Broncos Sports First Blog

  • VIDEO: Broncos Head Coach Bill Cubit During Media Luncheon, Miami Week

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) -- The Broncos lost to the Toledo Rockets 66-63 on Tuesday night, dropping their record to 5-5 and 3-3 in the MAC. Head Coach Bill Cubit is 1 win away from tying former coach Gary Darnell with 46 wins at Western. During Thursday's weekly media luncheon Cubit discuses the loss, the upcoming game against Miami (OH) and talks a little bit about Joe Paterno.

  • VIDEO: Broncos Quarterback Alex Carder At Weekly Media Luncheon, Miami Week

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) -- During the Broncos 66-63 loss at Toledo, Alex Carder broke his previous school record for passing yards in a game, throwing for 548 yards, and set the school record with 7 passing touchdowns. Carder's previous record was 481 against UConn earlier this year. Carder now has over 3000 yards passing on the season and is just over 330 yards away from topping his 2010 total. On Thursday, Carder spoke with the media during the weekly media luncheon. 

  • Record Breaking Night, Broncos Lose Shootout 66-63

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    Toledo, OH (WKZO) -- WMU and Toledo combined for MAC records 1,439 total offensive yards, 129 combined points and scored 18 touchdowns, as the Rockets took a step closer to a MAC West Title with a 66-63 victory over the Broncos.

    Despite the loss, WMU quarterback Alex Carder and wide receiver Jordan White each broke Bronco records.

    Carder threw for a Bronco record 546 yards, topping the previous record set by Carder earlier this season against UConn. His 7 touchdown passes also tied the MAC record. The junior finished 38 of 59, had no interceptions, and connected on TD passes to 5 different receivers. He also had a rushing touchdown.

    Jordan White broke or tied 4 Bronco records against Toledo. The 6th year senior had 16 receptions, 237 yards and 3 touchdowns. His 16 receptions tied Greg Jennings for the Bronco record for most in a game. White is also now the all-time leader in Bronco history with 3,678 career yards, 111 receptions in a season, and 17 career 100 yard games.  His 237 yards was the 3rd most in a game ever for a Bronco.

    Kicker John Potter connected on 9 extra points and is now tied for all-time lead in scoring in Bronco history. He is currently tied with Brad Selent at 307 career points. Potter also broke the MAC record for most consecutive PATs made at 114.

    Wide receiver Josh Shaffer had a career high 114 yards receiver and Portage native Eric Monett had a career high 6 receptions.

    Johnnie Simon led the defense with 18 tackles. Donald Celiscar had 2 fumble recoveries and an interception, while Doug Wiggans had an interception return for a touchdown and Demetrius Pettway had a pick as well.

    The loss drops the Broncos record to 5-5, 3-3 in the MAC and Toldeo improves to 6-4 and 5-1 in the MAC.

    WMU and Toledo traded the lead 6 times and were tied 6 times as well. The 2 teams went into halftime tied 28-28.

    Toledo running back Adonis Thomas had 216 yards on the ground and 2 touchdowns. Morgan Williams also had 2 touchdowns for the Rockets.

    Terrance Owens had 318 yards passing on 22 of 27, with 3 touchdowns and an interception.

    GAME NOTES: Toledo won the time of possession battle 39:30-20:30…Tevin Drake lead the Broncos in rushing with 71 yards on 13 carries…Chleb Ravenell had 6 receptions and 85 yards plus a TD…The Broncos forced 6 turnovers against the Rockets. Toledo had 6 total turnovers in their first 9 games…Aaron Winchester and Devon Brant each had 10 tackles…Western Michigan has two games remaining on its 2011 regular season schedule with a trip to Miami on Nov. 16 scheduled to air on either ESPN or ESPN2.  The Broncos will need to win out to secure a 7-5 record and the opportunity to play in a post-season bowl game for the third time in six seasons.

  • 5 Keys Western Michigan vs. Toledo

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    On Tuesday Night the Broncos Football Team travels to Toledo to take on the Rockets. This past weekend the Broncos, behind Alex Carder’s 400 yards passing, defeated the Ball State Cardinals to improve their record to 5-4 and 3-2 in the MAC. The Rockets played last Tuesday and lost to Northern Illinois 63-60. Western trails the all-time series against Toledo 28-37, but Bill Cubit holds a 4-2 career record against the Rockets and with a win will tie Gary Darnell with 46 wins, tying him for 6th most wins in Broncos history. Before the Broncos and Rockets battle tonight at the Glass Bowl, let’s take a look at the keys to the game for the Broncos to become bowl eligible for the second consecutive year.

    1.  Contain Austin Dantin and Eric Page – Behind Alex Carder and Jordan White, the passing duo of Dantin and Page might be the second best combo in the MAC. Last week against Northern Illinois, Dantin and Page combined for 150 yards and 5 touchdowns. The Broncos pass defense at times as been great but over the last 3 games, they have allowed on average 234 yards through the air. Austin Dantin leads the MAC in passing efficiency and also has the ability the move the ball with his legs as well. Toledo has allowed only 9 sacks this year so we, so getting pressure on Dantin will be necessary.

    2. Eliminate Turnovers – The Rockets are atop the MAC West and their there for a reason, they don’t turn the ball over. They currently lead the MAC in turnover margin, creating 14 more turnovers than their opponents. Against Ball State, the Broncos had 4 turnovers including 3 interceptions.  Ironically, the Broncos are 0-2 in games when they’ve won the turnover battle and 3-1 when losing the turnover battle.

