Broncos Look For 4th Straight Win Hosting In-State Rival
The Western Michigan Broncos return home Saturday for Homecoming to square off with the Eastern Michigan Eagles. It's the first leg for the Michigan MAC Trophy, who goes to the team with best record against each other among the three Mid-American Conference schools - Western, Eastern and Central Michigan Chippewas. The trophy currently resides in Mt. Pleasant.
The Broncos, after dropping their first two contests, picked up their third straight win and first in MAC play with a 40-39 victory over the Miami (OH) Redhawks. After trailing 27-14 at the half, the Broncos would get four touchdowns in the second half, including two of four connections between quarterback Jon Wassink and MAC West Offensive Player of the Week Jayden Reed, to lead the comeback.
During his weekly conference, head coach Tim Lester quickly recaps the Miami game and discusses the tough battle ahead with Eastern. Western held on for a 20-17 overtime victory over the Eagles in Ypsilanti last year on Eastern's homecoming.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles are looking to recover following their 2-0 start, including a 20-19 victory on the road at Purdue. They have dropped three straight, including two in overtime. The Eagles are coming off a triple-overtime thriller with the Northern Illinois Huskies. Eastern head coach Chris Creighton discusses the tough match-up they will see against the Broncos
For the complete lowdown on Saturday's match-up, check out the preview here.
It will be a busy afternoon at Waldo Stadium, as the Broncos host Homecoming festivities, along with Youth Day and Family Weekend. It will also be the first conference home game for the Broncos before they head out on the road for the next two games. Tickets are still available, but they are going fast for this week's battle at Waldo.