STAMPEDED BY THE BRONCOS
Whitmer throws three touchdowns in road loss
Published: Sunday, September 23, 2012
Updated: Sunday, September 23, 2012 23:09
Western Michigan’s offense recorded 330 yards and 30 points against a UConn defense that has been dominant as of late, to hand the Huskies a 30-24 loss.
Western Michigan quarterback Alex Carder threw for 237 yards and scored a touchdown, as the Bronco’s defeated the Huskies for the second season. UConn quarterback Chandler Whitmer threw for his first passing touchdown of the season and added two more on the afternoon for a total of three. Whitmer threw for 333 yards on the day, as well as one interception in the loss.
On Western Michigan’s first drive of the game, kicker Andrew Haldeman connected from 44 yards to give the Broncos an early 3-0 lead. The Huskies tried to respond with a score of their own, but UConn’s progress was stopped as Whitmer threw an interception at the Bronco’s four yard line.
Western Michigan would add to their lead in the second quarter with a one yard touchdown run by Antoin Scriven and a nine yard touchdown run by Dareyon Chance. UConn recorded their first points of the day when Whitmer connected with tight end Ryan Griffin for Whitmer’s first passing touchdown in a Husky uniform to cap off a 12 play 66 yard drive.
Carder extended the Western Michigan lead to 24-7 after a 30 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Josh Schaffer. The Huskies began to chip away at the Bronco’s lead after Whitmer connected with tight John Delahunt in the back of the end zone for a 2 yard touchdown pass. UConn kicker Chad Christen tacked on a 32 yard field, which cut the Western Michigan lead to just a touchdown.
With UConn driving to tie the game in the fourth quarter, Western Michigan linebacker Desmond Bozeman recovered a fumble for a touchdown, to give the Bronco’s a 30-17 lead. The Huskies marched the ball down the field, as Whitmer connected with wide receiver Geremy Davis from seven yards, bringing UConn within six points of the lead.
The Huskies attempted an unsuccessful onside kick and Western Michigan took possession to run out the final seconds on the clock to preserve the victory.
UConn will take the field again on September 29 when they face Buffalo at home. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m.