Toledo – Former Detroit East English standout defensive back Samuel Womack made life miserable for Western Michigan quarterback Jon Wassink and the Broncos receivers Saturday at the Glass Bowl in Toledo.
Womack has established himself as an elite cornerback during his junior year with the Rockets, who are 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the MAC West after Saturday’s 31-24 triumph.
Wassink ranks third nationally in passing yards (1,769). He threw for 303 yards and two TDs against the Rockets, but had a rare sub-50 percent completion rating against Toledo, hitting on just 25-of-51 passes.
Womack was all over WMU receivers Skyy Moore, Jaylen Hill and DaShon Bussell for most of the day, getting flagged for one penalty on the Broncos’ final drive when they advanced to the Toledo 12. However, the Broncos failed to get in the end zone – with Womack making yet another big play.
Womack has 25 tackles and 12 pass breakups this season.
“Sam is really having a great year,” Toledo coach Jason Candle said. “He’s gotten challenged, he’s gotten stressed in a lot of games. People try to throw at him quite a bit.
“He’s done a really good job. He’s responded and played against some tough matchups the last few weeks and really done a good job of holding his own, and anytime you can eliminate those explosive plays it’s almost like it’s a double win, because not only do you preserve the yardage, but you also now force the offense into a second and long or a third and long.”
In Toledo’s home opener against Murray State, a 45-0 win on Sept. 14, Womack had six tackles and an interception. He had 10 tackles in a 41-35 win over Colorado State, five tackles in a 28-21 win over BYU and had three pass break-ups against the Broncos.