Some called the football team’s game against Michigan an insufferable beating, with injuries to key players.
Wide receiver Andrew Flory said he calls it football, which Central Michigan played on Saturday against another BCS opponent, North Carolina State.
“It’s a physical sport,” Flory said. “We knew that since we played little league when we were young, when we were five-years-old, first starting the sport. You’re going to get hit; you’re going to get hurt. But every game’s the same. They put on pads just like we put on pads and we just come out there to play every day.”
The Chippewas and Flory, who had a season-high 86 receiving yards against Michigan, went to Raleigh, N.C. and suffered another crushing loss.
The game is a part of a three-game contract that entailed CMU receiving $450,000 and $300,000 for its games at N.C. State in 2011 and this season and it paying $250,000 to host N.C. State in 2014.
Head Coach Dan Enos said he was unsure if there is an increased risk of injuries in games against BCS schools.
He was definite in saying the injuries to quarterback Cody Kater and running back Zurlon Tipton in the Michigan game had nothing to do with what team they were playing.
“There were kind of just freak things,” Enos said. “To be quite honest with you, I think that’s the way a lot of injuries happen.”
There was talk in the offseason of having fewer games matching schools from the BCS and non-BCS conferences in the future for competitive reasons.
Enos said the games are beneficial to his program. He also said that while no win is greater than another, there are obvious positives to beating a BCS team.
“I would be lying to you if this wouldn’t be a feather in our cap to beat an ACC school on the road,” he said last week. “I think that would be a huge accomplishment and something really great to build on.”
North Carolina State head coach Dave Doeren was in Enos’ shoes as a head coach for a familiar CMU foe in Northern Illinois the past two years.
Although he was 1-4 against BCS teams as NIU’s head coach, he was six points away from being 3-2 with losses to Kansas 45-42 in 2011 and to Iowa 18-17 in 2012.
“Those were games that we had a chip on our shoulder and wanted to prove we belong,” Doeren said of games against BCS teams. “I think that’s the mantra that most teams will take.”