Western Michigan finished with 338 total yards of offense, the most given up by the Buckeyes in 2015. Virginia Tech produced 320 yards against OSU.
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Western Michigan junior quarterback Zach Terrell completed 18 passes for 169 yards and threw two touchdowns. The Bronco running back tandem of redshirt freshman Jamauri Bogan (93) and sophomore Jarvion Franklin (68) combined for 161 rushing yards. The most rushing yards OSU had previously allowed was 128.
Bogan was making his first start and recorded career highs for yards, rushes (23) and longest carry (17 yards).
Junior wideout Daniel Braverman racked up 123 yards on 10 catches for his fourth-straight 100-yard game this season. He hauled in a career-long 55-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter, beating his man on the right and tip-toeing down the sideline.
Senior tight end Jeremiah Mullinax caught his second touchdown of the season on a one-yard toss from Terrell in the third quarter for WMU’s second score of the game. The Broncos are the first team to score a second-half touchdown at Ohio Stadium in 2015.
Defensively, redshirt sophomore cornerback Darius Phillips had two interceptions and three pass breakups. It was the second-straight game with a pick for Phillips, as he also returned an interception for a touchdown last week against Murray State.
Sophomore safety Asantay Brown led the team with six tackles, while Rontavious Atkins and Ronald Zamort each had eight. Sophomore lineman Nathan Braster recorded his first sack of the season.
Western Michigan however totaled eight penalties for 78 yards, several of those coming at key moments late into a drive. WMU also had two missed field goals, one of which was blocked, and a missed PAT.
Ohio State pulled away scoring 17 points in the second quarter which included a pick-six with the Broncos backed up deep in OSU territory.
The Buckeyes started quarterback Cardale Jones, who threw two touchdowns and one interception. He completed 19 of 33 pass attempts for 288 yards. Running back Ezekiel Elliot had one TD and 127 yards on 16 carries.
In its first four games, Western Michigan has now played the national No. 1 and No. 2 (Michigan State) teams, as well as a defending conference champion in Georgia Southern (Sun Belt).
The Broncos (1-3) have a bye week ahead and then open the Mid-American Conference schedule at home against rival Central Michigan on Oct. 9. Kickoff is still to be announced.
(Courtesy of WMU Athletics)