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  • VIDEO: WMU Wide Receiver Jordan White During Weekly Media Luncheon Before Ball State

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) -- Broncos Wide Receiver Jordan White had 7 receptions and 70 yards receiving last week against Eastern Michigan as Western fell 14-10. White is on the verge of becoming the all time leader in Western Michigan history in receptions, as he trails Jamarko Simmons by 8. As the Broncos and White prepare for the Cardinals, White spoke with the media during the weekly media luncheon.

  • VIDEO: WMU Head Coach Bill Cubit During Weekly Media Luncheon Before Ball State

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) -- This week the Broncos football team returns to Waldo Stadium to take on the Ball State Cardinals. The Broncos are coming off a 14-10 loss to Eastern Michigan last Saturday. The loss dropped the Broncos to 4-4 and 2-2 in the MAC. Last year Western defeated the Cardinals 45-16. The Broncos hold all the time series lead against the Cardinals 19-18 and are 2-4 against Ball State all time under Coach Cubit.

  • Broncos Lose 2nd Straight Game, Fall To EMU 14-10

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    Ypsilanti, MI (WKZO) –For the first time since 2007, the Broncos have lost to the Eastern Michigan Eagles, falling 14-10 at Rynearson Stadium.

    Last week against the Northern Illinois Huskies it was the defense that struggled allowing 51 points. This week it was the Broncos offense that could get it going, tying a season low 10 points scored.

    Alex Carder, who turned 22 today, was 24 for 34 for only 181 and for the only 2nd time since becoming the starting quarterback for the Broncos failed to pass for a touchdown.

    Tevin Drake scored the lone touchdown for the Broncos, a 46 yard run in the 3rd quarter giving the Broncos their only lead of the day at 10-7.

    However, the Eagles came back and scored a 50 yard touchdown in the 4th quarter from Javonti Greene, putting them up for good 14-10.

    GAME NOTES: The loss drops the Broncos to 4-4, 2-2 in the MAC and the Eagles improve to 5-3, 3-1 in the MAC…The win gives Eastern Michigan the Michigan MAC Trophy, for the first time since 2008...Jordan White had 7 receptions for 70 yards and Chleb Ravenell had 6 receptions for 70 yards as well…Johnnie Simon led the Broncos in tackles with 11 and Demetrius Pettway and Mitch Zajac each had 10 tackles. Pettway also had a forced fumble for the Broncos… The Eagles outgained the Broncos 349 to 329…Dominique Sherrer lead the Eagles in rushing with 86 yards…EMU quarterback Alex Gillett attempted only 9 passes, completing 6 for 144 yards and touchdown pass…John Potter went 1 for 2 at field goals, with his make coming from 37 yards out…The attendance for the game was announced at 6770. This was EMU’s homecoming…Next week the Broncos return to Waldo Stadium take on the Ball State Cardinals at 2pm.

  • Huskies Score 44 Straight, Roll Over Western 51-22

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    DeKalb, IL – Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harish rushed for a career high 229 yards and threw for another 207 as the Huskies defeated the Broncos 51-22 Saturday Afternoon.

    Chandler had runs of 45, 51, and 40 yards in the 3rd quarter as Northern Illinois outscored the Broncos 24-0 in the 3rd to pull ahead.

    The Huskies outrushed the Broncos 494-102 and scored 5 touchdowns on the ground, 3 from Jasmin Hopkins and 2 from Akeem Daniels.

    Jordan White finished with 12 receptions for 98 yards, passing Greg Jennings for 2nd place all time on the Broncos career receptions list. This was White’s 5th straight game with 10 or catches and the 6th time he’s had double figures in 2011

    Broncos quarterback Alex Carder finished 25 for 43 for 194 yards and 1 touchdown and an interception.

    WMU opened to a quick 6-0 lead after back to back field goals. Broncos kicker John Potter first field goald went for 45 yards, his career long. Potter then added a 30 yarder with 2:20 left in the 1st quarter

    After a Huskies touchdown the Broncos regained the lead with a safety as the Huskies snapped punt bounced off one of the up backs causing a fumble. Punter Ryan Neir recovered the ball but was tackled in the end zone by Johnnie Simon for 2 points and a Bronco 8-7 lead.

    During the ensuing drive, Alex Carder threw for his lone touchdown to Chleb Ravenell, adding to the Broncos lead 15-7

    That was the last time the Broncos would score for almost 2 quarters as the Huskies added 44 answered points before the Broncos were able to add a late touchdown with 6:33 left in the 4th quarter, Tyler VanTubbergen to Antoin Schriven from 2 yards out.

