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WMU ready to write new chapter in annual "Battle for the Cannon"

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WMU football reclaimed the Cannon with a 44-14 win over rival Central Michigan in 2011.
WMU football reclaimed the Cannon with a 44-14 win over rival Central Michigan in 2011.

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KALAMAZOO (WKZO) – After racking up nearly 500 yards of offense in last week’s 48-34 loss to Northern Illinois, Western Michigan head football coach Bill Cubit knows his team is ready to rise to the challenge they face Saturday in Mount Pleasant.

“Rivalries are the best thing about sports, especially in college football,” Cubit said at the weekly press conference.

The Broncos are looking for their first win at Kelly-Shorts Stadium in the Bill Cubit era, with their last win on the road coming in 2002. WMU leads the all-time series 44-36-2.

“I want to be that coach and this team that changes WMU history,” said Cubit.

Western Michigan took a first step in changing the history of the rivalry last year, throttling the Chippewas at Waldo Stadium 44-14, and giving Bill Cubit his first win over CMU. The coach and this team hope for more of the same this year in Mt. Pleasant.

“Whenever your team loses three straight, there’s some doubt there, but we just have to go up there and make a statement that we are here to win,” Cubit said, “We’re going to have some fun and let it fly.”

Senior wide receiver Eric Monette made a statement last weekend, recording career numbers in catches with eight, and caught a career high 142 yards to go along with a pair of touchdowns. Monette knows that getting this win would make or break the Broncos’ season.

“This game already means a lot to the team, but it would definitely take us over the hump to win out.”

The Broncos are currently 3-6 (1-4 MAC) and a bowl bid hangs in the balance starting Saturday. That fact is not lost on the team.

“As a senior, I have to lead by example and compete on every play,” Monette said, “We have to be accountable on every play when our number is called to help our team win.”

Saturday’s game will be the fifth time the teams play for the “Battle of the Cannon” trophy. The rivalry is renewed at 1 pm, and can be heard on 96.5 FM WKZO. 

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