DEKALB, IL (WKZO) -- Western Michigan football ended the first season under PJ Fleck with a 33-14 loss to Coach Fleck's alma mater, Northern Illinois, in front of 17,679 fans at Huskie Stadium Tuesday night. The Broncos finish 2013 with a 1-11 record, 1-7 in MAC play.
The Bronco defense held Northern Illinois' potent senior quarterback Jordan Lynch to 39 yards on 5-of-17 passing. Lynch did all of his damage on the ground, rushing for 321 yards on 27 carries and three touchdowns. Justin Currie led the defense with 10 tackles. Senior Travonte Boles made nine tackles in his final game as a Bronco.
Freshman quarterback Zach Terrell led Western Michigan with 139 yards passing completing 13-of-26 through the air. Kendrick Roberts caught six passes for 89 yards. Six catches is a career high for the sophomore wide receiver. Senior quarterback Tyler VanTubbergen came in in the third quarter, and finished 2-of-5 passing for 24 yards.
Both Western Michigan touchdowns came on the ground. The Broncos trailed 7-0 late in the first quarter on a 10 yard touchdown pass from Jordan Lynch to Juwan Brescacin with 1:10 remaining. The score capped an 8-play 80-yard drive by the Huskies.
The Broncos tied the game on their next possession, capping a 12-play 63-yard drive with a one yard touchdown run from Dareyon Chance. The senior running back finished with 34 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown.
Northern Illinois rushed out to a 26 point lead including three touchdowns and a pair of field goals. Jordan Lynch ran for scores of 26 yards and 36 yards respectively during that stretch.
Tyler VanTubbergen led Western Michigan on a 13-play 53-yard scoring drive late in the fourth quarter. Antoin Scriven carried the ball nine times on the drive for 33 yards. The senior running back finished his career scoring his 13th one yard touchdown for the Broncos.