finish and a tapering maroon and gold stripe down the middle.
• The maroon helmet will continue to be worn with the other seven combinations.
• A different jersey combination will we worn for each home game; no one outside the locker room will know what it is until warm-ups.
• For just the third time in the modern era, Central Michigan will play seven homes games during the 2012 season.
• CMU opens the season with back-to-back home games for the first time since 2002 when the Chippewas hosted Sam Houston State and Wyoming in weeks one and two.
• CMU has two Big Ten opponents on the schedule for the first time since the 2008 season when the Chippewas went on the road to face Purdue and Indiana.
• The 2012 season marks the 15th consecutive year the Chippewas have played at least one Big Ten
• CMU hosts a Big Ten opponent this year (Michigan State) in Kelly/Shorts Stadium for the first time since Indiana visited Mount Pleasant in 2005.
• CMU will play UMass for the first time in program history in 2012. This season is the Minutemen’s first at the FBS level and first as a member of the Mid-American Conference.
• CMU plays three straight road games (at Iowa, Northern Illinois, and Toledo) followed by four consecutive home contests (Navy, Ball State, Akron, and Western Michigan).
RISON RETURNS TO CMU COACHING STAFF
• Mose Rison, a 1978 graduate of CMU and member of the Chippewas’ 1974 national championship team, returns to Mount Pleasant to coach the receivers in 2012.
• Rison previously spent eight seasons (1981-88) as a member of the Chippewas’ coaching staff.
WILSON RECORDS/STREAK WATCH
• With two receptions in the season opener, senior wide receiver Cody Wilson not only moved into sixth place on CMU’s all-time receptions list with 158 but also extended his consecutive games with a catch streak to 30, which ranks tied for fourth in the nation.
• Heading into the Michigan State game, Wilson resides in 10th place on CMU’s all-time receiving yards list with 1,905, just three yards out of ninth.
ADDAE NAMED TO THORPE AWARD WATCH LIST
• Senior Jahleel Addae has been named to the Preseason Watch List for the Jim Thorpe Award, presented to the nation’s best defensive back in college football.
• Addae tied for the Mid-American Conference lead with four interceptions in 2011, ranked eighth in tackles per game (8.9) and ninth in total tackles (107).
• He recorded 10-plus tackles in five games, including a career-high 18 versus Northern Illinois – a game in which he also had two interceptions and forced a fumble in a victory over the eventual MAC champion Huskies.
• Addae was named a First Team All-MAC selection while also being selected to Phil Steele’s All-MAC first team in 2011.
WILSON NAMED TO GOOD WORKS TEAM
• Senior wide receiver Cody Wilson has been named one of 117 student-athletes nominated for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®.
• The award is one of football’s most prestigious off-the-field honors and recognizes a select group of college football players committed to making a difference in their communities.
• Award recipients represent the sport’s finest in terms of character and leadership in the community.
RADCLIFF RETURNS FOR SENIOR SEASON
• With the bulk of his senior season yet to play, Ryan Radcliff is already ranked second in school history in passing yards (6,930), completions (566), touchdown passes (43), total offense (6,930), and 300-yard passing games (10).
• He ranked in the top 20 nationally in passing yards for the second straight season in 2011, and in eight MAC games last season, he threw for a league-high 2,491 yards (311.4 ypg) and tied for the MAC lead with 19 touchdown passes.
DEFENSE RETURNS TOP TWO TACKLERS
• The Chippewas’ defense returns its top two tacklers from 2011 in safeties Jahleel Addae and Avery Cunningham.
• Addae made a team-best 107 tackles and recorded four interceptions on his way to First Team All-MAC honors in 2011, while Cunningham finished with a career-high 79 stops in his sophomore season.
• CMU’s third-leading returning tackler is linebacker Cody Lopez, who tied for sixth on the team with 58 total tackles as a true freshman in 2011.
YOUTH AGAIN TO BE PROMINENT THEME IN 2012
• Titus Davis capped his first season at Central Michigan by earning First Team Freshman All-America honors from Phil Steele’s Magazine.
• Davis caught 40 passes for 751 yards and eight touchdowns in 2011.
• His eight scores tied for the sixth most in a season in school history and set a CMU freshman record.
• Davis was an All-MAC Third Team selection and CMU’s Offensive Rookie of the Year.
EXPERIENCE UP FRONT
• CMU’s projected starting five offensive linemen include three seniors who have combined for 71 career starts: Jake Olson (25), Darren Keyton (24), Eric Fisher (22).
• Senior right tackle Jake Olson’s 25 career starts are tied for the most of any current Chippewa.
• Sophomore Andy Phillips, who is listed atop the depth chart at left guard, started five games in his freshman season of 2011 and the 2012 opener.
2012 TEAM CAPTAINS
• As voted on by the players, senior defensive back Jahleel Addae, senior defensive lineman Joe Kinville, and senior wide receiver Cody Wilson will serve as Central Michigan’s captains for the 2012 season.
CMU IN THE NFL
• With the 2012 NFL season set to begin this weekend, six Chippewas have earned roster spots: linebacker Nick Bellore (New York Jets), wide receiver Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers), defensive back Josh Gordy (Indianapolis Colts), defensive end Cullen Jenkins (Philadelphia Eagles), and offensive lineman Joe Staley (San Francisco 49ers).
• Injured Green Bay Packers linebacker Frank Zombo will begin the year on the Physically Unable to Perform List and will miss the first six weeks of the season.
• Following a bye week, Central Michigan will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 22 when it visits Iowa (1-0) for its 2012 road opener.
• The Chippewas are 0-2 all-time versus Iowa, falling to the Hawkeyes 52-21 in 1994 and 38-0 in 1998, both in Iowa City.
• The Hawkeyes opened the 2012 campaign by edging defending MAC champion Northern Illinois, 18-17, in Iowa City and will face archrival Iowa State at home before welcoming CMU to historic Kinnick Stadium.