KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- Nate Meyer kicked three field goals and
Western Michigan held the nation's leading running back to 25 yards
to beat Northern Illinois 16-14 on Saturday.
Not the Broncos of Western Michigan, evidently. The Broncos held Wolfe, the nation's leading rusher who had been averaging 223.8 yards per game heading into this weekend, to just 25 yards on 18 carries, perhaps dooming Wolfe's chance at the Heisman Trophy. Here is how Saturday's performance ranks among the (few) lowlights of Wolfe's career.
* -- First 3 games of college career
Huskies running back Garrett Wolfe, who had been averaging 223.8
rushing yards per game, had just 3 net yards 20 minutes into the
game. He finished with 25 yards on 18 carries -- an average of 1.4
yards per carry -- as his Heisman Trophy hopes were damaged.
Wolfe was held scoreless for the first time since last year.
Despite their defensive domination of Wolfe, the Broncos (4-2,
2-1 Mid-American) had to rally from a 7-0 deficit.
Meyer made three of his four field-goal tries, including a
40-yarder with 5:18 left that gave Western Michigan a 16-7 lead.
Western's only touchdown came on a 2-yard scoring pass from
Ryan Cubit to redshirt freshman Matt Stevens. It was Stevens' first
Northern Illinois (4-3, 3-2) lost to the Broncos for the first
time since 2000.
Cubit tied a career high with 29 completions in 44 throws and
was intercepted once.
Wolfe caught five passes for 31 yards, but his difficulty in the
rushing game was glaring.
The 25 yards were his lowest rushing total since running for 24
against Maryland in his 2004 college debut. Until Saturday, he had
11 consecutive 100-yard games and 11 consecutive games in which he
scored a touchdown.
Overall, the Huskies had zero net rushing yards. The Broncos
totaled 129 rushing yards, led by Mark Bonds' 98, and nearly
doubled Northern Illinois' play total, 84-47.
The Huskies' 157 offensive yards marked its first sub-200 yard
total in nearly two years.