2004 Central Michigan Chippewas Football Team
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2004 Central Michigan Chippewas Football Team
2004 Central Michigan Chippewas football
Central Michigan Chippewas logo.svg
ConferenceMid-American Conference
DivisionWest Division
2004 record4-7 (3-5 MAC)
Head coachBrian Kelly (1st season)
MVPJerry Seymour
Home stadiumKelly/Shorts Stadium
Seasons
← 2003
2005 →
2004 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Miami x   7 1         8 5  
Akron   6 2         6 5  
Marshall   6 2         6 6  
Kent State   4 4         5 6  
Ohio   2 6         4 7  
Buffalo   2 6         2 9  
UCF   0 8         0 11  
West Division
Toledo xy$   7 1         9 4  
Northern Illinois x   7 1         9 3  
Bowling Green   6 2         9 3  
Eastern Michigan   4 4         4 7  
Central Michigan   3 5         4 7  
Ball State   2 6         2 9  
Western Michigan   0 8         1 10  
Championship: Toledo 35, Miami 27
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant

The 2004 Central Michigan Chippewas football team represented Central Michigan University in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) during the 2004 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their first season under head coach Brian Kelly, the Chippewas compiled a 4-7 record (3-5 against MAC opponents), finished in fifth place in the MAC's West Division, and were outscored by their opponents, 378 to 260.[1][2] The team played its home games in Kelly/Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant, Michigan,[3] with attendance of 75,216 in five home games.[4]

The team's statistical leaders included Kent Smith with 2,284 passing yards, Jerry Seymour with 1,284 rushing yards, and Damien Linson with 574 receiving yards.[5] Tailback Jerry Seymour was selected at the end of the 2004 season as the team's most valuable player.[6]

Brian Kelly was introduced as Central Michigan's head football coach on January 2, 2004. He had served as the head football coach at Grand Valley State University for 13 years, compiling a 118-35-2 record and leading his Lakers football teams to NCAA Division II national championships in both 2002 and 2003.[7]

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteResultSource
September 4at Indiana*L 10-41
September 11at Michigan State*L 7-24
October 18Southeast Missouri State*W 44-27
October 2Kent State
  • Kelly/Shorts Stadium
  • Mount Pleasant, MI
W 24-21
October 9Bowling Green
  • Kelly/Shorts Stadium
  • Mount Pleasant, MI
L 14-38
October 16at Northern IllinoisL 10-42
October 23at ToledoL 22-27
October 30Western Michigan
  • Kelly/Shorts Stadium
  • Mount Pleasant, MI (rivalry)
W 24-21 (OT)[8]
November 6vs. Eastern Michigan L 58-61 (4OT)[9]
November 13at BuffaloL 6-36
November 20Ball State
  • Kelly/Shorts Stadium
  • Mount Pleasant, MI
W 41-40
  • *Non-conference game

References

  1. ^ "2004 Central Michigan Chippewas Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ "Central Michigan 2015 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Central Michigan University. 2015. pp. 100, 114. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "Football Facilities". Central Michigan University. Archived from the original on June 25, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ 2015 Media Guide, p. 87.
  5. ^ "2004 Central Michigan Chippewas Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ 2015 Media Guide, p. 95.
  7. ^ "Successful Grand Valley State boss takes over Chippewa grid program". The Daily Chronicle (DeKalb, Illinois). January 3, 2004. p. B3.
  8. ^ "Central kicks Western in OT". Detroit Free Press. October 31, 2004. p. 10C – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ Jim Spadafore (November 7, 2004). "EMU wins thriller: Eagles go four OTs to top Chippewas, complete rare sweep of instate rivals". Detroit Free Press. pp. 1D, 3D – via Newspapers.com.

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