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Broncos Sports First Blog

  • WMU WR Jordan White: "How do you like that?"

    Posted by Zeke

    KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO)-- Western Michigan QB Alex Carder, WR Jordan White and CB Aaron Winchester speak to members of the media after steamrolling Central Michigan 44-14.

  • Broncos Destroy Chips 44-14, End Losing Streak

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    Kalamazoo, MI (WKZO) – It’s been a long 5 years since the Broncos had last beat Central Michigan. On Saturday Afternoon that losing streak came to an end as the Broncos rolled over Central 44-14.

    Alex Carder had his 5th career 300 yard passing game, as he finished with 355 yards passing and 3 touchdowns. Carder also found the end zone with his feet, scoring on a 3 yard run in the 3rd quarter.

    Jordan White, matched his career high in receptions with 13 for 177 yards and 2 TDs. He also had a 64 yard punt return which set up the Broncos touchdown pass from Alex Carder to Chleb Ravenell to give the Broncos a 14-0 lead in the 1st quarter.

    After putting up over 200 yards on the ground last week against Nicholls State, the Broncos running game was held in check, but Antroin Scriven did have a 1 yard touchdown, his 3rd 1 yard score on the season, to give the Broncos a 21-0 lead.

    Kicker John Potter was a perfect 3 for 3 at field goal attempts and added 5 extra points as he moved into 2nd place on the all-time Broncos record list for scoring by a kicker.

    Johnnie Simon led the defensive with 10 tackles, and Aaron Winchester had 8 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. Drew Nowak led the defensive line with 7 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack.

    True freshman Devon Brant made his first career start at linebacker and didn’t disappointed. He recovered a fumble in the 2nd quarter, forced by WMU CB Aaron Winchester.

    Waldo Stadium saw its largest turnout in over 4 years with 26,674 in attendance.

    The Broncos will next take on Illinois, next Saturday in Champaign. Kickoff is set for 3:30pm. The game will air on 96.5FM with the Broncos First Tailgate Show kicking off coverage at 2pm.

     

    GAME NOTES: The Bronco offense had 442 total yards and Central had 365…Western scored on all 6 of their red zone chances…Fumbles continued to haunt the Broncos as they fumbled the ball 3 times with only 1 recovered by CMU. The Fumble was returned for a touchdown by the Chips making the score 24-7…Jordan White moved into 4th place on the Broncos All-Time Receptions List, passing former Bronco and White teammate Juan Nunez…For the 3rd straight game the Broncos held their opponent scoreless in the 1st quarter…Paul Hazel and Tevin Drake both suffered injuries but Coach Cubit says both are OK.

  • WMU Linebacker Devin Brant: "It was exciting."

    Posted by Zeke

    KALAMAZOO, MI(WKZO)-- Western Michigan Linebacker Devin Brant speaks with Broncos Sports First about his first start and WMU's 44-14 drubbing of Central Michigan University.

  • Saturday A Must Win For Broncos, Cubit

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    Kalamazoo, MI (WKZO) – The forecast for Saturday in Kalamazoo is calling for a beautiful sunny day, a perfect afternoon for football. But if the Broncos lose on Saturday, it will become very cloudy and dark in the city of Kalamazoo. That being said, the Broncos have to beat Central on Saturday. HAVE TO. Doesn’t matter if it’s by 1 or 30, anything other than a victory for the Broncos could start a downward spiral that no one will want to see.

    For the Broncos, a loss on Saturday will make the team 1-2 and with tough road games at Illinois and at UConn the next 2 weeks, it could possibly mean a 1-4 start to the season. Starting 0-1 in the MAC will also hamper a chance at a MAC Title, something many people expect out of this team.

    A loss will also have a major impact on attendance at Waldo Stadium. Last week’s attendance was announced at over 19,000 with a good majority of that coming from the student section. The turnout from the student section was the largest I’ve seen in recent history. More students and alumni are expected Saturday, as a sellout is very possible. When the Broncos return to Waldo on October 8th for homecoming, a huge decrease in attendance could be seen if the Broncos lose to Central.   

    But the bigger impact from a loss might be the future of Head Coach Bill Cubit.

    Now I don’t want to start any rumors that Saturday's outcome will put Cubit’s job on the line because it won't. Cubit has done an excellent job at recruiting and most importantly, he graduates his players and runs a clean program. He is loved by his players, coaching staff, Athletic Director Kathy Beauregard,  President of WMU John Dunn and the city of Kalamazoo. But a loss to Central for a 6th straight year will start water cooler talk between administration, alumni and students that Cubit needs to be replaced. It’s the John Cooper effect. Cooper, the former head coach of Ohio State, was an impressive 111-43-4 with the Buckeyes but a very unimpressive 2-10-1 against archrival Michigan. It didn’t matter that Cooper’s teams finished in the top 10 5 times in an 8 year span or that OSU played in 3 BCS games. All that mattered was beating Michigan and Cooper struggled to do that. And in the end Cooper was fired after 11 years as the Buckeyes head coach.

