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LAST MINUTE DECISIONS.....CFB.....Sa 9/12/09
Posted on: 09-12-2009

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>>caption:  MATHEWS (M) MOBBED BY
HIS MICHIGAN MATES AFTER HIS GW-TD<<

@ MICHIGAN STADIUM:

    Irish eyes were smiling when Notre Dame
scored 14 points in the 4th-Qtr to go ahead of
Michigan. But Irish eyes soon were crying when
Greg Mathews caught a 5-yard touchdown pass
from Tate Forcier with just 11-sec to play for a
38-34 Wolverine upset win Saturday.
    Poor clock management by Notre Dame
where a pair of incomplete passes caused a
3-and-out that ate up only 54-sec gave UM
the ball back with 2:13 remaining, two
timeouts in the bank and 57-yards to travel.
Freshman Forcier went 6-for-7 for 56-yards
passing on the 9-play winning drive.
    It was the biggest victory under second year UM head coach Rick Rodriguez
for a Michigan team that lost a school record nine games last year. The 72 combined
points in Saturday's contest were the most ever in a UM/ND football game.  
    Michigan led much of the game before the late Fighting Irish surge briefly gave
ND the advantage.
    For the game Forcier was 23-of-33 for a pair of touchdowns, one interception,
two sacks and 240-yards. He also ran 13 times for 70-yards with a TD and punted
once for 50-yards. Forcier's 31-yard scamper equalled UM's biggest bulge at 31-20
just 44-sec into the 4th-Qtr.
    Matthews was Forcier's favorite receiver, catching five balls for 68-yards and
his score. Kevin Koger caught the other TD toss from Forcier.
    Brandon Miner rushed 16 times for 106-yards including a touchdown as ground
support for Forcier's aerial attack.
    Darryl Stonum electrified the UM fans with a 94-yard kickoff return touchdown
with 34-sec to play in the 1st-Qtr for a 14-3 Wolverine margin. The Irish then scored
17 straight points to go up 20-14 would enter halftime ahead 20-17.
    Notre Dame QBack Jimmy Clausen was 25-of-42 for 336-yards and three TDs.
Armando Allen ran 21 times for 141-yards and caught a pair of Clausen passes for 24
more yards. Clausen's third touchdown pass of the game and his second to Golden
Tate was for 21-yards and began the Irish final quarter comeback try. Although ND
missed the 2-point conversion to remain down 31-26, they were soon back in the
end zone when Allen ran over UM LBacker Obi Ezeh for an 8-yard TD. This time
Allen rushed for the successful 2-point conversion and a 34-31 Irish lead.
    However, Allen was forced out of the game on Notre Dame's next drive with a
twisted ankle, prompting ND's curious play calling that led to Michigan's winning
march.
    Michigan is now 2-0 and Notre Dame 1-1 on the season.

QUOTEBOOK...

UM QB TATE FORCIER:   "I think it was mistake that they were throwing the ball
[late] because they let us save our timeouts. Those timeouts definitely came in
handy."

UM WR GREG MATHEWS:   "It will go down in history as one of the greatest games
in the Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry. I'm glad I got a chance to play in it."

====================================================================================

@ SPARTAN STADIUM:

