Nov. 16, 2014 Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Titus Davis further solidified his place in Central Michigan football history Saturday during the Chippewas 34-27 victory over Miami (Ohio) at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.
The senior from Wheaton, Ill. finished with eight catches for 102 yards and three touchdowns. Davis became the seventh Chippewa to catch three TD passes in a game. The feat was most recently accomplished by Bryan Anderson in 2007. Davis also made NCAA history, becoming the first receiver to catch at least eight TD passes in all four of his seasons.
“I just wanted to come through for the team,” Davis said. “I didn’t care how I was going to do it, how many catches I had, how many touchdowns, I just wanted to come out with the win. “Coach talked about this being the biggest game of the season thus far and we needed it so I just wanted to give it everything I had.”
What more can be said about Davis, CMU coach Dan Enos was asked in his post-game press conference. “There’s nothing left (to say),” Enos said. “He’s good, isn’t he? He gets open and runs great routes.”
Enos relayed a story he heard about a scout from an NFL team and a general manager of that team, and the GM’s query to the scout whether he had been to Mount Pleasant this season to observe Davis.
The answer, Enos said, was that the scout saw the Chippewas play, but it was during a stretch early in the season when Davis was out with an injury.
“He was told he had to go back tomorrow,” Enos said, smiling. “My point is that as Titus has gotten healthier, he’s been playing at a high level. There are certain seniors – Titus, Andy Phillips, LT (Leterrius Walton) – where I just tell our coaches to enjoy it.”
Davis continued his ascension on the CMU career and single-season receiving charts.
• His three TD receptions gave him a school-record 11 for the season and 33 for his career. The previous single-season mark was held by Bryan Anderson, who caught 10 in 2007. Davis was already the school’s leader in career TD receptions.
• Davis moved from sixth to fourth on the career pass receptions list with 193. He leap-frogged Bryan Schorman and Reggie Allen in that category. Schorman had 187 and Allen had 192. Both played from 1995-98.
• Davis’ 102-yard effort upped his season yardage receiving total to 1,2011 and moved him into second all-time behind Allen, who had 1,229 yards in 1996.
Davis entered Saturday’s game with 1,109 yards, good for fifth on the list. He passed Anderson (1,132 in 2007), Cody Wilson (1,137 in 2010) and Antonio Brown (1,198 in 2009).
The most exciting part of the day for Davis? Playing a role in freshman running back Devon Spalding’s 51-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
“I love blocking, so any time I throw a touchdown block, I’m going to (celebrate) for the team,” said Davis, who threw a block that helped spring Spalding to the end zone untouched.
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