Western Michigan football off to best start since 1994

KALAMAZOO, MICH. - Western Michigan football coach P.J. Fleck said the only person the accolades and records mean anything to is WMU sports information director Rob Beuerlein.

Thanks to Saturday’s 70-21 win over North Carolina Central, the Broncos are off to their first 2-0 start since 1994, a season in which they started on a five-game winning streak and finished 7-4.

The Week 2 win also was the first time WMU had scored 70 or more points since a 76-27 win over Kent State in 1996.

Fleck said during the Mid-American Conference teleconference Monday the team doesn’t care too much about those marks.

“That’s there for Rob Beuerlein to celebrate on his own back at home and tweet things out and get excited for,” Fleck said. “That stuff means nothing, but what it means to us right now was we were 1-0 in our North Carolina Central season.

“Now we start over for the Illini season, starting over 0-0.”

The Broncos visit Illinois for a game Saturday, hoping to knock off a second Big Ten opponent this season. They upset Northwestern, 22-21, in their opener two weeks ago.

WMU scored 10 TDs, with eight different players reaching the end zone, in its win over North Carolina Central.

Corey Davis made seven receptions for 150 yards and three scores.

The senior has over 4,000 career receiving yards and the school launched the website coreydavis84heisman.com last week. He’s 182 yards shy of setting the MAC career record, which former Broncos wideout Jordan White (4,187 yards) set in 2007-11.

Fifth-year senior QB Zach Terrell was 15 of 22 passing for 255 yards and four TDs. He added a 10-yard score rushing.

“At halftime, if you were in there, you’d notice we weren’t that satisfied being up, 42-21,” Fleck said. “We had too many mistakes ...

“You could see, even though we won, 70-21, our players were not satisfied. They know they didn’t play particularly well in a lot of areas, which we corrected last night, Sunday night, in practice, and we’ll continue to correct that throughout the week.”

Fleck said his team’s attitude comes from its maturity.

“This is a mature group,” Fleck said. “We haven’t had a mature group here before. We might have had a little bit of depth here and there and a little talent here and there at times, but we’ve never had a mature group. We define maturity as doing what you have to do versus doing what you want to do. This is a very mature group.

“We’re still very young. I know it sounds crazy because we’ve been saying that for years, but we’re still very young.”

Detroit Free Press


JOIN THE CONVERSATION

To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment