Wednesday's state football: CMU rolls Kent State; state's five DI teams all bowl eligible

Associated Press

Mount Pleasant — 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 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.

With their sixth win, CMU has become bowl-eligible; all five Division I teams in Michigan are now eligible for postseason play.

Central Michigan's Lew Nichols III, out of Cass Tech, had a monster game in a win over Kent State on Wednesday night.

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, a Detroit Cass Tech alum, 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.

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