    GAME NOTES: Tyler VanTubbergan replaced Alex Carder in the 4th quarter and had 39 yards passing…Tevin Drake lead the Broncos in rushing with 39 yards...The 694 total yards for Northern Illinois, was the most any MAC team had put up so far this year…John Potter Extended his consecutive PAT streak, now up to 98. He also had a tackle, increasing his school record of 33 tackles for a kicker…Northern Illinois Kicker Matt Sims scored 15 points for the Huskies including 3 field goals…Attendance for the game was announced at 20,722…The Broncos next game will be against Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti on Saturday October 22 at 1pm.

  • 10 Keys Western Michigan Broncos Vs. Northern Illinois Huskies

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    DEKALB, IL (WKZO) --  The Broncos head to Huskie Stadium for their first road MAC Game Saturday at 3:30. A week ago Western Michigan improved their record to 4-2 and 2-0 in the MAC, pounding the Falcons 45-21 as Carder to White combined twice for touchdowns.  Standing in the way of the Broncos improving to 3-0 in the MAC for the first time since 2008 are the 3-3 Northern Illinois Huskies. Huskies picked off Alex Carder with under a minute left in the 4th to secure a 28-21 victory.

    10 Keys To Victory

    1. Continue to Find Ways To Run The Ball – The Broncos gained over 350 on the ground against Bowling Green. The run attack came in different ways. Tevin Drake had 112 yards on an impressive 10 carries. But it was the running yards that came from Alex Carder that were the most impressive as the Broncos QB finished just 5 yards short of the century mark.   A consistent running game will force the Huskies to load the box and force 1 on 1 coverage in the secondary.

    2. Kevin Galaher Return To Center – A large key to the success last week was the return of the Pre-Season Rimington nominee to the center position. Coach Cubit referred to Galaher as the quarterback of the O-Line, making checks and calling out blocking assignments and adding extra protection for Alex Carder. Terry Davisson is much better suited for right guard.

    3. The Weather Factor – Huskie Stadium is known for having come crazy wind. Expect the Broncos who are 10 for 10 on 4th down this year, to expend their 4 down territory. John Potters missed field goals have been on windy days.

    4. Contain Chandler Harnish –The Huskies are the top scoring MAC Offense, averaging 38 points a game due mostly in Harnish. The senior is a duel threat with his arm and legs, averaging 73 yards a game with 7 rushing touchdowns. Spying Harnish and limiting his ability to advance the ball on the ground will force the Huskies to become one dimensional.

    5. Red Zone Offense Success – The Broncos have scored on 96% of their red zone attempts with 19 of 25 scores for 6.  This game could be high scoring so getting the most out of every drive is essential.

    6. Defensive Line Must Apply Pressure – The Huskies O-line has allowed the most sacks in the MAC. Team Train Wreck has punished opposing offensive lines.  Drew Nowak has gotten better every game and Freddie Bishop has emerged as a top defensive end.

    7. Special Teams Will Make a Difference. A big time special teams play will happen, either in the kicking game or the return game. Jordan White and Dervon Wallace lead the MAC in punt and kick return average respectively in the MAC.

    8. Get The Ball To Jordan White-This goes without saying. We all know what Jordan White is capable of. Last year against Northern, Jordan had a career high in receptions with 14.

    9. Leave Your Mark On Northern – Last year’s loss to the Huskies at Waldo Stadium was heartbreaking. 2009’s loss at Huskie Stadium was even worse. This is the year to take of advantage of an off Huskie team. The Huskies have won 12 straight at home and are celebrating homecoming this weekend. A win over the Huskies would be a perfect way to ruin their party and a chance at a MAC title

    10. With A Win Today, It’s MAC Champions Or Bust. The Broncos have a slight edge on offence but a bigger advantage on D and that’s the difference. WESTERN MICHIGAN 48, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 24 

  • Mid-Season Report Card Western Michigan Football Team

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) – The Broncos are now 6 games into their 12 game schedule and going with the college theme it’s time to hand out our mid-term report card.

