Recap: Western Mich vs. Ohio U
Kalamazoo, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Jarvion Franklin racked up 156 yards and three touchdowns on the ground to lead the Western Michigan Broncos to a 42-21 victory over the Ohio Bobcats in a Mid-American Conference matchup at Waldo Stadium.
Franklin carried the ball 35 times for WMU (5-3, 3-1 MAC) to help it achieve its third win in a row. Zach Terrell played well under center, completing 22- of-28 pass attempts for 344 yards with two touchdowns against two interceptions. The primary target in the Broncos' aerial attack was Corey Davis, who finished with 212 yards and a pair of scores on nine receptions.
Derrius Vick led Ohio (4-5, 2-3) with 246 yards, one touchdown and a pick on 18-of-31 passing efficiency. Chase Cochran submitted a solid performance, tallying 110 yards and a touchdown on four receptions. Daz'mond Patterson paced the Bobcats on the ground with 56 yards on 12 rushes.
The contest was tied, 7-7, at the end of the first quarter. Ohio opened up the scoring, as Patterson scored on a three-yard run after a 43-yard interception return by Brett Layton set the Bobcats up with starting field position inside the Broncos' 5-yard line. WMU responded with a 10-play, 75-yard drive which was concluded by a four-yard touchdown rush by Franklin.
The Broncos took a 28-7 lead into the intermission after a dominant performance in the second stanza. Franklin registered his second rushing score of the contest with 11:45 left before halftime with a one-yard touchdown run. Davis managed to race behind the Bobcats' secondary to reel in a 72-yard touchdown pass. WMU's defense provided some scoring as well, as Trevor Ishmael returned a pick 12 yards for six points with just under three minutes remaining in the second quarter.
After a scoreless third frame, Ohio ended the run with a 66-yard touchdown pass from Vick to Cochran. The Broncos answered with a pair of scores to put it out reach. Terrell found Davis for a 56-yard touchdown toss before Franklin made his way into the end zone for the third time on a one-yard rush. The Bobcats added another seven points with time winding down, as Dorian Brown plunged two yards into the end zone to finish off a 97-yard drive.
WMU finished with a 530-372 edge in total yards of offense. The Bobcats averaged just 2.4 yards per carry on 36 rushing attempts.Game Notes