Central Michigan's biggest stars shined the brightest in a one-sided victory over the Ohio Bobcats on Saturday afternoon at Kelly/Shorts stadium Saturday afternoon in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. CMU's homecoming crowd was treated to the Titus Davis and Thomas Rawls show. Each player put up huge numbers as he Chippewas dominated the Bobcats.
Thomas Rawls led CMU's rushing attack with 211 yards on 37 carries for two touchdowns. His one yard run halfway through the fourth quarter iced the game for CMU. The score answered Ohio's only drive of the game and pulled CMU away 28-10.
For Titus Davis, there were two touchdown receptions, ten receptions and 181 yards receiving. Davis' second touchdown catch was the biggest play of the game. It came late in the second quarter on a beautiful route that resulted in a 32 yard score that gave CMU a 14-0 lead. It was a lead that was never challenged by Ohio.
Ohio started sophomore JD Sprague. At times, Sprague looked outmatched by the CMU defense. Sprague finished with 7 completions on 21 attempts. His performance was worse than his anemic numbers suggest. The story for Ohio was that it's offense just could not get going.
A potential big play for the Ohio defense was overturned by a video review. With CMU marching, quarterback Cooper Rush launched a duck into the corner of the Ohio end zone in an attempt to get rid of the ball due to the Bobcat pass rush. In real time, it looked like the ball was picked off by an Ohio defender. The officials reviewed the play and overturned the call on the field as it appeared that the ball was on the ground simultaneous with the grab by the Ohio defensive back.This turned out to be very bad luck for the Bobcats as Thomas Rawls scampered around his left end for a 15 yard touchdown on the next play.
Each team now has a 1-1 record in MAC play. CMU gets the pleasure of traveling to DeKalb next week for a visit in Huskie Nation. Ohio gets Bowling Green at home.