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Central Michigan edges Western Kentucky 24-21 in Little Caesars bowl

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  • Central Michigan running back Zurlon Tipton (34) breaks away from the Western Kentucky defense Wednesday during the second quarter of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit.

      Central Michigan running back Zurlon Tipton (34) breaks away from the Western Kentucky defense Wednesday during the second quarter of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit.
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DETROIT (AP) -- Ryan Radcliff threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Cody Wilson with 5:11 remaining to give Central Michigan the lead, and Western Kentucky was stopped on fourth down when a field goal would have tied the game in the final minute, giving the Chippewas a 24-21 win in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Wednesday night.

Lance Guidry, coaching the Hilltoppers on an interim basis before Bobby Petrino takes over, decided to play for the win on fourth-and-2 from the 19 with 51 seconds left, but Kawaun Jakes threw incomplete.

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Western Kentucky (7-6) fell just short in its first bowl since joining college football's top tier in 2009.

Avery Cunningham blocked a punt for Central Michigan (7-6) to give the Chippewas a short field before Wilson's TD.

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