Radcliff and Harman Earn MAC West Player of the Week Honors
MOUNT PLEASANT – Central Michigan senior quarterback Ryan Radcliff and senior kicker David Harman have been recognized with MAC West Player of the Week honors for their standout efforts in the Chippewas’ thrilling, come-from-behind 32-31 road win over Iowa on Saturday. Radcliff was named MAC West Co-Offensive Player of the Week while Harman earned Special Teams Player of the Week accolades.
Radcliff triggered a Central Michigan offense that totaled 394 yards, exactly 100 yards more than the Iowa defense had been allowing on average entering the game. Radcliff was on-target and efficient versus the Hawkeyes, completing 26-of-35 (74%) of his passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. He started the game red hot, completing his first eight passes, and finished with a flurry, engineering a late fourth quarter scoring drive that covered 64 yards in just 1:33. Radcliff found receiver Titus Davis with a 13-yard touchdown strike with 45 seconds remaining to pull CMU within two points and then, after the Chippewas recovered an onside kick, guided the offense into position for Harman to boot the winning field goal.
A three-year starter, Radcliff ranks second in the CMU record books in passing yards, pass attempts, pass completions, touchdown passes, and total offense.
Harman was 4-for-4 on field goals, including nailing a career-long 47-yarder with three seconds left to complete a last minute CMU rally. In blustery KinnickStadium conditions, which featured winds in the 20 mph range, he also converted on attempts of 33, 25, and 20 yards and was 2-for-2 on PATs. Harman set thestage for his last second heroics, executing a perfect onside kick that wasrecovered by CMU with under a minute left to play and the Chippewas down by two points.
Harman has also been nationally recognized for his performance, receiving College Football Performance Awards’ Specialist Performer of the Week and Lou Groza Award “Star of the Week” honors.
Harman has yet to miss a kick of any kind this season, going 5-for-5 on field goals and 8-for-8 on PATs. He ranks second on the team with 23 total points.
The Chippewas open MAC play on Saturday when they visit defending conference champion Northern Illinois. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET at HuskieStadium in DeKalb. Central Michigan (2-1) is the last MAC team to defeat the Huskies, winning 48-41 in Mount Pleasant on October 1, 2011.