New Hampshire at Central Michigan

Central Michigan rallies past New Hampshire 24-21


MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) Ron Coluzzi booted a 27-yard field goal as time expired to cap a fourth-quarter rally and give Central Michigan a 24-21 over New Hampshire on Saturday.

Central Michigan (1-1) found its offensive stride late, erasing a 14-point deficit to spoil New Hampshire's attempt at winning its season opener against an FBS foe.

The Chippewas won without two key starters, quarterback Cody Kater and running back Zurlon Tipton, who were injured in the season opener.

Cooper Rush replaced Kater and had 326 yards passing and three touchdowns. Two of Rush's touchdowns came in Central Michigan's fourth-quarter rally.

Rush connected with Titus Davis on a play-action pass for a 97-yard touchdown to tie the game at 21-21 before the Chippewas got the ball back and drove 66 yards for the winning field goal.

Justin Mello caught five passes for 117 yards and one touchdown to lead the Wildcats.

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Scoring Summary
NHR.J. Harris 16 yd run (failed 2pt rush)
NHJustin Mello 17 yd pass from Andy Vailas (Mike MacArthur kick)
CMICHTitus Davis 9 yd pass from Cooper Rush (Ron Coluzzi kick)
NHNico Steriti 2 yd run (ANDY VAILAS 2pt run)
CMICHAndrew Flory 20 yd pass from Cooper Rush (Ron Coluzzi kick)
CMICHTitus Davis 97 yd pass from Cooper Rush (Ron Coluzzi kick)
CMICHRon Coluzzi 27 yd FG
Team Stats
First Downs1917
Third Down Efficiency5-146-15
Fourth Down Efficiency1-10-2
Plays-Net Yards70-38565-437
Passing Yds227333
Kick Return Yds3491
Punt Return Yds255
Time of Poss.30:4129:19
Individual Stats
NH: Nico Steriti 16-56, Andy Vailas 17-50, Sean Goldrich 2-23, R.J. Harris 1-16, Jared Allison 4-11, Chris Setian 2-3, Team 1--1
CMICH: Saylor Lavallii 20-93, Anthony Garland 2-5, Martez Walker 1-4, Cooper Rush 3-1, Alex Niznak 2-1
NH: Andy Vailas 15-22-156-0, Sean Goldrich 2-5-71-1
CMICH: Cooper Rush 19-32-326-0, Alex Niznak 2-5-7-1
NH: Justin Mello 5-117, R.J. Harris 3-38, Jimmy Giansante 3-19, Nico Steriti 2-8, Jared Allison 1-13, Harold Spears 1-12, Chris Setian 1-10, Jimmy Vailas 1-10
CMICH: Titus Davis 6-184, Andrew Flory 4-32, Jesse Kroll 3-54, Adam Fenton 2-25, Courtney Williams 2-19, Connor Odykirk 2-13, Ben McCord 1-5, Saylor Lavallii 1-1

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