Ground Attack Marches On

On Saturday afternoon, some more questions facing the Western Michigan University Broncos were answered. One such question was how are the Broncos going to get their running game going? After the game against Indiana State, that question was bigger than ever.

Against the Sycamores, no rusher had over 24 yards rushing. In fact, before Saturday, no Bronco had rushed for more than 90 yards in a game since Philip Reed rushed for 154 yards on November 17, 2001 against the Central Michigan Chippewas.

That was until the Broncos play Michigan on Saturday. If you take away the 33 yards WMU lost because of 7 quarterback sacks, as a team, the Broncos rushed for 109 yards. Leading the ground attack was Philip Reed. Reed led all Broncos and was the 2nd leading rusher for the game. Reed rushed 14 times before being shaken up early in the 4th quarter. He gained 94 yards on the afternoon, averaging 6.7 yards a carry.

In Western Michigan's final scoring drive, Reed played an important role in moving the ball down the field. The drive started on WMU's 27 yard line after a 22 yard kickoff return by Greg Jennings. The drive went just 5 plays and lasted 1:26. After an incomplete pass, Reed ran the ball for 4 yards. The Broncos caught a break on the next play. Lewis caught a 20 yard pass, but fumbled the ball. Fortunately for the Broncos, Antonio Thomas was there to recover the fumble.

The next play Reed broke loose and ran down the field, along the right sideline, for a 33 yard gain. The run set up a Munson pass, up the middle, to Jermaine Lewis for a 16 yard touchdown.

Despite losing the game 35-12, the Broncos can take the positives in the performance of the running game against Michigan and improve on it next week and throughout the season.

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