MAC Championship Live Blog: Central Michigan Defeats Ohio, 20-10

College Football FanaticCorrespondent IDecember 5, 2009

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - SEPTEMBER 20:  Quarterback Dan LeFevour #13 of the Central Michigan Chippewas during play against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium on September 20, 2008 in West Lafayette, Indiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Since I just now found out this is allowed under B/R's rules, I'll test the live blog out with the MAC Championship game between the Ohio Bobcats and the Central Michigan Chippewas. The Chippewas are a fourteen point favorite in this game. The game is on ESPN2, for those who don't know.

First Quarter

7:03 PM CT: Game is about to start. Dan LeFevour looks beyond ready for his eleventh win of 2009 and a MAC Championship.

7:08 PM CT: Ohio picks up nine yards but not the ten they needed on their first drive, as it ends in a three and out for the Bobcats. The Chippewas take over at their own 43.

7:10 PM CT: Ohio picks off a deep Dan LeFevour pass, but the pick is taken away by a defensive pass interference penalty. With less than twelve minutes left in the first quarter, CMU has a third down and one at the Ohio 33, but Dan LeFevour picks up seven yards for the first.

7:16 PM CT: Six minutes elapsed here and CMU is at the Ohio 13, threatening to score.

7:17 PM CT: I spoke too soon - LeFevour throws an interception into the Ohio end zone after the Bobcats brought a huge blitz. Under nine minutes to play in the first quarter.

7:30 PM CT: Sorry for the lack of updates; my Internet went out for a few minutes. After an Ohio punt, Dan LeFevour leads the Chippewas right down the field for a CMU touchdown to give them a 7-0 lead with 5:22 left in the first quarter. With that touchdown, LeFevour is now the leader in NCAA history in total career touchdowns.

7:32 PM CT: ESPN still showing Jimmy V commercials. This is the only time all year where I feel like tearing up at something on ESPN. Something about that quote: "Don't give up. Don't ever give up."

7:35 PM CT: Ohio fumbles the ball on a horrible backwards pass and CMU takes over at the Ohio 37. 3:56 left in first quarter.

7:38 PM CT: CMU driving, ball at the Ohio eight, first and goal.

7:40 PM CT: A bad run by LeFevour and an incomplete pass on third down means that Central Michigan has to settle for a field goal. Still, they take a 10-0 lead with 1:25 left in the first quarter of play.

7:45 PM CT: Except for about one pass so far, Theo Scott, the Bobcats' QB, just doesn't look like he's got his game going tonight.

7:46 PM CT: Ohio gets on the board with a beautiful play call - the reverse wide receiver pass! Taylor Price throws a beauty to Terrence McCrae for 29 yards and a touchdown. 10-7 CMU with four seconds left in the first quarter.

7:51 PM CT: Stats at the end of the first quarter:

Ohio QB Theo Scott: 4-7, 42 yards
Central Michigan QB Dan LeFevour: 9-13, 91 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, six rushes, 23 yards
Central Michigan RB Brian Schroeder: 3 rushes, 18 yards
Ohio WR Terrence McCrae: 3 receptions, 69 yards, 1 TD

Ohio Bobcats: 13 plays, 82 yards, 7 points, 3 first downs, 1 turnover (fumble)
Central Michigan Chippewas: 23 plays, 134 yards, 10 points, 10 first downs, 1 turnover (interception)

Second Quarter

7:52 PM CT: A Snoop Dogg song coming back from commercial? Come on, ESPN.

7:55 PM CT: Central Michigan driving to the Ohio 43. 2nd and 5 with 13:04 left in second quarter.

7:58 PM CT: Ohio just can't stop CMU right now. Even after forcing a third down, CMU picks up thirteen yards to convert. Close to eleven minutes left in the second quarter.

7:59 PM CT: Not so fast - thanks to a high snap on first down and a false start on second, it's now 2nd and 27 for CMU.

8:00 PM CT: Frank Solich must be furious - his Bobcats commit a 15 yard face mask penalty on said 2nd and 27 and the Chippewas will take the first down inside the twenty.

8:02 PM CT: LeFevour overthrows a receiver in the end zone and the Chippewas have to settle for a field goal - or do they? Andrew Aguila hooks it and CMU's lead stays at 10-7 with 9:21 left in the first half.

