On Senior Day in Mount Nice, it was a redshirt freshman who starred, as Detroit Cass Tech product Lew Nichols III continued his electrical 2021 in Central Michigan’s 31-10 victory over Jap Michigan. Nichols rushed 44 instances for 194 yards and a landing, bringing his season dashing complete to 1,710 yards, tops within the nation. Nichols’ effort Friday additionally boosted his per-game common to 142.5 yards, greater than six yards higher than No. 2 Kenneth Walker III of Michigan State. Nichols additionally had two catches for 39 yards.
He wasn’t the one Chippewa with a giant day as CMU (8-4, 6-2 MAC) claimed the Michigan MAC trophy after sweeping WMU and CMU for the primary time since 2017. Marion Lukes returned the opening kickoff of the second half 100 yards for a landing, and JaCorey Sullivan caught two landing passes – a 9-yarder late within the first quarter, adopted by a 26-yarder early within the fourth – as a part of a four-catch, 46-yard day at Kelly-Shorts Stadium. CMU’s protection was additionally dominant, holding EMU to only 5 yards dashing, because of minus-45 yards on seven sacks towards Eagles QB Ben Bryant.
Bryant was 24-for-35 for 221 yards passing and no interceptions, however he didn’t throw for a TD. The Eagles’ lone landing got here on a 2-yard run by Samson Ev early within the third quarter. EMU entered Friday’s recreation with an opportunity for its first eight-win season since profitable 10 video games and going to the California Bowl in 1987. The Eagles (then the Hurons) received that bowl, for his or her solely Division I postseason victory. They need to have a shot at one other, nonetheless, as EMU grew to become bowl eligible with its win over Toledo earlier this month.
The Chips are additionally going bowling, with their second eight-win season in three years beneath coach Jim McElwain, who was employed following a 1-11 2018. Nichols simply missed his third straight 200-yard dashing recreation; he has seven straight 100-yard outings, by which the Chips have gone 6-1.
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