    3. Get the running game involved early – It’s no coincidence that the Broncos are 3-1 when they rush for over 100 yards. Tevin Drake is averaging almost 6 yards per carry, but it seems too many times Coach Cubit focuses the offensive game solely around the pass. While the passing game has been amazing this year, it makes the team too one dimensional and predictable. Toledo is too good of a team to attack them primarily through the air only.   

    4. Hold Toledo to 3 in the Red Zone – Toledo features not only one of the best offenses in the MAC but one of the best red zone offenses in the MAC as well. While I predict this to be a high scoring game, holding the Rockets to field goal attempts instead of touchdowns in the red zone will give the Broncos an opportunity to come out victorious.

    5. MAC Championship? – At this point, it seems unlikely the Broncos have a chance to make it to the MAC Championship. But with a victory there remains a possibility. Western will still need a lot of things to go their way. But if the MAC Championship is out of the question, at least a win over a quality school like Toledo will only bolster their resume for an opportunity to get to a postseason bowl game.

    Prediction: Toledo 42 WMU 38

  • Broncos End Exhibition Play With Victory Over Northwood

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) – Mike Douglas had 17 points and Flenard Whitfield had 12 to lead the Broncos as they ended their preseason schedule 2-0 with a  78-63 victory over Division 2 Northwood Saturday Afternoon at University Arena.

    Nate Hutchinson added 11 points and 8 rebounds and Shayne Whittington also had 8 rebounds. Freshman Hayden Hoerdemann finished in double figures as well with 11 points.

    Western took a 39-23 lead into halftime but were outscored by the Timberwolves 40-39 in the second half.

    Booker Stoudmire, coming off the bench, topped the scoring charts for Northwood with 16 points.

    The Broncos defeated Kalamazoo College on Wednesday in their first preseason game. Western travels to South Dakota State next Saturday to kick off the season. 

  • WMU CB Aaron Winchester: "There are no bye weeks where we come from."

    Posted by Zeke

    KALAMAZOO,MI(WKZO)-- Coming off of a win that got the team back on track, Western Michigan travels to Toledo this upcoming Tuesday to face off vs Toledo. The Rockets are coming off of a defeat to the hands of Northern Illinois in which both teams scored over 60 points.

    Stopping Toledo's high powered offense is going to be a daunting task but the Broncos should be ready for it. Senior conerback Aaron Winchester says "We knew they had a good offense coming in and they showed it the other night."

    "We have a few packages put in that we think is going to work against their offense. We're basically going to stick to our physical, no missed assignment, making plays defense. We're going to play with a high level of intensity and build for success."

    Western Michigan does not play a game on Saturday for the rest of the season, which led to this past Monday and Tuesday being their "bye week." The amount of time off has received mixed reviews from those around the program who certainly feel that the team could have used more time off with the amount of road games they've played.

    In all, the Broncos play seven out of their 12 games on the road and have played five of their nine total games on the road. Still, you wont hear any complaining from the Broncos. "Theres no bye week where we come from. We worked throughout our bye week, we're going to work the day after that." said Winchester.

    Traveling to Toledo means playing in the Glass Bowl, which is a memorable place to play. "I remember from that game, Brandon West reversed field and went for a career long run. That was the last thing I remember. I think we beat them that year, so we're just going to try to keep that tradition going."

    The Broncos play Toledo Tuesday night in Toledo at 8 pm on ESPNU.

  • VIDEO: Broncos Senior Linebacker Mitch Zajac During Weekly Media Luncheon Toledo Week

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) -- After a 45-35 victory over the Ball State Cardinals on Saturday, the Broncos improver their record to 5-4 and 3-2 in the MAC. Senior Linebacker Mitch Zajac had 7 tackles against the Cardinals and ranks 2nd on the Broncos in tackles this season with 73. On Tuesday, Zajac spoke with the media during the weekly press luncheon hosted by Webster's 

  • VIDEO: Broncos Head Coach Bill Cubit During Weekly Media Luncheon Toledo Week

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) -- The Broncos are coming off a 45-35 victory Satruday over the Ball State Cardinals, in which the Broncos offense put up over 600 total yards. The win improved Western to 5-4 and 3-2 in the MAC. The Broncos next game will be next Tuesday against the Toledo Rockets. With a victory next Tuesday, Head Coach Bill Cubit will tie previous coach Gary Darrnell for 46 career wins. Cubit spoke with the media during the weekly press luncheon hosted by Webster's.

  • White and Simon Named MAC Players Of The Week

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) – For the second time this season, multiple Broncos have been named MAC Players Of The Week, as Jordan White and Johnnie Simon were both awarded for their efforts on Saturday during the Broncos 45-35 victory over Ball State.                                                  

    White, named offensive player for the 4th time in 2011, finished with 9 receptions for 172 yards and 2 touchdowns, as he passed Jamarko Simmons as the Broncos all-time leader in receptions. The 6th year senior now has 95 receptions and 1164 yards and 9 touchdowns on the season. With his performance on Saturday, White now has over 1000 yards in 3 seasons, tying the Broncos record shared with Greg Jennings and Steve Neal. Saturday was also White’s 17th 100-yard receiving game, also tied with Greg Jennings for the career record.

    Johnnie Simon was awarded the Defensive Player Of The week, after leading the Broncos defensively with 10 tackles, and also had an interception, his 2nd on the season.  Simon has now registered three straight games with 10 or more tackles and has five total 10 tackle games in 2011. Simon's award is the first MAC West Defensive POTW of the season for Western Michigan.  

    White and Kicker John Potter were the first set of Broncos to win the MAC POTW award in the same week, during week 3 against Central Michigan.

  • VIDEO: WMU Head Coach Bill Cubit, "Everyone else can say the season is over, but it's not for us"

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) -- 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. After Thursday's practice, Coach Cubit spoke with Broncos Sports First.