MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) -- Marcel Archer rushed for three touchdowns to propel Central Michigan to its first Mid-American Conference West Division title with a 31-7 win over Western Michigan on Friday night.
Central Michigan (7-3, 6-0) had a 10-7 halftime lead, then capitalized on three third-quarter turnovers by the Broncos (7-3, 5-2).
The first came when Dan Bazuin knocked the ball out of Broncos quarterback Ryan Cubit's hand and recovered it on the Western Michigan 44-yard line. Archer capped the drive with a 2-yard run.
On Western Michigan's next possession, Pacino Horne intercepted a pass from Cubit and returned it 49 yards to the Broncos' 26-yard line. Three plays later, Archer ran 24 yards for a score.
Archer added another touchdown on a 16-yard run in the fourth quarter and finished with 70 yards on 14 carries.
Damien Linson scored Central Michigan's other touchdown on a 53-yard pass from Dan LeFevour to Damien Linson less than two minutes into the first quarter. Western Michigan answered with a 5-yard TD pass from Ryan Cubit to Nic Saad on its first possession.
LeFevour completed 17 of 27 passes for 163 yards.
Freshman Brandon West paced Western Michigan with 117 yards on 22 carries. Cubit completed 12 of 23 passes for 59 yards.
The game was played in a continual rain and 15-mph wind, with a game-time temperature of 37 degrees. Attendance at the start was a stadium-record 30,027, but only a sparse crowd remained for the second half.
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