2007 Motor City Bowl History & More
Central Michigan LB Red Keith
Central Michigan LB Red Keith
Posted Dec 17, 2007

Motor City Bowl Profiles, History, Best Bowl Moments & More

Purdue (7-5) vs. Central Michigan (8-5)

Dec. 26th, 7:30 pm, ESPN

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By Richard Cirminiello

Motor City Bowl History
2006 C. Michigan 31, Middle Tenn14
2005 Memphis 38, Akron 31
2004 Connecticut 39, Toledo 10
2003 Bo. Green 28, Northwestern 24
2002 Boston College 51, Toledo 25
2001 Toledo 23, Cincinnati 16
2000 Marshall 25, Cincinnati 14
1999 Marshall 21, BYU 3
1998 Marshall 48, Louisville 29
1997 Mississippi 34, Marshall 31

Best Boilermaker Bowl Moment: In its long history, Purdue has been to just a pair of Rose Bowls, winning one long before any current players were born.  Back in 1966 when Bob Griese was barking out signals, the Boilermakers capped their first nine-win season in nearly a quarter century and a No. 6 ranking in the final polls by defeating USC 14-13.

Best Chippewa Bowl Moment: Central Michigan has taken part in three bowl games, but only last year’s  Motor City Bowl ended with a victory.  The Chippewas handled Middle Tennessee State, 31-14, getting a pair of touchdowns from Ontario Sneed to cap a sensational MAC-championship year with their first 10-win season since 1979.

Central Michigan's best win ... MAC Championship, Central Michigan 35 ... Miami University 10
Dan LeFevour ran for 170 yards and touchdowns from 21 and 29 yards out, and threw for 185 yards with scoring passes from three yards away to Kito Poblah on the way to a second straight MAC championship. Miami got a 38-yard Nathan Parseghian field goal in the third quarter and a 12-yard
Armand Robinson touchdown catch in the fourth, but CMU had control of the game throughout. Ontario Sneed ran for two fourth quarter scores for the Chippewas.
Player of the game: Central Michigan QB Dan LeFevour completed 24 of 34 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions, and ran 20 times for 170 yards and two scores.
Stat Leaders: Miami University - Passing: Daniel Raudabaugh, 29-50, 254 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Daniel Raudabaugh, 4-21. Receiving: Eugene Harris, 6-41
Central Michigan - Passing: Dan LeFevour, 24-34, 185 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Dan LeFevour, 20-170, 2 TD. Receiving:
Antonio Brown, 6-30

Central Michigan's worst loss ... North Dakota State 44 ... Central Michigan 14
NDSU had few problems coming up with long scoring drives, holding on to the ball for over 36 minutes, as Tyler Roehl ran for three second half touchdowns and Steve Walker threw a seven yard touchdown pass on 25 of 30 passing. CMU turned it over three times and rarely got any significant drives moving, only generating points on a five-yard Justin Hoskins touchdown run in the second quarter and a five-yard Antonio Brown scoring catch in the third.
Player of the game: North Dakota State RB Tyler Roehl rushed 30 times for 143 yards and three touchdowns, while catching six passes for 39 yards.
Stat Leaders: North Dakota State - Passing: Steve Walker, 25-30, 261 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Tyler Roehl, 30-143, 3 TDs. Receiving: Alex Belquist, 8-122
Central Michigan - Passing: Dan LeFevour, 25-40, 186 yds, 1 TD, 2 INTs
Dan LeFevour, 9-49. Receiving: Antonio Brown, 9-54, 1 TD

Purdue's best win ...
Purdue 45 ... Central Michigan 22
Purdue jumped out to a 38-0 lead helped by two Curtis Painter touchdown passes, Kory Sheets touchdown runs from 17 and seven yards, and a 19-yard Jaycen Taylor score. Central Michigan bounced back with 22 second half points with Justin Hoskins scoring twice and Justin Gardner scoring from 14 yard out, but the Boilermakers stopped the threat with a five-yard Selwyn Lymon touchdown catch. The teams combined for 1,048 yards of total offense.
Player of the game: Purdue QB Curtis Painter was 29-of-39 for 360 yards and three touchdown passes.
Stat Leaders: Central Michigan - Passing: Dan LeFevour, 35-56, 364 yds, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Rushing: Ontario Sneed, 14-41. Receiving: Bryan Anderson, 10-101
Purdue - Passing: Curtis Painter, 29-39, 360 yds, 3 TDs
Kory Sheets, 21-144, 2 TDs. Receiving: Dorien Bryant, 6-95

Purdue's worst loss ...
Indiana 27 ... Purdue 24
Austin Starr nailed a 49-yard field goal with 30 seconds to play to halt a late Purdue rally and get the win. The Hoosiers got up 24-3 helped by two Kellen Lewis touchdown runs and an eight-yard pass to James Hardy, but the Boilermakers roared back with two one-yard scoring runs from Kory Sheets and a five-yard Jake Standeford catch coming with just under four minutes to play. A last gasp drive never got going.
Player of the game: Indiana QB Kellen Lewis completed 23 of 39 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown with an interceptions and ran 13 times for 30 yards and two scores
Stat Leaders: Purdue - Passing: Curtis Painter, 28-45, 281 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Jaycen Taylor, 13-53. Receiving: Dorien Bryant, 9-53
Indiana - Passing: Kellen Lewis, 23-39, 216 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Marcus Thigpen, 19-140. Receiving: James Hardy, 10-87, 1 TD

2006 Motor City Bowl
Central Michigan 31 .... Middle Tennessee 14

Central Michigan controlled the game from the start with an early 14-0 lead with Ontario Sneed running for a one-yard score and catching a pass on the sidelines for a 29-yard touchdown. Middle Tennessee went on a 12-play, 80-yard drive to get within seven, but the Chippewas quickly answered with a :35 drive ending with a nine-yard Dan LeFevour scramble for a score. The defense got in the act in the second half with linebacker Doug Kress picking off a pass for a 56-yard touchdown. The Blue Raiders never quit with a DeMarco McNair touchdown run, but couldn't get any closer.
Player of the game ...
Central Michigan DE Dan Bazuin made eight tackles, two sacks, broke up a pass and made 2.5 tackles for loss
Stat Leaders: Central Michigan - Passing: Dan LeFevour, 16-26, 162 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Dan LeFevour, 15-69, 1 TD.  Receiving: Bryan Anderson, 6-51
Middle Tennessee - Passing: Clint Marks, 25-37, 251 yds, 2 INT
Eugene Gross, 12-37, 1 TD. Receiving: Desmond Gee, 9-63

Purdue Bowl History (7-7)
2006 Champs Sports Maryland, 24, Purdue 7
2004 Sun Arizona State 27, Purdue 23
2003 Capital One Georgia 34, Purdue 27 (OT)
2002 Sun Purdue 34, Washington 24
2001 Sun Washington St 33, Purdue 27
2000 Rose Washington 34, Purdue 24
1999 Outback Georgia 28, Purdue 25 (OT)
1998 Alamo Purdue 37, Kansas State 34
1997 Alamo Purdue 33, Oklahoma St 20
1984 Peach Virginia 27, Purdue 24
1980 Liberty Purdue 28, Missouri 25
1979 Bluebonnet Purdue 27, Tennessee 22
1978 Peach Purdue 41, Georgia Tech 21
1966 Rose Purdue 14, USC 13
Central Mich. Bowl History (1-2)
2006 Motor City Central Mich, 31, Middle Tennessee 14
1994 Las Vegas UNLV 52, Central Mich 24
1990 California SJSU 48, Central Mich 24

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