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>>caption: LeFEVOUR MADE MOBILE
@ MOBILE, AL:
Dan LeFevour saved his best for last.
The Central Michigan senior QBack
directed a 4th-Qtr comeback which helped
the Chippewas to a 44-41 double overtime
victory in Wednesday night's GMAC Bowl.
It was the first Mid-American Conference
bowl win since LeFevour and the Chips beat
Middle Tennessee in the 2006 Motor City
Bowl and ended an 0-for-14 MAC slump.
The victory also gave the Chippewas the
first dozen win football season (12-2) in
LeFevour was named the GMAC Bowl's MVP.
Central's comeback overshadowed a three touchdown performance by Troy's
DuJuan Harris (9-yard reception and runs of 6 and 1-yards). Harris' second TD with
23-sec left in the 3rd-Qtr put the Trojans back on top 24-19 and his third midway
through the 4th-Qtr gave Troy a bulge of 31-19. Harris rushed for 112-yards in
LeFevour was the field general leading the late Chips charge, but had lots of help.
Right after Harris' third Troy TD, Antonio Brown returned the follow-up kickoff
95-yards for a Central touchdown to get CMU back within 31-26. It was Brown's second
TD of the game. His first was a left-to-right end-around sweep for a 7-yard rush that
gave Central its first lead at 19-17 with 2:46 left in the 3rd-Qtr.
Troy tried to kill the clock after Brown's kick-six, but Central got the ball back with
4:28 to play. CMU went 85-yards in 11-plays, all LeFevour pass attempts (8-of-11 for
90-yards). LeFevour's 30-yard pass to Brown put the ball at the four. Two plays later
LeFevour connected with a diving, juggling Bryan Anderson right on the goalline for
a go-ahead touchdown, then directed Kito Poblah to the right spot for a 2-pt conversion
pass to give the Chippewas a 34-31 lead with 1:17 on the clock.
That proved to be enough time for Troy's Michael Taylor to boot his season's-longest
46-yard field goal to tie it at 34 with 46-sec to go, forcing the overtime.
On the first possession of overtime LeFevour rushed on a delay 13-yards for a
touchdown. Troy countered on a Shawn Southward 1-yard TD burst (his second TD of
Troy stalled in second overtime and the door was opened for the Chips when a
31-yard FG attempt by Troy's Taylor was blocked by CMU's Vince Agnew, who rushed
untouched around the right side for the diving bat-away. Andrew Aguila, who defeated
Michigan State back in September on a final play field goal, kicked his GMAC Bowl
record fifth field goal of 37-yards for the 44-41 Central win.
LeFevour went 33-for-55 in the air for 395-yards, 1-TD and 1-INT. He also ran
nine times for a net of 12-yards and a TD. Brown had 13 receptions for 178-yards,
four runs for 22-yards, scored rushing and receiving TDs, was 0-for-1 option passing
and had 203-yards on kickoff returns for 403 all-purpose yards.
Troy QBack Levi Brown was also most impressive going 21-of-56 for 386-yards
and one touchdown. Jerrel Jernigan caught nine passes for 154-yards and carried
six times for 39-yards, but couldn't dent the end zone.
CMU QB DAN LeFEVOUR: "I just tried to stay cool, tried to stay calm and collected.
I tried to show that aura to my team and let them believe in me...We've been in that
position quite a few times in the last couple of years...This is the moment people
remember. For a lot of seniors, this will be the last time they play football. We wanted
to end it the right way...[Brown] showed what he's capable of doing. He puts us in
position to win games. You saw him make not just one or two plays, but a bunch.
That really helped us near the end of the game when we needed to push the ball."
CMU WR BRYAN ANDERSON: ""I knew I caught the ball [on his late 4th-Qtr TD],
but I didn't know I was in the end zone. I don't think I've ever caught a bobbling ball
like that so low to the ground."
CMU CB VINCE AGNEW: "That was the most wonderful feeling I have ever experienced
in my life...We just got a rhythm with their cadence the whole game. I jumped the count
and blocked [Troy's 2nd-OT FG try]."
TROY H-COACH LARRY BLAKENEY: "[LeFevour] found a way to scramble and made plays.
That's a tribute to him and their offensive unit."
LeFevour concluded his collegiate career with an FBS record of 150 combined
touchdowns (rushing, receiving and passing). LeFevour passed Graham Harrell
(Texas Tech, 2005--08) to move into second place on the all-time NCAA-FBS total
yardage list with 15,898 behind the 16,910 of Timmy Chang of Hawaii (2001--04).
It was the 10th 400-yard offensive game of LeFevour's career. LeFevour moved into
5th place in career completions and 10th in yards passing on the NCA-FBS lists.
LeFevour became the first player to ever have 12,000 passing and 2,500 rushing yards.
He finished as the all-time MAC leader in completions, attempts, passing yards, total
yards and touchdowns.
Aguila kicked field goals of 28, 35, 44, 42 and 37-yards. His first three got CMU
within 10-9 at halftime before a sluggish offense let loose after intermission.
When he made his FG block Agnew was wearing #37 because his usual #22 jersey
was torn earlier in the game.
Troy finished 9-4.
Both Central and Troy went undefeated in their respective conferences.
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