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CHIPS END BAD MAC STREAK.....CENTRAL MICHIGAN 44, Troy 41 (2/OT), W 1/6/10
Posted on: 01-06-2010

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>>caption:  LeFEVOUR MADE MOBILE
MEMORABLE<<

@ 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
school history.
    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
the game.
    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
the game).
    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.
          
QUOTEBOOK...

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."

OVERTIME:

    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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