A referee penalized Central Michigan University cheerleaders and band members Tuesday night for cheering while the Toledo Rockets were trying to snap the ball. CMU answered the Toledo touchdown with three points of their own off of a 48-yard field goal from senior kicker Brian Eavey.
The CMU defense is holding opponents to 21.7 points and 317.9 yards per game. After the missed field goal CMU drove the length of the field all the way down to the UT 2-yard line.
The Rockets seemingly sealed the game with a 10-play, 59-yard scoring drive capped by running back Kareem Hunt's 3-yard touchdown run to put the Chippewas down 28-17.
With 10:34 left in the game, CMU went for it on fourth down at the Toledo 41-yard line, but Rush's pass fell incomplete. It was the first third-quarter touchdown UT has given up this season.
On fourth-and-four from the Toledo 40, the Chippewas went for the first down and earned more than that, moving 37 yards on a pass to the three-yard line. Kareem Hunt and Terry Swanson led the way for Toledo in a losing effort, carrying the ball a combined 41 times for 273 yards and two touchdowns. It was the longest run of Hunt's season. Ely added a 36-yard touchdown pass to Diontae Johnson with 13:27 left in the half as it became a three-score game. But the Flashes have arguably lost a pair of games (Marshall, Buffalo) in part because of defensive targeting calls that ultimately led to winning touchdowns.
In the second half, Hagan, a native of Omaha, Neb., made a career-long 52-yarder, which tied for the second-longest in school history, to pull NIU within five points, 24-19. With the Huskies very much alive in the race for the MAC West title and a return trip to the MAC Championship, NIU is offering the #MACtion Mini-Plan for the final two home contests. Tony Annese led the way for Central Michigan's defense with a team-high nine tackles, including six solo stops in the victory at Akron.
After Rush converted on fourth-and-four near midfield, CMU running back Jay Roberson carried the ball to the goal line before he fumbled the ball into the end zone. It will be matching up against a Rockets offense that is on fire lately, averaging 524 total yards over their last five games.
Both will be rooting for road upsets on Wednesday as MAC East power Bowling Green (7-2, 5-0) travels to play MAC West leader Western Michigan (6-3, 5-0) at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 and MAC West contender and defending division champion Northern Illinois (6-3, 4-1) is at Buffalo (5-4, 3-2), the last remaining contender in the MAC East, at 8 on ESPNU.
Heading into Week 11 of the college football season, the Chippewas are 5-4 Straight Up (SU) and 7-2 Against The Spread (ATS).