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Rush throws 6 TD passes, Central Michigan beats UNLV 44-21

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Cooper Rush throws fifth TD pass of game (0:59)

Central Michigan quarterback Cooper Rush throws deep to Brandon Childress for a 42-yard touchdown, Rush's fifth of the game. (0:59)

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Cooper Rush threw six touchdown passes and Central Michigan pulled away in the second half to beat UNLV 44-21 on Saturday.

The Chippewas (3-0) are off to their best start since 2002, and showed no signs of a letdown after stunning 22nd-ranked Oklahoma State last week. That game should have ended on a fourth-down intentional grounding foul against the Cowboys but the referees awarded an extra play and Central Michigan scored on a wild touchdown for a 30-27 victory.

Rush was 20 of 33 for 352 yards, and his six scoring throws was a Kelly/Shorts Stadium record. Corey Willis had six receptions for 108 yards and two touchdowns, and Mark Chapman finished with five catches for 80 yards and two scores. Jesse Kroll and Brandon Childress also had TD catches.

Central Michigan lead 28-21 at halftime, and its defense had a safety and an interception in the second half. Rush added throwing scores of 31 and 42 yards.

The Chippewas travel to face ACC-member Virginia with a shot a starting 4-0 for the first time since 1985.