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EMU sends Genyk off on a high note

Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson
Eastern Michigan might have lost their coach earlier this week, but they weren't going to let him go out on a losing note.

The Eagles defeated Central Michigan 56-52 to notch their second consecutive win over the Chippewas, and set several NCAA records in the process.

It was the final game for coach Jeff Genyk, who was fired on Nov. 24.

Eastern Michigan quarterback Andy Schmitt broke the NCAA record (all divisions) for completions with 58, and receiver Tyler Jones tied the NCAA Division I record for receptions with 23, though none went for a touchdown.

According to Brett Edgerton of ESPN Research, Friday's game had several record or near-records set. Here's a breakdown of the history of the game.

•The teams combined for 108 points and 1,171 yards (894 through the air). Just seven of those 108 points came in the fourth quarter.

•Jones 23 catches ties the record of Randy Gatewood, who put up those numbers for UNLV in a game against Idaho on Sept. 17, 1994.

•Schmitt, who set a FBS single-game record last week with 76 pass attempts without an interception, threw 75 passes Friday before finally throwing a pick. Schmitt finished 56-of-80 for 516 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. He also had a rushing touchdown.

-- Schmitt's 58 completions not only set an FBS record (previously 55 by Brees in '98 and Wake's Rusty LaRue in '95), but also is the all-time NCAA record in any division (FBS, FCS, DII, DIII). On Nov. 1 of this year, Stephen F. Austin's Jeremy Moses completed 57 passes against Sam Houston State.

-- The 80 pass attempts were just three shy of the all-time record set by Purdue's Drew Brees in 1998. It shatters the previous MAC record of 70.

-- Schmitt now has the two highest pass attempt totals this season, and they've both been in the last two weeks. Only one other FBS quarterback (Troy's Levi Brown vs. LSU) has attempted more than 63 passes in a game this season.

-- Before last week, Schmitt had never attempted more than 49 passes in three years at EMU.

-- Schmitt's 516 yards were the third-most ever for a MAC quarterback.