Bits and Bytes - Western Michigan

It's the return of Bits and Bytes – your last non-nutritious, but generally satisfying, nuggets of interest and information before kickoff.

SCORING BARRAGE

WVU is 43-1 since 2000 when scoring 30 points or more in a game. Without looking, can you name the contest that the Mountaineers lost? Answer at the end of this column.

60K CAP

Western Michigan has never won a game in front of a crowd larger than 60,000. The Broncos defeated Virginia last year before 59,679 disgruntled Cavalier fans, making that the biggest group to witness a WMU win. WMU is 0-15

OPENING RUSHES

The Mountaineers average just more than 304 yards rushing per game in home openers since 2001. That number, of course was bolstered by Kay Jay Harris, who racked up 337 yards of his own against East Carolina in 2004, but WVU didn't live on that performance alone. In five of the six games, West Virginia had at least one player over the 100-yard rushing mark, and only once (2002 vs.Wisconsin) did it fail to top the 200-yard rushing plateau as a team.

EAST MEETS WEST

For the entire 2007 season a Japanese collegiate football coach will be shadowing the Western Michigan program. Masatoshi Isowa spent all of spring and preseason camp in Kalamazoo learning coaching techniques from the staff. He will stay with the program until the conclusion of the season. He is also shadowing math courses in order to bring different teaching techniques back to Japan.

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Game Info
WVU 0-0, 0-0
WMU 0-0, 0-0
Sat 9/1 3:30 pm
Milan Puskar Stadium
Series: WVU 1-0-0
TV: ESPN Regional
AP: WVU 3rd - WMU NR
Line: WVU -24
That's not the only WMU connection to the land of the rising sun. Matt Ludeman, who started at defensive end for the Broncos last year, played with Team USA in the American College Football Tournament over the summer. After helping the team to the title, Ludeman returned to Western Michigan as a graduate assistant.

BASHING ‘EM IN

Fullback/tight end Owen Schmitt has broken eight facemasks during his career.

ON THE DEFENSIVE

WMU held 10 of 13 teams under 100 yards net rushing in 2006, including three opponents that did not reach double digits in team rushing and another that could not manage positive numbers. The question, of course, is whether they can reach that level of achievement again in 2007. The Broncos lost a pair of outstanding linebackers, but defensive MVP Dustin Duclo returns to anchor the unit.

MEDIA GUIDE MUSINGS

Each week, we'll wrap up this column with a look at the enemy's media guide, and highlight any interesting items that jump out at us.

  • WMU's guide is the only one we've received this year that doesn't use all of the NCAA limit of 208 pages. The Broncos' guide checks in at a svelte 160 pages.

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    Game Links
    GameDay Weather
    Road Conditions
    WMU Message Board
    WMU Official Site
    Stadium Seating
    Tailgating
  • While WMU's guide does have a bit of information aimed at recruits, including the requisite "Players in the NFL" section (10 pages) and the "look how great our facilities are" pages, they keep first things first. Player rosters, travel directions and other items that are the purpose of the guide are close to the front, earning the gratitude of media members everywhere.

  • The Bronco radio broadcast team of Robin Hook and Monty Porter are both members of the WMU athletic staff. Hook, who handles play-by-play, is an assistant athletic director, while Porter, the color analyst, is an associate athletic director.

  • In the football records section, statistics are listed for a category called "touchdown Saves". I'm not sure what that is (tackles that prevented a touchdown, perhaps?) but Denny Robinson (1984-87) is both the single game (3) and career (15) leader.

    SCORING BARRAGE ANSWER

    We started you off with an easy one. Last year, the Mountaineers dropped a 44-34 decision on the road to Louisville.


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