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2017 MAC Football Recap: Western Michigan Broncos at Eastern Michigan Eagles

Broncos escape Ypsilanti with a 20-17 overtime win.

NCAA Football: Western Michigan at Southern California Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Both offenses were able to move the ball, but struggled to turn yards into points. 5 combined turnover were one reason why.

Western Michigan took a 10-7 lead into the half. After forcing the Broncos to a three and out, Eastern Michigan was able to kick a field goal on their first possession of the second half.

Western responded with a long drive capped by a Jarvion Franklin 7 yard run. Eastern Michigan had a long drive ended with a fumble, but was able to tie it up after stopping the Broncos.

Both defenses hunkered down before the Broncos got rolling on their final drive of regulation. Josh Grant missed a 37 yard field goal that could have won it, but redeemed himself by kicking in the game winner in overtime.

The teams combined for 887 yards, but only managed 37 points.

The Western Michigan two-headed monster at running back was effective, with Jamauri Bogan and Franklin combining for 178 yards on 36 carries. Jon Wassinik was effective, throwing for 190 yards and a TD on 16 of 24 attempts, but left the game with a possible broken collarbone. Donnie Ernsberger caught 6 balls for 91 yards.

Brogan Roback led the Eagles with 308 passing and a score, and Ian Eriksen ran for 91 yards on 23 carries. Antoine Porter had 10 receptions for 93 yards and Eddie Daugherty went for 72 yards on only 3 receptions.

The Broncos move to 5-3 on the season and 3-1 in the MAC. The Eagles drop to 2-5 and 0-3 in the conference. They have lost 5 in a row by a combined 20 points.

The road doesn’t get any easier for the Eagles, as they head out to take on Northern Illinois, while the Broncos will play host to Central Michigan at 8pm on November 1st on ESPN 2.