Fired up doesn't quite begin to describe the fan base of Central Michigan and the fortunate few who traveled down to West Lafayette, Indiana on Saturday. The Chippewas (2-0) torched Purdue (1-1) in Ross-Ade Stadium 38-17, and got on the board early and often.
The parade of points got rolling midway in the first quarter when defensive back Brandon Greer dropped into coverage along the sideline and picked off a Danny Etling pass for six. Not even three minutes went by, when Cooper Rush slinged a pass over the middle through traffic to sophomore Anthony Rice who pin-balled off of two Purdue defenders and then rumbled for 66 yards and six more points.
Purdue threatened with a drive in the second quarter, bringing the game to 14-7 on an Etling four yard run, but that was as close as it got. Central Michigan answered with a drive of their own, going 73 yards and capping it off with a Thomas Rawls two yard run.
Rush showed off his composure all game with shades of LeFevour, completing 11 of 16 for 172 yards and 2 touchdowns. The only blemish coming early in the fourth quarter as Purdue freshman linebacker Ja'Whan Bentley took a pass the other way for 44 yards. Rawls rounded out the offensive fireworks by running for 155 yards on the ground and 50 through the air with two touchdowns on 31 carries.
Central Michigan adds another B1G Ten team to the list they've conquered, including Iowa in 2012, Indiana in 2008, and Michigan State in 1991, 1992, and 2009. The Chippewas look to ride the wave of momentum back home next Saturday when the Syracuse Orange come to visit Mount Pleasant. Kickoff will be at noon.