W Michigan 20

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Indiana 39

(1-0, 1-0 home)

6:00 PM ET, September 2, 2006

Memorial Stadium (Bloomington, IN), Bloomington, IN

1 2 3 4 T
WMU 3 3 7 720
IND 7 13 16 339

Top Performers

Passing: B. Powers (IND) - 192 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Bonds (WMU) - 18 CAR, 61 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Simmons (WMU) - 7 REC, 99 YDS

Indiana 39, Western Michigan 20

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Blake Powers and Graeme McFarland each threw one touchdown pass, and Indiana scored off interception and punt returns to beat Western Michigan 39-20 on Saturday.

It was Indiana's 16th straight win over a Mid-American Conference school since 1977, and the Hoosiers (1-0) ended a six-game losing streak that dated to the middle of last season.

Western Michigan (0-1) dropped its third straight in the series and may have lost even more when sixth-year quarterback Ryan Cubit left early in the third quarter with what appeared to be an injury on the hand or wrist of his throwing arm.

Both starting quarterbacks, Indiana's Blake Powers and Cubit, were hurt during the third quarter and neither team managed more than 43 yards rushing in the first three quarters. Powers appeared to have cramps.

The Hoosiers also struggled to sustain drives, had two extra points blocked and a 12-yard punt.

But the defense, which allowed more than 40 points in its last five games last year, stifled Western Michigan. The Broncos had only 39 yards rushing until the final minutes, and Cubit was 16-of-22 for 166 yards with two interceptions and a fumble before leaving.

Indiana took a quick 7-0 lead on the game's opening drive when Powers threw a 10-yard TD pass to Andrew Means. Chris Phillips made it 14-3 when he picked off Cubit and raced 66 yards for the score.

Seven plays later, Will Meyers' interception set up Josiah Sears' 2-yard touchdown run to make it 20-3.

Then the Hoosiers reverted trickery. After stopping the Broncos to open the second half, Lance Bennett fielded a punt and handed off to Tracy Porter, who ran down the sideline, cut back inside and bounced off a tackler for an 86-yard TD return to make it 26-6.

The Broncos made it 29-13 on Mark Bonds' 17-yard TD run, and McFarland sealed the win with a 30-yard TD pass to Marcus Thigpen to open the fourth quarter.

Powers finished 16-of-28 for 192 yards with one TD and one interception. James Bailey caught five passes for 51 yards for the Hoosiers.