Dec. 26, 2006
Ontario Sneed scored twice early and Doug Kress returned an interception for a touchdown on the opening possession of the second half Tuesday night, helping the Chippewas beat
"You always want to set the tempo early in the game," Sneed said. "Their defense had trouble matching up with us the way we were running and passing the ball."
The Blue Raiders (7-6) played in a Division I-A bowl for the first time in their eighth season at college football's highest level.
Sneed's 1-yard run and 29-yard reception gave the Chippewas a 14-0 lead with 5:53 left in the first quarter and Kress' 56-yard return put the Mid-American Conference champions ahead by three TDs early in the third.
The Blue Raiders held
That stop set up Rick Albreski's 43-yard field goal to make it 31-14.
The Chippewas kept
Dan LeFevour threw for 162 yards and a score and ran for 69 yards and a TD. Sneed ran for 48 yards and caught six passes for another 48 yards.
Clint Marks was 25-of-37 for 251 yards with two interceptions. Desmond Gee had nine receptions for 63 yards and returned a punt for 39 yards to set up the Blue Raiders' final score.
The 10th Motor City Bowl, featuring a team from
"People laughed at us when we started this bowl," Motor City Bowl CEO George Perles said. "I don't think people can do that anymore."