September 21, 2019

From, Andy Sneddon

Chippewas Go Down Swinging In Miami

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Just about everything but a win.

And in the long run, the Central Michigan football program may look back on the first month of the 2019 season as one where it went from crawling to walking.

The Chippewas stood toe-to-toe with Atlantic Coast Conference member Miami (Fla.) on Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium, never backing down in what turned into a battle of defenses.

The Hurricanes got a 17-12 win; the Chippewas, perhaps, some respect and a level of self-discovery – maybe belief — as they head into next weekend’s battle with archrival Western Michigan in Kalamazoo.

“I’m really proud of those kids in that locker room,” first-year CMU coach Jim McElwain said. “They made a decision and a choice this week to go out and really play hard, and I’ll tell you what, we played hard, which was great to see.

“Anytime you lose it hurts; for the first time I kind of felt in that locker room there was a little bit of pain and that’s not a bad thing.”

It was, perhaps, a barometer for how far the Chippewas have come in McElwain’s four games in charge of the program. They lost in their last game with a Power 5 opponent, Wisconsin, 61-0, two weeks ago.