Broncos Earn MAC West Honors

KALAMAZOO ? Senior running back Phil Reed (Broadview, IL/Nazareth Academy) and senior defensive end Jason Babin (Paw Paw, MI/Paw Paw HS) have been chosen West Division Players of the Week by the Mid-American Conference. Their performances were vital in Western Michigan's 39-32 victory over Ohio Saturday (Sept. 27) in Athens.

Reed ? named co-offensive player along with Michael Turner of Northern Illinois ? is receiving his second career league award while Babin is now a three-time honoree of the defensive award.

Reed rushed for 115 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries versus the Bobcats, surpassing the century mark for the fifth time in his career. The 5-foot-10 back scored the game's decisive points on a one-yard plunge with 7:29 left in the fourth quarter and also caught five passes. Reed now has 22 touchdowns (19 rushing, 3 receiving) in 29 career games and has scored at least one TD in seven straight contests dating to last season.

Babin helped the Bronco defense limit Ohio to 170 yards rushing, holding the Bobcats below their season average of 197.7 which ranked second best in the MAC. Babin recorded a team-high 12 tackles, including four for losses, along with three quarterback hurries.* The 6-foot-4, 276-pound end also registered three pass sacks to take over the MAC lead with five. "Phil and Jason have become leaders for us on the field and in the locker room," said WMU head coach Gary Darnell. "Their efforts at Ohio is an example of how good players step up when needed most."

Western Michigan (2-2 overall, 1-0 MAC) encounters Eastern Michigan this Saturday (Oct. 4) in a 4:00 p.m. kickoff from Rynearson Stadium in Ypsilanti.

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