Scores
GMAC BOWL

Final/OT

(23) Cent Michigan 44

(12-2)

Troy 41

(9-4)

Coverage: ESPN

7:00 PM ET, January 6, 2010

Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL

1 2 3 4 OT T
#23CMU 3 6 10 15 1044
TROY 7 3 14 10 741

Top Performers

Passing: L. Brown (TROY) - 386 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: D. Harris (TROY) - 14 CAR, 112 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: A. Brown (CMU) - 13 REC, 178 YDS

Central Michigan clips Troy in double overtime, wins GMAC Bowl

Associated Press

MOBILE, Ala. -- Dan LeFevour finished with flair.

Central Michigan's relentless quarterback moved into second place on the career total yards list, accounted for two late touchdowns and scored one of his biggest wins in his last game by rallying the Chippewas (No. 25 AP) to a 44-41 double-overtime victory against Troy in the GMAC Bowl on Wednesday night.

Dan The Man

Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour passed Texas Tech's Graham Harrell for second on the all-time total yardage list in FBS history. Here's a look:

Most Total Yards, FBS History
Years Player Yards
'01-'04 Timmy Chang, Hawaii 16,910
'06-'09 Dan LeFevour, CMU 15,898
'05-'08 Graham Harrell, Texas Tech 15,599

All in a night's work for one of college football's most overlooked quarterbacks.

"I just tried to stay cool, tried to stay calm and collected," LeFevour said. "I tried to show that aura to my team and let them believe in me."

And believe they did.

Antonio Brown started the rally with a 95-yard kickoff return. LeFevour followed with a touchdown pass to put the sluggish Chippewas (12-2) ahead with 1:17 left and scored from 13 yards out in the first overtime to set up Andrew Aguila's 37-yard game-winning field goal after Central Michigan appeared to fade away.

LeFevour completed 33 of 55 passes for 395 yards and finished his career with 15,853 total yards, trailing only Hawaii quarterback Timmy Chang (16,910). He also moved into fifth place in the FBS in career completions and 10th in yards passing before being selected the game's most valuable player.

It was the 10th 400-yard game of a decorated career. It also was vintage LeFevour, showing off everything he's learned in four years.

"We've been in that position quite a few times in the last couple of years," LeFevour said. "A lot of times last year, it didn't go our way."

He was harassed by Troy much of the game, watched receivers drop several passes and had minus-1 yards rushing through four quarters. Yet when it seemed like the Chippewas were fading, he snapped to attention and put on a nearly flawless drive to rally his team.

He completed 8 of 11 passes for 90 yards, hitting Bryan Anderson with a 4-yard touchdown for the lead with 1:17 left. He then completed another pass for the 2-point conversion to make it 34-31. The teams traded touchdowns in the first overtime with LeFevour scoring on a 13-yard misdirection run, then Vince Agnew blocked Michael Taylor's 31-yard field-goal attempt to start the second overtime. Central Michigan played it conservative before Aguila set a GMAC record with his fifth field goal.

"I think Dan was a little uncomfortable most of the game, but he found a way to scramble and made plays," Troy coach Larry Blakeney said. "That's a tribute to him and their offensive unit."

The Trojans (9-4) led much of the game behind DuJuan Harris' three touchdowns. But after taking a 31-19 lead midway through the fourth quarter, they gave LeFevour and the Chippewas an opening.

The game-turning drive was in stark contrast to the rest of the night. The Chippewas and LeFevour were sluggish and plagued by small mistakes that kept Aguila busy. He hit from 28, 35, 44 and 42 yards in regulation, keeping Central Michigan in it until LeFevour rallied the team.

The game was expected to be an offensive duel between LeFevour and Troy's Levi Brown, but Brown had a definite advantage early.

He completed 31 of 56 passes for 386 yards and became the 41st quarterback to pass for 4,000 yards in a single season. The senior opened the scoring with a 9-yard pass to Harris and was sharp on third down as the Trojans converted 13 of 20.

Harris rushed for 112 yards and scored rushing touchdowns of 6 and 1 yards. The last score midway through the fourth quarter appeared to put the Trojans out of reach, but Brown had different plans.

He took the ensuing kickoff up the right side and raced nearly untouched to the end zone to cut the lead to 31-26. He also scored on a 7-yard touchdown run and finished with 403 all-purpose yards (178 receiving on 13 catches, 203 on kickoff returns and 22 rushing).

"This is the moment people remember," LeFevour said after a celebration at midfield. "For a lot of seniors, this will be the last time they play football. We wanted to end it the right way."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CMU
TROY
1st Downs2731
Total Yards504572
Passing395403
Rushing109169
Penalties4-318-63
3rd Down Conversions6-1513-20
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers11
Possession26:3533:25

Passing Leaders

Central MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
LeFevour33/553957.211
TroyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Brown31/563866.910

Rushing Leaders

Central MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
Schroeder13735.6017
Brown4225.517
TroyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harris141128.0225
Jernigan6396.5021

Receiving Leaders

Central MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown1317813.7037
Anderson78412.0120
TroyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jernigan915417.1048
Bruce45112.8029

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCMUTROY
TD03:52DuJuan Harris 9 Yd Pass From Levi Brown. (Michael Taylor Kick) 07
FG00:10Andrew Aguila 28 Yd 37
SECOND QUARTERCMUTROY
FG08:45Andrew Aguila 35 Yd 67
FG03:59Michael Taylor 22 Yd 610
FG01:28Andrew Aguila 44 Yd 910
THIRD QUARTERCMUTROY
TD13:10Shawn Southward 1 Yd Run. (Michael Taylor Kick) 917
FG09:47Andrew Aguila 42 Yd 1217
TD02:46Antonio Brown 7 Yd Run. (Andrew Aguila Kick) 1917
TD00:23DuJuan Harris 6 Yd Run. (Michael Taylor Kick) 1924
FOURTH QUARTERCMUTROY
TD08:01DuJuan Harris 1 Yd Run. (Michael Taylor Kick) 1931
TD07:47Antonio Brown 95 Yd Kickoff Return. (Andrew Aguila Kick) 2631
TD01:17Bryan Anderson 4 Yd Pass From Dan LeFevour. (Dan Lefevour Pass To Kito Poblah For Two-Point Conversion) 3431
FG00:31Michael Taylor 46 Yd 3434
OVERTIMECMUTROY
TDDan LeFevour 13 Yd Run. (Andrew Aguila Kick) 4134
TDShawn Southward 1 Yd Run. (Michael Taylor Kick) 4141
2ND OVERTIMECMUTROY
FGAndrew Aguila 37 Yd 4441