Kalamazoo, Mich.--- Western Michigan scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams in a 68-0 rout of Delaware State at Waldo Stadium Saturday evening. The Broncos, members of the FBS Mid-American Conference, won for the first time this season (1-2), while the Hornets dropped to 0-3.
Junior quarterback Jon Wassink completed 23-of-30 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns to lead the WMU attack. The Broncos also rushed for 241 of their 527 total offensive yards in the game.
Delaware State totaled 123 yards, including just eight by the pass.
Western Michigan opened the scoring when LeVante Bellamy ran for a 40-yard touchdown on the Broncos’ first play from scrimmage.
On the ensuing Delaware State possession, the Hornets advanced to the WMU 28-yard line, but Jose Romo-Martinez (r-fr.) missed a 45-yard field goal attempt with 8:09 left in the first quarter.
DSU’s only other advance into Western Michigan territory was an early second quarter possession that stalled at the Bronco 48.
WMU opened up a 14-0 lead after a five-yard touchdown run by Jamauri Bogan to cap off a nine-play, 72-yard drive with 4:16 left in the opening quarter.
Bogan also scored a third quarter touchdown on a two-yard run to give the Broncs a 35-0 lead.
Western Michigan also reached the end zone on two punt returns. The first, on a 93-yard return by Jayden Reed, gave the hosts a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter.
The Broncos stretched their lead to 58-0 when Tyron Arnett returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown with 10:07 left to play.
The Western Michigan defense got in on the scoring act when Patrick Lupro scooped up a Hornet fumble and ran 17 yards to the end zone to give his team a 65-0 lead at the 9:18 mark of the fourth quarter.
Wassink and tight end Giovanni Ricci hooked up for two touchdown passes of three and 23 yards for the Broncos in the contest.
Delaware State defensive back Devin Smith (jr.) led all players with nine solo tackles and 11 total stops, tying his career high. Smith was also credited with four tackles-for-loss (-14 yds.) and a forced fumble.
Hornet safety Jahad Neibauer (jr.) and Brian Cavicante tallied eight tackles each.
Reserve running back Richard Harris (so.) led Delaware State with 42 yards rushing on 13 carries, with a long of 14. Mike Waters rushed for 37 yards on 16 attempts for the Hornets. Waters combined for 199 yards rushing in DSU’s first two games.
- Delaware State quarterback Keenan Black (jr.), who made his first start of the season, left the game with a knee injury in the second quarter and did not return …
- DSU’s Fidel Romo-Martinez (jr.) averaged 44.8 yards on 11 punts, including a season-best 70 yarder…
- Hornet RB/KR Brycen Alleyne (sr.) sat out the contest as a result of an injury suffered in the Sep. 8 contest at St. Francis …
- Western Michigan was 6-for-10 on third down conversions, while DSU was 1-for-13 …
- The Hornets are idle next week and will return to action on Sep. 29 for their MEAC opener at Norfolk State (4:00 p.m.).
~DSU Sports Information