MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — Eastern Michigan University football coach Ron English stood on the sideline on the turf inside Kelly-Short Stadium, the home of the Central Michigan University Chippewas. The wind whipped his pant legs and across his jacket making a loud popping sound.
The wind blew across the area of Mid-Michigan and English is hoping that there is a wind blowing that will be clearing out the old and bringing a fresh attitude inside his clubhouse.
Eastern Mihigan University defeated Central Michigan University 35-28 and sending a homecoming crowd of 17,158 back to there vehicles disappointed.
Eastern Michigan University game plan by English is to mix a little of the old- school running style and get a reliable passing game established.
In the first quarter the game plan took shape and worked resulting in a touchdown drive of 55 yards late in the first quarter.
The running game provided by tailbacks Dominique White and Javonti Greene prove to be the right game plan for English and the Eagle offense
The Eagle rushing game ran for a total of 350 yards, White finished the day with 19 carries for 161 yards and one touchdown. Greene scored three touchdowns and ran the ball 19 times for 96 yards.
“Greene and White did a nice job,” English said about his running tandem. “Javonti(Greene) did a great job at practice this week and I knew that he would play well.”
“Dominique (White) came out and made some runs,” English said. “They did a nice job on the inside and he just bounced to the outside and made some great plays.”
The biggest play of the game came when Eagle’s quarterback Alex Gillett, took charge and made a decision that English knew that he is capable of making.
Gillett score the winning touchdown when running to his right quickly he made a cutback to his left and ran 30 yards untouched for the score.
“Rivalry games that what we talked all week and I told the story in there that when I was at Michigan and we were playing Michigan State and we went down it looked like we were going to cry on the sidelines,” English said. “One thing about rivalry games is you have to be able to win them in the end. There are tremendous high and tremendous lows but what happens is both sides keep playing because it means so much.”
Eastern Michigan University running game featured a 64 yard run by White, when he took the ball from Eagle’s quarterback Gillett and White lowered his shoulder and bounced off of Chippewas linebacker cut to the right and away he ran.
The long run by White put the offense in good position but the offense stalled and place kicker Kody Fulkerson missed his second field goal attempt of the day.
Fulkerson attempt a 28-yard try got up with plenty of distance but the 25 mile per hour wind from the northwest pushed the ball away from the goal post and the attempt went wide right.
Eastern Michigan University defense played with more determination and only gave up two Central Michigan University field goals in the first half and the Eagles went into half time leading 7-6.
The start of the second half began with the kickoff return by Eastern Michigan University return specialist Cory Welch called back after a holding penalty place the ball at the 10-yard line for the Eagles.
The Eagle offense overcame the mistakes and started the second half with a scoring drive that used seven plays and 90 yards for the Eagle touchdown by Greene scoring his first touchdown of the game.
Greene scored his second touchdown of the day 14:27 in the fourth quarter; he scored his third touchdown of the game with 12:34 left in regulation.
English felt confident in placing the fate of the game into the hands of the Eagles defense.
Central Michigan University quarterback Ryan Radcliff found the airway inside Kelly-Short Stadium very favorable and brought back his team from a 15 point deficit with 1:09 left in the game.
Radcliff threw the 50 times and completed 33 passes finishing the game with 351 yards and one interception very late in the game but he threw three touchdown passes.
Next Saturday afternoon Eastern Michigan University will be home at friendlest football stadium in the conference Rynearson Stadium against Western Michigan University, the kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
About the Author
Written by Mel Suiter
Graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2002 and have been working as a beat writer for The Ypsilanti Courier covering Eastern Michigan University football and men's basketball during my school career and after graduation. I like the Mid-American Conference and the rest of the mid-major conferences.