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KALAMAZOO (1660 THE FAN) – Western Michigan is no stranger to tough non-conference opponents. Playing their third BCS qualifier team in four games, the Broncos were solid from beginning to end defeating the Connecticut Huskies 30-24.
Despite gaining 90 less yards of offense, the Broncos made every yard count putting the first 17 points on the board. Western finished with 330 total yards compared to UConn’s 425.
Freshman place-kicker Andrew Haldeman nailed a 44-yard field goal on the Broncos opening drive to start the scoring. Antoin Scriven punched in a 1-yard run in the second quarter to give WMU a 10-0 lead. Dareyon Chance tallied his longest run of the day on the next drive, adding a 9-yard score on the ground to extend the Broncos lead to 17-0.
Alex Carder finished with 237 yards and a touchdown on 18-for-37 passing. He left the game late in the third quarter with a hand injury. After the game, he said he hit a helmet on his follow through and will need to be evaluated.
Carder found a rhythm with Josh Schaeffer and Jaime Wilson. The pair of receivers combined for 104 and 100 yards respectively, the first time that two receivers reached 100 yards in a game since 2009. Josh Schaffer’s third quarter touchdown put the Broncos up 24-7. Wilson has reached 100 yards in three consecutive games.
Dareyon Chance had a slower game than his last, but 66 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown led the Western rushing attack that finished with 77 yards.
After the game, Coach Cubit said “Dareyon was a little quiet compared to last week, but his 66 yards were crucial to our win”.
Western’s defense stood tall once again, sacking Husky quarterback Chandler Whitmer six times, and forced two turnovers. The play of the game came at the 7:12 mark of the final quarter when Desmond Bozeman broke free off the line, forcing a fumble and taking it in for a touchdown. The extra point attempt failed, but the touchdown put the Broncos up 30-17.
UConn found the end zone late in the fourth quarter on a 7-yard pitch and catch from Whitmer to Geremy Davis.
The win is Western’s second consecutive over UConn, and the first over a BCS opponent at Waldo Stadium. The Broncos open up MAC play against Toledo next weekend at home.
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