September 19, 2009

Chippewas demolish Alcorn State 48-0

The Central Michigan football program has made a habit of sleepwalking through games against opponents from the FCS conference. Well…some habits are meant to be broken. The Chippewas came out focused and shut out the Alcorn State Braves 48-0 in a game that never really reached anything resembling a competitive contest. CMU dominated in all phases and Antonio Brown showed why he is one of the most dangerous punt returner's in the country as he tallied 113 yards on three punt returns, including a 55 yard touchdown.

On offense, it was a short day for quarterback Dan LeFevour and the starting unit. LeFevour would complete 10 of 12 passes for 92 yards and add two touchdowns on the ground before giving way to backup Ryan Radcliff late in the 2nd quarter. The running game was paced by Carl Volny, who rushed for over 100 yards as the backup to Paris Cotton and Tim Phillips. Both Cotton and Phillips would get six carries with Cotton totaling 20 yards and Phillips 40. Phillips would also pick up his first career touchdown in the contest on a 2 yard run. In backup duty, Radcliff would complete 6 of 11 passes for 49 yards, but spent much of his time behind center handing the ball off. Making appearances in offensive relief were: Ronnie Kennedy, Eric Fisher, Matt Kanitz, Richard Hayes, Darren Keyton, Mike Repovz, James Falls, Jerry Harris, Jeremy Wilson and Valtorrey Showers.

While the Chippewa offense did not pile up gaudy offensive stats that may reflect the 48-0 score, the lack of major offensive yardage was largely the result of the Braves punting the ball to Antonio Brown. Brown brought every punt into Braves territory and had the Chippewas working with a short field for their first few scores. Cody Wilson would take CMU's lone kickoff back 51 yards to continue the excellent special teams. Tyler Reed led the coverage units and was a special teams ace, racking up 5 special teams tackles and a recovered botched snap.

Defensively, it was much of the same for Alcorn State, who has now been outscored 100-0 in their first two games. They could not move the ball on offense and had bigger problems when they decided to punt, botching two snaps and giving CMU better field position in another way. Kyle Zelinksy would lead the Chippewas in tackles as he played all but the first quarter in relief of starter Nick Bellore. Also making appearances for the Chippewas were D.J. Scott, Daniel Jackson, Caesar Rodriguez, Chris reeves, Alex Smith and walk-on defensive lineman Matt Maletzke.

The shutout was the first for CMU since 1996. CMU now improves to 2-1 (0-0) and next take on Akron at 3:30pm next weekend.

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