September 21, 2019
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Western Michigan football team wrapped up its non-conference schedule with a 52-33 loss to Syracuse at the Syracuse Dome on Saturday afternoon.
Senior quarterback Jon Wassink threw for 356 yards and two touchdowns, while senior running back LeVante Bellamy ran for 165 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Senior tight end Giovanni Ricci had a career-high eight receptions and a touchdown for a personal-best 105 yards, while sophomore Jaylen Hall caught four balls for 93 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown.
The Bronco defense forced two turnovers on the day, both fumbles. Junior safety A.J. Thomas and junior linebacker Treshaun Hayward led the team in tackles with 11 each, while Timothy Collins and Antonio Balabani each recorded sacks.
WMU (2-2) went into the locker room down 24-13 and the Orange (2-2) added a touchdown early in the third quarter to push the lead to 31-13. The Broncos responded quickly with Bellamy’s second 40-plus yard touchdown run of the day, this time for 43-yards out to cut into the lead. Syracuse responded again with a touchdown, extending its advantage to 38-19.
Western Michigan’s offense stuck quickly on a three-play, 75-yard drive that was capped by a 60-yard touchdown reception by Hall, shortening the deficit to 38-26.