Western Michigan Knocks Off Toledo, 21-14

Updated 9/23/2000

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - Marty Harig's interception return made the difference on Sept. 23 as Western Michigan held off Toledo 21-14 in an early season Mid-American Conference showdown.

It was the defending West Division champion Broncos' second victory over the Rockets since 1989.

Nose tackle Harig picked off a Tavares Bolden pass with 9:50 left in the third quarter and returned it 29 yards to give the Broncos (3-1, 1-0 MAC) a 21-0 lead.

The Rockets (3-1, 0-1), averaging more than 30 points and 350 offensive yards per game, managed 312 yards Saturday and one offensive touchdown _ Chester Taylor's 17-yard run with 8:41 left to play.

Toledo's other points came 1:14 earlier, when Paul Dye returned a blocked punt 12 yards to cut Western's lead to 21-7.

Robert Sanford ran 22 times for 93 yards and a first-quarter TD, the 28th of his career, for Western. Charles Woods added 14 carries for 51 yards and a second-quarter score. Jeff Welsh completed 18-of-36 passes for 231 yards. Eight completions went to Steve Neal for 75 yards, moving him into second place in MAC career receiving yards.

Toledo's Taylor gained 132 yards on 19 carries. But Bolden was sacked four times for minus-17 yards, leaving the Rockets with 124 net yards rushing. Bolden was 23-of-50 for 188 yards.