Central Michigan loses 59-9 to No. 17 Michigan
Central Michigan needed a lot to go its way to compete with No.
The Chippewas’ chances to pull off the upset seemed to go from
slim to none when starting running back Zurlon Tipton and
quarterback Cody Kater were injured in the first quarter of a 59-9
loss to the Wolverines on Saturday.
Tipton broke an ankle and Kater broke a clavicle.
”Not a good start for the Chips,” coach Dan Enos said.
It didn’t get much better for Central Michigan (0-1) team
because it gave up five straight TDs from midway through the second
quarter until before Ron Coluzzi’s third field goal made it
Enos said it didn’t want to speculate how long Tipton and Kater
would be out other than to say neither player will be back
”It will be a significant amount of time,” he said.
Devin Gardner ran for two touchdowns and threw for another in
the first half and the Wolverines (1-0) had their highest-scoring
opener since 1905, when they beat Ohio Wesleyan 65-0. They will
face a tougher test against No. 14 Notre Dame next week at home in
a prime-time game.
Michigan’s scoring barrage started on the opening drive when
Dymonte Thomas blocked a punt and Joe Reynolds scooped up the
football and returned it 30 yards for a score.
”It gave us some momentum,” Michigan coach Brady Hoke
And, there wasn’t much the Chippewas could do about it.
Even though Gardner threw an interception on his second pass,
giving Central Michigan the ball at the Wolverines 6, the Chippewas
had to settle for the first of three field goals during a drive in
which Tipton was hurt.
Tipton ran for 10 yards on four carries, getting shut down
during three series as Michigan focused on him because he ran for
nearly 1,500 yards last season. Saylor Lavallii played in place of
Tipton and had 52 yards rushing on 10 attempts.
Kater was 2 of 6 for 13 yards and Alex Niznak replaced him,
completing 11 of 22 passes for 131 yards with an interception.
”I made a couple mistakes, but the moment wasn’t too big for
me,” Niznak said. ”I got more vocal and I thought I was able to
bounce back from adversity.”
The Chippewas should have a chance to build some much-needed
confidence in their home opener next week when they host New
”Our season is a long way from being over,” Niznak said.