For the third time in the last eighteen years, the Central Michigan Chippewa football team marched into East Lansing and beat Michigan State on their own turf. In a thrilling come-from-behind 29-27 victory, CMU quarterback, Dan LeFevour, led the Chippewas with 328 yards passing to go with his three touchdowns through the air. During the game, LeFevour also became the all-time leader in total offense for the Mid-American Conference.
As a proud Central Michigan alum, it was exciting to see my Chippewas beat a very good Michigan State team. For those who watched the game it was apparent that Central was simply the better team today. Although the Chips did need some luck near the end of the game, they outplayed and outperformed the Spartans throughout the game.
I can distinctly remember back to the last two times when CMU beat MSU. The first came in 1991 as I was just starting my freshmen year at Central as the Chippewas soundly beat the Spartans 20-3 in East Lansing. The game was considered a fluke win by Michigan State players, who assured all who would listen that they would get their revenge over Central in the 1992 game. Remarkably, CMU did it again in '92 by posting a 24-20 win in a game I had the privilege of attending.
Although some would argue that another loss of a Big Ten team at the hands of a Mid-American squad demonstrates the Big Ten's weakness, I think it just goes to show how good the MAC is. I anticipate that MSU will still challenge for a Big Ten title this year and, hopefully, Central will win the MAC and a bowl game. With this win, LeFevour will likely get more national attention and some Heisman trophy consideration. Fire Up Chips!