    Quarterbacks: Alex Carder has been nothing short of amazing this year. His stats of 1678 yards, almost 70% completion rate and 15 touchdowns with only 5 interceptions has solidified  him as the best quarterback in the MAC and one of the best in the country. Carder has made Broncos fans forget all about Tim Hiller. Carder has already this season broken Hiller’s school record for passing yards in a game with 479 against UConn.  Backup quarterback Tyler VanTubbergen, has been solid as well in limited action. GRADE: A

    Running Backs: A lot was expected out of the Broncos running backs in 2011 and while at times they have preformed admirable, they have also disappointed in some games. Tevin Drake and Brian Fields lead the team in rushing with 311 and 196 yards receptively. While the production has been off from the backs, it has not necessary hurt the offense. With the return of Kevin Galaher and an easier 2nd half schedule expect the Broncos running game to get back on track and soon. GRADE: B-

    Wide Receivers:  Based on what Jordan White has done this season alone I’d give the wide receiving core an A. His 67 receptions and 824 lead not only the MAC but the nation. But it’s what the other receivers have accomplished that has given this group an even higher grade. Robert Arnheim has been Mr. Reliable, and Chleb Ravenell has been a touchdown machine lately. GRADE: A +

    Tight Ends:  The tight ends have an unfair disadvantage due to the lack of use in Bill Cubit’s offensive system. Still they have been the most disappointing area on the offense. Clark Mussman, Blake Hammond, and Dallas Walker have underperformed in not only receptions but in helping with pass and run blocking. Expect minimal improvement in the 2nd half. GRADE C-

    Offensive Line: Despite being hampered by injuries, the O-Line has been alright. It was obvious in the Michigan and Illinois game that they were overmatched and oversized, but they still battled and Coach Cubit was impressed by their play. Anthony Parker and Dann O’Neil have done a great job leading the O-line. The return of Kevin Galaher at center will have this grade higher at the end of the season. GRADE: B-

    Defensive Line:  Team Train Wreck has been as good as advertised. Drew Nowak is 4th on the team in tackles with 35. Freddie Bishop has really improved since the beginning of the season and leads the team with 6.5 tackles for loss and 4 sacks. Junior Paul Hazel has been the only disappointment on the D-Line so far. After leading the team in sacks with 8, he has failed to record a sack this season. GRADE:  A

    Linebackers: Mitch Zajac leads the team in tackles with 46 tackles and has been the vocal leader of the 3rd ranked MAC scoring defense. True Freshman Devon Brant has started 4 games at the Mike Linebacker position and looks much more confident as each game passes. Rover Johnnie Simon has replaced Jamail Barry just fine and improves every game. GRADE: A

    Secondary:  After spending his first few years at running back, Aaron Winchester had made the successful switch to the cornerback position.  His toughness and hard nose attitude fit in perfectly with Coach Cohen’s defense. Lewis Toler had 5 interceptions last year and has none this year, but don’t expect him to remain shutout in the interception category. Doug Wiggans has looked like a new player this season, showing ball hawking skills we all knew he had. Wiggans leads the team with 5 pass breakups GRADE: A -       

    Special Teams Kickers: John Potter is a perfect 24-24 at PATs but only 9-12 at FG Attempts, missing key field goals at Michigan and Illinois. Ben Armer ranks 5th in the MAC in punting, averaging 41.6 yards per punt. GRADE: A-

    Special Teams Returners: Jordan White and Dervon Wallace have made the offense’s job much easier giving them great starting fielding position White and Wallace both lead the MAC in punt return and kick return average. GRADE: A

  • Jordan White Named MAC Player of the Week For Third Time

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) – For the third time in 2011, Western Michigan wide receiver Jordan White has been named MAC West Offensive Player Of The Week.

    White had 12 receptions for 156 yards and 2 touchdowns as the Broncos defeated Bowling Green 45-21 to improve to 4-2 and 2-0 in the MAC.

    Against Bowling Green, White recorded his fourth consecutive 100-yard receiving game, tying the Bronco record set by Jamarko Simmons at the end of the 2006 and into the first three games of the 2007 season. 

    White also became only the fourth WMU receiver to post 3,000 yards in a career, now with 3,100. 

     

    On the season, White now has 67 receptions, 824 yards and 7 touchdowns. He leads the nation in receptions and receiving yards and tied for second in touchdowns. White has also caught 12 or more passes in 5 of 6 games.

  • VIDEO: Broncos Sports First Game Recap, Bowling Green

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) -- The Broncos are now 4-2 after defeating the Bowling Green Falcons 45-21 Saturday Afternoon at Waldo Stadium. After the game Broncos Sports First spoke on the field about the game.