(Saturday, October 23rd)
Final Score: Western Michigan 56, Akron 10
Akron, OH (Sports Network) - Alex Carder threw for 372 yards and five touchdowns, as the Western Michigan Broncos stormed past the Akron Zips, 56-10 in a Mid-American Conference matchup at InfoCision Stadium.
Juan Nunez and Jordan White both went over 100 yards receiving before halftime for the Broncos (3-4, 2-1 MAC), who had lost three of their previous four games. Nunez finished with 192 yards and three touchdowns on six catches, while White hauled in eight passes for 168 yards and two TDs.
Akron (0-8, 0-4) is still winless under first-year coach Rob Ianello. Nate Burney headlined the box score with 91 rushing yards on 18 carries, while Patrick Nicely threw for only 120 yards with an interception on 12-of-24 passing.
WMU jumped out to a 7-0 lead less than five minutes into the game, as Carder found Nunez for a 36-yard touchdown pass.
Those two hooked up again for a 59-yard scoring strike at the 14:50 mark of the second quarter to stake the Broncos a 14-0 lead.
On the very first play of the ensuing possession, Travonte Boles intercepted a Nicely pass at the Akron one-yard line and stepped into the end zone to push WMU's lead to 21-0.
Carder made it a 28-0 game midway through the second quarter when he connected with White for a 34-yard touchdown pass.
Carder's fourth TD pass of the first half went to Nunez yet again, this time covering 18 yards to put the Broncos out in front, 35-0 with 4:16 to play until halftime.
Akron finally got on the board with a 40-yard field goal from Branko Rogovic as time expired in the first half.
The Broncos kept the peddle on the gas in the third quarter, as Carder found White for a 10-yard touchdown pass with 2:56 remaining in the frame to make it a 42-3 game.
The Zips notched their only touchdown of the game at the 14:48 mark of the fourth quarter, when Brian Wagner returned a fumble 57 yards to the end zone.
But the celebration was short-lived, as WMU's Dervon Wallace returned the ensuing kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown to expand the lead to 49-10.
The Broncos added their final touchdown on a 57-yard run by Tevin Drake with eight minutes to play.
10/23 19:51:53 ET