(Saturday, October 1st)
Final Score:Western Michigan 38, Connecticut 31
East Hartford, CT (Sports Network) - Alex Carder completed 37-of-51 passes, for a career-high 479 yards and five touchdowns in Western Michigan's 38-31 victory over Connecticut in the non-conference battle at Rentschler Field.
Western Michigan (3-2) had three receivers surpass the 100-yard mark, as Jordan White, Robert Arnheim, and Chleb Ravenell recorded 173, 113, and 123 yards respectively. White and Ravenell also had two touchdowns each.
Johnny McEntee had a strong performance for Connecticut (2-3) as he completed 22-of-39 passes for 300 yards with four touchdowns. UConn's Lyle McCombs led all rushers with 136 yards on 24 carries and added 52 receiving yards with a score. Kashif Moore led UConn's receivers with eight receptions, for 112 yards and two touchdowns.
After a scoreless first quarter, Carder found his groove. Western Michigan opened the scoring with a 25-yard Carder touchdown pass to White to give the Broncos a 7-0 lead with just over eleven minutes remaining in the second quarter.
Carder lead the Broncos down the field on their next possession and finished off the drive with a seven-yard scoring pass to Dallas Walker at the 6:21 mark for a 14-0 lead.
Lyle McCombs burst for 65 yards on the next play to put the Huskies in Western Michigan territory. Five plays later McEntee completed a nine-yard touchdown pass to Kashif Moore to make it 14-7 with three and a half remaining in the second quarter.
A 39-yard, John Potter field goal in the last thirty seconds of the second quarter gave Western Michigan a 17-7 lead at the half.
Connecticut battled back in the third quarter, as McEntee connected with Moore for a score for the second time of the afternoon, this time from three yards away, to bring the Huskies within a field goal of the Broncos.
Later in the quarter, kicker Dave Teggart was successful on a 43-yard field goal that evened things up at 17-17.
The Huskies scored through the air on the opening drive of the high scoring final stanza as McEntee found McCombs for a 26-yard TD. McEntee's third touchdown pass of the day gave Connecticut its first lead of the game at 24-17 advantage.
Not to be outdone, Carder responded on the next possession by completing seven straight passes, finding White for a six-yard scoring pass to cap off the drive. White's second touchdown grab tied the score at 24-24.
Four minutes later Carder struck again as this time he connected with Ravenell for a 14-yard score that put the Broncos up 31-24 with just under six minutes left.
Connecticut answered with a 26-yard touchdown connection from McEntee to Nick Williams with just over two minutes remaining, making it 31-31.
Not to be denied, Carder delivered yet another big play as he found Ravenell for a 41-yard touchdown to give the Broncos a 38-31 lead with under two minutes remaining.
Connecticut's final chance at a tie showed promise. McEntee led his offense to midfield in a few short plays. Then the junior quarterback completed a pass to Ryan Griffin that took UConn inside their opponent's red zone, but Griffin fumbled the ball as he was hit, ending the Connecticut threat.
Western Michigan amassed 490 yards of total offense, but only 11 of those came on the ground as they were held to 0.5 yards per rush.
10/01 22:07:47 ET