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Broncos take tough loss in Carder return

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Alex Carder leads the 8th ranked passing game in the nation vs Miami of Ohio, tonight on ESPN2 at 8 pm.
Alex Carder leads the 8th ranked passing game in the nation vs Miami of Ohio, tonight on ESPN2 at 8 pm.

BUFFALO (WKZO) -- The Broncos fell 29-24 in a back and forth MAC matchup Saturday.

Buffalo was all over Western Michigan early in the first half.  Lead by the rushing attack of Branden Oliver and Devin Campbell, the Bulls rushed for 149 total yards.  Both Oliver and Campbell added a rushing touchdown, with Patrick Clarke hitting a 30 yard field goal to give Buffalo a 17-0 lead.  

The game seemed a foregone conclusion at that point but with 2:28 remaining in the 2nd quarter Alex Carder finally found his stride hitting Eric Monette for a 17 yard touchdown pass.  After a Bulls punt Carder drove the ball right back down the field.  With just 18 seconds remaining before the half Carder found Monette once again this time from 27 yards out to put the Broncos within 3, at 17-14.  

The Broncos kept the momentum on their side to start the second half as Alex Carder drove Western Michigan 69 yards on 6 plays, capped off by a Kendrick Roberts 8 yard touchdown reception for their first lead of the game at 21-17.  

After a bit of a lull in the action, the Bulls finally got their offense going with a 35 yard field goal to get the score within 1.  As soon as the Broncos got the ball back, Alex Carder threw his second interception of the game.  The turnover lead to another Buffalo field goal, this time to put the Bulls on top 23-21.

The lead changes continued in the 4th quarter as Western Michigan drove 36 yards on 6 plays to set up a 28 yard field goal for Andrew Haldeman to bring the score to 24-23 Broncos.

Buffalo came right back on their next possesion to drive 77 yards on 6 plays.  Quarterback Joe Licata found Alex Neutz for 30 yards to give the Bulls a 29-24 lead after the failed two point conversion. 

With under five minutes remaining the Broncos were moving right down the field trailing the Bull by 5.  After Eric Monette dropped a pass in the end zone, Alex Carder was hit from behind causing him to fumble.  Buffalo recovered the ball and they were able to run down the clock to 1:28, using all of the WMU timeouts.  On the next play Alex Carder threw his third interception of the game, giving the Bulls a 29-24 win. 

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