Eastern Michigan Football suffered their fourth straight loss on the season, this time to Western Michigan on October 6th by a final score of 27-24. The loss came following an intense overtime period. All four losses have been by seven points or less. At the halfway mark of the season, EMU sits at a 2-4 record while remaining winless in MAC play.
After Mike Glass was held off the field against Northern Illinois, he found himself receiving the bulk of the snaps from the Quarterback position. That being said Tyler Wiegers was the first QB to throw a touchdown pass. His 16 yard strike to Gunnar Oakes not only earned the Eagles their first points of the game but gave Oakes his first career touchdown reception as an Eagle. Chad Ryland kicked his only field goal attempt of the game as time expired in the second quarter from 39 yards out. He drained the kick and brought the Eagles within four heading into halftime.
The second half was dominated by Glass. Glass kicked off the scoring for both teams with a four yard rush during the third quarter. This score gave the Eagles their first and only lead of the game by a score of 17-14. Western Michigan responded with a pair of touchdowns of their own. Eastern’s offensive struggles that plagued them against Northern Illinois hindered their ability to claim victory yet again. The team struggled to find points until the end of the fourth quarter. After a 12 play drive Glass connected with wide receiver Blake Banham for 13 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately for the Eagles the score came too little too late. The team had 20 seconds remaining following the touchdown and were unable to recover the onside kick. The team lost by a final score of 27-24.
Despite exceptional individual performances from a host of Eagles the team could not overcame their offensive woes. EMU has found themselves on the doorstep of victory four times this season but have failed to find their way through the door. The team has no time to sulk however as their attention turns towards Toledo University. Toledo travels to Rynearson Stadium on Saturday, October 13th for a noon kickoff.