WESTERN MICHIGAN (1-2) vs. San Jose State (1-1)
Date: Saturday 24 September 2022
Kicking off: 11:30 p.m. EDT
Location: San Jose, California
Stadion: CEFCU Stadium (30,456)
TV: CBS sports network
Radio: Bronco Radio Network
Live Stats: wmu.statbroadcast.com
All-Time Series: WMU leads 1-0
Last meeting: 09/25/2021 | Kalamazoo, Michigan | WMU 23, SJSU 3
FIRST AND FIVE
This is only the second game between Western Michigan and San Jose State. The first meeting came last season when the Broncos won 23-3 at Waldo Stadium. This is also the second straight week that the Broncos and their opponent have met for the second time. Last Saturday’s game against No. 23 Pittsburgh was also the second-ever clash between the two programs.
GO GO BACK BACK TO CALI CALI
security for seniors Delano Ware allowed to return to his home state this weekend when the Broncos take on the Spartans. Ware hails from Richmond, California which is north of Oakland and about 90 minutes from San Jose.
Ware joined Western Michigan ahead of the 2021 season after spending three seasons at the University of Illinois. He’s been one of, if not the, best tackler in Bronco Secondary ever since. He finished last season with 40 tackles and has 18 in the first three games this season. He is the only native from the Golden State on the roster this season.
COACH TO HEAL
This weekend is the 15th Annual Coach to Cure MD Awareness Weekend. Coach to Cure MD is an initiative of the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy and was launched in 2008 in cooperation with the American Football Coaches Association. Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disease in childhood, affecting primarily boys of all races and cultures. People with Duchenne develop progressive muscle weakness that eventually leads to loss of mobility, wheelchair dependency, and deterioration in respiratory and cardiac function. There is no cure for Duchenne and life expectancy can be extended up to the age of 30.
To raise awareness and fundraisers, the Western Michigan coaching staff will wear Coach to Cure MD patches on their shirts on the sidelines of Saturday’s game. Fans can get in touch with Coach to Cure MD by using the hashtag #TackleDuchenne to spread the word on social media, by texting the word “CURE” to 501501 to donate $25, or by donate them in honor of their favorite coach on the CoachToCureMD.org website.
Western Michigan’s veteran linebacking core of Corvin moment, Zaire Barnes and Ryan Selig Make three of the team’s top four tackle totals in the first three games. Right now the team leads with 25 total tackles, with Barnes at 23 and Selig at 21. The trio have some competition. After a career-best 11 tackle performance against No. 23 Pittsburgh, the junior defensive end ended Andre Carter sits tied with Barnes with 23 tackles. He is also linked with Selig with two tackles for the loss.
Western Michigan’s foray into the transfer portal has been successful in its first three games this season, with multiple impacts. Graduated transfer wide receiver Jehlani Galloway, a transfer from Boston College, is already the second-leading receiver with 10 catches for 142 yards and leads all Broncos with more than three receptions in average yards per catch at 14.2. Another transfer partner, AJ Abbot, got his first touchdown as a bronco against the Panthers and has five receptions for 61 yards this season.
On the other side, the ball is just transferring Warren Dabney and Hozey Haji-Badri have an impact on the line of defense. Dabney has 10 tackles and 0.5 tackle for loss while Haji-Badri has five tackles and 1 tackle for loss. Both have seen significant snaps this season, starting all three games.