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  Central Michigan came to the desert southwest to play in one bowl game and ended up in another. The Chippewas still found a way to end their five-game bowl losing streak. Lew Nichols III ran for 130 yards and a touchdown, leading late replacement Central Michigan to a 24-21 victory over Washington State in the Sun Bowl on Friday. When Boise State opted out of the Arizona Bowl because of COVID-19 issues, Central Michigan switched about 300 miles east from Tucson, Arizona, to the Texas border city of El Paso. Miami skipped the Sun Bowl for COVID-19 reasons as well. Central Michigan stayed in Arizona before bussing to El Paso the day before the game. The Chippewas (9-4) won their fifth consecutive game this season in their first bowl victory since beating Western Kentucky in the 2012 Little Caesars Bowl. - Central Michigan/AP College Football

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  2021 MAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Lew Nichols III, RB, Central Michigan,...Nichols, a redshirt freshman running back from Detroit, earned the MAC Freshman of the Year Award in 2020. He leads the nation in rushing with 1,710 yards and in all-purpose yardage with 2,010 yards. Nichols is the sixth Chippewa to be named the MAC Offensive Player of the Year and the first since Dan LeFevour in 2009. - MAC Football

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  2021 MAC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Kalil Pimpleton, PR, Central Michigan,...Pimpleton, who hails from Muskegon, leads the MAC in average punt return yardage, 20.25 yards, and returned two punts for touchdowns this season. Both of those returns for touchdowns came in a 42-30 victory at Western Michigan; one covered a CMU-record 97 yards and stands as the third-longest punt return in MAC history. It marks the third time in CMU history that a Chippewa has earned the MAC Special Teams Player of the Year Award. Antonio Brown brought home the honor to Mount Pleasant in 2008-09. - MAC Football

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  Central Michigan's Lew Nichols III finished the regular season as the nation's top rusher in yards per game (142.5) and total (1,710). He also is first in attempts (311) after running 44 and 43 times the last two games - the most in back-to-back games since Alabama's Derrick Henry carried 46 and 44 times over two weeks in 2015. - AP College Football

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  Daniel Richardson threw two touchdown passes to JaCorey Sullivan, Marion Lukes returned a second-half kickoff 100 yards and Central Michigan ended the season with a 31-10 defeat of rival Eastern Michigan on Saturday. The win gives the Chippewas (8-4, 6-1 Mid-American Conference) the Michigan MAC trophy awarded to the team with the best record against the other two MAC teams in the state. Lew Nichols carried 44 times and gained 194 yards with a 33-yard touchdown run for Central Michigan.

It was the seventh straight 100-yard rushing game for Nichols and moved him to second place on the Chippewas single-season rushing list with 1,710 yards. Lukes' kickoff return was the longest in program and stadium history and was the first kick return for a TD for CMU since 2017 and the first one at home since 2013. Central Michigan ended the regular season on a four-game win streak and await a bowl bid. Eastern Michigan (7-5, 4-4) scored its lone touchdown on a Samson Evans 2-yard run. Ben Bryant threw for 221 yards, completing 24 of 35 passes. He was sacked seven times. - Central Michigan/AP College Football


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  A new name appears at the top of the Football Bowl Subdivision rushing chart after Central Michigan's Lew Nichols III turned in his second straight 200-yard game and Michigan State's Kenneth Walker III had his least productive game of the season. Nichols' 1,516 yards and average of 137.8 per game lead the nation, just ahead of Walker in both categories. Walker has 1,498 yards and a 136.2-yard average. Nichols became the first Central Michigan player since 2014 to put together consecutive 200-yard games. He had a career-high 219 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries in a 37-17 win over Ball State on Wednesday. He had 215 yards and four TDs in a 54-30 win over Kent State on Nov. 13.

