CommUniverCity Marks Night of Firsts

Saturday night marked a night of firsts for several Broncos enroute to a 56-24 victory over the William & Mary Tribe, in the first ever meeting between the two schools. The Broncos, playing at home for the first time in the 2003 season won the coin toss and deferred to the second half giving William & Mary the ball to start the annual CommUniverCity game.

With a crowd of 25,316 still pouring into Waldo Stadium and the game time temperature at 75 degrees, place kicker Robert Menchinger booted the opening kickoff and the game was on. After stopping the Tribe on the Tribe's first possession, the Broncos stopped themselves in their first drive. With local standout Greg Jennings streaking down the field and well beyond the two defenders trying to catch up to him, Chad Munson placed a perfect pass in his hands that fell to the ground. "I became so open that I had a moment of lack of concentration," Jennings said. "It won't happen again." Two plays later Tyrone Walker had another Munson pass hit him on the fingertips and the ball fell to the turf of Waldo Stadium.

Following a 42 yard punt by Adam Anderson, William & Mary quarterback Lang Campbell led the Tribe down the field in 66 yards on 10 plays capping the drive off with a 26 yard scoring strike to Steven Hargrove.

The Broncos wasted no time in answering William & Mary when Munson had no problem hooking up with Jennings on a 61 yard pass play. Jennings got behind the nearest defender again, but this time was able to hold on to the pass and complete the sprint to the endzone. "When we have four wides, it's hard to cover," Jennings said. "You want to score so bad."

However, the Tribe was again able to take the ball down the field, this time in 65 yards on 7 plays. The Tribe made the score 14-7 when Campbell hooked up again with Hargrove on an 8 yard scoring pass.

After that, Munson and the Broncos took over and never looked back. The Broncos scored on their next four possessions, starting with an 80 yard, 14 play scoring drive capped off by a 1 yard run by Phil Reed out of the stacked I formation on fourth down.

Kendrick Mosley got into the scoring act on the Broncos next drive which covered 77 yards in 7 plays. Mosley caught a 7 yard pass from Munson to put the Broncos up 21-14.

William and Mary were forced to a three and out and Mike Mesi kicked a 40 yard punt that was returned by Mosley to the Broncos 47 yard line. Set up by a 48 yard catch by Jennings, true freshman Tyson Devree capped of the 4 play 53 yard drive with his first collegiate career touchdown. "It felt great," Devree said. "Hopefully it will be one of many." Devree who played his high school career at Hudsonville, Michigan, was expecting to be red shirted this season, but was forced into playing early when Tony Scheffler broke his collarbone in the game against Michigan State last week. According to Devree he just hopes he can fill Scheffler's shoes.

Coming out of the tunnel at Waldo Stadium Devree was ready, "My adrenaline was pumping," he said. "I never played in front of a crowd like that. It makes your heart pump." When asked about what was happening when he scored his first touchdown, Devree said, "Nothing really. Everything was going in slow motion. I was the greatest feeling."

The Broncos scoring streak ended when Chris Chesnut fumbled on the Tribe's 22 yard line following an 8 yard pass reception from Munson. The Tribe was able to complete a 10 yard pass before heading into the locker room at halftime.

In the first half the Broncos led the Tribe in first downs 13-11, passing yards 300-134, total yards 360-198, and punt return yards 40-0. The Tribe out rushed the Broncos in the first half 64-60 and controlled the time of possession 15:26-14:34.

William & Mary came out in the second half and stopped the Broncos on the first drive of the half and after a 53 yard punt by Anderson, the Tribe drove 91 yards in 13 plays to make the score 35-14. Campbell capped off the drive by completing a 1 yard pass to Nick Rogers.

The Tribe would not score again until late in the fourth quarter when Greg Kuehn connected on a 33 yard field goal try following an interception of a Jon Drach pass by Chris Outlaw. Outlaw returned the interception 68 yards before being brought down at the Broncos 7 yard line.

The Broncos only needed one play on their third possession of the third quarter. Antonio Thomas got behind the secondary and hauled in a Munson pass for a 44 yard touchdown and a 42-21 Broncos lead.

Tyrone Walker got into the scoring act at 11:26 of the fourth quarter when he hauled in a Munson pass for an 8 yard touchdown. Walker's touchdown was his first of the season.

The Broncos finished off the scoring after the Tribe's field goal made it 49-24. Drach and Daniel Marks took over. Marks started the Broncos final drive of the game with a 17 yard run. Drach completed 3 passes on 3 attempts, two to Chris Chestnut for a combined 32 yards and one to Walker for 7 yards. Marks ran the ball 4 more times on the drive that took 2:21 to complete. In the four carries he gained a total of 15 yards including a 5 yard run for the final touchdown of the game.

The Broncos finished with a 26-23 edge in first downs. The Tribe out gained the Broncos on the ground with 158 yards rushing to the Broncos 149. The Broncos out passed the Tribe 489-191. Overall the Broncos out gained the Tribe with 638 total yards to the Tribe's 349. One of the areas the Broncos need to work on is penalties. The Broncos were penalized 10 times for 67 yards while the Tribe was only flagged 4 times for 26 yards. Both teams through an interception but the Broncos seem to have a hard time holding on to the ball fumbling four times and losing two of those fumbles. William & Mary fumbled the ball once, but were able to recover the fumble.

Some new records were set in Saturday's game. Chad Munson set two new team records. His 450 yards passed all of Tim Lester's records to take over as the new Broncos leader in passing yards in a game. His 6 passing touchdowns also surpassed Jeff Welsh's record of 5 set in 2001 against Illinois State. As a team the Broncos set a new team record for passing yards in a game. The 489 yards surpassed the previous record of 462 yards set in that 2001 game against Illinois State.

The Broncos next game is next Saturday when the ACC's Virginia Cavaliers come into Kalamazoo to take on the Broncos in what has been named the Centennial Celebration game and the annual South West Fest. Game time is set for 2:00pm.

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