(Saturday, September 12th)
Final Score: Central Michigan 29, Michigan State 27
East Lansing, MI (Sports Network) - After a failed two-point conversion in the final minute of regulation the Central Michigan Chippewas recovered an onside kick and used a 42-yard field goal by Andrew Aguila with just three seconds left on the clock to post a thrilling, 29-27 upset victory over the Michigan State Spartans in non-league play at Spartan Stadium.
The Chippewas scored with just 32 seconds remaining in the final quarter, cutting their deficit to 27-26, but instead of tying the game with an extra point coach Butch Jones decided to go for the win on the road. Although the Chippewas were not successful on the two-point try, the team recovered an onside kick, which led to the amazing victory.
CMU (1-1) was paced by star quarterback Dan LeFevour, who threw for 328 yards and three scores on 33-of-46 passing. Antonio Brown was on the receiving end of 10 of those passes and finished the day with 71 yards and one touchdown. Bryan Anderson collected six receptions in the win for 120 yards.
As for the Spartans (1-1) they only racked up 316 total yards in the setback. Kirk Cousins and Keith Nichol both saw time under center in the contest, as Cousins finished with 164 yards and one touchdown, while Nichol threw for just 51 yards and one score. Caulton Ray rumbled for 51 yards and one touchdown against CMU, but the Spartans as a whole finished with just 101 rushing yards on 3.4 ypc.
The Spartans wasted no time in this matchup, using their opening drive to march down field, finishing with a one yard touchdown plunge by Ray.
The Chippewas also had a productive first series, but their drive was cut short, as the team had to settle for a 49-yard field goal by Aguila.
Michigan State pushed its lead to 10-3 late in the first quarter with a 39- yard field goal by Brett Swenson.
Central Michigan responded on its next drive with a 31-yard field goal by Aguila early in the second stanza.
The Chippewas took their first lead in the contest with just under six minutes remaining in the first half when LeFevour found Brown for a six-yard scoring strike.
The Spartans wasted little time regaining the lead however, as Nichol connected with Charlie Gantt on a 16-yard scoring strike, putting Michigan State back in front, 17-13.
The only points posted in the third quarter was a 32-yard field goal by Swenson late in the frame, giving the Spartans a 20-13 edge.
However, seconds into the fourth quarter the Chippewas evened the score at 20 apiece when LeFevour hit Kito Poblah with a 12-yard touchdown pass.
Michigan State regained the lead at 27-20 midway through the fourth quarter when Cousins hit B. J. Cunningham with a seven-yard scoring strike.
The Chippewas however, were relentless, using a 15-play, 71-yard drive which ended with an 11-yard touchdown pass from LeFevour to Paris Cotton. The touchdown set up the two-point conversion which was an incomplete pass from LeFevour to Brown.
Central Michigan was clicking on all cylinders on offense, racking up 27 first downs on 418 total yards.
09/12 16:36:27 ET