Game-by-game recap of Central Michigan's 2012 football schedule
Central Michigan 38, Southeast Missouri State 27
SEMO took a 24-10 lead in the second quarter before the CMU running game got on track. The Chippewas rushed for 324 yards and four touchdowns – 180 of those yards and three scores came from junior Zurlon Tipton.
No. 11 Michigan State 41, Central Michigan 7
The Spartans nearly racked up 500 yards of total offense in their first trip to Mount Pleasant. The lone touchdown from the Chippewas came late in the fourth quarter when sophomore defensive back Jason Wilson caught an interception and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown.
Central Michigan 32, Iowa 31
David Harman booted a 47-yard field goal to upset Iowa in Iowa City. CMU senior quarterback Ryan Radcliff threw two touchdown passes to sophomore Titus Davis, the last coming with 45 seconds left to pull the Chipppewas within two points. CMU committed its first penalties of the season in its third game.
Northern Illinois 55, Central Michigan 24
After a 92-yard touchdown pass from Radcliff to Davis the Chippewas only trailed by three in the first few minutes of the second half. Then the NIU offense took over. The Huskies finished the game with 622 yards of total offense, over 400 coming on the ground.
Toledo 50, Central Michigan 35
CMU was within reach of the Rockets until late in the fourth quarter, after Radcliff threw two interceptions returned for touchdowns. The senior quarterback still threw four touchdowns – two to sophomore wide receiver Courtney Williams.
Navy 31, Central Michigan 13
Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds threw a career-high three touchdowns to beat CMU in a Friday night matchup. Radcliff was replaced in the fourth quarter for backup Cody Kater – who has not seen the field since. Davis caught his fifth touchdown pass in four games with a 29-yard reception in the second quarter.
Ball State 41, Central Michigan 30
The Chippewas lost their fourth consecutive game and fell to 2-5 and 0-3 in the conference when they lost to Ball State. The Cardinals quarterback Keith Wenning threw three touchdowns and rushed for another. CMU senior wide receiver Cody Wilson had 111 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Central Michigan 35, Akron 14
Within the first minute of the game, Tipton took the ball for a 72-yard touchdown run and set the tone for the first CMU win in over a month. He finished with 243 yards and three touchdowns. Davis had 112 receiving yards and two touchdowns from Radcliff.
Western Michigan 42, Central Michigan 31
The Broncos scored two touchdowns in the final minutes to come back and win their second-straight game in the rivalry. WMU backup quarterback Tyler Van Tubbergen threw for 362 yards and four touchdowns – he also rushed for another score. The Broncos scored four touchdowns in the final 14 minutes. The loss made CMU 3-6, with its only chance at bowl eligibility to win out.
Central Michigan 34, Eastern Michigan 31
After quickly falling behind, 14-0 CMU used a big third quarter to come back and beat the Eagles. Freshman wide receiver Andrew Flory stepped up when Davis came out with an injury on the first play of the game. Flory had nine receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman defensive back Kavon Frazier had a 49-yard interception return for a touchdown for the Chippewas.
Central Michigan 30, Miami 16
The Chippewas kept their bowl hopes alive with its win on senior day at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. Tipton rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns. Miami senior quarterback Zac Dysert threw for 343 yards and a touchdown while adding a rushing touchdown.
Central Michigan 42, Massachusetts 21
Tipton made sure CMU became bowl-eligible with four touchdowns and 185 rushing yards in Boston. The Chippewas secondary stepped up with four interceptions helping the offenses second-half surge. Radcliff threw a season-low 82 yards with a touchdown and an interception.