Fresh off his role in Central Michigan’s upset victory over No. 22-ranked Oklahoma State, Cooper Rush has been named the Mid-American Conference West Division offensive player of the week.
Rush, a senior quarterback and Lansing Catholic graduate, played a role in the winning play with no time remaining on the clock to help the Chippewas to the 30-27 road victory. He threw a 51-yard Hail Mary to Jesse Kroll that was lateraled to Corey Willis for the winning score in what was Central’s second win over a ranked team in program history.
Rush completed 30 of 42 passes for 361 yards and four touchdowns to help CMU improve to 2-0 ahead of this week’s home contest against UNLV.
“I thought he did a great job of spreading the ball around and finding the open receivers and getting the ball out on time,” Central coach John Bonamego said during the MAC coaches teleconference.
“We were able to pop a couple of runs in there as well, which always helps when you’re able to be balanced and not be too one-dimensional. He certainly made a couple of very excellent throws down the field. We had a total of nine explosive plays and I think seven of those were through the air. Cooper had a fine outing and that’s kind of what we’ve grown to expect from him being a four-year starter.”
Rush, who had his fourth career game with at least four touchdown passes Saturday, has thrown for 598 yards and five touchdowns this fall for Central.
HOPE COLLEGE: Eaton Rapids native Elizabeth Perkins (Lansing Christian) was named the MIAA women’s soccer offensive player of the week Monday. The senior forward had goals in a pair of games to help the Flying Dutch to a 1-0-1 start to MIAA play. Perkins had a goal in a 1-1 draw with Kalamazoo and scored again in a 3-1 win over Adrian,
Perkins has five goals this fall and ranks 14th in program history with 19 career goals.
LAKE ERIE: Freshman outside hitter Brooke Peiffer (Holt) earned all-tournament honors while helping the Storm win four matches over the weekend at the Daeman College/Hyatt Place Volleyball Classic. Peiffer had a season-high 16 kills and 16 digs in the final match of the tournament and also had 11 kills and nine digs in a win over Assumption. She is averaging 3.0 kills and 3.0 digs per set for the Storm.
MICHIGAN TECH: Redshirt freshman linebacker Marvin Wright (Everett) had eight tackles for the Huskies in a loss to Ferris State on Saturday. He ranks second on the team with 15 tackles through two games.
HILLSDALE COLLEGE: Sophomore running back Joe Reverman (Grand Ledge) rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown and also caught a pass for a score to help the Chargers to a 28-10 win over Walsh. The victory helped Hillsdale get off to its first 2-0 start since 2009.
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