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Ron Coluzzi booted a 27-yard field goal as time expired to cap a fourth-quarter rally and give Central Michigan a 24-21 over New Hampshire on Saturday in Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Justin Mello caught five passes for 117 yards and one touchdown to lead the Wildcats.
Central Michigan (1-1) found its offensive stride late, erasing a 14-point deficit to spoil New Hampshire’s attempt at winning its season opener against an FBS foe.
The Chippewas won without two key starters, quarterback Cody Kater and running back Zurlon Tipton, who were injured in the season opener.
Cooper Rush replaced Kater and had 326 yards passing and three touchdowns. Two of Rush’s touchdowns came in Central Michigan’s fourth-quarter rally.