Western Michigan Broncos Use Early Second Half Burst to Put Away Toledo Rockets 55-35

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Man, that was a great half of a game, huh?

Lots of excitement to be had tonight, as Western Michigan burst right out of the gates with a pick-six on Toledo’s/the game’s first play from scrimmage for an early 7-0 lead.

Toledo would come right back with a score of their own, and they were off to the races. A resurgent Kareem Hunt rattled off 14 carries for 123 yards in the first half, including a 38-yard touchdown scamper that brought the Rockets within 17-14 roughly three minutes into the second quarter.

Unfortunately for the Rockets, that’s about as long as this game stayed close. By the time Toledo mustered another score the game was nearly two minutes into the fourth quarter, and the Rockets still trailed 45-21 after the touchdown. In the time between those Toledo touchdown drives, Western Michigan scored four touchdowns in six drives, while Toledo had five possessions of their own… and managed two first downs.

The Broncos controlled this game throughout, as they won the time-of-possession battle by a two-to-one margin – sure they were outgained, but that was largely garbage-time yards (and points) by a Toledo team down by multiple touchdowns.

They outscored Toledo 21-0 in the third quarter and pretty much took the life out of this one. This one was chippy throughout, and a few scuffles occurred here and there, but no serious infractions took place. WMU was too busy dominating the line of scrimmage.

Kareem Hunt looked great, but it’s been a while since I’ve seen 200 less meaningful rushing yards. Speaking of that benchmark, though, can we talk about Jamauri Bogan for a second? My goodness. He repeatedly made Toledo’s defense look slow, confused and out of sorts on his way to 198 rushing yards of his own. The Broncos won’t have Zach Terrell or Corey Davis next season, but Jarvion Franklin and Bogan would make a pretty damn good plan B, I think.

Toledo will now await their bowl fate (I fully expect them to disembowel some poor Sun Belt team), while Western Michigan moves on to the MAC Championship against Ohio, with one more shot to creep up the College Football Playoff rankings. Boise and Houston lost today to create a “win and they’ve got it” situation for Western Michigan’s Cotton Bowl hopes, so the Broncos still have something to play for next week just in case their first conference title in almost 30 years won’t be enough motivation.

Oh and for the record, here is how I think tonight’s win will affect the Broncos’ playoff ranking…

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