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VIDEO: Late surge lifts Broncos over Chippewas

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MOUNT PLEASANT (WKZO) -- The Western Michigan Broncos defeated the Central Michigan Chippewas 42-31 in a thrilling rivalry game. 

The first quarter was a bit shaky for the Broncos offense.  Van Tubbergen's passes were inaccurate down field and it looked like he was going to have a long day.  WMU's defense really set the tone in the first quarter.  They kept the Broncos in the game by blocking a field goal and keeping Central out of the endzone.  Even though it seemed Central was dominating the game the lead was only 6-0.

As the second quarter began, the Broncos offense seemed to wake up.  After a quick 55 yard strike to Blake Hammond the Broncos found themselves leading 7-6.  Just a few minutes later,  quarterback Tyler Van Tubbergen scrambled for 17 yards putting WMU up 14-6.  CMU did push back with a late 1 yard touchdown run before halftime making the game 14-13.

WMU's offense fell silent again in the 3rd quarter.  The Chippewas were able to drive down field setting up a 23 yard Harmon field goal to take the lead.  CMU wasn't done, scoring late in the quarter on a 58 yard touchdown pass to Titus Davis giving them a 23-14 advantage.

Just when you had the sense the Chippewas were going to take this game, the Broncos offense showed back up. Tyler Van Tubbergen threw three touchdown passes in the quarter, a pair to Justin Collins and a 24-yard bomb to senior Eric Monette that put the Broncos up 35-31. The senior had a second career game, grabbing 11 passes for 196 yards and a touchdown in his final game against Central Michigan. 

Dareyon Chance added a rushing touchdown of his own. Van Tubbergen finished the game going 22/33 for 362 yards 4 touchdown and 1 interception.  The Broncos late game surge was enough to give WMU their second straight win over CMU.

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