No, this is not considered a victory.
However, there were many victories that Central Michigan managed to take away from their 17-12 loss on the road against Miami (Florida). These aspects of the competition are things the Chippewas (2-2) can take on in their last eight games of their season.
Coach Jim McLwain said earlier in the week that he wanted his players to be proud of what they put on for the Hurricane movie. CMU was not enough for 30.5 points coming into the game and had no chance.
Only by losing five points against an ACC hurricane team that had high expectations early in the season is it safe to say that McElwain players should be proud of the effort they put into the loss.
"I think the biggest piece we took from him is if you really convince yourself that you have the opportunity to do whatever you want," said McLuane. "I think at the end of the day, when all was said and done, I asked our guys to do one thing ̵
Here are four take-offs after the loss of Central Michigan to the Miami Hurricanes.
(Moore) is a dude.
Quarterback David Moore is more than capable of leading the offense. He again handled the barrier perfectly and managed to make throw after throw against hurricane defense.
Now Miami's defense seemed bad against CMU, but it showed its ferocity several times when the defense collapsed and the defense reached Moore. He made several hits to his blind side and blew twice and each time, both happening as the Chips drove down the pitch and were able to score a touchdown.
By making his second start as a "replacement" for the injured graduate Quentin Dormadi, Moore took responsibility for the offensive squad. Moore uses his feet to move the ball, including converting a third down, where he slides his head over his heels and presses a sneaky quarterback.
In-game decision making puts CMU in the position to win. Those who know him best and have traveled to CMU will say that this is no surprise. Most of Moore's yards were high school finishes – usually third down or even fourth – and kept CMU in the race and gave him a chance to win.
Miami coach Mani Diaz praised Moore after the game, simply saying, "He's a dude … this guy can play."
improves every week looking beyond the Wisconsin game.
Against Albany in the opener, the crime was conservative, but strong enough to get the job done. Again, passing Wisconsin, the insult seemed much better than that of Akron in the opening midpoint of the American Conference. There were a few more calls to put guys in the position of making explosive plays.
Against Miami, McElwain also scores huge plays and even one more trick game. Moore threw the ball to running back Kobe Lewis, who threw it back to Moore on a flea flicker and found wide receiver Tyron Scott on the left.
Playing as a flea flicker or passing through the middle in guys like Scott, tight end Tony Polyan or receivers Kalil Pimpton and Jacore Sullivan can set the Chippewas up for success as they continue their MAC game next week against rival West Michigan.
Rough and difficult protection
Rob Aki's defense is difficult and there is no secret about it. However, the defensive line has the potential to change the game, and it has shown up against the Hurricanes.
Pressing the defender changes the way the signaling player plays his game. Defensive end Sean Adesany led with two sacks on Jaron Williams from Miami, and the Chippewa reached Williams, a 6-2, 210-pound red knight, four times for 30 yards in the game.
On top of that, CMU was able to get guys to rush to the ball all the time and stifle the hurricane out of the two drives.
The squad did well against Miami – and nearly eliminated the disorder.
Special teams have played a huge role in this game and have this season.
The punter Brady Buell had a decent performance, averaging 39.9 yards on six points. But he had a moment of brilliance in the second quarter as he nailed Miami deep into his 7-yard line.
Just three plays later, quarterback Jacques Bristol fired Williams in the end zone to mark the Chippewas' first points on the road this season. But more importantly, it gave them confidence and inertia as the first half wound up.
Buell's right foot had a positive impact on his team, flipping through the position of the pitch.
Montrae Braswell had two 70-yard return hits of 45. He put up a long, 17-play 55-yard touchdown, which took 8:25 of the fourth quarter and put CMU within striking distance to win the game.
Kicker Ryan Tees made his career goal in a 55 yard field that was an absolute rocket and went almost perfectly in the middle. That brought the score to 14-5 at the end of the third quarter.
However, he missed 54 yards a little earlier, sailing to the left. It was his first pass of the season.
This does not put the loss of Tice, or even Moore. But if Tees makes that first field goal or Moore is not blinded twice in potential hits, then who knows what that could be.