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Western Michigan Tight End Doesn't Blame Sister For Prematurely Running Onto Field To Celebrate

A good sibling supports their kin when they achieve their goals. Maybe Western Michigan tight end Donnie Ernsberger’s sister Shalene shouldn’t have invaded the field after her little brother scored a touchdown in overtime, since the game wasn’t actually over, but her instinct was understandable.

The University at Buffalo led 38-31 in overtime, but WMU stayed alive when Ernsberger caught Jon Wassink’s pass for a TD. Before the Broncos could attempt an extra point and tie the game, however, Shalene was in the end zone, celebrating with her bro:

Though Western Michigan received a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, Shalene Ernsberger did not end up being the goat. Correction (Oct. 10, 8:25 a.m. ET): Officials picked up the flag after they realized that Shalene didn’t come from WMU’s bench. Broncos kicker Josh Grant converted the extra point attempt, and the game required seven total overtime periods before Western Michigan won, 71-68. “She was excited for her brother, and it just shows the family love we have,” Donnie told the Buffalo News after the game.



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