NCAA Game Summary - Connecticut at Western Michigan|
(Saturday, September 22)
Final Score: Western Michigan 30, Connecticut 24
Kalamazoo, MI (Sports Network) - Desmond Bozeman's fumble return for a
touchdown turned out to be the difference for Western Michigan as the Broncos
downed the Connecticut Huskies, 30-24, at Waldo Stadium.
Alex Carder completed 18-of-34 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown for
Western Michigan (2-2). Jaime Wilson (eight receptions, 100 yards) and Josh
Schaffer (six receptions, 104 yards, TD) were Carder's primary targets on the
day. Dareyon Chance finished with 66 yards rushing and a score to lead the
Chandler Whitmer threw for 333 yards and three scores but also threw an
interception for Connecticut (2-2) and was sacked six times. Geremy Davis
caught nine passes for 123 yards and a score and Lyle McCombs racked up 119
yards on the ground.
Western Michigan settled for a field goal on its first drive of the game with
Andrew Haldeman connecting on a 44-yard attempt.
The first touchdown of the contest came in the second quarter when Antoin
Scriven ran the ball in from a yard out to push the Broncos lead to 10-0. That
lead was extended to 17-0 later in the frame on a nine-yard TD run by
Connecticut finally responded with a nine-yard passing touchdown from Whitmer
to Ryan Griffin. The score capped a 12-play, 66-yard drive by the Huskies and
left the visitors trailing at the break, 17-7.
Carder connected with Schaffer for a 30-yard touchdown pass early in the
third quarter to further extend the Broncos' lead.
Whitmer threw his second touchdown of the game with a two-yard strike to John
Delahunt with 4:15 left in the third quarter. The Huskies inched even closer
with a 32-yard field goal by Chad Christen with 8:47 to play in the fourth
After forcing a three-and-out on WMU's next possession, the Huskies had a
chance to even up the score until Bozeman returned a Whitmer fumble 53 yards
for a touchdown. After a missed extra point the Broncos led 30-17.
A seven-yard touchdown pass from Whitmer to Davis with 54 seconds left
on the clock brought the Huskies to within six, 30-24, but Connecticut was
unable to recover the ensuing onside kick, allowing WMU to hold on
for the win.
UConn led the nation in tackles for loss (10.67 pg) entering the game
but recorded only two against Western Michigan.
09/22 18:46:13 ET