GAMEDAY College Football

Western Michigan 28, Illinois State 0

Associated Press

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - La'Darius Jefferson rushed for 106 yards with two touchdowns, Sean Tyler added 78 rushing yards and another score as Western Michigan blanked Illinois State 28-0.

The Broncos (1-1) rebounded from an opening weekend thrashing at Michigan of the Big Ten Conference, amassing 407 yards of total offense against Illinois State and holding the Redbirds (1-1) to just 57.

The Broncos were driving, up 28-0 with 5:30 left in the game when the stadium lights went out, causing a brief delay.

Western Michigan quickly doused Illinois State's hopes for an upset, driving 75 yards on a game-opening drive that consumed 5:22 and ended with a Jefferson run from the 1. The Redbirds, an FCS school, had defeated FBS opponents in their last two matchups.

Saturday, their first five possessions ended with four punts and an interception. Illinois State was 1 for 13 on third down conversions with a total of four first downs.

Bryce Jefferson passed for 29 yards with an interception and 10 Redbirds gained 28 on the ground.

Corvin Moment led the Broncos defense with six tackles - all unassisted including a sack and three tackles for loss. Kaleb Eleby was 15-for-21 passing for 174 yards and a TD. Eleby entered the game with the top passer rating (195.1) among returning FBS quarterbacks.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter IllStWestMI
WestMI TD 9:38 La'Darius Jefferson 1 yd run (Parker Sampson kick) 0 7
Second Quarter IllStWestMI
WestMI TD 2:43 Sean Tyler 3 yd run (Parker Sampson kick) 0 14
Third Quarter IllStWestMI
WestMI TD 9:40 Jaylen Hall 24 yd pass from Kaleb Eleby (Parker Sampson kick) 0 21
WestMI TD 1:31 La'Darius Jefferson 4 yd run (Parker Sampson kick) 0 28
Team Stats
  Illinois State Western Michigan
First downs 4 24
  Rushing 4 14
  Passing 0 8
  Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Efficiency 1-13, 8% 8-15, 53%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 26-28 51-233
Passing Yards 29 174
Return Yards 46 23
Completions-Attempts-Int 8-19-1 15-22-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 4--25 1--7
Punts 9 4
Punts-Average 49.8 47
Fumbles Lost 0-0 2-2
Penalties - Yards 6-52 3-20
Time of Possession 22:52 37:08
Illinois State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Jefferson 8 19 29 0 1
Western Michigan Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
K. Eleby 15 21 174 1 0
M. Hrabowski 0 1 0 0 0
Illinois State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Carr 1 13 13.0 0
C. Mueller 4 6 1.5 0
K. Brown 3 6 2.0 0
N. White 4 4 1.0 0
Z. Vandenburgh 1 4 4.0 0
T. McCloyn II 1 2 2.0 0
P. Brown 3 1 0.3 0
J. Waring 1 -2 -2.0 0
B. Jefferson 7 -5 -0.7 0
Western Michigan Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
L. Jefferson 18 106 5.9 2
S. Tyler 15 78 5.2 1
M. Hrabowski 5 18 3.6 0
Z. Abdus-Salaam 5 18 3.6 0
J. Kincaide 3 12 4.0 0
K. Eleby 4 2 0.5 0
Illinois State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Lewis 1 8 8.0 0
A. Nagel 1 7 7.0 0
N. White 1 7 7.0 0
P. Brown 1 5 5.0 0
T. Taula 1 4 4.0 0
C. Mueller 1 0 0.0
0
J. Khepera 2 -2 -1.0 0
Western Michigan Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Hall 7 75 10.7 1
C. Crooms 5 56 11.2 0
S. Tyler 1 30 30.0 0
A. Torres 1 8 8.0 0
L. Jefferson 1 5 5.0 0
Illinois State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Western Michigan Interceptions
Player Int Yards
B. Garner 1 2
Illinois State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Bohlken 9 448 49.8
Western Michigan Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
N. Mihalic 4 188 47.0
Illinois State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Western Michigan Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Nunnelly 4 21 5.3
Illinois State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Rutkiewicz 1 21 21.0
B. Price 1 18 18.0
K. Brown 1 7 7.0
Western Michigan Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Illinois State Missed FG
Player Length
Western Michigan Missed FG
Player Length




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