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VIDEO: Late surge lifts Broncos over Chippewas

Blake Hammond celebrates on the sidelines with his teammates. WMU @ CMU 11/3/12
Johnnie Simon says focus on defense helped beat the Chippewas
Eric Monette had another career day helping the Broncos beat CMU in his last "Battle for the Cannon"
Johnnie Simon says focus on defense helped beat the 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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