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1954 Michigan State Normal Hurons football team

The 1954 Michigan State Normal Hurons football team represented Michigan State Normal College (renamed Eastern Michigan College in 1956 and Eastern Michigan University in 1959) in the Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) during the 1954 college football season. In their third season under head coach Fred Trosko, the Hurons compiled an 8–1 record (5–1 against IIAC opponents), tied with Central Michigan for the IIAC championship, and outscored their opponents, 210 to 67.[1] Nicholas Manych was the team captain.[1]: The Hurons lost to Central Michigan by a 28 to 7 score in the final game of the season, resulting in the two teams sharing the conference championship.[2] Quarterback Bob Middlekauff led the team with 934 yards of total offense. Virgil Windom led the team with 530 rushing yards and in scoring with 11 touchdowns and 66 points.[1]:178, 184, 189, 191 Middlekauf was also named MVP of the IIAC.[1]:142

1954 Michigan State Normal Hurons football
IIAC co-champion
ConferenceInterstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
1954 record8–1 (5–1 IIAC)
Head coachFred Trosko (3rd season)
MVPRobert Middlekauf
CaptainNicholas Manych
Home stadiumWalter O. Briggs Field
Seasons
← 1953
1955 →
1954 IIAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Michigan State Normal + 5 1 0     8 1 0
Central Michigan + 5 1 0     8 2 0
Western Illinois 3 1 2     6 1 3
Illinois State 3 2 1     5 3 1
Eastern Illinois 1 4 1     2 6 1
Southern Illinois 1 5 0     2 7 0
Northern Illinois State 1 5 0     2 7 0
  • + – Conference co-champions

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 17at HopeHolland, MIW 19–0
September 25Hillsdale
  • Briggs Field
  • Ypsilanti, MI
W 32–13
October 1Wayne
  • Briggs Field
  • Ypsilanti, MI
W 7–0
October 9Eastern Illinois
  • Briggs Field
  • Ypsilanti, MI
W 33–0
October 16at Northern IllinoisW 34–0
October 23at Southern IllinoisW 20–0
October 30Western Illinois  
  • Briggs Field
  • Ypsilanti, MI
W 33–19
November 6at Illinois StateW 25–7
November 13at Central Michigan Mount Pleasant, MI (rivalry)L 7–28
  •  Homecoming

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "2014 Digital Media Guide: Eastern Michigan University" (PDF). Eastern Michigan University Football. Retrieved June 29, 2016.
  2. ^ "Hurons Lose; Tie For Crown; Chippewas Hand Michigan Normal First Loss of Season, 28-7". The De Kalb County Chronicle. November 15, 1954. p. 12.