5 total touchdowns, including two kick off returns by Eric Page were enough for Toledo to beat CMU 42-31 on Friday and end CMU’s season at a disappointing 3-9. Page also caught two touchdowns and threw another, and had 344 total yards. CMU showed a lot of fight as they continued to come back all day, and after their second block punt in a row gave them the ball inside the 15 down 11 with over 6 minutes to go Sophomore QB Ryan Radcliff fumbled on the next play and Toledo was able to run out the clock for the win. Coach Enos mentioned on that block that they were suppose to “scoop and score that, we do it everyday in practice” but that doesn’t change the fact that Radcliff fumbled the ball when CMU had a great chance to get right back in to the game. Enos also made a mistake himself in my eyes when down 18 on 4th and goal from the four right at the end of the 3rd quarter he choose to go for it instead of kicking the field goal that would make it a two score game. The conversation failed and then on Toledo’s punt CMU blocked it and recovered it in the end zone. Those three points would have been nice but even with that, and giving up another touchdown, CMU once again had a chance, but just like the entire season they found ways to lose, instead of ways to win.
Radcliff finished with 322 passing on 28-39 with one pick and a fumble. WR Cody Wilson had another huge game, catching 10 balls for 109 yards, he will be back next year, as will RS Freshmen RB Zurlon Tipton, who only had 9 carries for 26 yards, but did score twice and showed his combination of speed and power that should make him CMU’s starting RB for the next three years.
On defense Nick Bellore finished a wonderful career with 1o tackles, and fellow senior LB Matt Berning had 8. CMU’s defense really didn’t play bad this game, or all year, they just gave up way too many big plays, and the offense didn’t make the plays that they had the last few years. The Senior class deserved better then this season, for all the success they have had, they had a lot to do with the turn around of this program, and every CMU fan should be thankful for their four, or five, years in Mt. Pleasant.
Looking to the future I believe CMU will not be down for long. Coach Enos was a first year coach and he was learning on the job. He is a tireless worker and known for being a great recruiter. I believe next year will be better, for him, it has to be, because of the last few years here, 3-9 seasons will not let you keep your job long in Mt. Pleasant anymore.
I now can totally switch my attention to basketball, as CMU will have their home opener on Wednesday. Fire up Chips!
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