The 5-foot-10, 220-pound Nichols was a three-star recruit out of Detroit in 2019 and was expected to split carries with Kobe Lewis this season. But Lewis was injured in preseason practice and is out for the season, leaving Nichols to carry the load for the Chippewas. Through five games Nichols ranked 53rd in country at 81 yards per game. His average has more than doubled, to 185.2, over his past six games. Walker was limited to six carries for 25 yards, both season lows, in Michigan State's 56-7 loss at Ohio State. Spartans coach Mel Tucker said Walker was banged up, and that's why his workload was limited. - AP College Football


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  Lew Nichols III ran for three scores and 219 yards and Central Michigan piled up 567 yards of offense and beat Ball State 37-17 on Wednesday night. Nichols topped 2,000-career rushing yards when he ran for 131 yards in the first half against the Cardinals. After a 7-7 first quarter, Nichols scored on runs of 2 and 66 yards sandwiched around a 50-yard end-around by Kalil Pempleton. Just before halftime, Drew Plitt led a 14-play, 81-yard drive for Ball State that ended with a 6-yard scoring pass to Yo'Heinz Tyler which reduced the Cardinals' deficit to 28-17. Midway through the third, however, Central Michigan (7-4, 5-2 Mid-American Conference) put it out of reach when Nichols carried it in from the 1 finishing an eight-play, 55-yard drive. Plitt threw for 170 yards for Ball State (5-6, 3-4). - AP College Football

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  NOV 15 MAC WEST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Lew Nichols III, Central Michigan, Running Back, R-Freshman, Detroit, Mich./Cass Technical,...Nichols had an unbelievable game against Kent State, carrying the ball 43 times for 215 yards and four touchdowns. He is the first CMU player to rush for more than 200 yards since Thomas Rawls versus NIU in 2014 and the first with four rushing scores since Jonathan Ward at Ball State in 2019. The 43 carries is tied for the fourth most in program history. Nichols also had four catches for 33 yards. - MAC Football

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  Freshman Lew Nichols III ran for 215 yards and four touchdowns and Daniel Richardson threw four TD passes as Central Michigan spotted Kent State 14 points before rolling to a 54-30 victory on Wednesday night. Nichols has now rushed for 1,297 in his first 10 games for the Chippewas (6-4, 4-2 Mid-American). He has topped the 100-yard mark seven times and has 11 rushing TDs and two TD receptions. Nichols had 43 carries against Kent State and has yet to fumble in 235 rushes this season.

The Golden Flashes (5-5, 4-2) led 14-0 after one quarter on Dustin Crum's 37-yard scoring strike to Kris Leach and Marquez Cooper's 2-yard TD run. Central Michigan answered with touchdown drives on four straight possessions and never trailed again. Nichols opened the scoring with a 1-yard TD run early in the second quarter. Richardson followed with two scoring strikes to Dallas Dixon sandwiched around a TD toss to Joel Wilson for a 26-14 lead. Nichols added a 1-yard TD run in the third quarter and scoring runs of 12 and 1 yard in the fourth. Richardson's final TD pass was a 21-yarder to Wilson in the third quarter. Richardson completed 21 of 27 passes for 268 yards for the Chippewas. Crum completed 28 of 38 passes for 322 yards and two TDs for the Golden Flashes. - Central Michigan/AP College Football


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  NOV 8 MAC WEST DIVISION SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kalil Pimpleton, Central Michigan, Punt Returner, Junior, Muskegon, Mich./Muskegon,...Pimpleton led Central Michigan to a rivalry victory at Western Michigan with a pair of punt returns for touchdowns in just a five minute span on the game clock. Pimpleton's first punt return for a touchdown came at the 5:03 mark of the second quarter, a 70-yard score. It was CMU's first punt return for a TD since Antonio Brown in 2009. KP's second punt return for a score came with 00:03 left in the first half, a 97-yard return. That broke CMU's program record previously held by Jim Podoley, a 90-yard return vs. Northern Iowa, 1953. It was also the third-longest return in MAC history. Pimpleton is the first CMU player to have two punt returns for a touchdown in the program's Division I era. He is the only player at the FBS level this season to tally two in a game and is the 24th player in D-I to have multiple punt return touchdowns in a single game since 2000. Pimpleton broke the MAC single game punt return average record with a mark of 55.3. The previous mark was 43.3 by Ryne Robinson of Miami (Ohio) in 2003. - MAC Football

(DS#81 WR) Sr/2022 WR Kalil PimpletonCentral Michigan
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  Kalil Pimpleton scored three touchdowns in five minutes, two on long punt returns, to spark Central Michigan to a 42-30 win over Western Michigan on Wednesday night. Pimpleton, who had 104 yards receiving with an 11-yard touchdown sandwiched between the punt returns, had 269 yards of total offense at halftime. He finished with 281. Lew Nichols had two second-half touchdown runs and piled up 163 yards on 26 carries for the Chippewas (5-4, 3-2 Mid-American Conference). It was his fourth straight 100-yard game and fifth of the season for the redshirt freshman.

