GMAC Bowl: Central Michigan Knocks Off Troy 44-41 In Double Overtime

The MAC-winning Central Michigan Chippewas knocked off the Sun Belt-conquering Troy Trojans in a double-overtime thriller in Mobile's GMAC Bowl, a game we're pretty sure no one saw but us.

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Central Michigan 44, Troy 41: Chippewas Edge Trojans in Double Overtime In GMAC Bowl

Mobile, AL (Sports Network) - Andrew Aguila made 5-of-6 field goals and kicked the game-winning 37-yarder in the second overtime, as the 25th-ranked Central Michigan Chippewas edged the Troy Trojans, 44-41, in the 11th annual GMAC Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

Senior quarterback Dan LeFevour completed 33-of-55 passes for 395 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Chippewas (12-2), who were appearing in their fourth straight bowl and sixth overall in school history. LeFevour also rushed for 57 yards and a score on nine carries for Central Michigan, which claimed its third MAC title in the last four seasons.

Antonio Brown caught 13 passes for 178 yards and also returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. Brown added a rushing TD while Bryan Anderson hauled in seven passes for 84 yards and a score for the Chippewas, who were playing in their first game under interim head coach Steve Stripling.

Levi Brown connected on 31-of-56 passes for 387 yards and a touchdown for the Trojans (9-4), who were appearing in their fourth bowl game in school history. DuJuan Harris rushed for 112 yards and two scores on 14 carries. Shawn Southward also rushed for a pair of touchdowns. Jerrel Jernigan caught nine passes for 154 yards while Harris caught a TD pass for Troy, which grabbed its fourth straight Sun Belt title this season.

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GMAC Bowl: And Dan LeFevour Shall Have Dominion Over All Men

The Chippewas outlasted the Trojans through two overtimes in Mobile, trading touchdowns in the first and edging by a field goal in the second. This is Troy’s second consecutive bowl loss that came down to a missed field goal, which has got to smart, but the story tonight is, of course, warrior-poet/quarterback Dan LeFevour, who absolutely cannot be kept down for a full four quarters. 

With 395 aerial yards on the evening, LeFevour ends his college career well over the 3,000-yard mark, and with tonight’s passing performance he should put paid to any attempts to write him off as a Mere Spread Quarterback. (Troy’s Levi Brown, it should be noted, is no slouch in the air-raid department himself, also treading dangerously close to a 400-yard outing.)

At 12-2, with their only losses coming at the hands of perfectly respectable Arizona and Boston College teams, will this win be enough to vault the Chippewas at last into the BCS ranking they have been so cruelly denied? Knowing the trained pigeons pulling the levers at the assorted polls, maybe not. So enjoy tonight, Chippewas. We saw you. Promise.

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