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Western Michigan University season in review Western Michigan 55, Toledo 35 Nov. 25, 2016 // Kalamazoo, Mich. // Waldo Stadium Western Michigan is ROWing to the MAC Championship! Corey Davis and No. 14 (AP) Western Michigan wrapped up an undefeated regular season in style, routing Toledo, 55-35, to secure a berth in the Mid-American Conference championship game. Davis became the career FBS leader in yards receiving, and the Broncos (12-0, 8-0 MAC) never trailed, scoring a defensive touchdown on the first play from scrimmage and eventually breaking it open in the third quarter. WMU will face Ohio in the MAC title game in Detroit next Friday night, and it’s looking more and more like the Broncos will be playing for a spot in a major bowl. WMU went 1-11 in 2013 in coach P.J. Fleck’s first season, but he has turned the Broncos into a force. Zach Terrell went 19 of 25 for 196 yards and three touchdowns, and Davis caught eight passes for 81 yards and a TD. Davis broke the career 70 | 81st Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic mark of 5,005 yards receiving set by Trevor Insley of Nevada from 1996-99. Jamauri Bogan also had a big day for WMU, rushing for 198 yards and a TD. Toledo received the opening kickoff, but Logan Woodside’s pass on the first play from scrimmage was intercepted by Asantay Brown, whose 21-yard return gave the Broncos a 7-0 lead. Scoring went back-and-forth, until the Broncos rattled off 31 unanswered points to take a 45-14 lead in the third quarter. In the middle of the WMU run, Jarvion Franklin had a 3-yard touchdown run, Davis caught a 1-yard touchdown pass to cap off a 12-play, 76-yard drive, Bogan ran one in from 27 yards out and Terrell hit Carrington Thompson for a 9-yard touchdown following a sack and fumble recovered by Western Michigan. Toledo brought the score closer in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Broncos 21-10 in the fourth quarter. WMU outscored Toledo 21-0 in the third quarter, making the deficit too large to overcome for the Rockets. GAME 12


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