Going into this game Central Michigan had lost two straight against Western. In fact Head coach Dan Enos had yet to beat his arch rival.
Today Enos finally got that monkey off of his back by leading his Central Michigan Chippewas to a 27-22 win over the Western Michigan Broncos.
Central jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead after scoring touchdowns on their first two possessions. It seemed as if the Chippewas were going to take advantage of a Bronco team that is reeling this season.
And then the turnovers started.
5 Central Michigan turnovers helped Western keep the game close. The Broncos scored 16 points off CMU turnovers and took a two-point lead in 3rd quarter.
Central would answer however on a Cooper Rush touchdown pass to Mike Kinville to take the lead back. Then with time running out in the 3rd the Broncos committed a turnover themseleves after Zach Terrell threw a pic-six giving Central a 27-16 lead.
Western scored again in the fourth but could not overcome the CMU defense and lost to the Chippewas 27-22.
Zurlon Tipton returned to the Central Michigan offense and was aworkhorese for the Chippewas. Tipton rushed 29 times for 114 yards and 2 touchdowns and was a big reason the Chippewas were able to overcome 5 turnovers.
It was a gutsy win for the Chippewas who are trying to become bowl eligiable for the 2 consectutive year. The win imporves the Chippewas record to 4-6. They play Eastern Michigan next week for the Michigan MAC trophy.
Western Michigan’s record drops to 1-10 continuing a disappointing coaching debut for Broncos Head Coach P.J. Fleck.
This time Central Michigan gets the opportunity to start another winning streak over their rival