Cooper Rush delivered another big performance for Central Michigan.
The fourth-year starter at quarterback for the Chippewas set a Kelly/Shorts Stadium record and reached a milestone in his latest outing while helping CMU improve to 3-0 with a victory over UNLV. And that has led to Rush repeating as the Mid-American Conference West Division offensive player of the week.
Rush, a Charlotte native and Lansing Catholic grad, completed 20 of 33 passes for 352 yards and threw a stadium-record six touchdown passes in the 44-21 win. He surpassed 10,000 career passing yards in the victory.
“With Cooper, I don’t really know where his ceiling is,” second-year CMU coach John Bonamego said. “He’s a guy that’s played a lot of football here. He is playing at a high level because he prepares at a high level.
“He’s a football guy. He’s a guy that can’t come in or get into the (football) building without watching film. He’s intelligent and he’s already graduated. He just has all of the intangible qualities that you look for in a player, especially at that position.”
ALMA COLLEGE: Kennedy Hilley (Lakewood) was named the MIAA women’s golfer of the week Monday. The sophomore earned medalist honors at Railside D3 Classic on Saturday by shooting a two-over 74 to earn medalist honors. Hilley’s round was tied for the lowest in program history. Her performance helped the Scots finish runner-up at the invitational with a team record score of 333.
MICHIGAN TECH: Sophomore linebacker Marvin Wright (Everett) had a team-leading 11 tackles, including 1.5 for loss, while helping the Huskies to a 17-10 road win over Ohio Dominican. Wright has a team-high 26 tackles for Michigan Tech, which is 2-1.
GRAND VALLEY: Sophomore Tara Lierman (Holt) and freshman Charley Campbell (Haslett) contributed to scores in the latest victory for the No. 2-ranked Laker women’s soccer team. Lierman had an assist and Campbell scored a goal in Grand Valley’s 4-0 win over Ohio Dominican on Sunday. Lierman and Campbell have played a role in a 5-0-1 start for the Lakers. Campbell has a goal and an assist this fall, while Lierman has an assist.
CENTRAL CONNECTICUT: Freshman setter Erin McDermott (Mason) ranks among the team leaders with 83 digs this fall for the Blue Devil volleyball team. McDermott had 10 for Central Connecticut in a loss to Binghamton during the Brown Invitational last weekend.
TENNESSEE TECH: Freshman Rachel Thomas (Okemos) had 16 kills for the Eagles during the Idaho Volleyball Classic last week. Thomas ranks second for Tennessee Tech with 99 kills.