Troy Fumagalli was UW's security blanket all day. Four of his six catches converted third downs, including the touchdown grab. Corey Clement got UW off to a fast start and ran hard despite facing eight- and nine-man boxes. Bart Houston and Alex Hornibrook had one incompletion in 14 passes and that was a drop.
UW held Western Michigan 27 points below its scoring average. On a scale of 1 to 10, T.J. Edwards' interception was a 12. It was a great play at just the right time. Other than the final touchdown, all-American Corey Davis did little when Sojourn Shelton was covering him. Can anyone here fall on a fumble?
Special teams: B-plus
The untold story of Edwards' game-turning interception at the 12 was that punter Anthony Lotti had pinned the Broncos at the 3. UW's coverage units held dangerous Darius Phillips to 1 yard on one punt return and 15 yards on one kickoff return. P.J. Rosowski had four touchbacks on five kickoffs. He's a weapon.
Figuring the Broncos would jam up the middle, Paul Chryst hit them on the edges as UW went 75 and 88 yards for two quick touchdowns. The game-clinching run by Austin Ramesh fooled everyone. Putting Shelton on Davis when he lined up wide was a wise move, expecting a safety to cover Davis in the slot wasn't.
With the Penn State defeat still fresh in their minds, the Badgers came out highly motivated, jumped to a 14-0 lead and made Western Michigan play catch-up all day. The Broncos had enough weapons to stay within striking distance, but UW, as it did throughout this special season, had an answer every time.