"The Untouchables" Touched

The Western Michigan University held Virginia Tech to 3 first half points until tailback Lee Suggs caught a shovel pass and ran 28-yards for the games first touchdown with 1:41 to play in the first half. On the very next Broncos possession, linebacker Alex Markogiannakis recovered a Jon Drach fumble and returned it 25-yards for a touchdown.

The Broncos trailed the Hokies 16-0 at the half. But the story of the game was not the scoreboard, but the fact that the Broncos defense was able to contain the tailback tandem of Lee Suggs and Kevin Jones. The Broncos held the dynamite duo to just 84 yards rushing, the lowest amount of yardage to two had rushed for in any game this season. Suggs led all rushers with 48 yards on 13 carries and 1 touchdown. Jones rushed for 36 yards on 8 carries and one touchdown.

However quarterback Bryan Randall was able to connect with his receivers 13 times out of 19 attempts for 194 yards and one touchdown. The Hokies did however benefit from 9 Bronco penalties for 74 yards and 3 fumble recoveries.

The Broncos had a few injuries on their way to a 0-30 loss to the Hokies. Early in the game Chad Munson took a hit that caused the trainers to take a precautionary measure by not allowing him to play the rest of the game. Jon Drach put in a valiant effort completing 22 of 39 passes for 210 yards and 0 interceptions.

Kendrick Mosley, in his first game back from a stress fracture sustained in training camp, led all receivers. Mosley recorded 66 yards on 7 catches.

For those who have doubted Jon Drach's ability to lead the Bronco, keep this in mind; against the Hokies, Drach was taking snaps with two fingers taped and wrapped. He was able to move the ball, despite the taped fingers and threw no interceptions.

The crowd of 27,218 enthusiastic fans, mostly wearing black appeared to be an early factor and received congratulations from Broncos Head Coach Gary Darnell.

Up next for the Broncos is Buffalo, in their Mid-American Conference season opener. The game is set for next Saturday, October 5 at UB Stadium in Amherst, New York.

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