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GAME DAY 2013: WMU at Michigan State

Courtesy: Mat Kanan, director of athletic media relations
Release: 08/27/2013
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Western Michigan (0-0, 0-0 MAC) at Michigan State (0-0, 0-0 B1G)
All-Time series ­— WMU trails, 2-11-0
Last Meeting ­— MSU 38, WMU 14 (Sept. 4, 2010)
Record Last 5 Meetings ­— WMU trails, 0-5
Aug. 30, 2013 // Spartan Stadium (75,005)
8:01 p.m. // East Lansing, Mich. // Big Ten Network
Eric Collins - Play-by-Play; Derek Rackley - Analysis; Sideline - Lisa Byington

The game will be broadcast live on the Bronco Radio Network: 96.5 FM (Kalamazoo, Portage, Mattawan); 94.1 FM (Lansing, Jackson, Battle Creek), 101.3 FM (Grand Rapids) and 1130 AM (Detroit).  Robin Hook (play-by-play) and John Creek (analysis) will have the call beginning at 7 p.m.

The WMU-MSU game will air live on the Big Ten Network with an official kick time of 8:01 p.m.  Eric Collins will provide play-by-play with Derek Rackley providing analysis and Lisa Byington reporting from the sidelines.

• Western Michigan enters 2013 with its 15th head coach in program history as P.J. Fleck was hired on Dec. 18, 2012
• Fleck comes to WMU after having worked for Jim Tressel, Jerry Kill, Joe Novak and Greg Schiano at either the collegiate or professional level
• Western Michigan is opening its season against a Big Ten opponent for the sixth-straight year and seventh time in the last eight years
• WMU is opening a season against Michigan State for the first time since 2010 and for only the third time in program history with the other time coming in 2003
• WMU is 12-26 in season openers on the road
• WMU is looking for its first season-opening win since 2004
• WMU is 2-11-0 against Michigan State, making the Spartans one of two Big Ten teams that Western Michigan has two wins against; Iowa is the other and the Hawkeyes are also on the Broncos’ schedule in 2013
• This season is the first time since 2009 that WMU has three Big Ten opponents on the regular season schedule (WMU played three Big Ten teams in 2011, playing Purdue in the Little Caesars Bowl after also playing Michigan and No. 24 Illinois)
Justin Currie and Johnnie Simon are the lone All-Mid-American Conference selections returning in 2013
•  This will be the 10th time in program history WMU opens a season in the month of August
• WMU is 5-4 in the month of August with its first August win coming against Kent State, 13-10, on Aug. 31, 1991
• WMU has played Michigan State once in the month of August, a 21-10 loss to the Spartans on Aug. 30, 2003
• WMU’s last win in the month of August came against Indiana State, 28-17, on Aug. 29, 2002
• The only current member of the 2013 WMU football team to start against Michigan State in the 2010 meeting was Travonte Boles as a true freshman (he recorded one tackle assist in the game)

• Western Michigan celebrates the 75th anniversary of Waldo Stadium all season (see page 7 for details)
• Western Michigan will play Northwestern for the first time in program history on Sept. 14, which is the alma mater of second year linebackers coach Tim McGarigle
• For the fourth time since 2010 Western Michigan will have a transfer from a Big Ten school play a big part in the team’s success as Mike Jones (Michigan) comes to the Broncos after graduating in 2012
• Five members of the WMU football staff have ties to the MAC as student-athletes: Head Coach P.J. Fleck and Defensive Line Coach Vinson Reynolds played together at Northern Illinois, Luke Getsy was a quarterback at Akron, Graduate Assistants Kyle Hoke and Robert Arnheim played at Ball State and Western Michigan, respectively

#WALDO75 Fact of the Week
Two current members of the WMU football team hold or share Waldo Stadium single-game records.  Tyler Van Tubbergen shares the record with Chad Munson for the most touchdown passes in a game with six each.  J. Schroeder holds the record for the longest punt in Waldo Stadium history with a 82-yard punt against Massachusetts in 2012.