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Saturday, December 01, 2007

CMU wins second straight MAC championship

Central Michigan defensive lineman Steven Friend holds the Mid-American Conference championship trophy after CMU defeated Miami of Ohio 35-10 to win its second straight MAC championship. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Central Michigan coach Butch Jones gets doused. Jones took over the Central Michigan job after Brian Kelly left for Cincinnati. After Saturday's game, Central Michigan accepted an invitation to return to Ford Field for the fourth time in two seasons for the Dec. 26 Motor City Bowl. Last year, the Chippewas beat Ohio 31-10 in the MAC championship game, then defeated Middle Tennessee State 31-14 in the Motor City Bowl. This year, an opponent from the Big 10 is likely.
"I told our team all year that the hardest thing to do in sports is to repeat," Jones said. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour rushes for a 28-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. LeFevour ran for 166 yards and threw for 185 more. LeFevour ran for two scores and threw for another, giving him 41 touchdowns - 17 rushing, 23 passing and one receiving - this season. LeFevour has 1,008 yards rushing and 3, 360 yards passing this season, joining Vince Young (Texas, 2005) as the only members of the 1,000-3,000 club in Football Bowl Subdivision history. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

LeFevour (13) makes a leap into the end zone against Miami of Ohio defensive back Jerrid Gaines for a touchdown in the second half. The sophomore became only the second MAC quarterback to win back-to-back championship games, joining Chad Pennington, who won three in a row with Marshall from 1997-99. The game matched LeFevour, the MAC's Offensive Player of the Year, and Miami linebacker Clayton Mullins, the league's Defensive Player of the Year.(AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Central Michigan defensive back Eric Fraser, left, deflects a pass intended for Miami of Ohio end Tom Crabtree (80) during the third quarter. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Central Michigan running back Ontario Sneed (28), defended by Miami of Ohio linebacker Joey Hudson (48), crosses the goal line for a 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)


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