Column: Week one football grades
As the old saying goes, a win is a win.
A strong second half allowed the Central Michigan football team to do just that last Thursday night, defeating Southeast Missouri State 38-27. The final score may have been closer than most expected, so now its time to grade the Chippewas performance before their clash with the No. 11 Michigan State Spartans at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.
Rushing: (A) Last season, the Chippewas finished 10th in the Mid-American Conference in rushing offense. Against Southeast Missouri State, the Chippewas gained 324 yards on the ground, shattering last year’s game-high of 192 yards against Akron. CMU had two players, junior Zurlon Tipton and sophomore Anthony Garland, rush for over 100 yards against the Redhawks.
Passing: (B-) Senior quarterback Ryan Radcliff had 171 yards passing, one touchdown and one interception against the Redhawks, but the passing game as a whole didn’t have many explosive plays. Radcliff did complete 60 percent of his passes, and CMU relied heavily on the run game. Traditionally, the MAC is a passing league, so look for those numbers to improve.
Rush Defense: (C+) The CMU defense had trouble stopping the Redhawks option offense in the first half. The Chippewas gave up two rushing TDs in the first half and 188 yards total in the game. Head coach Dan Enos said they made some adjustments at halftime, and it showed on the field as CMU gave up just three points in the second half.
Pass Defense: (B-) If it wasn’t for a blown coverage that led to a wide-open touchdown pass of the Redhawks, this grade might be a little higher. CMU gave up just 120 yards passing in the game. That is to be expected against a team that relies heavily on the run game, such as SEMS. Redhawk receiver D.J. Cooper did catch six passes for 97 yards and a touchdown.
Special Teams: (B+) Kicker David Harman made his only field goal attempt from 24 yards out and converted all of his extra points. Punter Richie Hogan is the reason for the lower grade. He had a miserable game – his long was just 25 yards and he had an average of 22.5 yards.
Overall: (B) The Chippewas won the game, so the grade can’t be too low. However, Southeast Missouri State is an FCS-Division opponent that was just 3-8 a year ago and picked to finish seventh in the Ohio Valley Conference in 2012. The Chippewas have superior talent and should have won by more than 11 points. They will have to play much better against MSU.
Leave a Comment
Like us on Facebook
- CE: Another 3-9 season, and both Enos and Heeke have to go! …
- Andy Villemure: I am looking for a KZ 900 block Z1E, that has not cracks tha…
- anonymous: Totally disagree on Heeke. Think he showed some real balls i…
- Amy Easton: Please let me know your lessons learned, how you organized t…
- Pete: I thought Central won a bowl game this year??? The program …
• Is your baby graduating CMU? Place a personal greeting and photo in CM Life's Baby Graduates special pages. Download the form here
• Contact local movers in Mount Pleasant to help with all of your moving needs.
• Download Campus Cash Coupons!
• Search for local apartments
• Add your link here