Boxscore
Central Michigan 24, Western Kentucky 21
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 7:30 PM
Location - Ford Field
Attendance - 23310

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Western Kentucky 7 7 7 0 21
Central Michigan 14 3 0 7 24

Recap


Central Michigan 24, Western Kentucky 21: Ryan Radcliff connected with Cody Wilson for an 11-yard touchdown with 5:11 to play as the Chippewas rallied past the Hilltoppers to win the Little Caesars Bowl in Detroit.

Radcliff finished with 253 yards passing and three touchdowns, leading Central Michigan (7-6) to its fourth consecutive victory. Western Kentucky (7-6) passed up a potential game-tying field goal from the Central Michigan 19 on fourth-and-2 with 51 seconds left, and Kawaun Jakes’ pass to Jack Doyle fell incomplete.

Trailing 21-17, the Chippewas appeared to take the lead on Zurlon Tipton’s 1-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-goal with 9:21 remaining. But Western Kentucky challenged the play, and officials ruled Tipton’s knee touched just shy of the goal line.

The Chippewas forced a three-and-out, deflected the ensuing punt and took possession at the Hilltoppers’ 27. Three plays later, Radcliff found Wilson on a corner route for the winning score. Radcliff hit Andrew Flory for touchdowns of 69 and 29 yards in the first quarter.

The Hilltoppers took their first lead at 21-17 on Kadeem Jones’ plunge into the end zone from 1 yard out with 1:24 left in the third quarter. Jones lost control of the ball, but after video review the officials ruled Jones broke the plane before losing possession.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Western Kentucky’s Antonio Andrews, who led the country with 2,977 all-purpose yards coming in, finished with 3,161 total yards. Andrews fell 89 yards short of breaking Barry Sanders’ NCAA record for most yards in a season. … Western Kentucky defensive coordinator and interim coach Lance Guidry directed the Hilltoppers before Bobby Petrino takes over the Western Kentucky program. … Radcliff finished 83 yards shy of reaching 10,000 passing yards for his career. 
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 10:54
Central Michigan   TD  Central Michigan 7 - Western Kentucky 0
1st Quarter - 9:27
Western Kentucky   TD  Central Michigan 7 - Western Kentucky 7
1st Quarter - 5:46
Central Michigan   TD  Central Michigan 14 - Western Kentucky 7
2nd Quarter - 9:59
Central Michigan   FG  Central Michigan 17 - Western Kentucky 7
2nd Quarter - 6:48
Western Kentucky   TD  Central Michigan 17 - Western Kentucky 14
3rd Quarter - 1:24
Western Kentucky   TD  Central Michigan 17 - Western Kentucky 21
4th Quarter - 5:11
Central Michigan   TD  Central Michigan 24 - Western Kentucky 21
TEAMS

Team Records

  Western Kentucky Central Michigan
W/L 7 - 6 - 0 7 - 6 - 0
Conference 4 - 4 - 0 4 - 4 - 0

Team Stats

  Western Kentucky Central Michigan
Score 21 24
First Downs 13 23
3rd Down Efficiency 7-for-14
50%
5-for-12
42%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-1
0%
0-for-1
0%
Total Yards 327 399
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 32-128 32-146
Average/Rush 4.0 4.6
Passing
Comp-Att 14-24 19-31
Passing Yards 199 253
Average/Pass Play 8.0 7.9
Penalties-Yards 7-60 6-50
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 2-0
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Time of Possession 28:10 31:50

PLAYER STATS

Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Jakes 14/24 199 1 0
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Radcliff 19/29 253 3 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
A. Andrews 27 119 4.4 0
K. Jones 2 6 3.0 1
N. Baisch 1 2 2.0 0
K. Jakes 2 1 0.5 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
Z. Tipton 23 101 4.4 0
S. Lavallii 4 28 7.0 0
C. Odykirk 1 15 15.0 0
R. Radcliff 4 2 0.5 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
R. Brown 1 70 70.0 0
W. McNeal 3 50 16.7 0
J. Doyle 6 36 6.0 1
K. Jones 1 22 22.0 0
A. Andrews 3 21 7.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
A. Flory 3 105 35.0 2
C. Wilson 10 101 10.1 1
Z. Tipton 2 29 14.5 0
J. Kroll 1 8 8.0 0
A. Fenton 1 6 6.0 0
B. McCord 1 4 4.0 0
C. Odykirk 1 0 0.0 0