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Game Day at Illinois - Sept. 24 - BIG10 Network

Courtesy: Mat Kanan, director of athletic media relations
Release: 09/20/2011
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Western Michigan heads on the road for two weeks straight, facing a pair of BCS automatic qualifying schools with Illinois coming up at 2:30 p.m. CT on Sept. 24.  The game airs live on the Big Ten Network.

BIG10 Network availability (local airing information)

  • Charter Communications - Channel 80 (Standard Def)
  • AT&T U-Verse - Channel 691 (Standard Def)/1691 (HD)
  • Comcast - Channel 692
  • DirecTV
  • Dish Network


  • Western Michigan faces a nationally ranked team for the 21st time in program history and for the first time since the 2008 finale; WMU is looking for first win against a ranked opponent
  • Western Michigan trails the all-time series against Illinois 1-2 but won the last meeting, 23-17, on Nov. 8, 2008
  • Illinois is one of two Big Ten teams on the 2011 schedule and one of three teams from a BCS automatic-qualifying conference on the schedule
  • This match up against Illinois marks the ninth game between WMU and a Big Ten team during the Bill Cubit era
  • Senior wide receiver Robert Arnheim is the only Bronco on the roster that scored a TD against Illinois in 2008
  • WMU’s 30-point win over Central Michigan marked its largest margin of victory since CMU joined the Division I ranks
  • John Potter grabbed his second MAC West Special Teams POTW in as many weeks, and Jordan White earned MAC West Offensive POTW for their respective efforts against CMU
  • Jordan White’s 177 yards receiving ranked as the second highest total in the country for Week 3
  • Alex Carder recorded his fifth career 300-yard passing game and eighth career game with multiple TD passes
  • John Potter passed Mike Prindle (1997-2000) for second on the WMU career points by a kicker list, and for fifth on the career total points list
  • WMU’s win over CMU, marked Bill Cubit’s 30th MAC victory and tied him with Elliott Uzelac for third on the WMU list for MAC wins; he needs five more wins to pass Gary Darnell for sixth on the WMU list for overall wins
  • Jordan White is now fourth on the WMU career receptions list with 195 and is now alone in third on the career list for 100-yard receiving games (13)
  • John Potter now has 252 career points, which is second best for kickers in a career in program history

John Potter is 20 PATs away from having the most made in program history, a mark held by Brad Selent (1997-2000).  Potter is averaging 3.7 PATs made per game, which means he is on pace to claim the record mid way through the Eastern Michigan game on Oct. 22.