It was a career day for freshman wide receiver Jayden Reed who had four receiving
touchdowns on seven receptions and a career-high 137 yards. Reed’s four TDs tied the school
receiving record set by Greg Jennings in 2005 against Ball State.
Returning to the field after missing the previous two games due to injury, junior D’Wayne
Eskridge led the Brown & Gold with seven receptions and 141 yards.
Junior Jon Wassink torched the Miami defense, throwing for a career-high 439 yards and
five touchdowns. He also rushed for a sixth touchdown, which would be the game-winner
with 2:53 left in the fourth quarter. He completed 27-of-42 passes.
Trailing 33-21 late in the third quarter, Wassink found senior wide receiver Drake Harris
in the back corner of the end zone for a touchdown as the third quarter expired to cut the
Bronco deficit to six.
WMU regained the lead after Reed caught his fourth TD of day to give the Broncos a
one-point advantage. Just a minute later Miami pulled back in front, 39-34, on a four-play,
72-yard drive that lasted just 59 seconds.
Trailing by five, Wassink and the Bronco offense embarked on an 11-play, 73-yard drive
that lasted nearly four minutes. Wassink ended the drive with a QB sneak from the two-yard
line to give WMU its first lead of the game. On the play prior the junior quarterback converted
another key fourth down, scrambling for 14 yards. The Bronco two-point conversion was no
good, giving WMU a one-point lead, 40-39, with 2:53 to go.
Miami had a chance at a potential game-winning field goal with 27 seconds left but Miami
kicker Sam Sloman missed the 50-yarder wide right.
Western Michigan 27, Eastern Michigan 24
Oct. 6 // Kalamazoo, Mich. // Waldo Stadium
DEFENSE LEADS THE WAY IN 27-24 WIN OVER EMU
In the 95th annual Western Michigan Homecoming game, the Bronco defense led the
way with a key turnover, three sacks and eight tackles for loss as Western Michigan defeated
Eastern Michigan, 27-24.
Junior linebacker Alex Grace recorded a game-high 12 tackles followed by juniors Drake
Spears and Justin Tranquill with nine stops apiece. Sophomore defensive tackle Ralph Holley
forced a fumble and recorded a career-high six tackles and two sacks.
Offensively, junior running back LeVante Bellamy registered 17 carries for 76 yards and
two total touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving). Senior Jamauri Bogan had 15 carries for
37 yards and a touchdown. Bogan’s rushing TD was his 31st of his career, passing Bronco Hall
of Famer Robert Sanford for third all-time at WMU.
Through the air, junior quarterback Jon Wassink went 16-for-27 for 235 yards and one
touchdown. Wassink also had a one-yard rushing touchdown early in the fourth quarter,
his third rushing touchdown of the season.
Western Michigan led 14-10 going into halftime before Eastern Michigan took its first lead of
the game midway through the third quarter. The Broncos fought back with 13 unanswered points
as Wassink and Bellamy each had rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.
Western Michigan 42, Bowling Green 35
Oct. 13 // Bowling Green, Ohio // Doyt L. Perry Stadium
BRONCOS STORM BACK IN SECOND HALF FOR 42-35 WIN AT BGSU
It was yet another comeback effort for the Broncos who scored five second half touchdowns
and overcame a 21-7 halftime deficit to defeat Bowling Green on the road, 42-35. WMU outscored
the Falcons 35-14 in the second half.
Running backs Jamauri Bogan and LeVante Bellamy led the WMU ground game which totaled
199 of its 283 rushing yards after the break. Bogan scored four of the team’s six touchdowns for
his third four-touchdown performance of his career. Bellamy ran for 145 yards on 24 carries,
111 of those yards coming in the second half.
The Bronco defense allowed 511 yards but came up with big plays down the stretch. Western
Michigan forced four Falcon turnovers on two fumbles and two interceptions. Both of the
fumble recoveries were converted to touchdowns.
Quarterback Jon Wassink completed 22 passes on 37 attempts, totaling 286 yards with two
touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed for a career-high 40 yards. The Broncos
got a collective effort from the receiving core with Giovanni Ricci, Keishawn Watson, Jayden
Reed, and Bellamy recording at least four receptions each. Watson and D’Wayne Eskridge
Trailing at halftime, WMU outscored Bowling Green 21-7 in the third quarter to tie the
game at 28-28. Wassink’s second TD of the day to end the third went to junior wide receiver
Keishawn Watson for 16 yards. Watson had the ball knocked out of his hands after the catch,
but scooped up the loose ball and ran it into the end zone.
BGSU briefly regained the lead in the fourth before two Bogan rushing touchdowns along
with a stifling Bronco defense helped secure the victory. The Falcons were driving down the
field with three minutes remaining before junior Anton Curtis picked off BGSU quarterback
Jarrett Doege to secure the game. It was Curtis’ first career interception.
The Broncos amassed 568 yards of total offense and held a 33-19 advantage on first downs.
Western Michigan 35, Central Michigan 10
Oct. 20 // Mount Pleasant, Mich. // Kelly Shorts Stadium
BRONCOS BOWL ELIGIBLE AFTER 35-10 WIN AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN
Western Michigan brought back home the Battle for the Cannon trophy and the Michigan
MAC trophy following a 35-10 victory at rival Central Michigan. The win also made WMU
bowl eligible for a program record fifth straight season.
Cold and rainy conditions in Mount Pleasant led to the Broncos dominating the ground
game outrushing CMU, 305-147. Overall WMU had 369 total yards compared to CMU’s, 269.
SEASON IN REVIEW
John Keenoy has started every game played at center over the last four years.
Drake Spears leads the Bronco defense with 82 tackles.
WMU defeated rival Central Michigan to regain possession of the Battle of the Cannon and
Michigan MAC Trophies.
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