Motor City Bowl-Bound Central Michigan QB LeFevour In Rare Company

LeFavour has 3,360 yards passing, including 23 touchdowns, and 1,008 yards rushing

Dec. 23, 2007

DETROIT (AP) - Dan LeFevour doesn't have a national championship like Vince Young or a Heisman Trophy like Tim Tebow. And playing for Central Michigan, he certainly doesn't have their name recognition.

In one important way, though, he's a member of the club.

Before this season, Young was the only member of college football's 3,000-1,000 club. While leading Texas to the 2005 BCS national title, he finished the season with 3,036 yards passing and 1,050 yards rushing.

LeFevour became the second member earlier this month in a victory in the Mid-American Conference title game. He now has 3,360 yards passing, including 23 touchdowns, and 1,008 yards rushing with 17 TDs heading into the Motor City Bowl on Wednesday against Purdue.

Tebow could join the club by rushing for 162 yards against Michigan in the Capital One Bowl.

"It's a great honor to even be mentioned with Vince, but this isn't something I did by myself," LeFevour said. "This is an achievement for our whole offense. If they don't do their jobs, I'm not going to get anything at all."

Unlike last year's Motor City Bowl, when Central Michigan beat little-regarded Middle Tennessee State 31-14, the Chippewas know they are the underdogs. Not only do they face a Big Ten school in Purdue, but the Boilermakers already beat them 45-22 earlier this year.

The Boilermakers led that game 38-0 in the third quarter, so the idea of a rematch didn't exactly thrill first-year coach Butch Jones.

"Getting to the Motor City Bowl is always our number-one goal, so that's a great accomplishment. But we certainly didn't get any favors by getting Purdue again," he said. "It's going to be a great challenge, because they have so much talent."

Jones does take hope from the fact that the first meeting - Central Michigan's third game of the season - featured teams that have changed a lot in the intervening three months.


 

 

"It was early in the season, and both teams were still establishing their personalities," he said. "We started slow, and we had to try to play catch-up against them, and that didn't work."

LeFevour didn't have a big rushing day against Purdue, gaining just 26 yards on 10 carries, but he threw for 364 yards and two touchdowns.

"The thing that impressed me the most about Dan's performance against us was that he's not just a creation of the spread offense," said Purdue coach Joe Tiller, a spread guru himself. "He's good enough to create things outside the system."

LeFevour's talent is partially Tiller's fault - he attended Purdue's passing camp while attending Benet Academy in Illinois. Tiller joked at the bowl's kickoff luncheon that an unnamed assistant took the blame for not recruiting LeFevour while he was in West Lafayette.

"That assistant no longer works for the program," Tiller said.

LeFevour will get a rare second chance this year to make Tiller pay for that mistake. Central Michigan hasn't played the same team twice in a season since playing makeshift schedules during World War II.

"We're very excited about being back at this bowl," LeFevour said. "Beating a Big Ten team would be huge, especially after they beat us like that in September."

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