Yeah, you could say it’s a pretty big deal, at least when it comes to this particular aspect of MACtion.
Central Michigan and Western Michigan first played each other in football in 1907, and have played each and every year since 1943. Since 2008, the winner of the rivalry game gets possession of the Victory Cannon trophy, pending the results of the following year’s game.
WMU has been in possession of the trophy for the past three seasons. That all changed Wednesday night when, trailing by 14 points entering the fourth quarter, CMU scored three unanswered touchdowns to claim a wild 35-28 come-from-behind win over its rivals. The game-winning score came on a 77-yard touchdown pass from former Michigan quarterback Shane Morris.
As they say, to the victors go the spoils — or, in this case, the trophy as Chippewas head coach John Bonamego made certain he didn’t let the hardware out of his sight last night. And on into the morning, apparently.
Despite the loss, WMU still holds a 48-38-2 edge in the all-time series. For now, though, that doesn’t matter much to Coach Bonamego and the rest of his Chips.