Gus Ragland completed 13 of 21 passes for 218 yards and four touchdowns, and carried the ball 13 times for 60 yards, as Miami ran away from Central Michigan in a decisive 37-17 victory, Miami’s fourth-straight win.
Ragland was able to find holes in the Chippewa defense, and exploited them for big gains the entire game. Rokeem Williams lead the receivers, as he hauled in three passes for 61 yards. Sam Shisso was also able to catch three passes, going for 56 yards and one of Ragland's four touchdowns.
Alonzo Smith wasn't able to get much going throughout the game, as he carried the ball eight times for just 33 yards, but Kenny Young was able contribute with a game-changing 72-yard touchdown run right through the middle of the Chippewa defense on the first play of the second half.
For Central Michigan, Cooper Rush was able to complete 21 of 32 attempted passes for 242 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception, losing a fumble late. Corey Willis once again led the way for the Chippewas in receiving, as he caught five passes for 73 yards. Brandon Childress hauled in five passes for 65 yards and Tyler Conklin was able to catch four for 47 yards.
With Devon Spalding out due to an injury, Jahray Hayes filled in for the Chips and had a nice night, carrying the ball 18 times for 60 yards and two touchdowns.
With the score at 20-17 coming out of halftime, this game was still up for grabs. Young’s second-half opening touchdown run allowed Miami to build a strong 27-17 and the RedHawks ultimately never looked back.
The RedHawk defense honuded the CMU backfield all night, forcing Rush to move around and making him uncomfortable all game long. A normally stout Chippewa defense gave up 436 yards of total offense and was unable to force any turnovers or get pressure on Ragland in the pocket. CMU's defense on third down struggled again, allowing 9 conversions on 13 tries, which proved to be too much to overcome.
With the win, the RedHawks move to 4-6 (4-2 MAC) on the season. Central Michigan falls to 5-5 (2-4 MAC) on the season.
Miami looks to continue their winning streak, as they travel to Buffalo to take on the Bulls. Kick off is set for 1 p.m. on November 12th. This game will be on ESPN3.
Central Michigan looks to try and break out of this losing streak, as they return home on November 15th to host the Ohio Bobcats. Kick off is set for 7 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2.