Bronco Quarterback Mareyohn Hrabowski trades a handshake with Offensive Lineman Addison West.

Bronco Quarterback Mareyohn Hrabowski made his first collegiate start against San Jose State on Saturday.

The Western Michigan Broncos were defeated by the San Jose State Spartans 34-6 on Saturday night. 

Quarterback Jack Salopek did not play with an upper-body injury while Mareyohn Hrabowski got his first collegiate start. Hrabowski went 5-for-9 for 63 yards and had 14 rushes for 28 yards. Running back Sean Tyler got the bulk of touches in the game with 18 carries for 66 yards. 

SJSU quarterback Chevan Cordeiro went 17-for-28 for 250 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Kairee Robinson also had two touchdowns, rushing for 81 yards on 13 carries.

Discipline was non-existent from the start. The Broncos committed 12 penalties for 96 yards including seven in the first quarter. With a chance to put up the first points of the game, the Broncos elected to go for it on 4th and 2. Hrabowski was stopped short and the 14-play drive ended with a turnover on downs in the red zone.

On 2nd and 14 on the ensuing SJSU possession, quarterback Chevan Cordeiro connected on an 82-yard pass up the middle to Justin Lockart. A signature back-breaking play led to the Spartans first points on a 31-yard field goal by Taren Schive. 

The score held at 3-0 through the first quarter. Early in the second quarter, Robinson scored his first touchdown on a five-yard rush for a 10-0 lead. On WMU’s next possession, they again dropped a double-digit drive to a turnover on downs on 4th and 2. La’Darius Jefferson was stopped short and the 16-play, 63-yard push into Spartan territory was over.

On the next possession, the Broncos defense held SJSU to a 4th and 1 on their own 32 yard line. For the eighth WMU penalty of the game, Dorian Jackson then took the most costly of them all: An unsportsmanlike conduct call extended the Spartans drive. With 10 seconds remaining in the half Cordeiro connected with Elijah Cooks for a 13-yard touchdown and a 17-0 lead.

The Spartans continued to pour on points in the second half. Early in the third quarter Cordeiro heaved one deep to the end zone. It was a less-than-perfect throw, but Charles Ross hung on through multiple bobbles for a 39-yard touchdown. 24-0 SJSU.

Tyler gave the Broncos their first points on the ensuing kickoff. He fielded the ball at the 10 yard line, burst through the open field and raced down the sideline for a 90-yard return touchdown. The ninth WMU penalty negated a positive push for the Broncos. Corey Crooms scored on a two-point attempt, but it did not matter. Blake Bosma was called for holding. Hrabowski’s pass went incomplete on the following play and the Broncos settled for six.

The wheels fell off on the first play of the fourth quarter. The Broncos again whiffed on a fourth-and-short, going 0-for-3 on the day. Hrabowski took the snap in the shotgun formation and handed off to Zahir Abdus-Salaam for a loss of two. The Spartans took over and Robinson delivered the dagger with a 23-yard touchdown rush on the first play of the drive. 31-6 SJSU.

Third string quarterback Stone Hollenbach made his collegiate debut on WMU’s final few drives. On his second pass attempt he forced a throw and threw the ball directly to Jordan Pollard for an interception. Schive then converted on a 26-yard field goal to give the Spartans a 34-6 lead. The Broncos forced a turnover after a muffed punt on their next possession, but Palmer Domschke missed wide on a 36-yard field goal attempt as time expired.

The Broncos fall to 1-3 on the season. A return to Waldo Stadium presents an opportunity to bounce back when WMU hosts New Hampshire on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.

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