Central Michigan Chippewas pull off comeback vs. Western Michigan, 35-28

Central Michigan linebackers Trevor Apsey, left, and Alex Briones celebrate after Central Michigan recovered an onside kick during the second half against Western Michigan on Wednesday in Kalamazoo. Briones is a graduate of Ishpeming High School. (AP photo)

KALAMAZOO (AP) — Shane Morris threw a 77-yard touchdown pass to Corey Willis with 2:37 remaining, and Central Michigan rallied to beat defending Mid-American Conference champion Western Michigan 35-28 on a rainy Wednesday night to win the Cannon Trophy in their 88th meeting.

At halftime, Central Michigan (5-4, 2-3) only had two first downs and trailed 21-7 after being outgained 269-82.

Ishpeming High School graduate Alex Briones had three tackles, one solo, in the game along with the Chippewas’ only quarterback hurry of the night.

Western Michigan’s Jarvion Franklin fumbled early in the fourth quarter and Jonathan Ward pulled CMU to 28-21 on a 29-yard TD run. CMU blocked a punt on Western’s next possession and Ward’s 35-yard run on first down set up Eric Cooper’s touchdown grab in the end zone to tie it at 28 with 5:50 left.

Central Michigan’s squib kick bounced off a WMU player and the Chippewas recovered it before going three-and-out. CMU got the ball back with 2:47 left at its 23 and Willis scored one play later on Morris’ deep throw. Western Michigan turned it over on downs near midfield and Ward ran for a first down to run out the clock.

Morris was 12-of-30 passing for 243 yards and one touchdown for Central Michigan.