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Motor City in high gear

With 2 record-setting QBs, you can expect a shootout

Associated Press / December 26, 2008
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The Motor City Bowl is where teams put points on the board.

Last year's game was the second-highest-scoring bowl game in NCAA history. Tonight's game between Central Michigan and Florida Atlantic could be more of the same.

Central Michigan lost the 2007 Motor City Bowl, 51-48, to Purdue on a last-second field goal.

It finished this year's regular season with a 56-52 loss to Eastern Michigan. In that game, Eastern Michigan quarterback Andy Schmitt completed 58 of 80 passes for 516 yards and five touchdowns. The teams combined for 1,171 yards of offense.

"We ran into a great quarterback having the game of his life," Central Michigan coach Butch Jones said. "We've had to live with the taste of that game in our mouths for a month now."

Florida Atlantic's last game wasn't any more sedate: The Owls beat Florida International, 57-50, in overtime.

"I've been in this game for a long, long time," said 74-year-old Florida Atlantic coach Howard Schnellenberger. "But I've never seen anything like that game. I would have never believed that you could have a 50-50 tie after 60 minutes of football."

Both teams are led by record-setting junior quarterbacks: Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour and Florida Atlantic's Rusty Smith. They have combined for more than 130 touchdown passes in their careers, with LeFevour adding another 32 on the ground.

This year, LeFevour has thrown for 2,531 yards and 19 touchdowns despite missing two games with an ankle injury. Smith has put up 2,919 yards and 22 touchdowns.

"These are two powerful offenses, led by outstanding quarterbacks," Schnellenberger said.

White's run ending
West Virginia quarterback Pat White is looking to go 4 for 4 in bowl games as he leads his Mountaineers (8-4) into the Meineke Bowl tomorrow against North Carolina (8-4) at Charlotte, N.C.

He topped Sam Bradford and Oklahoma in last January's Fiesta Bowl and has wins over Georgia Tech in the 2007 Gator Bowl and Georgia in the 2006 Sugar Bowl.

"He is an electrifying athlete," North Carolina coach Butch Davis said. "He executes the read-option offense about as well as anybody you've ever seen. He explodes out of breaks. The thing I think makes him equally as dangerous is that he can throw the football very, very well."

White's 4,425 yards rushing are the most in NCAA history for a quarterback.

Snapper suspended
Miami punt snapper Chris Ivory will not play in tomorrow's Emerald Bowl because he violated an unspecified team rule. He is the fifth Hurricane suspended for the game.

Ivory did not accompany the Hurricanes to San Francisco, where Miami (7-5) will face California (8-4).

He also was suspended for the season opener against Charleston Southern for another rules violation, but won Miami's Albert Bentley Award as the team's most valuable walk-on player.

Jake Byrne, who handles snaps on field goals, will take over Ivory's punt-team duties. Byrne will also be the backup quarterback behind Jacory Harris, who starts because Robert Marve was suspended for missing classes.

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