What goes around, comes around. How many times in life have you heard that? So far the 2010 CMU football team is getting a good dose of it. For a team that has won three of the last four conference titles and only lost two conference games the last three years, they have already lost two in their first three conference games this year. The last lost was by far the worst. Loosing at home to Ball State 31-17 in a game that wasn’t even that close, it was 28-3 after 3. BSU used a running game that ran for 306 yards, while CMU only ran for 76. Part of that is that CMU was down so they had to pass the ball more, but it was only 14-3 at halftime and CMU’s defense was playing ok, until a 80 yard touchdown run by David Brown, but the offense could not move the ball at all. You never want the player on your team to play the best be your punter but that is what happened on Saturday for the Chippewa’s.
Ryan Radcliff did throw for 295 yards and two touchdowns but he also threw three interceptions and was sacked 6, yes 6, times. 6 sacks can not happen in any game, and while some of it was on the offensive line, there was also lots of times that Radcliff simply held on to the ball for way way too long. Some of that may be on his wide outs to get open, but he needs to get ride of the ball.
The running game for Ball State was the story however. David Brown had 117 yards on seven carries, Cory Stokes had 92 yards on 13 carries and Eric Williams had 77 yards and a touchdown on the ground and 3 more catches for 83 yards and two more scores though the air. The first one, no one covered him as he flared out of the backfield as he was wide open for the score, and the last was the back breaker on a 4th and 5 from the 27, that made it 28-3 going in to the 4th.
Another big play that went against CMU was towards the end of the first half, only down 14-3 with just over 2 minutes to play, Ball State had to punt deep in their territory and the punt was bad, so bad that it bounced off one of CMU’s blockers and Ball State recovered, what could have given the Chippewas’ the ball on their side of the 50, turn out to be Ball State’s ball where they could run three more plays, run more time off the clock and punt it deep so CMU couldn’t score before the half.
The CMU defense has been playing well all year, but this was not a good game for them, even in saying that the biggest problem however was the offense. Last year CMU beat BSU at BSU 35-3, this year CMU had 3 points though 3 quarters and only scored two touchdowns when the game was out of reach.
It doesn’t get any easier for CMU as they now go on the road to play Va Tech, who seems to have found themselves a bit, beating #23 ranked and previously unbeaten NC State yesterday. The game will be on ESPNU at Noon on Saturday, so it is important that CMU shows up for the game. They sure didn’t show up yesterday. After being 17-2 in October in their last 19 games, and winning 10 of their last 11 home games, the CMU faithful got a taste of what it use to be like before 2005.
It was a terrible game for CMU, but it was just a game. The team, and fans, need to regroup and know that there is still a lot of football to be played. It is going to be very tough to win the MAC West now since CMU still needs to go on the road to Toledo and NIU, the two preseason division favorites, but it can be done. The offense just needs to get going. I believe CMU’s new goal should be to get to a bowl game. I hope that is something they can still do. But they will need to play a lot better, then they did against Ball State that is for sure.
About the Author
Written by Steve Schwanda
Proud 2006 grad of CMU. Chippewacountry.com basketball analyst, I love and follow most sports, but I follow basketball the most. Coached and worked camps for 8 years. Favorite pro teams are: NY Giants, Detroit Pistons, Tigers, and Wings