BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) -- Tim Hiller threw for 258 yards and
three touchdowns and Western Michigan defeated Bowling Green 45-14
The Broncos (4-3, 2-2 Mid-American Conference) dominated the
Falcons (4-3, 3-1), who were forced to play without star
quarterback Omar Jacobs for most of the game.
Broncos defensive end Matt Ludeman hit Jacobs on a passing play
in the first quarter, driving Jacobs into the ground and causing
him to fumble. Jacobs, who had completed 6 of 9 passes for 98
yards, left the game with pain in his non-throwing shoulder and did
Ameer Ismail Jr. picked up Jacobs' fumble and ran 53 yards for a
touchdown to give Western Michigan a 7-6 lead.
The Broncos kept the momentum in the second quarter. Hiller
threw two touchdown passes to Greg Jennings, Trovon Riley had a
2-yard TD run and Nate Meyer kicked a 22-yard field goal to give
the Broncos a 31-6 lead at halftime.
Anthony Turner, who replaced Jacobs for the Falcons, scored on a
7-yard TD run in the third. He completed 20 of 38 passes for 242
yards with two interceptions. He also was sacked four times.
Hiller tossed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Tony Scheffler in the
third and Mark Bonds had a 1-yard TD run in the fourth for the
Hiller completed 16 of 25 passes. Jennings had eight receptions
for 162 yards, and Riley finished with 120 yards on 27 carries.
Charles Sharon caught eight passes for 129 yards for the
Falcons. B.J. Lane rushed for 70 yards on 14 carries.
Falcons coach Gregg Brandon said after the game that Jacobs'
shoulder would be evaluated next week. His status for next week's
home game against Akron was uncertain. Jacobs led the nation with
41 TD passes last season.