WMU also secured the Michigan MAC trophy for the second year in the row, sweeping in-state conference counterparts Central Michigan (Oct. 10, 41-39 win) and Eastern Michigan.
Western Michigan had 595 yards of total offense and led 23-14 at the half. The Broncos scored three touchdowns in the first six minutes of the third quarter to break the game open and build a 44-14 advantage.
The Broncos’ 58 points were the most scored by the Broncos since racking up 68 against Akron in 2011.
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Freshman running back Jamauri Bogan scored four touchdowns on eight carries and had 81 yards rushing. He became the first Western Michigan back to register four rushing TDs since Phil Reed accomplished the feat against Bowling Green in 2002.
Eastern Michigan scored a touchdown on its first drive of the game to take a 7-0 lead. WMU had to settle for a pair of field goals on its first two drives, but it finally punched the ball in the end zone on a 2-yard run by Bogan at the end of the first quarter to pull ahead, 13-7. WMU continued to add to its lead the remainder of the game.
WMU took advantage of four Eagles turnovers. Trevor Sweeney forced a fumble for the second straight week, stripping the ball away on a kickoff return in the first quarter. Asantay Brown picked off his second pass of the season at the end of the first quarter and Ronald Zamort intercepted a ball to begin the third quarter. EMU quarterback Brogan Romack lost his grip on the Eagles' next drive for EMU's fourth turnover.
Junior quarterback Zach Terrell was WMU's leading rusher with 72 yards, ripping off a 31-yard touchdown in the third quarter, his longest career rush to date. He completed 17 of 23 pass attempts for 252 yards.
Senior kicker Andrew Haldeman had his best game of the year connecting on all three field goal attempts and going 7-for-7 in PATs. His first field goal was a season-long 42 yards in the first quarter, followed by a 41-yarder for WMU's first six points of the game. He also hit a 20-yard field goal in the second quarter.
In the fourth quarter, freshman backup quarterback Tom Flacco threw his first career touchdown pass, connecting with Michael Henry for a 64-yard score. It was also Henry's first career TD. Henry was WMU's second leading receiver with a career-high 95 yards. Junior Daniel Braverman finished with 78 yards on five catches.
Brown led the defense with 12 tackles. Jason Sylva and Caleb Bailey each had six. Cleveland Smith was credited with 2.5 tackles for a loss.
Western Michigan (5-3 overall) returns home to host Ball State, Thursday, Nov. 5. Eastern Michigan travels to Miami (OH) Saturday, Nov. 7.
(Courtesy of WMU Athletics)