2008 Central Michigan Chippewas football team
The 2008 Central Michigan Chippewas football team represented Central Michigan University during the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Central Michigan competed as a member of the West Division of the Mid-American Conference (MAC). The Chippewas were led by second-year head coach Butch Jones.
|2008 Central Michigan Chippewas football|
|2008 record||8–5 (6–2 MAC)|
|Head coach||Butch Jones|
|Home stadium||Kelly/Shorts Stadium|
|2008 Mid-American Conference football standings|
|Ball State x||8||–||0||12||–||2|
|Championship: Buffalo 42, Ball State 24|
Central Michigan finished the regular season with an 8–4 overall record and 6–2 in conference play, which was good enough for second place in the MAC West. The team received a bid to the 2008 Motor City Bowl, where they faced the Florida Atlantic Owls led by head coach Howard Schnellenberger. The two teams were tied throughout the third quarter until the Owls pulled away. Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour led a touchdown drive in the final three minutes, but an onside kick attempt failed, and the Chippewas lost, 24–21.
|August 28||7:00 PM||Eastern Illinois*||W 31–12||19,732|
|September 6||3:30 PM||at No. 2 Georgia*||FSN||L 17–56||92,746|
|September 13||2:00 PM||at Ohio||W 28–31||18,268|
|September 20||12:00 PM||at Purdue*||BTN||L 25–32||57,101|
|September 27||4:00 PM||Buffalo||W 27–25||21,032|
|October 11||4:00 PM||Temple||ESPN+||W 24–14||22,114|
|October 18||12:00 PM||Western Michigan||ESPN+||W 38–28||30,302|
|October 25||12:00 PM||at Toledo||ESPN+||W 24–23||21,422|
|November 1||12:00 PM||at Indiana*||BTN||W 37–34||26,140|
|November 12||8:00 PM||at Northern Illinois||ESPN2||W 33–30||13,543|
|November 19||7:00 PM||No. 17 Ball State||ESPN2||L 24–31||20,114|
|November 28||12:00 PM||at Eastern Michigan||L 52–56||26,188|
|December 26||7:30 PM||vs. Florida Atlantic*||ESPN||L 21–24||41,399|
- Central Michigan 2008 Schedule/Results, ESPN, retrieved June 26, 2009.
- Smith's 307 yards, two TDs lead Owls past Central Michigan, ESPN, December 26, 2008.
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