Central Michigan University bounces back with thrilling win

Chippewas defeat New Hampshire 24-21 on last play of the game

Posted In: Sports, Local Sports, National Sports,   By: Thomas Baird

09th September, 2013     0

The Central Michigan University Chippewas opened the 2013 campaign with a thrilling victory over the New Hampshire Wildcats 24-21.   The Wildcats from the Colonial Athletic Conference came out smoking building an early 14-0 lead against the Chippewas.  Fans thought they might see a repeat of the previous week thrashing from the University of Michigan Wolverines.   A good crowd was on hand for the first game of the season under cloudy and muggy conditions at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

The Chippewas fighting to come back from two devastating injuries in the first week of the season to quarterback Cody Kater and star running back Zurlon Tipton.  Both are expected to miss the entire season.  Red-shirt freshman Cooper Rush would have a very nice day passing with 326 yards and 3 touchdowns  The entire 2nd quarter was played in the rain that sent the crowd to cover.   The rain stopped in time for the halftime show from the Chippewa Marching Band. 

Quarterback Cooper Rush would lead the charge back in the fourth quarter trailing 21-7.  He would connect with wide receiver for a 97 yard touchdown pass.   This would give the Chippewas one last chance to get the ball back and drive down the field for a winning field goal attempt.  Ron Coluzzi kicked a 27 yard field goal as the clock ran out to give the Chippewas the 24-21 win.   The crowd exploded as the Chips pulled off the victory.  The CMU Chippewas now head to Las Vegas to play UNLV next Saturday.  The Chippewas are picked to finish in the middle of the pack in the Mid-American Conference this year.  


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