Football Falls On The Road At Central Michigan, 37-0
Nov. 23, 2013
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Central Michigan scored 20 points in the second quarter en route to an 37-0 win over the UMass football team on Saturday afternoon at Kelly Shorts Stadium. While the Minutemen were able to slow the Chippewas running game, it was Titus Davis' two touchdown receptions and 154 receiving yards that changed the game early.
Freshman Shadrach Abrokwah stepped to the plate offensively with 93 yards in his collegiate debut. The pass game struggled with A.J. Doyle going just 6-of-16 for 45 yards. Defensive, UMass was led by Stanley Andre who had eight tackles and Joe Colton and Justin Anderson who each had seven.
Davis' day for the Chippewas was thanks in part to quarterback Cooper Rush who was 13-of-21 for 231 yards and two touchdowns. Zurlon Tipton, who ran for 185 yards and 4 touchdowns against UMass last season, was held to just 50 yards in the game. As a team, CMU ran for just 67 yards - the fewest allowed by the UMass defense this season.
The game started with Central Michigan (5-6, 4-3 MAC) marching 75 yards on eight plays for a three-yard touchdown plunge by Tipton putting the Chips up 7-0 just 3:37 into the first quarter. UMass was unable to answer in the first, but held CMU off the board for the rest of the quarter as well.
A 33 yard field goal to start the second quarter then led to a pick-six for the Chips as Tony Annese returned a Doyle interception 34 yards to give CMU a 17-0 lead with 10:31 left before halftime.
Nearly three minutes later, Rush hit Davis for a 34 yard touchdown pass before Ron Coluzzi hit his second field goal of the day to put Central Michigan up 27-0 at the intermission.
Rush found Davis again in the third quarter for a 30-yard touchdown pass before Coluzzi hit his third field goal of the day to give the final score.
The Minutemen will return to action next Friday, Nov. 29 at Ohio in the regular-season finale. The game will kick-off at 2 PM at Peden Stadium.