MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) - Zurlon Tipton ran for a career-high 180 yards and three touchdowns Thursday night as Central Michigan opened the season with a 38-27 victory over Southeast Missouri.
The junior ran for touchdowns of 32 and 48 yards in the first half, racking up 120 yards on eight carries. The Chippewas had 324 yards on the ground in the game.
Central Michigan trailed 27-24 when it took the lead on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Radcliff to Jarrett Fleming, and added another score in the fourth on a 1-yard run by Tipton.
After a 24-24 tie at the half, Southeast Missouri took the lead on a 40-yard field by Drew Geldbach.
|CMICH||David Harman 24 yd FG|
|SEMOST||Spencer Davis 55 yd run (Drew Geldbach kick)|
|SEMOST||Drew Geldbach 37 yd FG|
|CMICH||Zurlon Tipton 32 yd run (David Harman kick)|
|SEMOST||Scott Lathrop 4 yd run (Drew Geldbach kick)|
|SEMOST||D.J. Foster 15 yd pass from Scott Lathrop (Drew Geldbach kick)|
|CMICH||Zurlon Tipton 48 yd run (David Harman kick)|
|CMICH||Anthony Garland 2 yd run (David Harman kick)|
|SEMOST||Drew Geldbach 40 yd FG|
|CMICH||Jarrett Fleming 20 yd pass from Ryan Radcliff (David Harman kick)|
|CMICH||Zurlon Tipton 1 yd run (David Harman kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||5-13||6-9|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||0-1||0-0|
|Kick Return Yds||69||81|
|Punt Return Yds||0||18|
|Time of Poss.||30:52||29:8|
|SEMOST: Levi Terrell 15-78, Spencer Davis 3-43, Scott Lathrop 17-31, Ron Coleman 4-16, Renard Celestin 2-15, Blake Jackson 1-5|
|CMICH: Zurlon Tipton 17-180, Anthony Garland 17-102, Saylor Lavallii 6-33, Titus Davis 1-9, Courtney Williams 1-7, Team 1--1, Connor Odykirk 1--3, Jerry Harris 1--3|
|SEMOST: Scott Lathrop 10-17-120-0, Blake Jackson 1-1-0-0|
|CMICH: Ryan Radcliff 14-23-171-1|
|SEMOST: D.J. Foster 6-97, Ola Alli 1-10, Spencer Davis 1-7, Marq Goodlitt 1-5, Renard Celestin 1-1, Levi Terrell 1-0|
|CMICH: Titus Davis 4-51, Jarrett Fleming 2-36, Andrew Flory 2-29, Cody Wilson 2-16, Caleb Southworth 1-17, Anthony Garland 1-9, Connor Odykirk 1-7, Courtney Williams 1-6|