8:08 PM CT: Theo Scott somehow avoids a certain sack and picks up the first down with a beautiful throw to LaVon Brazil for a first down.

8:12 PM CT: The Chippewas pick up a great third down stop of Ohio and force a fourth down and three at the CMU 49. The Chippewas take over at their own 16 with exactly six minutes to go in the first half.

8:17 PM CT: Another third down conversion for CMU. 4:08 left in the first half and they're at midfield.

8:21 PM CT: CMU driving with the ball at the 24 yard line of Ohio and under a minute left. Central Michigan takes a timeout.

8:26 PM CT: What looks to be a Central Michigan touchdown is taken back by a false start...a full minute later. Step your game up, referees.

8:29 PM CT: Central Michigan gets their touchdown on a nine yard pass from Dan LeFevour to Brian Anderson to give them a 17-7 lead with 17 seconds left in the first half. That now makes 140 total touchdowns for LeFevour in his career.

8:32 PM CT: Central Michigan leads at halftime over Ohio, 17-7. Team stats at the half:

Ohio: 6 first downs, 149 yards (131 passing, 18 rushing), 9:29 time of possession, 7 points, 1 turnover (fumble)
Central Michigan: 20 first downs, 278 yards (192 passing, 86 rushing), 20:14 time of possession, 17 points, 1 turnover (interception)

8:41 PM CT: Player stats at halftime:


Ohio: Theo Scott 7-13, 102 yards
Central Michigan: Dan LeFevour 19-27, 192 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT


Ohio: Chris Garrett 4 carries, 19 yards, Vince Davidson 3 carries, 4 yards
Central Michigan: Brian Schroeder 8 carries, 42 yards, Dan LeFevour 12 carries, 38 yards


Ohio: Terrence McCrae 5 receptions, 110 yards, 1 TD, LaVon Brazil 1 reception, 19 yards
Central Michigan: Antonio Brown 6 receptions, 70 yards, Bryan Schroeder 3 receptions, 42 yards, Kito Poblah 3 receptions, 39 yards, Bryan Anderson 4 receptions, 27 yards, 1 TD, Cody Wilson 3 receptions, 27 yards, 1 TD

Second Half

8:55 PM CT: Let's get ready for the third quarter to start. 17-7, CMU.

8:58 PM CT: The more you watch Dan LeFevour, the more impressed you are with him. It's been like this for three years. He just had a 20 yard run to the Ohio 39 after escaping from a sack.

9:03 PM CT: Ohio puts up a goal line stand against the Chippewas and they force a field goal. CMU still takes the 20-7 lead with 9:01 remaining in the third quarter.

9:11 PM CT: Ohio has a good drive going. With under seven minutes remaining in the third, they're past the CMU 35 with a first down.

9:15 PM CT: Ohio gets the opportunity to cut down the CMU lead and they do, hitting a 36 yard field goal to make the score 20-10, Central Michigan, with 5:36 left in the third quarter.

9:20 PM CT: Has Ohio finally figured out how to slow down the potent CMU offense? The Chippewas are forced to punt and Ohio takes over at its own 18 after a great roll on the punt for Central Michigan.

9:28 PM CT: After a sack on second down, Theo Scott makes an incredible run for a first down while tightroping the sideline on third and 13. Ohio now has the ball at their own 43.

9:30 PM CT: The third quarter has now come to a close with the score at CMU 20, Ohio 10. Team stats up in a minute.

9:31 PM CT: Team stats for the game:

Ohio: 11 first downs, 224 yards (138 passing, 86 rushing), 10 points, 1 turnover (fumble), 4 penalties for 50 yards, 17:07 time of possession
Central Michigan: 24 first downs, 353 yards (234 passing, 119 rushing), 20 points, 1 turnover (interception), 7 penalties for 55 yards, 27:53 time of possession

Fourth Quarter:

9:34 PM CT: Central Michigan thought they had a drive-killing interception of Ohio quarterback Theo Scott, but it's wiped out by a defensive holding penalty.

9:39 PM CT: Theo Scott, Ohio quarterback, comes out of a play injured. They fail to convert a third down and twelve at the CMU 41 and the Chips start at their own 7 with 13:35 left in the game.

