By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Western Michigan Broncos needed overtime to defeat the Ohio Bobcats. The Broncos won 37-34 at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio.
There was 11,700 fans in attendance to see the nationally televised game. The game was played in the snow and cold temperature.
The Broncos improved to 7-4 with the win. Western Michigan is now 5-2 in Mid-American Conference play.
In addition, this win puts the team in the lead of the Mid-American West Division. They were in a tie with the Central Michigan Chippewas, who also had a 6-4 (4-2) record before Tuesday’s contest.
The loss dropped the Bobcats to 4-6 on the season. They are now at .500 in conference play with a 3-3 conference mark.
The Bobcats are now the third-best team in the Mid-American East Division with the 3-3 conference mark. Only the Buffalo Bulls (3-2) and the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks (4-1) have better records.
Broncos quarterback Jon Wassink went 23 of 34 for 322 yards. He threw three touchdown passes.
LeVante Bellamy had 28 carries for 72 yards and a touchdown. Davon Tucker also had 12 carries for 55 yards.
Skyy Moore had a two-yard rushing touchdown.
Moore had four receptions for 162 yards and a touchdown. Keith Mixon Jr. had 10 receptions for 84 yards. Giovanni Ricci had four receptions for 27 yards and two touchdowns.
Bobcats quarterback Nathan Rourke went 20 of 29 for 225 yards. He also threw two touchdown passes.
Rourke had 13 carries for 93 yards. O’Shaan Allison had nine carries for 59 yards, while De’Montre Tuggle had six carries for 39 yards and two touchdowns.
Ryan Luehrman had four receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown. Jerome Buckner had two receptions for 41 yards, while Isiah Cox had three receptions for 37 yards. Tyler Tupa had two receptions for 27 yards and a touchdown.
On the first possession of overtime, Bobcats kicker Louie Zervos made a 37-yard field goal for a 34-31 lead. But on the next possession, the Broncos ended the contest, as Bellamy scored on a four-yard rushing touchdown for the 37-34 win.
Ohio scored 31 points in the second half. Rourke hit Luehrman for an eight-yard touchdown reception. Tuggle also scored on a 10-yard rushing touchdown.
Tuggle scored on a four-yard rushing touchdown. Rourke hit Tupa for a 12-yard touchdown reception.
Zervos also made a 33-yard field goal attempt.
Western Michigan scored 21 points in the second half. Wassink hit Ricci for a 16-yard touchdown reception. Wassink also connected with Moore for a 61-yard touchdown reception.
Wassink also hit Moore for another touchdown in the second half, this time for a two-yard touchdown reception.
The Broncos led 10-0 at halftime. Wassink hit Ricci for a two-yard touchdown reception. Thiago Kapps made a 22-yard field goal attempt.