Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
KENT, Ohio – Shane Morris threw for 297 yards and two touchdowns to lead Central Michigan to a 42-23 Mid-American Conference victory over Kent State at the Golden Flashes’ Dix Stadium.
The win was the fourth straight for CMU, lifting it to 7-4, 5-2 MAC. The four-game win streak is the Chippewas’ longest since 2012, when it won its final three regular-season games and captured the Motor City Bowl. CMU has won four straight in the regular season for the first time since 2009.
The Chippewas close the regular season at home on Friday, Nov. 24, with a MAC game against Northern Illinois.
Morris completed 14 of 22 passes and connected with Mark Chapman and Corey Willis for his scoring tosses. The 297 yards was Morris’ second-highest total of the season.
It was Chapman’s first TD catch since he caught three in the second game of the season against Kansas. Willis has seven TD receptions in his last four games.
Jonathan Ward led the Chippewa run game with 80 yards and a TD on 13 carries. Sophomore Jerrod Davis returned a kickoff 98 yards for a TD to put the Chippewas up, 7-3, in the first quarter. CMU never trailed after that. Davis finished the night with 206 yards in kickoff returns, an average of 53 per.
Davis’ score was CMU’s first kickoff return for a TD since Courtney Williams accomplished the feat against Eastern Michigan on Nov. 29, 2013.
The teams combined for 944 yards in total offense and 41 first downs. Kent State quarterback George Bollas threw for 310 yards and two touchdowns. Kent State was penalized 10 times for 109 yards.
The CMU defense recorded seven sacks.
The Chippewas built a 21-3 lead midway through the second quarter, and were up 28-10 when backup quarterback Tony Poljan scored his first career TD on a 3-yard run with 3:25 left in the third quarter.
Kent State got a 66-yard TD pass from Bollas to Trey Harrell and a 56-yard TD run from Mike Carrigan to draw to 28-23 early in the fourth quarter.
The drive on which Carrigan started at the Kent State 4-yard line when Morris fumbled and the Golden Flashes recovered.
CMU answered with a Morris 53-yard scoring pass to Wills to make it 35-23. Romello Ross closed the scoring with a 2-yard TD run with 2:04 to play.
The Golden Flashes, 2-9, 1-6, have lost four straight games.