No. 24 Western Michigan shuts out Akron 41-0

Mitch Stacy
Associated Press


Akron, Ohio  — Javarion Franklin and Zach Terrell made sure one of the biggest weeks in the 100-year history of the Western Michigan football ended on a high note.

Franklin, a junior running back, rushed for a school-record 281 yards and quarterback Terrell threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more as No. 24 Western Michigan — ranked in the Top 25 this week for the first time in school history — shut out Akron 41-0 on Saturday.

BOX SCORE: Western Michigan 41, Akron 0

Corey Davis caught two touchdown passes to add to his career school record, finishing with eight catches for 63 yards. The Broncos (7-0, 2-0 Mid-American Conference) had 585 yards of offense.

“It was an incredible credit to our players,” Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck said. “They played possessed. They executed the game plan perfectly.”

Franklin, whose previous career-high rushing game was 211 yards against Idaho two seasons ago, ran for a 2-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Terrell was 21 for 31 for 207 yards.

“By the time the fourth quarter started, I really had no idea I had a lot of yards,” Franklin said. “Jamauri (Bogan) kept saying something about 200 but I thought he was lying, so I’m like, ‘hey, whatever.’ I just go out there and move the chains.”

Western Michigan held Akron (4-3, 2-1) to 283 yards of offense and snuffed out their biggest threat in the second quarter when quarterback Tra’Von Chapman was intercepted by Broncos linebacker Casey Carson at the WMU 3-yard line.

Chapman, subbing for injured starter Thomas Woodson for the third straight game, was 13 for 31 for 153 yards and was intercepted twice.

Western Michigan Michael Henry protects the ball while tackled by Akron defensive back Bryce Jones in the first quarter.