KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Alex Carder threw for 143 yards and two touchdowns to lead Western Michigan past Nicholls State 38-7 on Saturday night.

Both of Carder’s scoring passes came in the first half along with a pair of touchdown runs by Brian Fields, who finished with 54 yards rushing.

Chika Madu accounted for the only score for the Colonels (1-1) with a 36-yard interception return midway through the second quarter.

The Broncos (1-1) led 28-7 at halftime.

Antoin Scriven increased the lead to 35-7 with a short touchdown dash in the third quarter. John Potter capped it off with a 40-yard field goal in the fourth.

The Broncos’ Tevin Drake led the game in rushing with 86 yards.

Western Michigan outgained the Colonels 399-185, including a 202-86 advantage in the first half to take a 28-7 lead into the break.

Nicholls was led on offense by junior quarterback LaQuintin Caston with 77 total yards (46 passing, 33 rushing). Marcus Washington finished with 46 yards on 12 carries while Kenyad Blair had three receptions for 21 yards.

On defense, junior linebacker Jordan Piper had a career-high 13 tackles. Siegan Vergenal and Pa’a Kamouha had 11 and 10 tackles, respectively, while Bobby Felder and Shawn Elrod finished with seven each. T.J. Lumar added six tackles and an interception.

Nicholls will return to action at 6 p.m. Saturday when it travels to Louisiana-Lafayette.