(Saturday, October 18th)
Final Score: Central Michigan 38, Western Michigan 28
Mount Pleasant, MI (Sports Network) - Brian Brunner threw for 346 yards and a touchdown to lead the Central Michigan Chippewas to a 38-28 victory over the Western Michigan Broncos in a Mid-American Conference showdown at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.
Brunner completed 20-of-28 pass attempts to pace Central Michigan (5-2, 4-0 MAC) in the victory, while Antonio Brown grabbed 10 balls for 113 yards. Brown also threw a touchdown pass. Bryan Schroeder added 106 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 25 carries for the Chippewas.
Tim Hiller threw for 471 yards and two scores to lead Western Michigan (6-2, 4-1) in the losing effort, while Brandon West picked up 53 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Juan Nunez caught 10 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown for the Broncos, while Schneider Julien and Jamarko Simmons added 128 and 118 receiving yards, respectively, in the loss.
Brunner capped a five-play, 68-yard opening drive with a 24-yard touchdown strike to Joe Bockheim to give the Chippewas an early lead.
Schroeder added to the Central Michigan advantage with a 29-yard run halfway through the quarter.
West got the Broncos on the board late in the period with a one-yard plunge.
West added another score following a three-yard scamper midway through the second quarter to tie the contest at 14 apiece.
But a one-yard run by Schroeder late in the frame gave the Chippewas a 21-14 advantage heading into the break.
Hiller found Nunez with a six-yard toss to open the third quarter, knotting the contest at 21-21.
The Chippewas responded with a two-yard toss from Antonio Brown to Rocky Weaver midway through the period to reclaim the lead.
A nine-yard run from Justin Hoskins early in the final period of play extended the Central Michigan advantage to 35-21.
A 32-yard strike from Hiller to Julien pulled Western Michigan to within a touchdown midway through the frame.
The Chippewas, though, added a 20-yard Andrew Aguila field goal with under two-minutes remaining to secure the 10-point victory.
10/18 16:52:17 ET