Broncos Prepare for 2003 Home Opener

Western Michigan University opens its home schedule this Saturday (Sept. 6), hosting the College of William & Mary in a 7:00 p.m. kickoff from Waldo Stadium (30,200). The event marks the 12th year of CommUniverCity Night. The Broncos are coming off a season-opening loss at Michigan State (26-21) this past Saturday. William & Mary, a Division I-AA member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, will make its season debut Saturday.

This is the first meeting between the schools.

Considered one of the premier promotions in the Mid-American Conference, CommUniverCity Night annually draws capacity crowds to Waldo Stadium and serves as the Broncos' traditional home opener. Local businesses fill the corporate tent village (located at adjacent Hyames Field), treating their employees to a tailgate experience that ranks high on Kalamazoo's social scene.
The Broncos have drawn nearly a third of a million spectators in 11 years of the event, and produced a stellar 8-3 record on the field. WMU has not lost on CommUniverCity night under Gary Darnell, having won six straight openers. During that span, the Brown & Gold have averaged 44.8 points per game.


While much hype surrounded the return of MSU QB Jeff Smoker last week, the Bronco passing attack proved to be just as effective in a five-point setback to the Spartans. Senior Chad Munson turned in a career day by completing 30-of-50 passes for 333 yards. Both of his touchdown passes were to WR Greg Jennings, who caught a game-high 10 passes for 107 yards. The TD receptions were the first of Jennings' career. Munson hit nine different targets on Saturday, including WR Kendrick Mosley seven times.

Jason Feldpausch made the most of his homecoming at MSU, producing a game-high 15 tackles, including 12 solos. The Fowler native topped his previous career-high for tackles and helped the Bronco defense hold State to three second-half points. Feldpausch has now reached double figure tackles in six of his last eight games and is 17 tackles shy of 200 for his career.

Waldo Stadium will unveil its state-of-the-art video board this Saturday, enhancing the game experience for fans and players alike. The 15'x20' board features a high resolution LED display that will generate sharp live images, replays and graphics. An auxiliary scoreboard has also been added to the east side of the Seelye Athletic Center. Both additions were made possible through a campus-wide donation from the Coca-Cola Company.

Western Michigan had 10 first-time starters on the field Saturday, four on offense and six on defense * among the new starters were four offensive linemen * Jason Babin moved into second place in career tackles for loss (46) behind all-time leader Joel Smeenge (66) * Mosley extended his receptions streak to 31 games * P Adam Anderson averaged a career-high 42.3 yards on 11 punts Saturday. Anderson pinned four kicks inside the 20 and held MSU to just 64 return yards (7.1 avg.) * true freshmen Keith Hinton and DeRay Allen saw action in the defensive backfield while JC transfers LB Mike Giorgianni and DT Greg Bryant made their Bronco debuts as well * CB Willie Pope snagged his first interception and SS Scott Robinson the third of his career * RB Phil Reed's rushing touchdown was the 17th overall of his career, and the 14th on the ground * offensive coordinator Brian Rock called plays from the sidelines Saturday. It marked the first time since the 1999 season Rock did not coach from the press box * the sellout crowd of 72,923 at Spartan Stadium marked the seventh-largest road attendance figure in WMU history * former Bronco standout Tom Nütten recently announced his retirement from the NFL. Nütten had signed with the New York Jets during the off-season * this Saturday's clash is one of just two scheduled night games for the Broncos * the other being the season finale at Toledo * Western Michigan plays host to nationally-ranked Virginia of the Atlantic Coast Conference next Saturday (Sept. 13).


"They're a solid football team that is well coached and disciplined. Coach Laycock has established a good tradition there and his teams know how to win."
"This one we didn't win, but I will have the opportunity this season to coach a very good football team. If you compare to where we were last year, I think we are ahead. I think we have a team that is very aggressive. There are a lot of new faces and names that might not be familiar to some people."

