From the outside CMU’s 26-22 win over Western last night was just a team having a tough year getting one win, no big deal, to have three wins instead of two, but for the Chippewa players and fans it means much much more. CMU had lost 6 games in a row and needed a win in the worst way, he comes Western, their biggest rival, on senior day for a game shown nationally on ESPNU. WMU had lost 4 games in a row in the series, now 5, and are now 1-15-1 in Mt Pleasant since 1973. The win helps CMU move to 3-7 overall and 2-5 in the conference, while Western drops to 3-6 overall, 2-3 in the MAC.
The game was not played at that high of a level, as both teams fumbled the ball five teams, however CMU only lost one of those fumbles, while WMU lost four, including one inside the 10 yard line with just under 2 minutes to go in the game and Western driving for the go ahead score. CMU QB Ryan Radcliff also threw a pick on the goal line at the end of the first half and got a safety. But all of that is forgotten for now. The win gives CMU something positive to build on for its final two games this year, at Navy and at Toledo, and for the 2011 season. Last nights game showed the emotion and fire that CMU fans are use to seeing from the Chippewas. It was just a great night. All year CMU was just a few plays away from winning games, and just kept finding new ways to lose, last night when it was looking like it may happen again until Armond Staten forced the fumble and CMU recovered and were able to run out the clock behind senior running back Carl Volney, who had 18 carries for 95 yards and a touchdown on the day. Senior wide out Kito Poblah had 4 catches for 35 yards and a touchdown, but that touchdown was the game winner. WR Cody Wilson was again the star of the offense has he had 12 catches for 185 yards and a touchdown. Western was lead by their two great WR in Jordan White, 8 catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns, and Juan Nunez, 14 catches for 133 yards and a touchdown. The CMU defense came up big when it needed to though and got that one stop that they have been looking to get all year.
Head Coach Dan Enos will get some of the pressure off his back with the win as beating your rival can help you stay around for awhile. I wasn’t one of the people calling for Enos’ job since he is a first year head coach and he needs to be giving time, but many were, and for at least a week, that talk will stop. For Western you have to wonder if it may be near the end for their head coach Bill Cubit. He has never beaten Central in his career and that can not sit well in Kalamazoo today.
The win let the Chippewas keep two pieces of hard ware. The Michigan MAC trophy, which goes to the winner of the Central-Eastern-Western series, and CMU once again beat both of those teams this year, and the second was the victory cannon, which goes to the winner of the CMU-WMU game. Those trophies give the seniors and this team something positive to remember about this disappointing season. In talking to a few players after the game they are jacked up and ready to keep this going in their final two games. Said one of the senior co-captains after the win, “we are getting to five wins.”
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