WMU Football Kaleb Eleby La'Darius Jefferson

Kaleb Eleby (5) and La'Darius Jefferson (3) have been two key factors of the WMU offense this season, and both had important successes in the win over Pitt

Western Michigan football picked up the team’s second straight win, beating Pittsburgh on the road 44-41. The game marked the first time the Broncos have beaten a Power 5 team since 2016.

Here are three takeaways from the victory.

Passing efficiency

Not much from the offensive side of the ball could be considered a negative in the win. Quarterback Kaleb Eleby had himself a great game, going 22-34 with 337 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Eleby showed what the rest of the MAC learned last year by being efficient and safe with passes. With a 174 passer rating Eleby showed once again why he is the center point of the offense.

Run the ball, run the clock

Not to be outdone, the running back corps of La’Darius Jefferson and Sean Tyler had a great game as well, Tyler had 15 rushes for 86 yards and a touchdown with Jefferson grabbing 78 yards on 22 rushes and two touchdowns.

The running game is one thing that the Broncos needed to get going Saturday and the unit answered well, taking some pressure off of Eleby to make every play. The ground game was also key in securing the win in the final minutes, picking up the needed yardage and first downs to run out the clock.

Turnovers

The best takeaway from the defensive unit has to be the turnovers forced. Pitt Quarterback Kenny Pickett, although having a great game passing at 23-31 with 382 yards and six touchdowns, was responsible for three turnovers on the day with one interception and two fumbles. Western Michigan, meanwhile, had no turnovers in the game for the second time this season for a phenomenal +3 turnover differential.

If the defense can make a few key takeaways like it did Saturday against MAC opponents, the WMU offense will show how lethal it can be when given a short field and put up close to 50 points per game.

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