Hoosiers Suffer Heartbreak vs. Chippewas, 37-34
Nov. 1, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Backup quarterback Brian Brunner threw for a school-record 485 yards and four touchdowns, then ran 1 yard for the go-ahead score to elevate Central Michigan past Indiana 37-34.
Central Michigan (7-2, 5-0) won its fifth straight overall, this one coming without last year's Mid-American Conference offensive player of the year, Dan LeFevour, who sat out with a sprained ankle.
Brunner was 35-of-53 on a day the two-time defending MAC champs managed just 37 yards rushing.
Ben Chappell was 8-of-16 for 156 yards with one touchdown and one interception for Indiana, Marcus Thigpen ran six times for 109 yards and two scores, and linebacker Matt Mayberry tied the Hoosiers' single-game record for sacks with four.
Brunner threw three touchdown passes in the first half to keep Central Michigan tied at 21.
Then, when the Hoosiers misfired in the second half, Brunner and the Chippewas took advantage.
Brunner didn't blink. His seemingly harmless screen pass to Antonio Brown late in the third quarter changed everything. Brown caught it in the middle of the field, ran left, then cut right and sprinted to the end zone, waving at the Hoosiers defenders when he crossed the goal line to make it 28-28.
That drew a 15-yard penalty on the kickoff, and Indiana answered with Demetrius McCray's 3-yard TD run.
But the momentum swung when Austin Starr's extra point was blocked.
The Chippewas responded with a 48-yard field goal from Andrew Aguila on their next possession, and then Brunner masterfully drove Central down the field again, scoring on a 1-yard plunge with 8:52 left to give the Chippewas their only lead of the game.
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