1954 Central Michigan Chippewas football team

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1954 Central Michigan Chippewas football
IIAC co-champion
Conference Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
1954 record 8–2 (5–1 IIAC)
Head coach Kenneth "Bill" Kelly (4th season)
MVP Dick Kackmeister
Seasons
← 1953
1955 →
1954 IIAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Michigan State Normal + 5 1 0     8 1 0
Central Michigan + 5 1 0     8 2 0
Western Illinois 3 1 2     6 1 3
Northern Illinois State 1 5 0     2 7 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1954 Central Michigan Chippewas football team represented Central Michigan College of Education, renamed Central Michigan University in 1959, in the Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) during the 1954 college football season. In their fourth season under head coach Kenneth "Bill" Kelly, the Chippewas compiled an 8–2 record (5–1 against IIAC opponents), tied for the IIAC championship, and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 321 to 107.[1]

The team's statistical leaders included Jim King with 399 passing yards, Jim Podoley with 1,079 rushing yards, and Jerry Thomas with 121 receiving yards.[2] Center Dick Kackmeister received the team's most valuable player award.[3] Four Central Michigan players (Podoley, Kackmeister, guard Ray Figg, and halfback LaVerne Wolf) received first-team honors on the All-IIAC team.[4]

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 11vs. Milwaukee State *W 26–7
September 18 Iowa State Teachers *
  • Alumni Field
  • Mount Pleasant, MI
W 42–21
September 25at Western Michigan (rivalry) *W 25–19
October 2at Eastern IllinoisW 60–0
October 9at Great Lakes Naval *L 28–32
October 16 Southern Illinois
  • Alumni Field
  • Mount Pleasant, MI
W 33–0
October 23at Western IllinoisL 7–14
October 30 Illinois State Normal
  • Alumni Field
  • Mount Pleasant, MI
W 26–0
November 6at Northern IllinoisW 46–7
November 13 Michigan State Normal (rivalry)
  • Alumni Field
  • Mount Pleasant, MI
W 28–7
  • *Non-conference game

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Central Michigan 2015 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Central Michigan University. 2015. pp. 100, 110. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 
  2. ^ 2015 Media Guide, pp. 88-89.
  3. ^ 2015 Media Guide, p. 95.
  4. ^ 2015 Media Guide, p. 96.

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