Scores

Final

Cent Michigan 34

(6-4, 5-0 MAC)

W Michigan 31

(3-7, 2-4 MAC)

Coverage: ESPN2

7:30 PM ET, November 6, 2007

Waldo Stadium, Kalamazoo, MI

1 2 3 4 T
CMU 0 3 7 2434
WMU 7 0 0 2431

Top Performers

Passing: T. Hiller (WMU) - 311 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. LeFevour (CMU) - 18 CAR, 72 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: B. Ledbetter (WMU) - 5 REC, 124 YDS, 1 TD

Cent. Michigan 34, W. Michigan 31

Associated Press

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- Quarterback Dan LeFevour scored on a keeper from 1-yard out with 12 seconds left, giving Central Michigan a 34-31 victory Tuesday night over Western Michigan, clinching the Mid-Amercan Conference West title.

The Chippewas (6-4, 5-0 MAC) hadn't won at WMU since 1993.

The victory put CMU in the Dec. 1 MAC championship game for the second consecutive year, and clinched a spot in one of three postseason bowl games for which the MAC has an automatic berth.

LeFevour, who tied Jeff Bender's CMU record with his 502nd career completion in the game-winning drive, completed 23-of-38 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for a game-high 72 yards and 2 TDs.

WMU (3-7, 2-4) nearly ruined CMU's championship hopes by overcoming a 10-point deficit late in the game, scoring two touchdowns in a span of 33 seconds to take a 31-27 lead on a 15-yard TD run by Brandon West with 1:34 left.

But the Chippewas responded with a 65-yard scoring drive in 1:22, featuring a 39-yard pass to Bryan Anderson that put the ball at the WMU 1-yard line. LeFevour scored two plays later. Anderson had a game-high seven catches for 120 yards.

WMU quarterback Tim Hiller completed 27-of-37 passes for 311 yards, including a 65-yard pass completion to tight end Branden Ledbetter, who had a game-high 124 receiving yards on five catches.

LeFevour, who had not been sacked in the Chippewas' last four games and a Mid-American Conference-low nine times this season, was sacked three times by WMU.

WMU receiver Jamarko Simmons was ejected in the first quarter for kicking at a CMU player.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CMU
WMU
1st Downs2221
Total Yards384418
Passing235311
Rushing149107
Penalties2-237-65
3rd Down Conversions3-137-16
4th Down Conversions0-00-1
Turnovers21
Possession30:1729:43

Passing Leaders

Central MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
LeFevour23/382356.211
Western MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hiller27/373118.421

Rushing Leaders

Central MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
LeFevour18724.0230
Hoskins12453.8110
Western MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
West12726.0116
Bonds9485.3117

Receiving Leaders

Central MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Anderson712017.1039
Brown5499.8114
Western MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ledbetter512424.8165
White55110.2015

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCMUWMU
TD10:33Mark Bonds 3 Yd Run (Mike Jones Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 82 yds, 2:55
07
SECOND QUARTERCMUWMU
FG04:07Andrew Aguila 29 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 53 yds, 3:19
37
THIRD QUARTERCMUWMU
TD10:01Justin Hoskins 3 Yd Run (Andrew Aguila Kick)
Drive: 11 plays, 82 yds, 3:21
107
FOURTH QUARTERCMUWMU
FG14:55Mike Jones 33 Yd
Drive: 11 plays, 49 yds, 5:01
1010
TD11:57Dan Lefevour 5 Yd Run (Andrew Aguila Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 64 yds, 2:58
1710
TD10:39Branden Ledbetter 3 Yd Pass From Tim Hiller (Mike Jones Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 77 yds, 1:18
1717
TD06:03Antonio Brown 14 Yd Pass From Dan Lefevour (Andrew Aguila Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 59 yds, 1:20
2417
FG03:53Andrew Aguila 21 Yd
Drive: 4 plays, 9 yds, 1:49
2717
TD02:07Herb Martin 3 Yd Pass From Tim Hiller (Mike Jones Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 57 yds, 1:46
2724
TD01:34Brandon West 15 Yd Run (Mike Jones Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 25 yds, :17
2731
TD00:12Dan Lefevour 1 Yd Run (Andrew Aguila Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 65 yds, 1:22
3431