Central Michigan Wins Rivalry Game Over Western Michigan

KALAMAZOO — Central Michigan’s Kalil Pimpleton scored three touchdowns in the final 5:03 of the first half to give Central Michigan its first lead and the Chippewas never looked back, beating rival Western Michigan, 42-30, on Wednesday.

The win marks the first victory over Western Michigan for Jim McElwain as CMU’s head coach.

Pimpleton scored a 70-yard touchdown on a punt return with 5:03 left in the first half to pull CMU within seven points of Western Michigan. With 1:06 left in the game, Daniel Richardson tossed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Pimpleton to tie the game at 14.

The biggest play by Pimpleton occurred right before halftime as he took a punt return back 97 yards to the house with three seconds left to give CMU the lead.

Western Michigan pulled within four points in the third quarter, but CMU added a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter by Lew Nichols III and Petoskey alum Joel Wilson.

Nichols had a big game on the ground with 163 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Pimpleton added 115 yards receiving on top of his 166 punt return yards. Wilson had four catches for 69 yards.

CMU improves to 3-2 in conference play and 5-4 overall. The Chippewas will play Kent State at home next Wednesday.