Scores

Final

Nicholls State 7

(1-1, 0-1 away)

W Michigan 38

(1-1, 1-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 10, 2011

Waldo Stadium, Kalamazoo, MI

1 2 3 4 T
NICH 0 7 0 07
WMU 7 21 7 338

Top Performers

Passing: A. Carder (WMU) - 143 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: B. Fields (WMU) - 8 CAR, 54 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. White (WMU) - 4 REC, 67 YDS

W. Michigan 38, Nicholls 7

Associated Press

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Alex Carder threw for 143 yards and two touchdowns to lead Western Michigan past Nicholls State 38-7 on Saturday night.

Both of Carder's scoring passes came in the first half along with a pair of touchdown runs by Brian Fields, who finished with 54 yards rushing.

Chika Madu accounted for the only score for the Colonels (1-1) with a 36-yard interception return midway through the second quarter.

The Broncos (1-1) led 28-7 at halftime.

Antoin Scriven increased the lead to 35-7 with a short touchdown dash in the third quarter. John Potter capped it off with a 40-yard field goal in the fourth.

The Broncos' Tevin Drake led the game in rushing with 86 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NICH
WMU
1st Downs1024
Total Yards185399
Passing60186
Rushing125213
Penalties12-1017-33
3rd Down Conversions4-142-9
4th Down Conversions0-04-4
Turnovers34
Possession31:1228:48

Passing Leaders

Nicholls StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Caston9/18462.601
Western MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Carder12/181437.921

Rushing Leaders

Nicholls StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Washington12463.8011
Caston16332.1020
Western MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
Drake10868.6029
Fields8546.8222

Receiving Leaders

Nicholls StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Blair3217.008
Scelfo11414.0014
Western MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
White46716.8023
Arnheim22713.5121

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNICHWMU
TD11:16Clark Mussman 2 Yd Pass From Alex Carder (John Potter Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERNICHWMU
TD13:44Brian Fields 4 Yd Run (John Potter Kick) 014
TD10:04Brian Fields 17 Yd Run (John Potter Kick) 021
TD08:50Chika Madu 36 Yd Interception Return (Andrew Dolan Kick) 721
TD02:53Robert Arnheim 21 Yd Pass From Alex Carder (John Potter Kick) 728
THIRD QUARTERNICHWMU
TD05:25Antoin Scriven 1 Yd Run (John Potter Kick) 735
FOURTH QUARTERNICHWMU
FG04:50John Potter 40 Yd 738