    Wind and a prayer.
    A daring gamble that failed was followed by perfect onside kick execution and
a second chance for Central Michigan Saturday afternoon. The Chippewas then made
good on their comeback try to stun Michigan State 29-27.
    The Spartans had a pair of dropped passes in the end zone in the 1st-Qtr,
preventing MSU from blowing out to an early 21-3 lead. Allowed to stay close, CMU
had enough magic to pull off the win in a back and forth ballgame.
    Chips QBack Dan DeFevour became the all-time Mid-American Conference leader
in career total offense Saturday and passed 11-yards to the left corner of the end
zone to Paris Cotton with 32-sec left to play in regulation. Trailing 27-26 the Chips
elected to go for the win rather than risk a late State field goal or possible overtime.
Central attempted a 2-point conversion after Cotton's TD and failed when LeFevour
threw perhaps his worst pass of the day, a delivery off his back foot and wide right
complete to Antonio Brown, but out of bounds.
    Central had to pray that they could recover an onside kick to get one more try
and did exactly that. Andrew Aguila got just the right high bounce on his boot,
recovered in stride by none other than Brown. Four plays later Central lined up for
a 47-yard field goal with the mild wind at Aguila's back. Agula's first kick attempt
was aborted and blown dead when Spartan D-End Colin Neely jumped offsides.
The five yard penalty made it a 42-yard attempt with 8-sec on the clock and Aguila's  
third field goal of the day was perfect to complete a 16-P/4th-Qtr for the Chippewas.
    LeFevour was 33-of-46 in the air for 328-yards and three touchdowns to Brown,
Kito Poblah and Cotton. He also rushed 13 times, but only for a net of 10-yards.
LeFevour's 12-yard TD pass to Poblah just 36-sec into the 4th-Qtr tied the game at
20-all and put LeFevour past former Marshall QB Byron Leftwich (now the starter
with the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers) as the new MAC leader in total offense.
LeFevour, surpassed the old mark of 12,084-yards.  
    Brown was the most active receiver in the game with 10 grabs for 71-yards.
Bryan Anderson caught six balls for 120-yards for Central.
    Michigan State was excellent both early and late offensively, but struggled in between.
MSU QB Kirk Cousins played all but a few series in the 2nd-Qtr and was 13-for-18 in
spite of the two bump-aided end zone failures for 164-yards. It took Cousins exactly
2-mins to get State into the end zone on the game's opening possession. The 5-play/
74-yard drive saw Blair White grab a Cousins pass for what was initially ruled a
touchdown, but replays showed White's knee touched down inside the 1-yard line.
Caulton Ray then ran the ball in on the next play for a quick 7-0 MSU lead. Then,
just before Central's second chance comeback, Cousins marched the Spartans on a
13-play/80-yard drive where State converted 4-of-4 third down attempts including
the B.J. Cunningham, drag route, 7-yard touchdown catch for a 27-20 Michigan
State lead with 7:33 remaining.
    Brett Swenson had a pair of field goals and Cousins' understudy Keith Nichol
hit T-End Charlie Gantt with a 16-yard touchdown strike for the other Spartan scores.
    White caught seven passes for 105-yards. Ray rushed 16 times for 51-yards.
    Central 's win was its third in seven all-time meetings vs MSU, all of them in East
Lansing.
    Both teams are 1-1 on the year.                    
   
QUOTEBOOK...

MSU H-COACH MARK DANTONIO:   " It was a very emotional game...LeFevour played
an outstanding game - even though we pressured him, he got in the right plays a lot
of time, did a nice job moving around, and he also threw the ball well. Anderson played
very well, and so did Antonio Brown, but we have to make plays on the deep balls when
we have the opportunities...I thought our offense did okay."

CMU QB DAN LeFEVOUR:   "It was just trusting my offensive line. Knowing that they
were giving me protection and they worked their butts off. They played a great game
and I trusted them. That really helped our offense go."

====================================================================================

@ INDIANAPOLIS, IN:

    Wayne State was a winner in its first football road game of the season Saturday
night, 27-23 at Indianapolis.
    Wayne SS Jeremy Jones preserved the victory with an interception of a throw
by UIndy QBack Rob Doyle at WSU's 11-yard line with 33-sec left on the clock.  
    Warriors Sr-RBack Joique Bell ran 31 times for 182-yards and a pair of touchdowns
and recorded 27 receiving yards on four catches. Bell surpassed career plateaus of
5000 rushing yards and 6000 total offensive yards. Bell also made a saving tackle
on a 99-yard interception return of a WSU 2-point conversion try. (Wayne was 0-for-4
on 2-pt conversion attempts in the game.)
    Troy Burrell caught a 53-yard TD pass from Zack George, Josh Renel had a 90-yard
kickoff return TD and Anthony Morasso a career-best 40-yard field goal for the other
Wayne scores.
    Joumeel McLaurine had a touchdown rush, Ryan Forney a 69-yard punt return TD
and Jace Morrison three field goals for the Greyhounds.
    Doyle went 26-for-42 for 311-yards with an INT for Indy.
    Wayne is now 2-1 overall and 1-1 in GLIAC play. Indy is 1-2 and 0-2.

ALSO...

    Eastern Michigan lost at Northwestern 27-24. Stefan Demos booted a 49-yard
Wildcat field goal as the clock clicked under 10-sec to play for the winning score
after N'western had blown a 21-P lead. EMU's Dwayne Priest rushed for 127-yards
and a touchdown. A 3-yard TD rush by Eastern's Terrance Blevins with 2:40 to go
had deadlocked the game at 24. The Eagles fell to 0-25 all-time in competition vs
Big Ten schools and to 0-2 this year.
    Western Michigan was beaten at Indiana 23-19. Demetrius McCray had a career-
high of 134-yards rushing including a 59-yard touchdown run for the Hoosiers. On
their next-to-last possession the Broncos drove to the IU 5-yard line, but Aaron
Winchester fumbled the ball away. WMU fell to 0-2.          
   
COACH KURT

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