This game will pit the two youngest head coaches in their respective divisions against each other. P.J. Fleck (WMU) is the youngest coach in Division I FBS, while Mitch Stewart is the youngest in Division I FCS.
The two teams have met just once before, with Western Michigan posting a 45-14 victory in the Broncos 2014 home opener. The Racers cruised to a 52-12 win over Kentucky Wesleyan in the Racers home opener Sept. 3. Last Week, Northern Illinois thumped KW by a 57-26 count.
Western Michigan is still looking for its first 2015 victory. After falling to No. 5/6 Michigan State in the Broncos’ home opener. WMU fell to Georgia Southern, 43-17 last Saturday.
It’s not a conference game, but head coach P.J. Fleck and his staff no doubt want to get the Broncos back on the right track. Georgia Southern outgained the Broncos 420-252 in total offense Saturday. That doesn’t speak well for either side of the ball. To call it a stinging loss might been understatement.
Quarterback KD Humphries completed 31 of 49 passing for 281 yards with two TDs and three interceptions. He has completed 67 percent of his passes on the season. Jeremy Harness owned eight receptions for 105 yards against NIU, while Paul Rice led with nine catches (72 yards) Janawski Davis and Nick Taylor each registered a touchdown off receptions.
Roman Clay carried 16 times for 64 yards and the Racers’ rushing attack provided 92 yards.
Pokey Harris brought back eight kickoffs for 152 yards. He is averaging 16.9 ypr on the season.
DeQuint Spraggins leads the defense with 19 tackles (13 solo), while Zach Dean has 4.5 TFL to lead the Races in that department.
WESTERN MICHIGAN BRONCOS (0-2, 0-0 MAC)
The Broncos simply had no answer for Georgia Southern’s ground game last week. The Eagles piled up 413 yards rushing. Matt Breida accounted for 176 yards and four TDs, while GSU attempted just four total passes.
Western, however, also had some issues on offense (252 total yards and a difficult-to-believe 25 yards rushing.
Jarvion Franklin rushed 17 times for 58 yards, but there was only 16 more positive yards in the ground game and a bunch of negative yardage. Georgia Southern had two sacks and three interceptions.
Quarterback Zach Terrell completed 24 of 36 for 227 yards with two TDs and the three picks last week.
Redshirt junior wide receiver Daniel Braverman leads all of Division I FBS with an average of 13.0 receptions per game through the first two weeks of the season Braverman tied his career-high with 13 receptions for 122 yards and a second-quarter touchdown against Georgia Southern on Saturday
Asantay Brown led Western with 10 tackles. Caleb Bailey and Robert Spillane each had nine stops.