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Chippewas Defeat RedHawks 21-9

It took a hard face slap and then some comic relief from the MIami RedHawks to awaken a slumbering CMU team and start the Chippewas on a march toward their first MAC victory.

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In the middle of the third quarter of Saturday's CMU-Miami contest, Chippewa star player Titus Davis carelessly allowed himself to be cornered by MIami defenders while returning a routine Zac Murphy punt. Davis lost the football and any hope of CMU hanging on to its precarious 7-3 lead. Two plays later, Miami quarterback Austin Boucher and wide receiver David Frazier hooked up for an easy pitch and catch resulting in a 10 yard touchdown. Magic and momentum had suddenly turned the game in favor of the RedHawks.

What occurred next defies explanation. For the PAT, the RedHawks lined up in something derisively called the "muddle huddle" formation. The muddle huddle looks like a circus act with the objective of propelling an acrobat rather than a football over the crossbar and between the goalposts. Anyone who was watching could instantly tell that the ruse was not going to work. It didn't. In fact, it failed miserably. Magic and momentum were needlessly squandered in favor of misery.

Before anyone could ask if Don Treadwell had lost his mind, Cooper Rush and the Chippewas' offense were back on the field. What ensued was the young CMU quarterback"s best effort to date. Rush engineered a 16 play 84 yard touchdown drive that was a dagger in the heart of Miami. The Chippewas converted four third downs on the drive that was capped by a three yard run by Saylor Lavallii putiing the Chippewas up for good. It was Lavallii's second touchdown of the game

Lavallii had a career day rushing for the Chippeas, finishing with 151 yards. For Miami, freshman quarterback Austin Gearing also broke the century mark rushing. His 48 yard run from scrimmage in the second quarter was the longest Miami play from scrimmage this year.