On the defensive end the Brown & Gold forced three turnovers with two interceptions and
a fumble recovery.
Juniors Justin Tranquill and Alex Grace each recorded their first career interceptions. Grace
ended the day with a team-high 11 tackles while Tranquill had nine.
Junior LeVante Bellamy and senior Jamauri Bogan each carried the ball 19 times. Bellamy
had a game-high 145 yards and one touchdown, for his fourth 100-yard game this season.
Bogan ended the evening with 97 yards and a touchdown and became the seventh player in
WMU history to eclipse 3,000 career rushing yards.
Both teams had two three and outs to begin the game before a 40-minute weather delay.
After the delay the Bronco offense came alive scoring 14 unanswered points. The Broncos
posted their second first half shutout of the season, taking a 21-0 lead into the locker room.
CMU cut into the WMU lead in the third scoring 10 straight points and was threatening
again at the start of the fourth quarter before Grace intercepted a pass to halt the drive.
WMU quarterback Jon Wassink punched in two rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter
to secure the victory.
In the tough weather conditions, Western Michigan attempted only nine pass attempts.
Western Michigan 24, Toledo 51
Oct. 25 // Kalamazoo, Mich. // Waldo Stadium
BRONCOS SUFFER FIRST MAC LOSS OF THE SEASON VS. TOLEDO
The Broncos saw their six-game winning streak come to an end with a 51-24 setback versus
Toledo on Oct. 25. Junior quarterback Jon Wassink left the game early in the first quarter with
a foot injury that ultimately ended up being season-ending.
Freshman quarterback Kaleb Eleby made his first career appearance and performed well,
throwing for 293 yards and two touchdowns. Eleby completed his first eight pass attempts and
finished the game going 23-for-28 with a QB rating of 193.6. It was the most passing yards and
passing touchdowns by a WMU quarterback in his debut in school history.
The Broncos had 307 passing yards to UT’s 247, but was outgained on the ground, 268-125.
Jayden Reed was the catalyst for the WMU passing attack, registering six receptions for 103
yards and two touchdowns. Reed’s pair of receiving touchdowns came from 25 and 62 yards.
Toledo pulled away in the second half thanks in large part to 21 straight points in the first
5:35 of the third quarter. WMU was outscored 28-7 in the second half.
Western Michigan 14, Ohio 59
Nov. 1 // Kalamazoo, Mich. // Waldo Stadium
FIRST HALF MISTAKES RESULT IN LOSS TO OHIO
A slow start, coupled with key turnovers on special teams put Western Michigan into a
hole it couldn’t escape from in a 59-14 loss to Ohio.
The Broncos hurt themselves in the first half committing five turnovers on an interception
and four fumbles. Ohio capitalized on the turnovers scoring 24 points as the Bobcats took a
45-0 lead into halftime.
Western Michigan scored two touchdowns in the second half, coming on a 1-yard rushing
touchdown from senior running back Jamauri Bogan and a 26-yard receiving touchdown
from redshirt freshman Jaylen Hall. In his first collegiate start freshman quarterback Kaley
Eleby went 10-for-19 for 152 yards and one touchdown.
Western Michigan 41, Ball State 42 (OT)
Nov. 13 // Muncie, Ind. // Scheumann Stadium
BRONCOS FALL IN OVERTIME AT BALL STATE, 42-41
Western Michigan came up short on a two-point conversion in overtime, dropping a 42-41
decision at Ball State.
The running back duo of LeVante Bellamy and Jamauri Bogan combined for 318 of WMU’s
361 yards on the ground. WMU possessed the ball for 42 minutes in the loss.
Bellamy rushed for a career-high 213 yards on 35 carries and one touchdown. His 213
yards was a conference high for a single game this season. The 200-plus yard performance put
Bellamy over 1,000 for the season for the first time in his career and marked the fifth straight
season WMU has had a 1,000-yard rusher.
It was a back and forth battle in Muncie as Ball State took a 28-17 early in the third quarter
before a 20-yard field goal by WMU freshman Gavin Peddie and a two-yard touchdown run
by Bellamy knotted the game at 28-28 midway through the fourth.
The Cardinals grabbed a seven-point advantage with five minutes left in the fourth quarter.
A 9-yard receiving touchdown by Bronco junior tight end Giovanni Ricci with 1:48 left sent
the game into overtime.
Ball State scored a touchdown on the first possession of overtime and kicked the PAT to go
up 42-35. The Broncos answered with a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Kaleb Eleby.
The Broncos opted to go for the 2-point conversion and the win, but a run up the middle was
stopped short, resulting in the 42-41 loss.
Western Michigan 28, Northern Illinois 21
Nov. 20 // Kalamazoo, Mich. // Waldo Stadium
BRONCOS TAKE DOWN NORTHERN ILLINOIS ON SENIOR NIGHT, 28-21
On a chilly Tuesday night inside Waldo Stadium Western Michigan honored its senior
class with a 28-21 win over Northern Illinois to finish the regular season with a 7-5 overall,
5-3 MAC record, and cement its bowl eligibility.
The Bronco defense, led by Lou Esposito in his first game as the team’s defensive coordinator,
limited Northern Illinois to just 262 yards of total offense, its best performance in a MAC game
this season. As a team, WMU had seven sacks, 10 tackles for loss and forced three turnovers.
Western Michigan led 13-7 at halftime, scoring on a 2-yard Jamauri Bogan touchdown,
and two Gavin Peddie field goals (45, 42 yards). NIU tied the game at 21-21 before the end of
the third quarter on an 85-fumble recovery for a touchdown.
Bogan scored the game-winning touchdown (his 42nd career rushing TD) with a 1-yard
run with 1:36 remaining in the fourth quarter. It was his second rushing touchdown of the
game, capping off a 14-play, 85-yard drive that ate up 5:56. Redshirt freshman Harrison Taylor
recorded his first career interception on the next drive to seal the victory.
Freshman quarterback Kaleb Eleby earned his first win under center, throwing for 285
yards on 19-for-35 passing and rushing for one touchdown.
Junior wide receiver D’Wayne Eskridge had a game-high 123 yards receiving on six catches,
while freshman receiver Jayden Reed had 85 yards on six receptions. Junior tight end Giovanni
Ricci had three catches for 35 yards, with all three coming on third down conversions.
Junior Drake Spears had eight tackles and an interception. Sophomore defensive tackle
Ralph Holley had six tackles, three tackles for loss and three sacks.
SEASON IN REVIEW
Freshman quarterback Kaleb Eleby made his first career appearance against Toledo, taking over for
injured starter Jon Wassink.
Jamauri Bogan’s last carry at Waldo Stadium was for the game-winning touchdown against
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