Broncos Sports First Blog

  • VIDEO: WMU Running Back Tevin Drake After Bowling Green

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) -- Western Michigan Running Back Tevin Drake finished with 112 rushing yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. After the Broncos 45-21 victory over the Bowling Green Falcons, Drake spoke with Broncos Sprorts First.

  • VIDEO: WMU Players Post Game Press Conference Bowling Green

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) -- On Saturday Afternoon the Western Michigan Football team defeated the Bowling Green Falcons 45-21. Quarterback Alex Carder, Wide Receiver Jordan White and Defensive End Freddie Bishop spoke with the media after the game. The Broncos are now 4-2, 2-0 in MAC play.

  • Alex Carder Named MAC West Player Of The Week

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) – Alex Carder has been named MAC West Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for a school record 479 yards and 5 touchdowns against 2010 Big East Champion UConn. This is the 3rd consecutive week a Western Michigan offensive player has been named MAC West Player of the Week.

    On Saturday, Carder broke Tim Hiller’s school record for passing yards in a game by 8, as the Broncos upset UConn 38-31. He was 37 for 51 with no interceptions as well.

    For the season Carder has 1466 yards passing, 12 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions.

    Carder is also nominated for 2 awards for his performance this past week. He is one of five players up for Capital One Impact Performer of the Week and one of eight QBs up for Manning Award National Star of the Week.

    Click here to vote for Carder for the Capital One Impact Performer of the Week.

  • Carder Breaks Bronco Single Game Passing Record As WMU Defeats UConn 38-31

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    HARTFORD, CN (WKZO) – In a game that saw no scoring for the first 19 minutes of play, no one could have guessed that the final score would be a combined 69 points. But it was, as Chleb Ravenell scored his 2nd touchdown of the game with 1:35 left to put the Broncos up for good 38-31.

    Alex Carder had the best day ever for a Broncos quarterback as he broke Tim Hiller’s record of 471 passing yards in a game, set in 2008 against Central Michigan, topping the former Bronco by 8 yards, finishing with 479. Carder also had 5 touchdowns on 37 of 51 passing.

    While Carder was spectacular it was his trio of receivers that made his job so easy.  Jordan White did what has become the norm for him finishing the day with 12 receptions and 173 yards plus a TD. White entered the day leading the nation in receptions and 2nd in receiving yards and most likely will now lead the nation in both of those statics at the end of the weekend.

    Number 2 and 3 receivers Robert Arnheim and Chleb Ravenell each had career days as well, as they both finished with career highs in receiving yards. Arnheim had 10 receptions for 113 yards and Ravenell had 9 receptions, 123 yards and 2 touchdowns.

    Once again, the Broncos struggled to get the running game going as the running backs totaled only 14 yards on 11 carries, 8 of those yards coming on the final play of the game.

    After a slow start from both teams, the offenses finally got on track in the 2nd quarter, as Broncos and Huskies combined for 24 points, and at halftime Western led the 2010 Big East Champs 17-7.

    After halftime the Huskies came out looking like a new team. They scored 17 straight points and with 12:40 left in the 4th quarter, held a 24-17 lead over the Broncos.

    However, the Broncos scored touchdowns on back to back drives, one from Jordan White and the other from Chleb Ravenell, to take a 31-24 lead with under 6 minutes to go.

    The Huskies came right back to tie the game up, scoring on a 10 play 80 yard drive, capping it off with a Johnny McEntee pass to Nick Williams for 26 yards for a touchdown.

    On the Broncos next possession they went up for good when Carder hit Ravenell for Carder’s 5th and final TD.

    The Huskies fumbled the ball with 45 seconds left to end their chances of a comeback.

    Western improves their record to 3-2 and 1-0 in the MAC while UConn falls to 2-3.

    GAMENOTES: The Broncos were penalized heavily as they were flagged 15 times for 119 yards. It was the most penalties for a Bronco team since 1996…Tight End Dallas Walker scored his first TD of the season in the 2nd quarter to give the Broncos a 14-0 lead…Alex Carder’s 5 TD Passes tied him for the 2nd highest total in game. Carder had 5 TDs passes twice in 2010…Carder’s 37 completions were 5th highest ever for a Bronco QB. Carder holds the record with 43 vs. Toledo in 2010…Freshman Safety Rontavious Atkins caused the only fumble by the Huskies to wrap the game up for the Broncos…Johnny McEntee had 300 yards passing and 4 touchdowns for the Huskies…Lyle McCombs lead the Huskies in rushing with 136 yards rushing and added a receiving touchdown as well…The Broncos host Bowling Green next weekend at 2pm. Next weekend is also homecoming.

  • VIDEO: WMU Head Coach Bill Cubit As the Broncos Prepare For UConn

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) -- This weekend the WMU Football Team will travel to Connecticut to take on the UConn Huskies Saturday Afternoon at 3:30pm. The Broncos are coming off a 23-20 defeat to Illinois, dropping their record to 2-2. On Thursday, WMU Head Coach Bill Cubit spoke with Broncos Sports First about the Illinois game, the upcoming UConn game and Cubit's prediction for the baseball playoffs.

  • Broncos Hockey Starts Season Ranked #13, Balisy Named To Preseason All-CCHA

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) – After earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1996 and making it the finals of CCHA Tournament for the first time since 1986 , expectations for the 2011-2012 Broncos Hockey team were already high. With the preseason ranking of 13, expectations are now even higher.

    The Broncos finished at 13 in the nation in both the and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Polls after spending 6 weeks in the USA Today Top 15 Poll and 17 weeks in the Top 20 of the poll.

    On Wednesday, the Broncos Hockey Team were also picked to finish 4th in the CCHA preseason poll by both the CCHA Coaches and by the media. Norte Dame, Miami (OH), and Michigan are the only teams picked ahead of the Broncos.

    Also announced, that for the first time since 2005-2006, the Western Michigan Hockey will feature a player on the Preseason All-CCHA Team. Sophomore Chase Balisy was named to the Second Team All-Conference after finishing 2nd on the Broncos in scoring with 12 goals and 18 assists. Balisy was named to the CCHA All-Freshman team last year.

    Sophomore defenseman Dan DeKeyser and junior defenseman Matt Tennyson both received Honorable Mention consideration.

    Western Michigan hosts the University of Toronto at L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon, Mich., Saturday at 7 p.m. for its only exhibition game of the season. The Broncos open the regular season at Lawson Ice Arena on Friday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. against the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers.

  • VIDEO: WMU Wide Receivers Chleb Ravenell and Robert Arnheim

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) – Following the Broncos Tuesday practice, Wide Receivers Chleb Ravenell and Robert Arnheim, spoke with Broncos Sports First. Arnheim and Ravenell rank 2nd and 3rd on the team in both receptions and receiving yards, respectively.  The two receivers talk about the Illinois game, the upcoming UConn game and the success of Jordan White.

  • Jordan White Wins MAC Player Of The Week Again

    Posted by Colin Windecker


    Kalamazoo, MI (WKZO) – For the second consecutive week, Broncos Wide Receiver Jordan White has been awarded the MAC West Offensive Player Of The Week Award.

    Despite the 23-20 loss to Illinois on Saturday, White was able to tie his career high in receptions with 14 for 134 yards and a touchdown.  He also became only the fourth Bronco to have over 200 career catches, and recorded his 14th 100-yard receiving game, ranking second all-time at Western Michigan.

    On the season, White ranks first in the nation with 43 receptions and second with 492 yards, 3 yards behind first place Keenan Allen of Cal.