    And Cubit has struggled to beat Central.   

    Lately the Chippewa’s have had the Broncos number. To be fair, Central had the better teams for the majority of the time during the current losing streak. But this year is different. This year the Broncos are the superior team. They were as well last year but turnovers haunted the Broncos as Central escaped with a 26-22 victory.

    The Bronco players have said all the right things this week. They have the confidence and swag needed heading into a rivalry game. They all know the importance of beating Central but not one current member of the Bronco Football Team has experienced a win against Central.  2 former Bronco players made an appearance at practice on Thursday, both of whom never beat Central. They talked about how still to this day it eats them alive knowing they never had the satisfaction of beating the Chips. And I know for a fact that this senior class doesn’t want to live with the same regret of never beating Central.

    Saturday could be the start of something special for this current Bronco squad.  A win would start the Broncos on the right track to win their first MAC Title in over 20 years. But a loss, regardless of what happens the rest of the season, will be remembered forever by the players that take the field Saturday afternoon.  A memory hopefully no will have to remember. 

  • Letter To The Broncos: Leave No Doubt

    Posted by Zeke

    Dear Broncos,

    Everyone involved in the WMU/CMU rivalry knows whats at stake Saturday when those kids come to Kalamazoo. Theres a lot at stake almost every time we play each other, so I'm sure too much doesn't have to be said about it.

    When I first transferred to WMU, I didn't understand the rivalry. Most people usually don't until they experience it a time or two. I can honestly say that nothing good has ever happened to me in the city of Mount Pleasant, other than actually leaving the city of Mount Pleasant. From the outside looking in, the rivalry looks like just another MAC game but to me and a whole lot of other people it is the MAC game.

    Its been six long years since we beat Central. Six.Long.Years.

    The last time we beat Central, Tim Hiller was a freshman, Greg Jennings still played in Brown and Gold, and I was a Junior in high school. Needless to say, its been a while. Now, as a sports fan, I have to admit that some of those years, Central just had the better team-- Theres nothing wrong with that; the best team won-- but some of those years, we had the better team and theres no loss that hurts more than the one(s) that should've have been a win.

    Last year's loss in Mount Pleasant would be one of those losses. For those who don't know, the Broncos were leading the Chips by 9 going into the fourth quarter. Long story short, it should have been a win but turnovers doomed WMU.

    Even with five turnovers, the Broncos still had a shot to win the game. Trailing by four points in the fourth, driving in to score the game winning touchdown, WMU fumbled the ball on Central's three yard line.

    That loss was one of the more heartbreaking losses I've ever been a part of.

    That was last year though, and we have another shot to take care of business. All preseason, the  Broncos have been talking "MAC Championship" this and "MAC Championship" that. Well, hey, here it is. Of course you cant win a conference title in one game, but a win vs your biggest rival, at home, for the first time in six years, after last year's loss, and this year's potential...can go a long way.

    For now though, its one game at a time. Western Michigan has a great opportunity in front of them and its one that they must take full advantage of. Its early in the season but this game is a must win for the Broncos and thats exactly what we expect them to do.

    Win.

  • Broncos Release 2011-2012 Men’s Basketball Schedule.

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) – As with the WMU Football Team, there is a lot expected out of the Men’s Basketball Team this season. Coach Steve Hawkins returns all 5 starters and loses only 1 senior from last year’s squad, which finished 21-13 and won the MAC West Title. But before the Broncos can repeat as MAC West Champs and look to improve on last season, they must get through their schedule. On Wednesday the Broncos released their 2011-2012 schedule.

    This year’s non-conference schedule will be tough, as the Broncos travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico for the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Tournament November 16-20, and Spokane, Washington to face Gonzaga on November 26th and to Durham, North Carolina to take on the Duke Blue Devils December 30th.

    The Broncos open up regular season play November 12th in Brookings, South Dakota to take on South Dakota State and open at home on November 30th against Hope College.

    The Broncos will also be featured on the ESPN family of networks at least 4 times (3 times for the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and at Duke), and will also be on Fox Sports Detroit Twice (At Detroit and at Oakland).

     The Broncos will take on at least five teams (Temple, Gonzaga, Oakland, Duke, and Akron) that made it to the NCAA Tournament in 2010.  In addition to those teams, the Broncos could play as many as six other teams that reached postseason play last season.

    Listed below is the complete schedule for the WMU Men’s Basketball Team:

     

    Date    Opponent                              Location                        Time

    Nov. 2   KALAMAZOO COLLEGE (ex.) Kalamazoo, Mich. 7 p.m.

    Nov. 5   NORTHWOOD (ex.)                Kalamazoo, Mich. 2 p.m.

    Nov. 12 at South Dakota State           Brookings, S.D.      8 p.m.

    ESPN Puerto Rico Tip-Off Tournament • November 16 - 20, 2011 • San Juan, P.R.

    Nov. 17 vs. Temple                               San Juan, P.R.         11:30 a.m.

