Sept. 14, 2019

From Andy Sneddon,

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Yes, it was just one single football game.

But to a Central Michigan program that won just once last season and was coming off a 61-0 whitewash a week prior at Wisconsin, it was so much more than that.

And a pair of backups led the charge.

David Moore threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns and Kobe Lewis amassed 183 yards and three scores on 30 touches on Saturday as the Chippewas topped Akron, 45-24, before 18,641 at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

It was the Mid-American Conference opener for the CMU (2-1), which won a league game for the first time since Nov. 24, 2017.

“Just can’t tell you how proud I am of our football team and this coaching staff,” first-year CMU coach Jim McElwain said. “It goes back to me feeling so good for these players, who maybe didn’t feel great about themselves (before) and yet understanding that the work you put in to it is what’s going to help you in whatever you do in life, and they saw that.