Saturday's state college football: CMU posts first shutout in eight years

Detroit News staff and wires

Mount Pleasant — 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.

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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.

More state games

(At) Western Michigan 28, Illinois State 0: La’Darius Jefferson rushed for 106 yards with two touchdowns, Sean Tyler added 78 rushing yards and another score as Western Michigan blanked Illinois State in its home opener.

The Broncos (1-1) rebounded from an opening weekend thrashing at Michigan, amassing 407 yards of total offense against Illinois State and holding the Redbirds (1-1) to just 57.

The Broncos were driving, up 28-0 with 5:30 left in the game when the stadium lights went out, causing a brief delay.

Western Michigan quickly doused Illinois State’s hopes for an upset, driving 75 yards on a game-opening drive that consumed 5:22 and ended with a Jefferson run from the 1. The Redbirds, an FCS school, had defeated FBS opponents in their last two matchups.

Their first five possessions ended with four punts and an interception. Illinois State was 1-for-13 on third down conversions with a total of four first downs.

Bryce Jefferson passed for 29 yards with an interception and 10 Redbirds gained 28 on the ground.

Corvin Moment led the Broncos defense with six tackles — all unassisted including a sack and three tackles for loss. Kaleb Eleby was 15-for-21 passing for 174 yards and a TD. Eleby entered the game with the top passer rating (195.1) among returning FBS quarterbacks.

(At) No. 18 Wisconsin 37, Eastern Michigan 7: Chez Mellusi ran for 144 yards and a touchdown, and Wisconsin (1-1, 0-1 Big Ten) piled up 352 rushing yards and dominated on defense against Eastern Michigan (0-2), which had 92 total yards on offense. The Eagles had three first downs.

Mellusi, a Clemson transfer, became the first Wisconsin running back to record consecutive 100-yard rushing games in his first two contests since Corey Clement in 2013.

The Badgers, typically known for their explosive running, also had breakout performances from Isaac Guerendo and Jalen Berger. Berger, who missed the opener, had 15 carries for 62 yards and one TD.

Guerendo got to the edge and ran 82 yards for his first career touchdown that increased Wisconsin’s lead to 24-0 with 4:40 left in the first half. Guerendo, a junior, posted the eighth-longest TD run in program history.

The Badgers excelled on defense, even though two veteran starters didn’t play.

The Badgers failed to score inside the Eagles’ 10-yard line on their first series. Mellusi tripped on a handoff from Graham Mertz on first down and then the Badgers didn’t score on three runs following that miscue.

A holding penalty down field by Wisconsin wide receiver Danny Davis negated a 36-yard TD pass by tight end Clay Cundiff in the first quarter.

The lone highlight for Eastern Michigan was a 98-yard interception return for a TD in the fourth quarter by freshman defensive back David Carter, who picked off Badgers reserve quarterback Chase Wolf. The score was a career first for Carter.

Mertz returned in the fourth after Wolf’s interception.

► Truman (Missouri) 27, (at) Wayne State 9: Despite outgaining Truman 302-264, Wayne State could not overcome a 20-3 halftime deficit in dropping to 0-2 on the season.

Nolan Hair threw two touchdown passes, and Cody Schrader added a third rushing for Truman (2-0), which built a 27-3 lead before Jake AmRhein's 2-yard touchdown run with 5:33 left pulled Wayne State within 27-9.

Jeremy Taras booted a 20-yard field goal in the second quarter for Wayne State.

Josh Kulka was 27-of-40 passing for 221 yards and an interception for Wayne State. Kulka was the team's leading rusher, too, with 37 yards on 11 carries. Jesse Prewitt had six catches for 98 yards.

Saturday's scores

Albion 51, Defiance 0

Alma 47, Manchester 23

Bowie State 28, Saginaw Valley 19

Central (Iowa) 62, Kalamazoo 13

Coe 28, Hope 21

Davenport 10, Walsh 6

Ferris State 45, Ashland 19

Grand Valley State 34, Colorado State-Pueblo 14

Hanover 21, Adrian 14

Olivet 42, Eureka 23

St. Thomas (Minnesota) 12, Michigan Tech 9

Tiffin 40, Northwood 6

Wisconsin-Oshkosh 28, Northern Michigan 10