Week 7 Western Michigan: 55 Nothern Illinois: 0 POG: T. Drake 376 yards rushing, 5 TD's "We felt coming into the game that NIU was going to stay close to us, they are a fast team with some strong athletes on the defensive side of the ball. Our goal for this week, as it is for most weeks, was to establish the run; and Drake has been an anchor for this offense the entire season. We felt that if we established a strong running game Northern would have no choice but to play us closely, maybe even start stacking guys in the box, leaving Carder to do his thing with the recievers on the outside. I sit in the booth, the whole game, and all I kept seeing was the defense spreading themselves out. I told Brian, my guy on the sideline, "we are going to run the ball until they fully respect it". I feel bad for Carder, we couldn't utilize his talents and throw the ball, but I also can't about 400+ yards on the ground"....(Went onto to say) "Each week we strive for success; and I make sure my boys know their assignments. I new we could win this game, I just did not forsee this type of performance! Our next goal is Eastern Michigan and getting closer to that MAC title"