The Eastern Michigan Eagles responded to recent adversity by beating the Western Michigan Broncos in overtime 35-32. The win gives Eastern a brief lead in the race for the Michigan MAC trophy.
This game was close for the entire contest. Western Michigan took a 16-14 lead into the locker room at the half.
The teams traded scores in the second half with Western Michigan holding a 29-21 lead midway through the 4th.
It was then that EMU embarked on a 12 play 6 minute drive that ended in a touchdown pass to Dustin Creel by quarterback Brogan Roback. Roback then tied the game with a pass reception of his own from running back Ryan Brumfield. The two point conversion tied the game with 51 seconds left and forced overtime.
In overtime Western opened the scoring with a field goal but the Bronco defense couldn’t hold and gave up a rushing touchdown to Eastern’s Ryan Brumfield, his second of the day, giving the Eagles the win.
The Broncos fall to 1-5 in the MAC and 1-8 overall while the Eagles improve their record to 2-8 and 1-5 in the MAC. The win is the Eagles first win in the MAC this season, a feat Ron English couldn’t complete before his ouster on Friday.
Broncos Coach P.J. Fleck could be the next MAC coach on the hot seat now after losing to Eastern. The Eagles should have been an easy win for the Broncos considering the recent events. So now instead of playing for the Michigan MAC trophy next week against arch rival Central Michigan, they will try to play spoiler and salvage a small part of a disastrous season.
The Eagles will have their chance to play for the Michigan MAC trophy when they play those same Central Michigan Chippewas.