Kelly/Shorts Stadium; Mt. Pleasant, MI
UNLV leads series 3-1
Last Saturday's dramatic Central Michigan upset over Oklahoma State carried just about as much emotion as a body could stand. There was some controversy as well, so regaining focus for this week's matchup against UNLV might be challenging. However, the Chippewas are . . .
UNLV Rebels (1-1, 0-0 MWC)
► The Rebels blasted Jacksonville State 63-13 to open their 2016 campaign. Although UNLV ended up losing to UCLA by a 42-21 count Saturday, it was a 28-21 contest after three periods.
► The Bruins held a 499-328 advantage in total yardage.
► Will there be flags? There were last week. UCLA was flagged nine times for 74 yards, while UNLV drew seven penalties for 70 yards.
► Devonte Boyd (6-1, 180, Jr) faught five passes for 84 yards. Boyd was a preseason All-Mountain West selection. Mekhi Stevenson registered the only Rebels receiving TD with a 14-yard reception – his only catch of the day.
► Boyd is averaging 18 ppg, tied for firsts nationally.
► Lexington Thomas (5-9, 170. So) was the game’s leading rusher. He had 112 yards on 19 carries and scored one TD. Johnny Stanton added 46 yards and a score on 10 rushes.
► LB Ryan McAleenan has registered 18 tackles. DB Troy Hawthorne owns nine stops and an interception. He has also forced two fumbles.
► The Rebels pass defense efficiency rating is second in the Mountain West and 29th nationally.
► UNLV has surrendered just one sack.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN (2-0, o-o MAC)
► The Chippewas pulled out a 30-27 win at No. 22 Oklahoma State last Saturday, scoring on a long pass and lateral (51 total yards) after officials awarded CMU one untimed down. It was later determined that officials had misapplied a rule related to a loss of down penalty. Although there should not have been a final “untimed” play, the victory nonetheless stands.
► Central Michigan actually led OSU in total yards, 418 – 338. The Chippewas held the ball for 35:27, while Oklahoma State registered 24:33 in time of possession. Both teams had 23 first downs and CMU committed one more turnover (2-1).
► Senior QB Cooper Rush connected on 31 of 43 for 368 yards with four TDs and one interception.
► Jesse Kroll and Tyler Conklin both had seven receptions Saturday. Kroll took his 98 yards, while Conklin went for 96 yards and two touchdowns. In all, 12 Chippewas had at least one reception.
► Central Michigan managed just 50 yards on 26 carries against Oklahoma State. Devon Spalding and Jahray Hayes combined for 16 carries and 42 yards.
► Josh Cox picked off one OSU pass. It was the only Cowboys turnover.
► LB Alex Briones has 13 tckles thusfar. DL Joe Ostman counts 2.5 TFL and 1.5 sacks among his eight stops.