MOUNT PLEASANT, MI- Central Michigan University opened the 2016 season with an impressive 49-3 over Presbyterian College at Kelly/Shorts Stadium on Thursday night. The Chippewas would only lead 14-3 at halftime with the Blue Hose giving them all they could handle. Returning several key starter for the 2016 campaign the Chips got off on the right foot on the second play of the game. Devon Spalding would race up the sidelines for a 69 yard touchdown and CMU would never look back.
Returning starting Quarterback Cooper Rush a candidate for several post season awards including the Maxwell Award, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm, Davey O'Brien Award, Manning Award and the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Rush would have a good first game with 237 yards passing and going 16 out of 26 passing. The Chips would have a big night on the ground racking up 255 yards with Devon Spalding gaining 135 yards. Jahray Hayes would finish the night with 3 rushing touchdowns.
Presbyterian College playing out of the Big South Conference were out manned in the second half of the game with the Chips slowly pulling away. The Chippewas would score 14 points in the 3rd quarter and 21 points in the final quarter in front of a crowd just over 16,000 fans on Thursday night.
Central Michigan's schedule now hits the tough part with the Chippewas traveling to Oklahoma State, returning home to face UNLV and then going to Virginia before opening the MAC schedule. Right off the bat the Chips will face rival Western Michigan( MAC Conference favorite) at home on October 1st. It promises to be an interesting season for the Chippewas in hopes of competing for a Conference Championship and going to a Bowl Game in 2016.
9th February, 2024