Western Michigan Blanks Indiana State, 56-0

Updated 9/16/2000

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP)(Sept. 16) - Robert Sanford rushed for 159 yards and three touchdowns and Jeff Welsh threw scoring passes to three different receivers as Western Michigan beat Indiana State 56-0 Sept. 16.

Playing before a record 36,361 fans in their home opener at Waldo Stadium, the Broncos (2-1) scored touchdowns on eight of their 10 possessions and posted their biggest margin of victory in coach Gary Darnell's four years.

Sanford scored on short runs in each of the first three quarters and finished with the 12th 100-yard game of his career.

Welsh completed 13 of 20 passes for 184 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown to Steve Neal in the first quarter. The TD was the 26th of Neal's career, moving him into third place on the Mid-American Conference list.

The Sycamores (0-3) drove to the Western Michigan 1-yard line before being stopped on downs with 4:52 left in the second quarter. The Broncos, by contrast, were 6-for-6 on fourth-down conversions.

Western Michigan's defense held Indiana State to six pass completions, 10 first downs and 141 net yards.

Wes Dodson returned a fumble 64 yards for the Broncos' final TD with 2:34 left to play.

Calvin Thomas led the Sycamores' running game with 9 carries for 39 yards.