Lew Nichols rolls once more as CMU locks up Michigan MAC trophy with 31-10 win over EMU


On Senior Day in Mount Nice, it was a redshirt freshman who starred, as Detroit Cass Tech product Lew Nichols III continued his electrical 2021 in Central Michigan’s 31-10 victory over Jap Michigan. Nichols rushed 44 instances for 194 yards and a landing, bringing his season dashing complete to 1,710 yards, tops within the nation. Nichols’ effort Friday additionally boosted his per-game common to 142.5 yards, greater than six yards higher than No. 2 Kenneth Walker III of Michigan State. Nichols additionally had two catches for 39 yards.

He wasn’t the one Chippewa with a giant day as CMU (8-4, 6-2 MAC) claimed the Michigan MAC trophy after sweeping WMU and CMU for the primary time since 2017. Marion Lukes returned the opening kickoff of the second half 100 yards for a landing, and JaCorey Sullivan caught two landing passes – a 9-yarder late within the first quarter, adopted by a 26-yarder early within the fourth – as a part of a four-catch, 46-yard day at Kelly-Shorts Stadium. CMU’s protection was additionally dominant, holding EMU to only 5 yards dashing, because of minus-45 yards on seven sacks towards Eagles QB Ben Bryant.

Sep 4, 2021; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Central Michigan Chippewas running back Lew Nichols III (7) runs the ball against the Missouri Tigers during the first half at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 4, 2021; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Central Michigan Chippewas operating again Lew Nichols III (7) runs the ball towards the Missouri Tigers in the course of the first half at Faurot Subject at Memorial Stadium. Obligatory Credit score: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports activities

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Bryant was 24-for-35 for 221 yards passing and no interceptions, however he didn’t throw for a TD. The Eagles’ lone landing got here on a 2-yard run by Samson Ev early within the third quarter. EMU entered Friday’s recreation with an opportunity for its first eight-win season since profitable 10 video games and going to the California Bowl in 1987. The Eagles (then the Hurons) received that bowl, for his or her solely Division I postseason victory. They need to have a shot at one other, nonetheless, as EMU grew to become bowl eligible with its win over Toledo earlier this month.

The Chips are additionally going bowling, with their second eight-win season in three years beneath coach Jim McElwain, who was employed following a 1-11 2018. Nichols simply missed his third straight 200-yard dashing recreation; he has seven straight 100-yard outings, by which the Chips have gone 6-1.

Contact Ryan Ford at rford@freepress.com. Comply with him on Twitter @theford.

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