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UConn Vs. Western Michigan Final Score: Huskies Defeated, 30-24

Chandler Whitmer (28-for-44, 333 yards, INT) threw three touchdown passes, the first three of his FBS career, but it wasn't enough as the UConn Huskies were beaten by the Western Michigan Broncos, 30-24, Saturday afternoon at Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Whitmer's first touchdown pass was a 9-yard strike to Ryan Griffin with 2:36 to go in the first half, trimming the Huskies' deficit to 17-7. Andrew Haldeman's 44-yard field goal at 12:53 of the first quarter opened the scoring and was followed by back-to-back Broncos touchdowns, a Antoin Scriven 1-yard scoring rush at 12:10 of the second quarter and a Dareyon Chance 9-yard rushing touchdown with 8:39 remaining before halftime.

Alex Carder (18-for-34, 237 yards) found Josh Schaffer for a 30-yard touchdown pass at 9:47 of the third quarter, stretching the Western Michigan lead to 24-7. Whitmer's second touchdown pass, a 2-yard toss to John Delahunt with 4:15 left in the third, made it 24-14.

Chad Christen kicked a 32-yard field goal to open the scoring in the fourth quarter and bring UConn within a touchdown. Western Michigan again widened the gap when Desmond Bozeman sacked Whitmer, forcing a fumble that he recovered and took 53 yards for the decisive touchdown. Whitmer brought the Huskies within reach in the final minute after his 7-yard scoring pass to Geremy Davis with 47 seconds left, but it was too little, too late.

UConn outgained Western Michigan, 425-330, in the game. Lyle McCombs rushed for 119 yards on 23 carries while Davis reeled in nine catches for 123 yards for the Huskies (2-2).

Chance rushed for 66 yards on 19 carries and the Broncos (2-2) had a pair of 100-plus yard receivers in Schaffer (104 yards, six catches) and Jaime Wilson (eight catches, 100 yards).

Connecticut returns home to Rentschler Field to face the Buffalo Bulls next Saturday.



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