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KALAMAZOO (WQLR) – Still in search of his first win as a head coach following Western Michigan’s 32-14 loss to Kent State in the MAC opener PJ Fleck has become accustomed to the same battery of questions at the weekly press luncheons. His response, much like his confidence while his team is 0-5, is full of unwavering confidence.
“It’s obviously not the result we all want, but there’s a lot to take and learn from the loss Saturday,” Fleck told the media Tuesday.
Despite the loss, Western Michigan matched up well against Kent State in their first look at a conference opponent, and it showed in their start. The Broncos forced and recovered a fumble in their fifth straight game, Brian Fields eclipsed 100 yards rushing for a second consecutive game and recorded his fourth touchdown this season in the second quarter, and the score was in reach at 15-7 at halftime.
The difference, just like the first four games, came down to inexperience and inconsistency.
“That’s not something I use as an excuse for our record,” Fleck insisted, “It’s a challenge for our coaching staff to continue to tweak the game plan to set these guys up for success.”
Fleck indicated the possibility of suiting up three true freeshman on defense for Saturday’s game in the Glass Bowl against Toledo. They’ll face a potent rushing attack led by David Fluellen who has recorded 626 yards on 106 carries and five touchdowns this season. 126 of those yards and a touchdown came in the Rockets 31-24 loss at Ball State last Saturday. When these two teams met in 2011 in Toledo, the Broncos fell in a shootout, 66-63.
Western Michigan (0-5, 0-1 MAC) travels to Toledo (2-3, 1-1) on Saturday October 5th. Listen to Robin Hook and John Creek starting at 2 pm on 96.5 FM WZOX