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1998 Central Michigan Chippewas football team

The 1998 Central Michigan Chippewas football team represented Central Michigan University in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) during the 1998 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their fifth season under head coach Dick Flynn, the Chippewas compiled a 6–5 record (5–3 against MAC opponents), finished in third place in the MAC's West Division, and were outscored by their opponents, 253 to 229.[1][2] The team played its home games in Kelly/Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant, Michigan,[3] with attendance of 101,814 in five home games.[4]

1998 Central Michigan Chippewas football
Central Michigan Chippewas logo.svg
ConferenceMid-American Conference
DivisionWest Division
1998 record6–5 (5–3 MAC)
Head coachDick Flynn (5th season)
MVPEric Flowers
Home stadiumKelly/Shorts Stadium
Seasons
← 1997
1999 →
1998 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Marshall xy$   7 1         12 1  
Miami x   7 1         10 1  
Bowling Green   5 3         5 6  
Ohio   5 3         5 6  
Akron   3 6         4 7  
Kent State   0 8         0 11  
West Division
Toledo x   6 2         7 5  
Western Michigan   5 3         7 4  
Central Michigan   5 3         6 5  
Eastern Michigan   3 6         3 8  
Northern Illinois   2 6         2 9  
Ball State   1 7         1 10  
Championship: Marshall 23, Toledo 17
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant

The team's statistical leaders included Pete Shepherd with 2,005 passing yards, Eric Flowers with 1,302 rushing yards, and Reggie Allen with 832 receiving yards.[5] Flowers also had the longest run in Central Michigan history (98 yards) against Ball State on November 21, 1998.[6] Flowers was also selected as the team's most valuable player.[7] Defensive tackle Jonathan McCall and flanker Reggie Allen were both selected as first-team All-MAC players.[8]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultSource
September 5at Iowa*L 0–38[9]
September 12Western Illinois*
  • Kelly/Shorts Stadium
  • Mount Pleasant, MI
W 35–14
September 26Kent State
  • Kelly/Shorts Stadium
  • Mount Pleasant, MI
W 46–7
October 3at Michigan State*L 7–38[10]
October 10at Eastern Michigan W 36–23 (OT)[11]
October 17at Northern IllinoisL 6–16
October 24Western Michigan
  • Kelly/Shorts Stadium
  • Mount Pleasant, MI (rivalry)
W 26–24
October 31Akron
  • Kelly/Shorts Stadium
  • Mount Pleasant, MI
W 28–27
November 7at MarshallL 0–28
November 14at ToledoL 14–17[12]
November 21Ball State
  • Kelly/Shorts Stadium
  • Mount Pleasant, MI
W 31–21
  • *Non-conference game

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1998 Central Michigan Chippewas Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  2. ^ "Central Michigan 2015 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Central Michigan University. 2015. pp. 100, 114. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  3. ^ "Football Facilities". Central Michigan University. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  4. ^ 2015 Media Guide, p. 87.
  5. ^ "1998 Central Michigan Chippewas Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  6. ^ 2015 Media Guide, pp. 84, 86.
  7. ^ 2015 Media Guide, p. 95.
  8. ^ 2015 Media Guide, p. 93.
  9. ^ "Hill's thrills spark Hawks to victory". The Des Moines Register. September 6, 1998. pp. 1D, 4D – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ "Spartans flip Chips". Detroit Free Press. October 4, 1998. p. E1 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ "CMU prevails in OT". Lansing State Journal. October 11, 1998. p. 7D – via Newspapers.com.
  12. ^ "Toledo's chip shot dooms Chippewas". Port Huron Times Herald. November 15, 1998. p. 2C – via Newspapers.com.