Bronco Football Drops Regular Season Finale vs. Toledo
TOLEDO, Ohio – In the final game of the regular season Western Michigan fell to Mid-American Conference West champion Toledo, 37-10, on Friday afternoon inside the Glass Bowl.
WMU ends the regular season with an overall record of 6-6 and is bowl eligible for a program record fourth straight season. The Broncos will learn their bowl fate in the upcoming weeks. With a victory in the bowl game, Western Michigan would earn seven wins for the fourth consecutive year. The Broncos' first ever bowl victory came in 2015 at the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, defeating Middle Tennessee State, 45-31.
Toledo's win snapped a two-game losing streak against the Broncos and was UT's first outright MAC West title since 1998. The Rockets opened a 17-3 lead at the half.
For Western Michigan, senior Asantay Brown moved from his linebacker position to safety and recorded a career-high 22 tackles (10 solo), as well as one pass break up. He became just the fifth Bronco ever with 20-plus tackles in a game.
Fellow senior Darius Phillips tallied 83 kickoff return yards, giving him 3,145 career to move him into fifth place in FBS history.
WMU got on the board midway through the second quarter after sophomore defensive back Obbie Jackson picked off Toledo quarterback Logan Woodside for Jackson's second interception of the season. A 26-yard run by freshman quarterback Reece Goddard got the Broncos into the red zone before freshman Josh Grant connected on a 24-yard field goal to get WMU on the board.
In the third quarter, freshman Tyron Arnett hauled in a pass from Goddard and scampered 26 yards for his first career receiving touchdown. The play before, Arnett picked up 13 yards on a 4th & 10 from the Toledo 26-yard line. Arnett ended the day with six receptions for 87 yards and one touchdown.
Senior running back Jarvion Franklin rushed the ball 15 times for 52 yards. Goddard went 13-of-29 in the air for 180 yards and one touchdown.
The Rockets tallied 455 total yards with 300 passing and 155 on the ground. UT will face East Division winner Akron in the MAC Championship game on Dec. 2.