Central Michigan University takes on Michigan State University

MSU all over CMU before the largest crowd ever at Kelly/Shorts Stadium

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

09th September, 2012     0

In the biggest game in CMU Football history the Chippewas came up short.  Playing the Michigan State Spartans at Kelly/Shorts Stadium before the largest crowd ever (35,127) the Spartans took control of the game and ran over the Chips 41-7.  On a beautiful day in Mount Pleasant this game was the talk of the town for over two weeks.   Both teams had won their opening contests the week earlier and wanted to get the season off with a bang by winning game two. 

This would be the 8th time in CMU vs. MSU football history that these two teams would meet.  The Chippewas have won 3 out of the last 4 contests.  However late into the first quarter one could see the Spartans slowly pulling away from the Chippewas.  Spartan Le'Veon Bell would score first for Spartans who would then proceed to run the score to 24-0 at halftime.  Midland native Andrew Maxwell the starting quarterback for the Spartans looked sharp moving the team up and down the field against the Chips.  Maxwell would play through the 3rd quarter before Mark Dantonio would get his reserves some good playing time in the 4th quarter.

Chippewa quarterback Ryan Radcliff seemed out of sync in the first half against the bigger and stronger Spartans.  Radcliff would finish with a respectful day passing going 17-of-38 for 173 yards.  The Spartans keep the CMU running game in check by holding Zurlon Tipton to 62 yards on 11 carries.

The Spartans would build the lead to 41-0 by the end of the 3rd quarter and CMU faithful started leaving Kelly/Shorts in droves.  CMU's only score would come late in the 4th quarter on 55 yard interception by cornerback Jason Wilson.  This would make the final score of 41-7.  

Central Michigan University had invited back to campus all of the all time football greats from the years to see the big game.  Their was much excitement all over the campus and the tailgating lots before the game.  It was very quiet and calm after the blow out.   Things could have gotten a little wild bases on previous big CMU wins over the years.  CMU Head Coach Dan Enos said after the game "Obviously the game didn't go the way we wanted and obviously I think they are a very good football team."


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