    Nov. 18 vs. Iona/Purdue                      San Juan, P.R.         TBA

    Nov. 20 vs. Alabama/Colorado/Wichita State/Maryland San Juan, P.R. TBA

    Nov. 26 at Gonzaga                              Spokane, Wash.     4 p.m.

    Nov. 30 HOPE COLLEGE                       Kalamazoo, Mich.  7 p.m.

    Dec. 8 at Detroit                                   Detroit, Mich.         7 p.m.

    Dec. 11 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS              Kalamazoo, Mich.  2 p.m.

    Dec. 17 DUQUESNE                              Kalamazoo, Mich. 2 p.m.

    Dec. 20 WINTHROP                              Kalamazoo, Mich. 7 p.m.

    Dec. 23 at Oakland                              Rochester, Mich.   7 p.m.

    Dec. 30 at Duke                                   Durham, N.C.         7 p.m.

    Jan. 3 MILWAUKEE                             Kalamazoo, Mich.  7 p.m.

    Jan. 7 at Ball State*                            Muncie, Ind.           TBA

    Jan. 11 NORTHERN ILLINOIS*           Kalamazoo, Mich.   7 p.m.

    Jan. 14 TOLEDO*                                Kalamazoo, Mich.   2 p.m.

    Jan. 18 at Eastern Michigan*          Ypsilanti, Mich.        TBA

    Jan. 21 CENTRAL MICHIGAN*          Kalamazoo, Mich.   2 p.m.

    Jan. 25 at Ohio*                                 Athens, Ohio           TBA

    Jan. 28 MIAMI (OH)*                       Kalamazoo, Mich.   2 p.m.

    Feb. 1 BOWLING GREEN*              Kalamazoo, Mich.    7 p.m.

    Feb. 4  at Kent State*                     Kent, Ohio                TBA

    Feb. 8 AKRON*                                Kalamazoo, Mich.    7 p.m.

    Feb. 11 at Buffalo*                         Buffalo, N.Y.             TBA

    Feb. 15 at Northern Illinois*         De Kalb, Ill.               TBA

    Feb. 17 at ESPN Bracketbuster      TBA                         TBA

    Feb. 22 BALL STATE*                     Kalamazoo, Mich.   7 p.m.

    Feb. 25 at Toledo*                         Toledo, Ohio           TBA

    Feb. 29 EASTERN MICHIGAN*     Kalamazoo, Mich.   7 p.m.

    March 3 at Central Michigan*      Mt. Pleasant, Mich. 7 p.m.

    March 7-10 MAC Championships  Cleveland, Ohio    TBA

    * - Mid-American Conference (MAC) game

    All games Eastern Standard Time (EST) unless otherwise noted

  • WMU Brian Fields: "Emotion is high."

    Posted by Zeke

    KALAMAZOO, MI(WKZO)--WMU Running Back Brian Fields speaks with Broncos Sports First about the upcoming showdown with rival Central Michigan.

  • WMU Quarterback Alex Carder: "

    Posted by Zeke

    KALAMAZOO, MI(WKZO)-- WMU Quarterback Alex Carder speaks with Broncos Sports First about the upcoming showdown with rival Central Michigan.

  • VIDEO: WMU Wide Receiver Jordan White At Media Luncheon

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) -- This week is the biggest week for the Western Michigan Football Team. It's Central Week. On Saturday at Waldo Stadium, the Broncos and Chippewas will take the field for the 81st meeting between the two Michigan schools. Western holds a 43-35-2 advantage all time in the series but Central has won the last 5 meetings. During Tuesday's weekly media luncheon hosted at the Webster's in the Raddison WMU Wide Receiver Jordan White spoke about this week's matchup against Central and how badly he wants to get a W against that school from up north. 

  • VIDEO: WMU Head Coach Bill Cubit At Media Luncheon

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) -- This week is the biggest week for the Western Michigan Football Team. It's Central Week. On Saturday at Waldo Stadium, the Broncos and Chippewas will take the field for the 81st meeting between the two Michigan schools. Western holds a 43-35-2 advantage all time in the series but Central has won the last 5 meetings. During Tuesday's weekly media luncheon hosted at the Webster's in the Raddison WMU Head Coach Bill Cubit spoke about this week's matchup against Central 

  • John Potter Wins Special Teams Player Of The Week Award

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) – For the second time in his career as a Bronco, placekicker John Potter has won the MAC West Special Teams Player Of The Week.

    Potter was a perfect 5 for 5 at PATs and drilled a 40 yard field as the Broncos defeated Nicholls State Saturday Evening 38-7. With the 5 PATs, Potter extended his record of 78 straight made PATs.

    Potter also showed his value on special teams, accumulating 2 tackles, raising his tackle total to 30, also a Bronco record for a kicker.

    In 2010, Potter won the Special Teams Player Of The Week against Ball State, after recovering a fumble, making 2 tackles, and scoring an 8 yard touchdown run. He also had 6 PATs and a field goal against Ball State.