Ann Arbor, MI (WKZO) – After talk and deliberation, it was decided between the head coaches and athletic departments to end the contest between Western Michigan and Michigan early due to lightning.
With 1:27 left in the 3rd quarter, a second stoppage in play was issued when lightning entered the Ann Arbor area.
While a comeback from the Broncos could have happened, all be it unlikely, the head coaches and athletic departments for both schools decided that the best interest for the student athletes was to end the game early with Michigan in the lead 34-10.
The first delay in the game came at the 13:45 mark of the third quarter. This delay lasted only 30 minutes before the players returned to action.
It was unfortunately the game was called early because it didn’t allow the Broncos a chance to comeback from the 24 point deficit. It may have also saved a Bronco record from being broken.
Jordan White had 12 receptions for 112 yards and was on pace to top the all-time Bronco record of 16 receptions in a game, set by 2 former Broncos, Greg Jennings in 2005 and Jamie Hence in 1987.
Michigan Linebacker Brandon Herron had a career day, as he returned an interception and a fumble for touchdowns. Herron’s intercepted a tipped Alex Carder pass at the 6 yard line and returned it to the house for a 94 yard return, the longest interception return in Wolverines history. Herron later returned a fumble 27 yards for a touchdown, giving Michigan a 27-10 lead early in the 3rd quarter.
The Broncos did shine early, taking their opening drive of the game 74 yards on 15 plays, and after an Antoin Scriven 1 yard touchdown run, the Broncos were up 7-0.
Michigan running back Fitzgerald Toussaint tied the game at 7 with a 2 yard TD run in the 2nd quarter. Toussaint found the end zone again later in the 2nd quarter to put the Wolverines up 20-7.
John Potter kicked a 36 yard field goal before half time to cut the lead to 20-10.
Michael Shaw added a 44 touchdown run, making the score 34-10 before the final delay ended the game.
GAME NOTES: Alex Carder finished the day 22 of 31 for 183 yards…Tevin Drake led the Broncos in rushing with 65 yards on 10 carries…White had 9 of his 12 receptions in the first half…Dervon Wallace had 6 kick returns at an average of almost 32 yards per return… Herron’s two defensive touchdowns were the first in Michigan history…The attendance for the game was announced at 110,506…The Broncos return to action next Saturday at Waldo Stadium against 1AA opponent Nicholls State. WMU beat Nicholls last season 49-14. Western Michigan will be celebrating CommUniversity Night. Kickoff is set for 7pm