Broncos ranked in coaches poll for first time

Published 9:01 am Monday, October 3, 2016

KALAMAZOO — The Western Michigan football team earned its first ranking in program history, as the Broncos are now No. 25 in the USA Today Amway Coaches Poll.

The Broncos earned the ranking after becoming 5-0 following its 49-10 victory over rival Central Michigan on Saturday in the Battle for the Cannon.

Western Michigan’s 5-0 start is the best in program history since 1994, when the team also started 5-0. The start includes wins over B1G teams Northwestern and Illinois, giving the Broncos two wins over Power 5 schools for the first time in team history. It is also just the fourth time in Mid-American Conference history a school has beaten two B1G opponents in the same season.

Individually, Corey Davis broke the MAC career receiving record on Saturday, surpassing fellow Bronco Jordan White who held the record at 4,187 yards from 2006-11. Davis also tied WMU great and former NFL star Greg Jennings for the school record with 39 career touchdown receptions. Overall, Davis has 4,252 career receiving yards which is 11th most in FBS history. He is 753 yards away from the all-time record.

Western Michigan will return home to host Northern Illinois at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, for homecoming. The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.