W. MICHIGAN: Five Days and Counting

Bloomington - Hoosier Nation begins its day-by-day preview of Saturday's Indiana-Western Michigan match-up with Five Days and Counting - Five Numbers to Note about the Broncos...

2 – straight seasons Western Michigan has beaten a Big Ten team. Two years ago, then-sophomore quarterback Tim Hiller completed 25-of-46 throws for 367 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Broncos to a 28-19 win over Iowa in Iowa City. In 2008, the Broncos kept Illinois from earning a postseason bowl trip by topping the Illini 23-17 at Ford Field in Detroit in early November. Hiller led the way in that contest as well, completed 28-of-40 passes for 301 yards. After last weekend's loss to Michigan, the Broncos have two more shots to make it three years in a row with a win over a Big Ten team. In addition to this weekend's game against IU, WMU also plays at Michigan State Nov. 7.

3 – round that some NFL Draft experts believe Broncos' quarterback Tim Hiller will go in next spring's NFL Draft. A fourth-year starter who got his college career started by throwing to current Green Bay Packers' star Greg Jennings, Hiller has developed into a player with great pro prospects in his own right. He's 6'4" and 234 pounds and threw for 3,725 yards and 36 touchdowns as a junior while completing 65 percent of his passes. He needs only 24 more TD throws to pass Chad Pennington for the most TD throws in MAC history. In addition to NFL size and accuracy, NFL scouts love Hiller's quick release as well.

242 – rushing yards surrendered by Western Michigan last weekend to Michigan in its 31-7 loss in Ann Arbor. Nearly half of those yards came from Michigan freshman quarterbacks Denard Robinson and Tate Forcier, who rushed for 74 and 37 yards, respectively. The Wolverines ability to run the ball allowed then to have a nearly 2:1 run-to-pass breakdown, running it 50 times compared to 28 passing attempts. After going for less than 75 yards on the ground on Thursday against Eastern Kentucky, look for the Hoosiers to make another attempt to establish the run against this weekend's MAC foe.

346 – all-purpose yards for Western Michigan running back Brandon West the last time these two teams met. Indiana topped the Broncos 37-27 win in Kalamazoo in 2007, but it wasn't because of any failings on West's part. The 5'10", 185-pounder rushed 12 times for 51 yards, caught five passes for 83 yards, and returned six kickoffs for 212 yards in the Hoosiers' 10-point win. West's biggest play of the day was a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown late in the third quarter that cut IU's lead to 34-14. West is coming off a big junior season, having 1,026 yards and eight touchdowns last season while also catching 38 passes for 280 yards.

7 – sacks for the IU defense the last time it went up against Western Michigan QB Tim Hiller. Hiller threw for 343 yards and three touchdowns in Indiana's 37-27 win in 2007, but IU was able to take him to the turf seven times as well. Those sacks were recorded by seven different players – Greg Middleton, Brian Faires, Ryan Marando, Emile B ass, Greg Brown, Joe Kremer and Chris Phillips. Those seven sacks were the second-most in a game for IU during its 2007 season, exceeded only by the nine against Iowa in IU's 38-20 win in Iowa City.

Coming Up
On Monday – Five Numbers to Note
On Monday – Four Names to Know
On Tuesday – Three Big Concerns
On Wednesday – Two Key Match-Ups
On Thursday – One Bold Prediction

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