With the Chippewas trailing 14-0 in the second quarter, Pimpleton took a punt and went around the right side 70 yards for a score. He then hauled in an 11-yard scoring pass to complete a three-play, 72-yard drive. Finally he fielded a punt at the 5-yard line, went up the middle, veered to the right sideline and then back to the middle of the field for a 95-yard score, the longest in school history. The first TD came at the 5:03 mark, the third came three seconds before halftime. The last Chippewa to return a punt for a touchdown was Antonio Brown in 2009 when he was the last to have two punt returns in a season. Sean Tyler had two rushing touchdowns for the Broncos (5-4, 2-3) and Corey Crooms caught seven passes for 118 yards and a score. - Central Michigan/AP College Football


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  OCT 18 MAC FOOTBALL WEST DIVISION SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Marshall Meeder, Central Michigan, Kicker, Freshman, Eaton Rapids, Mich./Eaton Rapids,...Meeder scored the final 12 points with four field goals for CMU including the game-winner in overtime as CMU defeated Toledo, 26-23. Meeder was 4-4 on field goals, making kicks of 46 yards, 51 yards, 44 yards and 38 yards. He was also 2-2 on PATs. He is the first CMU student-athlete with four field goals in a game since 2012. - MAC Football

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  Daniel Richardson threw the go-ahead touchdown to Kalil Pimpleton with 3:55 left and Central Michigan held on to beat Ohio 30-27 on Saturday. The CMU (3-3, 1-1 Mid-American Conference) defense stuffed Ohio on its ensuing drive holding the Bobcats to minus-7 yards in three plays and forced the Bobcats to punt. The Chippewas proceeded to kill the clock from there. Richardson threw for 257 yards, the score to Pimpleton and two interceptions. Lew Nichols III ran for 186 yards on 30 carries and two touchdowns for Central Michigan. Pimpleton also added a 7-yard end around for a score to give Central Michigan a 20-19 lead. Sieh Bangura responded with a 40-yard touchdown run for Ohio and the two-point conversion gave the Bobcats a 27-20 advantage. Ohio's Armani Rogers completed 13-of-18 pass attempts for 190 yards and ran for a score. - Central Michigan/AP College Football

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  Backup quarterback Daniel Richardson threw for three fourth-quarter touchdowns and Central Michigan rallied from a 17-point second-half deficit to beat Florida International 31-27 on Saturday. Richardson had two touchdown passes in three-plus minutes to get Central Michigan within 27-24 with 7:12 remaining. Lew Nichols III scored from 15-yards out to cap a 10-play drive and JaCorey Sullivan caught a 14-yard scoring pass. Richardson's 27-yard connection with Dallas Dixon on third-and-3 capped an 80-yard drive with 1:18 remaining for CMU's first lead since 3-0.

Nichols carried it 25 times for 152 yards for Central Michigan (2-2). Starter Jacob Sirmon was 14-for-26 passing for 121 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Sirmon found Dallas Dixon for an 11-yard score to pull within 14-10 at halftime. Richardson finished 16 of 23 for 276 yards. Max Bortenschlager threw for 395 yards and two touchdowns with one interception for FIU (1-3). Rishard Dames had a interception and blocked punt return for a score. Tyrese Chambers caught six passes for 175 yards and a touchdown, and Bryce Singleton also caught six passes for 173 yards Dames' blocked punt and 6-yard return put FIU ahead 27-10. - Central Michigan/AP College Football


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  Jacob Sirmon threw for three touchdowns, Dallas Dixon had two receiving scores and Central Michigan dominated Robert Morris 45-0 on Saturday. It was Central Michigan's first shutout since November 23, 2013, a 37-0 win over UMass. Sirmon connected with Hunter Buczkowski for a 3-yard score and with JaCorey Sullivan for 24 yards to extend the Chippewas lead to 19-0 with 4:49 left before halftime. A little more than three minutes later, Daniel Richardson threw a 16-yard pass to Dallas Dixon for a 28-0 advantage. The Chippewas (1-1) took the second-half kick and marched 68 yards in eight plays that ended with Sirmon throwing a 6-yard scoring pass to Dixon for a five-touchdown lead. Lew Nichols III had 79 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown and Kalil Pimpleton tallied 58 yards with a touchdown for CMU. Central Michigan outgained the Colonials (0-1) 515-109 in total yardage and held the ball for more than 35 minutes. - Central Michigan/AP College Football

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