WMU News

Football Broncos lose 31-17 to 11th ranked Marshall

Nov. 13, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University (7-3 overall, 6-1 MAC) saw its six-game winning streak snapped with a 31-17 setback to Marshall (10-0 overall, 7-0 MAC) before a sellout crowd of 30,472 at Waldo Stadium.

Quarterback Chad Pennington led the Marshall Thundering Herd attack with 339 yards passing, including two touchdowns. With the win, Marshall clinched the Mid-American Conference East Division title. WMU had already clinched the MAC West Division title.

The Broncos were held to a season-low 17 points, with their points coming off a 53-yard field goal from Brad Selent, a four-yard Robert Sanford touchdown run and a 1-yard touchdown pass from Tim Lester to Mobolaji Afariogun. Defensively, WMU was led by Terrence Moore (nine tackles) and Scott Niles (nine tackles).

Marshall scored first to take a 7-0 lead. The Broncos answered with the Selent field goal and Sanford run to take a brief 10-7 lead in the second quarter, but Marshall responded immediately to lead 14-10 at the half. Marshall opened a 21-10 margin on its first possession of the second half and built a 31-10 advantage before WMU could get on the scoreboard again (31-17) midway through the fourth quarter.

WMU travels to Toledo next Saturday (Nov. 20) before meeting Marshall in a rematch in the MAC Championship Game on Friday, Dec. 3, on Marshall's home field in Huntington, W.Va.

MAC Championship game tickets on sale

The football Broncos, champions of the MAC West, will face the MAC East Division Champion Marshall in the MAC Championship Game in Huntington, W.Va., on Dec. 3. Tickets are available by calling the Bronco Ticket Office at 888 4-WMU-TIX. Seating is limited.

Bronco Express to Huntington

The Broncos are offering a Bronco Express bus trip to Huntington, W.Va., for the MAC Championship game. The price of the trip includes a game ticket, bus ride, breakfast, a pre-game meal, snacks and pop on the bus and one night's hotel stay (two people per room). All other meals are the fan's responsibility. The bus leaves Dec. 3 at 6 a.m. and arrives Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.. The WMU student rate is $80; the public rate is $150. Space is limited. Call 387-3062 or 387-2057 for more information.

Media contact: Daniel Jankowski, 616 387-4122; daniel.jankowski@wmich.edu

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