Western Michigan Broncos V Nicholls Colonels Final Score: Nicholls Upsets Western 27-23

Aug 30, 2013; East Lansing, MI, USA; Western Michigan Broncos head coach P.J. Fleck walks the sidelines during 2nd half of a between the Michigan State Spartans and the Western Michigan Broncos game at Spartan Stadium. MSU won 26-13. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Nicholls State was supposed to be a tune-up for the Western Michigan Broncos. But just like a tune-up on your car, you open up the hood and find out that maybe your engine needs a little more work than you thought.  That is what it was like for Western on Saturday at Waldo stadium after losing to 1-AA Nicholls State.

The Broncos played from behind until Brian Fields ran the ball into the endzone form 9 yards out late in the third quarter.  The Broncos gave up the lead again in the fourth quarter setting up Senior quarterback Tyler Van Tubbergen for a game winning drive late in the fourth.  The dream of a comeback was shattered when the Broncos final drive ended aburtly when Van Tubbergen threw his sceond interception of the game. 

The Broncos put up good offensive numbers 485 yards but it was their inability to score touchdowns that made the difference. Depite moving the ball well the Broncos could only manage 3 field goals, fell behind early and were never able to get control of the game.

The loss drops Western Michigan to 0-2 going into next weeks game against Northwestern. The Broncos are in extreme danger of falling to 0-3 on the season putting additional pressure on the team to win during the MAC schedule.

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTER NICH WMU
TD 12:48 Marcus Washington 8 Yd Run (Andrew Dolan Kick)Watch Highlight 7 0
TD 01:31 Kalen Henderson 1 Yd Run (Andrew Dolan Kick)Watch Highlight 14 0
SECOND QUARTER NICH WMU
FG 13:41 Andrew Haldeman 42 YdWatch Highlight 14 3
TD 06:53 Brian Fields 2 Yd Run (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)Watch Highlight 14 9
TD 05:07 Marcus Washington 4 Yd Run (Andrew Dolan Kick)Watch Highlight 21 9
THIRD QUARTER NICH WMU
TD 12:51 Brian Fields 13 Yd Run (Andrew Haldeman Kick)Watch Highlight 21 16
TD 03:13 Brian Fields 9 Yd Run (Andrew Haldeman Kick)Watch Highlight 21 23
FOURTH QUARTER NICH WMU
FG 11:19 Andrew Dolan 29 YdWatch Highlight 24 23
FG 01:44 Andrew Dolan 28 YdWatch Highlight 27 23

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