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Things are looking up at Western Michigan.

Coming off a second consecutive victory last weekend over Murray State, Western Michigan surpassed its win total from last year, improving to 2-1.

On top of that, the Broncos boast the No. 3 rusher in the country in freshman Jarvion Franklin (180.7 yards). He's the first Western Michigan running back with three consecutive 100-yard games since Robert Sanford in 2000.

"We have such a young football team," said coach P.J. Fleck, whose team plays at Virginia Tech on Saturday. "We haven't won back-to-back games here since 2011. I think that was such a big, big game for our kids since a lot of these kids have never been on a winning streak."

Western Michigan used the run game against Murray State to earn the victory, compiling 377 yards — 160 from Franklin.

"I think it just shows how important recruiting is to a program," Fleck said of Franklin, a three-star recruit who was part of the recruiting class rivals.com ranked 59th in the nation. "It's about having the best players and then developing those best players and Jarvion's one of them. He has nine touchdowns in three games and we had 10 touchdowns (rushing) as a football team last year."

Extra points

There's some help on the way at Central Michigan.

Receiver Titus Davis, out the last three weeks with a sprained left knee, is expected to return this week for the Mid-American Conference opener at Toledo.

The Chippewas started 2-0 behind the rushing of Thomas Rawls (consecutive 100-yard games) before he was suspended indefinitely 10 days.

"(Davis is) day-to-day, but I would anticipate he'll be able to play," coach Dan Enos said. "You always want to have your best players and he's one of the best players in our league. We haven't had him for three weeks and it would be nice to get him back."

... Eastern Michigan suffered a blowout loss for the second time in three weeks — 65-0 at Florida on Sept. 6 followed by a 73-14 setback at Michigan State on Saturday — and could be facing its 19th straight losing season. Eastern opens conference play at Akron on Oct. 4.

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Standings

Conf.

Overall

East

W

L

W

L

Ohio

1

0

2

2

Bowling Green

0

0

2

2

Buffalo

0

0

2

2

Akron

0

0

1

2

Massachusetts

0

0

0

4

Miami (Ohio)

0

0

0

4

Kent State

0

1

0

3

West

W

L

W

L

Toledo

1

0

2

2

Northern Illinois

0

0

3

1

Western Michigan

0

0

2

1

Central Michigan

0

0

2

2

Eastern Michigan

0

0

1

3

Ball State

0

1

1

3

SATURDAY

■Western Michigan at Virginia Tech, 12:30 p.m. WKBD

■Akron at Pittsburgh, 1:30 p.m.

■Eastern Illinois at Ohio, 2 p.m.

■Bowling Green at Massachusetts, 3 p.m.

■Miami (Ohio) at Buffalo, 3:30 p.m.

■Kent State at Virginia, 3:30 p.m.

■Central Michigan at Toledo, 7 p.m.

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