Cent. Michigan 27, W. Michigan 17
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) _ Chuck Selinger’s second field goal snapped a tie with 3:36 to play as Central Michigan beat Western Michigan 27-17 in the Mid-American Conference finale for both teams Saturday.
Selinger’s 37-yard field goal gave the Chippewas (6-1-4 overall, 3-1-4 MAC) a 20-17 lead. Scott White’s 1-yard touchdown run with 49 seconds remaining sealed the win.
Central Michigan finished alone in second place in the conference behind Bowling Green, marking the first time a team has been the runner-up with just three victories.
Western (6-5, 4-4) played the entire second half without leading receiver Lavelle Van Horn, who went out with a broken leg late in the second quarter after catching five passes for 80 yards and a touchdown.
Ken Ealy led Central with seven receptions for 163 yards and a pivotal second-quarter score.
Van Horn broke his leg on an 8-yard catch that gave Western the ball at Central’s 1 with 2:26 left in the first half. Quarterback Brad Tayles fumbled on the next play and Central’s Jason Wilke recovered at the 1.
After Billy Smith was stopped for no gain on first down, Jeff Bender found Ealy for 35 yards. Three plays later, Bender threw 13 yards to Ealy, and on the next play Ealy’s 45-yard touchdown catch gave the Chippewas a 10-7 lead 1:00 before halftime.
The Broncos lost three fumbles and were intercepted three times.
Selinger’s 27-yard field goal opened the scoring at 12:15 of the second quarter. Tayles and Van Horn hooked up for a 49-yard touchdown 6:38 later as Western took a 7-3 lead.
Jay Barresi’s 23-yard field goal tied the game 10-10 at 9:05 of the third quarter, and the teams traded touchdowns early in the final quarter before Selinger’s second field goal.
The win was the 100th of Herb Deromedi’s 14-year career at Central. His teams are 100-43-10.
Bender finished the season with school records for pass attempts (297) and completions (156). Pat Boyd set the previous marks in 1965, completing 146 of 283.