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Central Michigan Chippewas
Current season Current season
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First season 1896
Athletic director Dave Heeke
Head coach Dan Enos
1st year, 0–0  (–)
Home stadium Kelly/Shorts Stadium
Stadium capacity 30,295
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Conference Mid-American
Division West
All-time record 564–358–37 (.607)
Postseason bowl record 2–4
Claimed national titles 1
Conference titles 15
Current uniform
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Colors Maroon and Gold              
Fight song The Fighting Chippewa
Marching band The Marching Chippewas
Rivalries Western Michigan
Eastern Michigan
Michigan State
Website CMUChippewas.com

The Central Michigan Chippewas football team (also referred to as the CMU Chippewas) is a college football program in Division I FBS, representing Central Michigan University. They are a top 25 program in terms of all-time winning percentage.[1] The Chippewas compete in the Mid-American Conference. On January 11, 2010, Dan Enos was announced as the new head coach. He was formerly the running backs coach for the Michigan State Spartans.[2]

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2009 season

Championships

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National championship

Division II: 1974

In 1974, the Chippewas won the NCAA Division II national championship by defeating Delaware 54-14.

The team has since competed in Division I FBS.

Conference championships

Year Conference Coach Overall record Conference record
1952 Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Bill Kelly 7-2 6-0
1953 Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Bill Kelly 7-1-1 5-0-1
1954 Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Bill Kelly 8-2 5-1
1955 Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Bill Kelly 8-1 5-1
1956 Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Bill Kelly 9-0 6-0
1962 Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Bill Kelly 6-4 4-0
1966 Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Bill Kelly 5-5 3-0
1967 Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Roy Kramer 8-2 2-1
1968 Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Roy Kramer 7-2 2-1
1979 Mid-American Conference Herb Deromedi 10-0-1 8-0-1
1980 Mid-American Conference Herb Deromedi 9-2 7-2
1990 Mid-American Conference Herb Deromedi 8-3-1 7-1
1994 Mid-American Conference Dick Flynn 9-3 8-1
2006 Mid-American Conference Brian Kelly/Jeff Quinn 10-4 7-1
2007 Mid-American Conference Butch Jones 8-6 6-1
2009 Mid-American Conference Butch Jones/Steve Stripling 12-2 8-0

Bowl games

Year Bowl Opponent Result
1990 California Bowl San Jose State L 24-48
1994 Las Vegas Bowl UNLV L 24-52
2006 Motor City Bowl Middle Tennessee State W 31-14
2007 Motor City Bowl Purdue L 48-51
2008 Motor City Bowl Florida Atlantic L 21-24
2009 GMAC Bowl Troy W 44-41 (2OT)
TOTAL 6 Bowl Games PF: 192, PA: 230 2-4

Rivalries

Western Michigan Broncos

These arch rivals first met in 1907 and have faced one another annually since 1943. The home team nearly always wins the game. The week of the game is known as Central-Western Week (or Western-Central Week depending on one's allegiance). Since the two schools are separated by just over 2 hours, it is typical that the away team has a strong fan presence at the game.

The winner of the game receives the Cannon Trophy.[3] The outcome also helps determine the winner of the Michigan MAC Trophy, a trophy fought over between Michigan's three MAC football teams: the Chippewas, the Broncos, and the Eastern Michigan Eagles.[4]

1975: Central Michigan 34, Western Michigan 0
In the Chippewas first MAC game ever, they beat the Broncos 34-0 at the then Perry Shorts Stadium.

2000: Central Michigan 21, Western Michigan 17
The 8-1 Broncos came into this game almost ranked and in first place in the conference. Meanwhile, the Chippewas entered the game at 1-8. However, in one of the MAC's most historic upsets, the Chippewas spoiled the Broncos dreams, beating them 21-17.

2004: Central Michigan 24, Western Michigan 21 (OT)
Trailing 21-7 with 2 minutes remaining, Chippewa quarterback Kent Smith rushed for a touchtown to make the score 21-14. The Broncos secured the ensuing kickoff, but would fumble to CMU. Several plays later, Smith threw a touchtown pass to tie the game and force overtime. The Chippewas went on to win the game 24-21 on a 25-yard field goal. After the kick, the CMU students rushed the field.

2007: Central Michigan 34, Western Michigan 31
Western Michigan scored 14 points in 33 seconds in the fourth quarter to take a 31-27 lead with less than two minutes remaining. On the Chippewas' following drive, quarterback Dan LeFevour threw a 39 yard pass to Bryan Anderson at the 1-yard line. LeFevour then rushed for the winning touchdown.[5]

Eastern Michigan Eagles

The Chippewas and Eagles maintain a less prominent, but steady rivalry. These opponents know each other well as they have faced each other over 80 times.[5]

Michigan State Spartans

These two schools are separated by just 68 miles of U.S. Route 127. The Spartans lead the series 4-3.

1991: Central Michigan 20, Michigan State 3
The returning Big Ten Co-Champions Spartans entered the game ranked 19th in the nation. They were thought of as such a high favorite that odds-makers did not release point spreads for the game. Despite this, the underdog Chippewas never trailed the Spartans, beating them by a score of 20-3.[6]

1992: Central Michigan 24, Michigan State 20

1993: Michigan State 48, Central Michigan 34

1998: Michigan State 38, Central Michigan 7

2001: Michigan State 38, Central Michigan 21

2004: Michigan State 24, Central Michigan 7

2009: Central Michigan 29, Michigan State 27
With 32 seconds remaining, Chippewa quarterback Dan LeFevour threw a touchdown pass to Paris Cotton to put the Chippewas within one point. After a failed two-point conversion, Bryan Anderson recovered the ensuing onside kick to set up Andrew Aguila's game winning 42-yard field goal.[7] [2]

Chippewas currently playing professional football

NFL players

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