1954 Bowling Green Falcons football team

The 1954 Bowling Green Falcons football team was an American football team that represented Bowling Green State University in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) during the 1954 college football season. In their 14th and final season under head coach Robert Whittaker, the Falcons compiled a 2–7 record (0–6 against MAC opponents), finished in last place in the MAC, and were outscored by all opponents by a combined total of 196 to 125.[1]

1954 Bowling Green Falcons football
ConferenceMid-American Conference
Record2–7 (0–6 MAC)
Head coach
MVPBill Bradshaw
CaptainJohn Ladd
Home stadiumUniversity Stadium
Seasons
← 1953
1955 →
1954 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Miami (OH) $ 4 0 0 8 1 0
Kent State 4 1 0 8 2 0
Ohio 5 2 0 6 3 0
Toledo 3 2 0 6 2 1
Western Michigan 3 4 0 4 5 0
Western Reserve 2 3 0 3 4 1
Marshall 2 5 0 4 5 0
Bowling Green 0 6 0 2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion

The team's statistical leaders were Bill Bradshaw with 414 passing yards, John Ladd with 266 rushing yards, and Jack Hecker with 274 receiving yards.[2] John Ladd was the team captain.[3] Bill Bradshaw received the team's Most Valuable Player award.[4]

Bob Whittaker, who had coached the Bowling Green football team since 1941, resigned the post in late February 1955, though he remained with the school as an assistant professor in the department of health and physical education.[5] Whittaker compiled a 66–50–7 record in his 14 seasons at the school's head football coach.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 18at Dayton*W 18–0
September 25Miami (OH)
L 7–464,976[6]
October 2Waynesburg*
  • University Stadium
  • Bowling Green, OH
L 7–12
October 9at Western MichiganL 15–20[7]
October 16Baldwin–Wallace*
  • University Stadium
  • Bowling Green, OH
W 13–0
October 23at ToledoL 7–38
October 30at Kent StateL 25–28
November 6Marshall
  • University Stadium
  • Bowling Green, OH
L 19–26
November 13Ohio
  • University Stadium
  • Bowling Green, OH
L 14–26
  • *Non-conference game

[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2016 BGSU Football Media Guide" (PDF). Bowling Green State University. 2016. pp. 148, 153.
  2. ^ 2016 Media Guide, pp. 132-133.
  3. ^ 2016 Media Guide, p. 148.
  4. ^ 2016 Media Guide, p. 140.
  5. ^ "Perry Accepts Head Coaching Position at BG". The Marion (OH) Star. March 1, 1955. p. 16.
  6. ^ Don Dunham (September 26, 1954). "Miami Blasts Bowling Green, 46-7; Burton, Merchant Star". Dayton Daily News. p. III-2 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "Broncs Win Close Game". Lansing State Journal. October 10, 1954. p. 56 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Brief Summary Of Cumulative Football Statistics". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved December 18, 2022.