MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — Kobe Lewis rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns as Central Michigan cruised past winless New Mexico State, 42-28 in a nonconference game on Saturday.
The Chippewas lost starting quarterback David Moore Tuesday to an NCAA suspension after he tested positive for a banned substance and now have won back-to-back games under first-year coach Jim McIlwain. Central Michigan has appealed the suspension.
Quinten Dormady stepped up to complete 14 of 24 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns, hitting Kalil Pimpleton with a 44-yard touchdown pass three minutes into the game to put the Chippewas in front, 7-0. Moore raced 57 yards for a score minutes later to make it 14-0 and his 20-yard dash early in the second quarter made it 21-7.
Jonathan Ward ran 75 yards for a score in the second quarter and Dormady added a 7-yard scoring pass to Tony Poljan in the fourth quarter and added a two-point conversion pass to Pimpleton that made it 42-21 early in the fourth quarter.
Josh Adkins was 24 of 40 for 263 yards and three touchdowns with an interception for New Mexico State (0-7).
NMSU graduate transfer wideout Tony Nicholson caught a team-high seven receptions for a team-leading 86 yards. He has six or more catches in six of the Aggies’ seven games this season.
Redshirt senior linebacker Javahn Fergurson led the team in tackles, recording double-digit tackles (13) for the fifth consecutive game. He also logged a tackle for loss.
True freshman defensive back Jason Simmons Jr. made 10 total tackles, including a career-best three tackles for losses, and forced a fumble for the first time in his collegiate career. The Aggie defense had a season-best 7 tackles for losses in the game.
NM State enters the bye week before continuing its three-game road swing. The Aggies are next in action Saturday, Oct. 26, when they travel to Statesboro, Ga., to face Georgia Southern.
Cent. Michigan 42, New Mexico St. 28
New Mexico St. 7 14 0 7—28
Cent. Michigan 14 14 6 8—42
CMC—Pimpleton 44 pass from Dormady (Tice kick), 8:51
CMC—Lewis 57 run (Tice kick), 7:09
NMS—Mitchell 4 pass from Adkins (D.Brown kick), 2:37
CMC—Lewis 20 run (Tice kick), 7:23
NMS—Clark 11 pass from Adkins (D.Brown kick), 4:17
CMC—J.Ward 75 run (Tice kick), 3:57
NMS—Huntley 37 run (D.Brown kick), :50
CMC—FG Tice 35, 8:54
CMC—FG Tice 43, :00
CMC—Poljan 7 pass from Dormady (Pimpleton pass from Dormady), 7:48
NMS—Wyatt 34 pass from Adkins (D.Brown kick), 6:21
First downs 18 22
Rushes-yards 27-121 56-352
Passing 263 134
Comp-Att-Int 24-40-1 14-24-0
Return Yards 68 141
Punts-Avg. 7-24.85 4-32.25
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-1
Penalties-Yards 4-49 3-15
Time of Possession 24:59 35:01
RUSHING—New Mexico St., Huntley 10-67, C.Gibson 9-40, Adkins 8-14. Cent. Michigan, Lewis 23-161, J.Ward 18-131, Pimpleton 2-19, Lazzaro 4-18, Gwilly 3-17, Dormady 5-8, (Team) 1-(minus 2).
PASSING—New Mexico St., Adkins 24-40-1-263. Cent. Michigan, Dormady 14-24-0-134.
RECEIVING—New Mexico St., Nicholson 7-86, Mitchell 5-52, Huntley 4-32, Wyatt 2-42, Lottie 2-29, Clark 2-16, Abraham 1-5, C.Gibson 1-1. Cent. Michigan, Pimpleton 6-59, J.Ward 4-36, Sullivan 2-20, Nixon 1-12, Poljan 1-7.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.
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