Eastern opened up a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter thanks to a 50-yard run by Blake Banham and 42-yard pass from Brogan Roback to Dieuly Aristile.
Central Michigan cut its . . .
The hosts managed a pair of Paul Fricano field goals (23 and 41 yards) in the third stanza, boosting the EMU lead to 20-7. However, Central Michigan stormed back with two Spalding touchdown runs (5 and 41 yards) to hold a 21-20 lead with 2:34 remaining.
Roback completed 26 of 37 throws for 355 yards with two TDs and one interception. Bailey topped Eagle receivers with six catches for 104 yards and a score. Banham paced all rushers with 18 carries for 120 with a TD.
Senior Cooper Rush connected on 21 of 35 passes for 256 yards with one interception. Junior Corey Willis owned seven receptions for 125 yards. Spalding provided all three CMU scores and rushed 11 times for 85 yards.
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