Rapid Reaction: Miami 37, CMU 17
For the third consecutive week, the Central Michigan football team was unable to become bowl eligible, falling to the Miami (Oh) 37-17.
MU's offense proved to be too much for CMU to keep up with, as the RedHawks ran away with a victory Friday night to extend its winning streak to four games.
The Chippewas' record falls to 5-5 overall (2-4 Mid-American Conference). Miami improves to 4-6 (4-2 MAC).
MU quarterback Gus Ragland powered the offense by completing 13-of-21 passes for 218 yards and four touchdowns. He also compiled 60 yards rushing.
How it happened
Both offenses ran rampant in the first half, combining for 448 yards and 37 points. In the second half, CMU was able to move the ball down the field, but couldn't turn anything into points.
The RedHawks opened up the second half with a 72-yard touchdown run to extend their lead to 27-17. On the following drive, MU made a 34-yard field goal to increase the lead to 13.
MU added one more touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to increase the lead to 37-17.
Miami finished the game with 436 yards of offense.
Senior running back Jahray Hayes led the attack for CMU with 60 yards rushing and two one-yard rushing touchdowns. CMU also scored on a 45-yard field goal by senior kicker Brian Eavey.
What it means:
The Chippewas' defense entered the game as the fourth-best in the MAC in yardage allowed. It could not contain the RedHawks' offense at any point Friday. Ragland finished with a career-high four touchdown passes.
The Chippewas have two difficult opponents remaining on their schedule in Ohio and Eastern Michigan. The two teams have a combined 12-7 record.
CMU will take on Ohio in Kelly/Shorts Stadium on Nov. 15.