William & Mary returns 37 letterwinners off a 6-5 squad of a year ago. The Tribe are led offensively by preseason All-American WR Rich Musinski, who owns 16 career 100-yard games and ranks 20th all-time in NCAA Division I-AA receiving yards (3,280). He is a candidate for the Payton Award, given to the top player in I-AA. Junior Lang Campbell takes over at quarterback, bringing good size at 6-foot-3, 200-pounds. Working out of a Pro Style offense, W&M have a bevy of tailbacks at its dispoal, led by junior Jon Smith, who rushed for 838 yards and 10 TDs last season. The Tribe also feature a pair of All-American candidates in the defensive backfield. CB Billy Parker paced the Atlantic 10 in interceptions (5) and passes defended (20) in 2002 while SS Marques Bobo combines speed (4.40 in 40) with strength (405 bench press). W&M operates a Multiple 4-3 set on defense.

*Western Michigan has won six straight home openers
*Jason Babin: 10 sacks shy of tying school career record (34)
*Kendrick Mosley: 31-game reception streak, sixth-longest in the nation; seven receptions short of 100
*Jason Feldpausch: needs three forced fumbles to tie for third place on WMU's career list; leads active Broncos with 21 starts


Northern Illinois (1) 1-0 0-0
Bowling Green (3) 1-0 0-0
Ball State (6) 1-0 0-0
Eastern Michigan (7) 1-0 0-0
Toledo (2) 0-1 0-0
Western Michigan (4) 0-1 0-0
Central Michigan (5) 0-1 0-0

Marshall (2) 1-0 0-0
Kent State (5) 1-0 0-0
Ohio (6) 1-0 0-0
Miami (1) 0-1 0-0
UCF (3) 0-1 0-0
Akron (4) 0-1 0-0
Buffalo (7) 0-1 0-0
Preseason rankings in parenthesis

Aug. 28
Northern Illinois 20, Maryland 13 OT
Ball State 31, Indiana State 7
Bowling Green 63, Eastern Kentucky 13
Eastern Michigan 28, East Tennesse State 21
Ohio 17, Southeast Missouri State 3
Kent State 41, Akron 38
Aug. 29
UNLV 28, Toledo 18
Aug. 30
Iowa 21, Miami 3
Michigan 45, Central Michigan 7
Michigan State 26, Western Michigan 21
Marshall 45, Hofstra 21
Rutgers 24, Buffalo 10
Aug. 31
Virginia Tech 49, UCF 28

Sept. 4
Western Illinois @ Eastern Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 6
Buffalo @ Iowa, 12:00 p.m.
Bowling Green @ Purdue, 12:00 p.m.
New Hampshire @ Central Michigan, 1:00 p.m.
Tennessee Tech @ Northern Illinois, 1:05 p.m.
Ohio @ Iowa State, 3:00 p.m.
Akron @ Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m.
Missouri @ Ball State, 4:00 p.m.
Marshall @ Tennessee, 4:00 p.m.
Kent State @ Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m.
Liberty @ Toledo, 7:00 p.m.
William & Mary @ Western Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
(all times are Eastern zone)

For the third straight season, Western Michigan has been recognized for its graduation rates by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).

According to the latest AFCA survey, WMU recorded a graduation rate of 70 percent or better based on the number of degrees earned by the 1997-98 freshmen class. As a result, WMU was included on the AFCA's Honorable Mention list, along with 25 other schools that reached the 70 percent level.

In 2001, WMU was among 28 schools that graduated over 70 percent while last year, the Broncos were one of just nine schools nationally in the 90 percent category * a group that included Boston College, Duke, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State, Rice and Vanderbilt.


Completed this past winter, the Donald J Seelye Athletic Center offers a year-round home for Bronco Football, in addition to WMU's baseball, softball, men's and women's soccer and golf squads.

The facility covers 120,000 square feet and features an 80-yard field consisting of AstroPlay synthetic turf. The Seelye will houses numerous locker rooms, conference rooms, a "W" club area and a weight room. Offices inside the facility also serve as suites on game days.

The Seelye Center was designed by Eckert-Wordell and constructed by the Kalleward Group.


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