For several minutes after the game I couldn’t move. After CMU came back to tie the score at 20 in the fourth quarter and had the ball with under 2 minutes left to give themselves a chance to win, they had to punt and Miami of Ohio got the ball back with one timeout and just over a minute. The CMU defense did well to force a 3rd and 13 with 19 seconds left, and then it happened. Something that may have ruined the Chippewa’s season officially, left a lot of people upset, and makes the Enos’ haters voice louder. Redhawks QB Zac Dysert was flushed out of the pocket and kept the ball alive, our safety moved up to stop him, and our true freshmen CB Avery Cunningham, from Cincinnati Ohio somehow left his receiver 20 yards open down field for a 71 touchdown for the Redhawks to win the game 27-20. Coach Enos mentioned in his post game press conference that Cunningham will be a very good player for CMU in the future and is learning, but we are in a spot where we have some young guys in our defensive backfield. I hope he will become a good player someday, but that day wasn’t Saturday. He was beat on several big plays as the Redhawks passed for 399 yards on the day.
Of course it wasn’t all his fault, CMU also fumbled the ball on the one yard line when they were about to score, they missed another field goal, and twice in the 4th quarter they got deep in to the red zone and had to kick FGs, at least they made they both to tie the game, but still. On 3rd and goal from the four when you haven’t run the ball all day and you have some talented wide outs you need to throw the ball. But that is not what CMU did, and they paid for it. The defense is still playing good most of the game, but they are giving up way too many big plays and that needs to stop and stop in a hurry if CMU wants to have a season over 500.
Next week they go on the road to MAC West favorite NIU, so it doesn’t get any easier from here, taking nothing away from the Redhawks, but it gets harder from here. At 2-5, 1-3 in the conference CMU is out of the conference race for the first time in four years and would have to win out for a bowl game. Considering they still have road games at NIU, Navy and Toledo that is a very small chance, unless this team really steps it up.
This is when we will see what this team is made up. They have now lost 4 games in a row, after a 2-1 start and have not won since their 52-14 victory over EMU. Since that game the offense isn’t scoring and the defense is giving up a lot of yards and points. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to realize that you can not win football games when you don’t score a lot but the other team does.
Many fans are getting frustrated, me including, but I am still behind Coach Enos and this team. They will not win the MAC and I would be shocked if they got to a bowl game, but I think they can show some pride and heart and win a few games and at least get to 6-6. A 500 season is not what CMU fans are use to, lately and not what they were hoping for, but with all the players we lost from last years team you need to give the new coach and system time. Once he gets his players in fit for his system if we still lose games like this then there is a problem, but I believe he will get the time needed to be successful here and I still believe he will be.
No time to feel sorry for ourselves, time to regroup and head to NIU next week and play a new role, in stead of conference favorite we can be conference spoilers.
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