1996 Central Michigan Chippewas football team

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1996 Central Michigan Chippewas football
Central Michigan Chippewas logo.svg
Conference Mid-American Conference
1996 record 5–6 (4–4 MAC)
Head coach Dick Flynn (3rd season)
MVP Chad Darnell
Home stadium Kelly/Shorts Stadium
Seasons
← 1995
1997 →
1996 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Ball State $   7 1         8 4  
Toledo   6 2         7 4  
Miami   6 2         6 5  
Ohio   5 3         6 6  
Central Michigan   4 4         5 6  
Akron   3 5         4 7  
Bowling Green   3 5         4 7  
Eastern Michigan   3 5         3 8  
Western Michigan   2 6         2 9  
Kent State   1 7         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1996 Central Michigan Chippewas football team represented Central Michigan University in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) during the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their third season under head coach Dick Flynn, the Chippewas compiled a 5–6 record (4–4 against MAC opponents), finished in fifth place in the MAC, and were outscored by their opponents, 353 to 351.[1][2] The team played its home games in Kelly/Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant, Michigan,[3] with attendance of 100,074 in five home games.[4]

The team's statistical leaders included quarterback Chad Darnell with 2,921 passing yards, tailback Silas Massey with 1,544 rushing yards, and flanker Reggie Allen with 1,229 receiving yards.[5] Darnell was selected as the team's most valuable player.[6] Massey had three 200-yard rushing games, including 292 yards against Kent State, which was at the time the third highest single game total in school history.[7] Allen became the first Central Michigan player to total over 1,000 receiving yards, including a 229-yard game against Bowling Green.[7]

Darnell, Massey, Allen, offensive tackle Scott Rehberg, and tight end Adam Simonson were selected as first-team All-MAC player.[8]

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResult
August 31at Boise State*W 42–21
September 7at Virginia*L 21–55
September 14Louisiana Tech*L 37–38
September 21Western Michigan (rivalry)
  • Kelly/Shorts Stadium
  • Mount Pleasant, MI
W 38–28
September 28at Bowling GreenL 27–31
October 5at Miami (OH)L 14–46
October 12Akron
  • Kelly/Shorts Stadium
  • Mount Pleasant, MI
W 42–0
October 19Eastern Michigan (rivalry)
  • Kelly/Shorts Stadium
  • Mount Pleasant, MI
W 41–36
October 26Ball State
  • Kelly/Shorts Stadium
  • Mount Pleasant, MI
L 17–24
November 2at Kent StateW 52–51
November 9at ToledoL 20–23
  • *Non-conference game

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1996 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. ^ "1996 Central Michigan Chippewas Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  6. ^ 2015 Media Guide, p. 95.
  7. ^ a b 2015 Media Guide, p. 90.
  8. ^ 2015 Media Guide, p. 93.