WMU News

Broncos roll over Kent State 42-0

Oct. 28, 2000

KENT, Ohio -- WMU's football Broncos improved to 7-1 overall and remained perfect in the Mid-American Conference (5-0) with a 42-0 win at Kent State University on Saturday (Oct. 28). The Broncos have won seven straight following a season-opening loss at Wisconsin.

Robert Sanford rushed for 183 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns, and Charles Woods ran for three scores as Western Michigan totaled 502 yards in offense. WMU held Kent to 121 yards and had a 28-9 advantage in first downs.

Sanford also surpassed 1,000 yards for a season for the third time in his four-year career. He had a 12-yard touchdown run that made it 14-0 in the first quarter and a two-yard run that built the Bronco advantage to 35-0 with 3:37 remaining in the third quarter.

Woods, a junior, carried just eight times for a total of 16 yards, but three of his eight carries resulted in six points. His one-yard touchdown run opened the scoring with 7:33 remaining in the first quarter. He scored again from one-yard out with just 11 seconds left in the first half to give WMU a 28-0 lead at the intermission.

Quarterback Jeff Welsh completed 17 of 28 passes for 184 yards and one touchdown. He threw a nine-yard TD pass to Josh Bush, capping a 21-0 first quarter. Bush was one of four Broncos with four receptions. He had 47 yards in catches for the afternoon.

Kent State (1-8, 1-4 MAC) has lost three straight since their only victory of the season, over Central Michigan. Kent has lost 11 consecutive games to the Broncos dating back to 1988.

Western Michigan continues on the road next weekend, when it travels to Muncie, Ind., for an important MAC West contest with a surprisingly improved Ball State team. The game begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4.

                  1st  2nd  3rd  4th   Final 
WMU Broncos       21    7    7    7     42 
Kent State         0    0    0    0      0

Attendance: 3,586

Office of University Relations
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5433 USA
616 387-8400