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LITTLE CAESARS BOWL preview: Western Michigan vs. Purdue today at 4:30 pm ET on ESPN

 

(courtesy of bowl via wikipedia commons)

The former Motor City Bowl, now named the Little Caesars Bowl, will pit Western Michigan (7-5) of the Mid-American Conference against the Purdue Boilermakers (6-6) of the Big Ten Conference at Ford Field this afternoon (Dec. 27) at 4:30 pm in Detroit, Michigan.

Purdue will be making its first bowl appearance since 2007 and its second in a row to the Motor City. The Boilermakers beat Central Michigan in the bowl when it was the Motor City Bowl.

Western Michigan, while be playing a bowl game in its home state for the first time and fifth bowl game overall.

The Broncos will be getting their pro-ready QB returning from missing the season-finale against Akron because of a shoulder injury.

Carder has passed for 400 yards or more four times in 2011, and the offense operates at a high-level and fast-paced. The Broncos are third in the Mid-American Conference in total offense at 456.2 yards a game.

Western Michigan has the most dangerous passing attack in the MAC, as Carder leads the league with over 312 yards a game and a MAC-high 28 touchdown passes. He is able to throw to three top notch receivers, with the leader being Jordan White, who leads the college football in receptions (127), yards (1,646) and touchdowns (16).

Purdue’s secondary is very experienced has given opposing QB’s trouble all season.

GAME NOTES

*Purdue DT Kawann Short, led the team in tackles for a loss (17 1/2) and sacks (6 1/2) while earning team defensive MVP honors.

*Boilermakers KR Raheem Mostert, is a talented freshman who is dangerous everytime he touches the ball. Averages 31 yards per kick return with a high of 81 against Indiana in the season finale.

*WMU QB Alex Carder is a great passer and runner.

*Broncos WR Jordan White was a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist who holds school records for career receiving yards, receptions and 100-yard games.

*WMU DT Drew Novak, was named the MAC defensive player of the year after collecting 83 tackles, including 20 for losses with 8.5 sacks.

 

Info compiled from Western Michigan & Purdue University athletic news

Rucinski, Streng lead OSU baseball over Western Michigan, 4-3

Drew Rucinski (courtesy of Ohio State athletics)

Ohio State’s baseball team jumped out to an early lead and hung on to beat Western Michigan, 4-3, behind a strong outing from starter Drew Rucinski and a solid day at the plate from Matt Streng on Friday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida.

Rucinski picked up his first win of the season, going seven innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits while striking out three. Streng went 3-for-4 at the plate.

OSU wasted no time in getting to Broncos starting pitcher Brian Stroud. Tim Wetzel walked to lead off the games and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Engle. After a groundout by Brad Hallberg, Brian DeLucia singled to right to drive in Wetzel. DeLucia then went to third on a single by Streng and scored on a perfectly-placed and executed double steal to put the Bucks up 2-0 after the first inning.

OSU extended the lead to 4-0 in the second inning. Ryan Cypret singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Joe Ciamacco before Greg Solomon drilled a 1-0 pitch to the wall in center for an RBI triple. Wetzel came to the plate and scorched a ground ball up the middle. WMU shortstop Patrick Duncan was playing in and made a diving stop but his throw home was too late to get Solomon as the Buckeyes scored another run.

Info courtesy of Ohio State athletics