9:40 PM CT: On a non-football related note, the 0-18 New Jersey Nets have finally won their first game of the 2009-10 season, defeating the Charlotte Bobcats 97-91.

9:46 PM CT: Ohio forces a punt from CMU and they'll get the ball back at their own 43 yard line with 11:49 to play in the game.

9:48 PM CT: After CMU was nearly unstoppable in the first half, Ohio has been much the same on this drive. With ten minutes to play, they're at the CMU 20 with a second down and nine yards to go.

9:50 PM CT: Theo Scott needs to learn to just go down and take the sack. By not doing so, he lost an additional five yards and Ohio will now have to attempt a 51 yard field goal down by ten.

9:52 PM CT: And that's why you need to just go down. He misses the kick wide left and the Bobcats blow a huge chance to cut into the CMU lead. They still trail 20-10 with 9:14 to play.

9:57 PM CT: CMU looks to be on a mission to close out this game. In the span of two plays they've moved from their own 34 to the Ohio 42.

10:00 PM CT: The Chips just lost 11 yards on a screen pass because their receiver ran backwards. Has anyone taught them which way to run after you catch a pass? CMU punts and Ohio takes over at their own 17 with just over four minutes left.

10:03 PM CT: Attention, KFC: it's Kentucky Fried Chicken, not Kentucky Grilled and Fried Chicken.

10:08 PM CT: Ohio somehow converts a fourth down and fourteen from their own 13 with three minutes to play.

10:12 PM CT: CMU stops Ohio on fourth down and eleven as Ohio's last-ditch pass falls incomplete. But, thanks to a pass interference call, that didn't really happen. Ohio stays alive with 2:39 to play.

10:16 PM CT: Ohio's leading receiver for the game, Terrence McCrae, appears to have a lower leg injury.

10:18 PM CT: CMU finally shuts the door on Ohio, stopping Theo Scott four yards short on a fourth and five scramble. It looks like the Chippewas will kneel down for the final two minutes of this game and win their third MAC championship in four years.

10:20 PM CT: The 2009 MAC Championship is now awarded to the Central Michigan Chippewas, who have defeated the Ohio Bobcats, 20-10, in a well-fought game at Ford Field in Detroit. Final stats up in a few minutes.

10:36 PM CT: Final team and player stats:

16 first downs, 275 total yards (167 passing, 108 rushing), 6 penalties for 60 yards, 1 turnover (fumble), 10 points, 23:18 time of possession

Central Michigan:
28 first downs, 381 total yards (255 passing, 126 rushing), 9 penalties for 80 yards, 1 turnover (interception), 20 points, 36:42 time of possession

Ohio: Theo Scott 10-23, 138 yards, Taylor Price 1-1, 29 yards, 1 TD, Tyler Tettleton 0-3, 0 yards
Central Michigan: Dan LeFevour 28-39, 255 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT

Ohio: Chris Garrett 8 rushes, 42 yards, Theo Scott 9 rushes, 36 yards, Donte Harden 4 rushes, 17 yards, Taylor Price 3 rushes, 10 yards, Vince Davidson 3 rushes, 4 yards, Tyler Tettleton 2 rushes, -1 yards
Central Michigan: Brian Schroeder 16 rushes, 72 yards, Dan LeFevour 17 rushes, 51 yards, Carl Volny 3 rushes, 12 yards, Antonio Brown 2 rushes, 0 yards

Ohio: Terrence McCrae 7 receptions, 141 yards, 1 TD, LaVon Brazill 1 reception, 19 yards, Steven Goulet 1 reception, 5 yards, Taylor Price 1 reception, 2 yards, Chris Garrett 1 reception, 0 yards
Central Michigan: Antonio Brown 8 receptions, 66 yards, Brian Anderson 7 receptions, 54 yards, 1 TD, Brian Schroeder 5 receptions, 53 yards, Kito Poblah 4 receptions, 44 yards, Cody Wilson 3 receptions, 27 yards, 1 TD, David Blackburn 1 reception, 11 yards

With that, I'll close out this live blog and I thank everyone who checked it out. Leave your comments, questions, or suggestions below and feel free to do so.


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