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Broncos remain winless, fall to Kent State 32-14 in MAC opener

Kalamazoo, MI (WKZO) – Trayion Durham had 154 yards rushing and two touchdowns as the Kent State Golden Flashes took down the Broncos 32-14 in WMU’s MAC season opener.

Listen to WMU Head Coach PJ Fleck's postgame comments here.

Durham scored the first touchdown of the game with four seconds left in the first quarter, and added his second score from one yard out in the third, giving Kent a 22-14 lead.

Brian Fields led the Broncos in rushing with 106 yards on 19 carries and scored the only first half TD for Western in the second quarter to tie the game at seven with 9:16 remaining in the half. Dri Archer had 73 yards rushing and 48 yards receiving, with a score, the final TD of the first half. Kent successfully converted a two point conversion after the Archer TD to take a 15-7 halftime lead.

Tyler VanTubbergen completed only 11 passes on 23 attempts with one touchdown pass and two interceptions. His only touchdown was completed to Josh Schaffer with 8:36 remaining in the third to pull the game within one at 15-14.

Kent put the game out of hand with a seven yard TD-pass from Colin Reardon to Casey Pierce with 7:24 left in the game, increasing the lead to 29-14. Anthony Merlchiori kicked a 40 yard field goal for the final points of the game.

This was the first time in 25 years Kent State has won at Waldo Stadium and the first time since 1996 the Broncos have started a season 0-5. 

WMU’s next game will be October 5th at Toledo. Kick-off is set for 3pm on Z 96.5 FM WZOX.  

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