Well that was anti-climatic.
Two weeks after an embarrassing loss to rival Central Michigan, the Eastern Michigan Eagles looked to come out against I-94 rival Western Michigan with more moxie; and hopefully, a better all-around showing in the 2nd leg of the Michigan MAC Trophy. However, as soon as the Eagles kicked-off, they were in the hole. Darius Phillips took the opening play 97 yards to the house as the Broncos would proceed to win wire-to-wire in a 51-7 blowout.
Zach Terrell finished 17-for-19 for 357 yards and 4 touchdowns, while rushing for 41 yards and another score. Corey Davis finished with just four receptions, but had 134 yards and a score on a nice stiff-arm-and-juke move. Jarvion Franklin had a quiet game of just 26 yards on 5 carries, but did score on a 54 yard screen pass, his first career touchdown reception. He was injured late in the 1st quarter and did not return, but did not appear to have anything wrong with him (and the game was already out of hand).
For Eastern Michigan, Reginald Bell III and Tyreese Russell both had career games, but with most yards coming against the Bronco second-stringers. Bell went 14-for-22 for 283 yards and a touchdown to long-forgotten running back Bronson Hill for 73 yards to break the shutout in the 3rd quarter. However, he also threw a pair of interceptions and was sacked six times. Russell finished with 98 yards receiving.
Dareyon Chance, a six-year senior for the Broncos, took over for Franklin late in the 1st quarter, and played well. He finished with 53 yards and a touchdown, something he must be happy to have done in contributing to the first Bronco victory in the EMU-WMU series in four years. The win also means the winner of the Victory Cannon next weekend between Central Michigan and Western Michigan is the winner of the Michigan MAC Trophy.
Western Michigan also now sits at 7-3 (5-1), and is in a three-way tie for first place in the MAC West. However, they need Toledo to lose one of their remaining two games (@BG, @EMU) and must win out to win the West. Eastern Michigan moves to 2-8 (1-5) and look to avoid a 10 loss season with a struggling Ball State team next week.