Drenching rain is not ideal weather for catching footballs.
Despite the weather however, wide receiver Titus Davis and company performed at a high level against New Hampshire on Saturday.
The junior from Wheaton, Ill., had six catches for 184 yards with two touchdowns, including a 97-yard touchdown catch to tie the game up in the fourth quarter.
Backup redshirt freshman quarterback Cooper Rush threw the 97-yard pass to Davis.
“We got the play call, and I’m thinking good things are about to happen,” Rush said. “The way that play works is you take a big shot for a big play. I saw it develop, and my eyes got pretty big.”
The big play was what head coach Dan Enos would call “explosive.” Having the ability to score points at any time is an advantage for a team down to its backup running back and third-string quarterback.
“It’s huge,” Enos said. “Titus had several explosive plays.”
The receivers made Rush’s job much easier. Rush said the game plan was to attack New Hampshire deep with CMU’s talented receivers.
“They all can make plays,” Rush said. “When we get them in one-on-one situations, we feel pretty good. That’s what we are out there looking for. We had a good game plan and knew we could attack with the deep ball and the play action.”
Redshirt sophomore Jesse Kroll caught three passes for 54 yards. Kroll didn’t play against Michigan in week one due to an ankle injury and missed all of last season with a broken forearm.
Enos had nothing but praise for Kroll after the game.
“The big guy today for me was Jesse Kroll,” Enos said. “Jesse Kroll is a football player. He is now a third year sophomore but would have played as a true freshman if he didn’t break his forearm that year. That shelved him for the year. He is very talented. (He) has 39-inch vertical jump. I was glad he was able to get it going.”
The third stand out receiver was Andrew Flory, who finished the game with four catches for 32 yards and a touchdown.
“Andrew Flory made some big catches for us,” Enos said. “I think Titus Davis is a difference maker for us, and we need to continue to find ways to get him the ball more.”