SEASON RECAP | Rowing back Western Michigan's 13-1 journey to historic season
Game-by-game recap of an historic season
Western Michigan 22, Northwestern 21
Sept. 3, 2016
The Broncos went for it on fourth down with 5:38 remaining and Jamauri Bogan scored on a 1-yard run to give the MAC preseason favorites an upset victory. "We didn't come here to lay up. We came here to win a football game," said head coach P.J. Fleck.
Western Michigan 70, North Carolina Central 21
Sept. 10, 2016
The Broncos rolled to their first 2-0 starts since 1994 behind Corey Davis (7 receptions, 150 yards, 3 TDs), Zach Terrell (255 yards and 4 TDs passing) and sophomore running backs Jamauri Bogan (131 yards, 1 TD) and Levante Bellamy (121 yards, 1 TD).
Western Michigan 34, Illinois 10
Sept. 17, 2016
Jamauri Bogan carried 24 times for 189 yards and 2 TDs as the Broncos beat a second Big Ten opponent in the same season for the first time in school history. "It's a special team," Bogan said. "We have a big group of guys who truly love each other ... guys really play for each other."
Western Michigan 49, Georgia Southern 31
Sept. 24, 2016
The Broncos broke the game open with 28 points in the second quarter and led 35-17 at halftime. Cornerback Darius Phillips, who made a career-high 12 tackles against Illinois, scored on a 100-yard kickoff return and a 70-yard interception return.
Western Michigan 49, Central Michigan 10
Oct. 1, 2016
Corey Davis caught 6 passes for 72 yards with 2 TDs to become the MAC's career leader in receiving yards. If was the first of many milestones Davis would set this season. Jarvion Franklin rushed for 132 yards and 1 TD on 23 carries and Darius Phillips returned an interception for a TD for the second consecutive game.
Western Michigan 45, Northern Illinois 30
Oct. 8, 2016
The Broncos beat the Huskies for the first time since 2008, improving to 6-0 for their best start since 1941. Corey Davis had 6 catches for 122 yards and 2 TDs to pass Super Bowl champion Greg Jennings for the most TD receptions in school history. Jarvion Franklin rushed for 169 yards and 2 TDs.
Western Michigan 41, Akron 0
Oct. 15, 2016
Jarvion Franklin rushed for a school-record 281 rushing yards and 1 TD. The Broncos also recorded their first shutout since 2006, also against Akron. Franklin surpassed previous mark of 279 yards by Lovell Coleman against Central Michigan in 1958. Franklin celebrated by hugging his offensive linemen before taking a photo with them.
Western Michigan 45, Eastern Michigan 31
Oct. 22, 2016
Zach Terrell passed for a career-high 398 yards and Carrington Thompson caught 8 passes for a career-high 177 yards with 2 TDs as the Broncos matched the best start in school history (8-0 in 1941).
Western Michigan 52, Ball State 20
Nov. 1, 2016
Corey Davis set Western Michigan's single-game record with 272 yards receiving as the Broncos improved to 9-0, the best start in school history. Davis caught 3 TDs from Zach Terrell to tie the MAC career record for TDs with 47.
Western Michigan 37, Kent State 21
Nov. 8, 2016
The 14th-ranked Broncos rallied from a 14-0 deficit in the first quarter for the first 10-win season in the school's 108 years of football. They pulled away behind 329 combined rushing yards by Jarvion Franklin and Fabian Johnson. The Broncos attempted only 13 passes with with 4 of Zach Terrell's 6 completions going to Michael Henry.
Western Michigan 38, Buffalo 0
Nov. 19, 2016
Zach Terrell became Western Michigan's career leader in passing yards with 11,461, throwing for a career-high 445 yards with 4 TDs as the Broncos won their 11th game. Terrell eclipsed the previous mark of 11,329 yards by Tim Hiller (2005-09). Corey Davis reeled in 13 of Terrell's completions for 173 yards and 2 TDs.
Western Michigan 55, Toledo 35
Nov. 25, 2016
Corey Davis became the career FBS leader in receiving yards, catching 8 passes for 81 yards and 1 TD as the 14th-ranked Broncos completed a perfect regular season (12-0). With 5,068 receiving yards, Davis surpassed the previous mark of 5,005 by Nevada's Trevor Insley (1996-99).
Western Michigan 29, Ohio 23
Dec. 3, 2016 | MAC Championship
Robert Spillane's interception with 51 seconds remaining clinched the Broncos' first MAC Championship since 1988. Ohio rallied from a 23-7 halftime deficit but two second-half field goals by Butch Hampton provided the winning margin. Corey Davis finished with eight catches for 144 yards and a touchdown.
Wisconsin 24, Western Michigan 16
Jan. 2, 2017 | Cotton Bowl
The Broncos didn't back down after falling behind 14-0 in the first quarter. But the Badgers were clearly bigger and stronger — especially up front. Zach Terrell and All-America receiver Corey Davis tied an FBS record by combing on for their 51st career TD pass on an 11-yarder on fourth down with 3:27 remaining.
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While Western Michigan lost 24-16 to Wisconsin in Monday's Cotton Bowl, the season was the most triumphant in school history.
The Broncos finished 13-1 and showed in their first major bowl appearance that they can play with the big boys.
They have come a long way since finishing 11-1 in 2013, P.J. Fleck's first season as head coach.
“They showed what Western Michigan football is all about and they showed the entire country why we were 13-0," Fleck said. "For all of 'they' who thought we didn't belong, we do belong.”
The Broncos finished 2-1 against the Big Ten, senior Zach Terrell set single-game and single season records for passing yards, junior Jarvion Franklin set the single-game record for rushing yards and Corey Davis became the FBS career leader in receiving yards and the MAC career leader in touchdowns.
Here's a recap of Western Michigan's season that belongs in the history books.
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