(Friday, November 5th)
Final Score: Central Michigan 26, Western Michigan 22
Mount Pleasant, MI (Sports Network) - Ryan Radcliff threw for 300 yards on 23- of-36 passing with two touchdowns, and an interception, and Cody Wilson caught 12 passes for 185 yards with a score, as the Central Michigan Chippewas topped the Western Michigan Broncos, 26-22, in Mid-American Conference action at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.
Kito Poblah caught four passes for 35 yards and a score and Carl Volny ran for 95 yards and a touchdown on 18 attempts for CMU, (3-7, 2-5 MAC).
Alex Carder threw for 272 yards on 27-of-44 passing with three touchdowns, and was not intercepted, and Jordan White caught eight passes for 119 yards and two scores for the Broncos, (3-6, 2-3).
The Chippewas scored on the game's opening drive when Radcliff connected on a 17-yard strike to Wilson.
CMU started at their own 18 after a Broncos punt before Radcliff was sacked in the endzone on a 3rd-and-18 for a WMU safety with 9:30 left in the quarter. David Harman hit a 35-yard field goal at the 3:28 mark to give CMU a 10-2 lead.
The Broncos ended the first with the ball, and on their second play of the new quarter Carder connected with White for a three-yard score. Crader's two- point conversion pass was low, leaving WMU trailing 10-8 at halftime.
WMU opened up the third quarter with a seven-play, 85-yard drive that culminated in another Crader-to-White scoring connection. This time it was a 55-yard bomb that gave the Broncos their first lead of the game, 15-10, with 12:14 remaining.
Harman added a 22-yard field goal to cut the WMU lead to 15-13, but Crader threw for his third score of the night, an 11-yard bullet to Juan Nunez with 1:55 left, to put the Broncos up 22-13. Nunez finished with 14 grabs for 133 yards.
Volny ran in from a yard out in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter to cut the WMU lead to 22-20. The score capped a nine-play, 75-yard drive.
The Chippewas regained the lead for good, at 26-22, when Radcliff connected with Poblah for a five-yard score with 6:04 remaining in the game.
WMU's final drive ended in a fumble that the hosts recovered with 1:37 left to play. The Chippewas then ran out the clock to end the game.
11/05 23:30:30 ET