2012 Western Michigan Broncos football team

The 2012 Western Michigan Broncos football team represented Western Michigan University in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by eighth-year head coach Bill Cubit and played their home games at Waldo Stadium as a member of the West Division of the Mid-American Conference (MAC). In 2011, the Broncos finished at 7–6 (5–3 MAC), third place in the MAC West division.

2012 Western Michigan Broncos football
Western Michigan Broncos text logo.svg
ConferenceMid-American Conference
DivisionWest Division
2012 record4–8 (2–6 MAC)
Head coachBill Cubit (8th season)
Offensive coordinatorBill Cubit, Ryan Cubit
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorRich Nagy (1st season)
Base defense3–3–5[1][2]
Home stadiumWaldo Stadium
(Capacity: 30,200)
Seasons
← 2011
2013 →
2012 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Kent State x   8 0         11 3  
Bowling Green   6 2         8 5  
Ohio   4 4         9 4  
Buffalo   3 5         4 8  
Miami   3 5         4 8  
UMass   1 7         1 11  
Akron   0 8         1 11  
West Division
No. 22 Northern Illinois x$   8 0         12 2  
Toledo   6 2         9 4  
Ball State   6 2         9 4  
Central Michigan   4 4         7 6  
Western Michigan   2 6         4 8  
Eastern Michigan   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Northern Illinois 44, Kent State 37
  • $ – Conference champion and BCS representative as top non-AQ school to meet automatic qualification criteria
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • UMass not eligible for conference title or bowl game as part of FBS transition
Rankings from AP Poll

Western Michigan fired Cubit on November 17, 2012, following a season-ending loss to Eastern Michigan. WMU finished the year 4–8, its worst record since 2004.[3] P. J. Fleck, 32-year-old Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant, was named head coach on December 18, 2012.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 1Noonat Illinois*ESPNUL 7–2443,441
September 87:00 pmEastern Illinois*ESPN3W 52–21[4]22,536
September 15Noonat Minnesota*BTNL 23–2844,921
September 222:00 pmConnecticut*
  • Waldo Stadium
  • Kalamazoo, MI
ESPN3W 30–2410,328
September 297:00 pmToledo
  • Waldo Stadium
  • Kalamazoo, MI
ESPN3L 17–3715,628
October 62:00 pmMassachusetts 
  • Waldo Stadium
  • Kalamazoo, MI
W 52–1415,671
October 133:00 pmat Ball StateESPN3L 24–30 OT14,192
October 203:30 pmat Kent StateL 24–4116,128
October 27NoonNorthern Illinois
  • Waldo Stadium
  • Kalamazoo, MI
ESPN+L 34–4812,974
November 31:00 pmat Central MichiganESPN3W 42–3115,322
November 103:30 pmat BuffaloL 24–2911,012
November 172:00 pmEastern Michigan
  • Waldo Stadium
  • Kalamazoo, MI (Michigan MAC Trophy)
L 23–2910,338
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • All times are in Eastern time

Game summariesEdit

At IllinoisEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 0 7 0 7
Fighting Illini 10 7 0 7 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–3 2011 ILL, 23–20

First quarter scoring: ILL – Ryan Lankford received a 64-yard pass from Nick Scheelhaase (Nick Immekus kick); Immekus kicked 43-yard field goal.

Second quarter scoring: ILL – Scheelhaase 4-yard run (Immekus kick).

Third quarter scoring: WMU – Jaime Wilson received an 8-yard pass from Alex Carder (Andrew Haldeman kick).

4th quarter scoring: ILL – Ashante Williams returned a 60-yard interception (Immekus kick).

Eastern IllinoisEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 14 0 0 7 21
Broncos 14 28 3 7 52
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 1996 EIU, 28–20

Referee for the game was Tony Canella.

At MinnesotaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 3 7 7 6 23
Golden Gophers 7 14 7 0 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–3 1977 MINN, 10–0

ConnecticutEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 0 7 7 10 24
Broncos 3 14 7 6 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2011 WMU, 38–31

ToledoEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Rockets 17 3 14 3 37
Broncos 0 7 10 0 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
28–38 2011 TOL, 66–63

MassachusettsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 0 7 0 7 14
Broncos 7 21 21 3 52
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

At Ball StateEdit

1 2 3 4OT Total
Broncos 7 14 0 30 24
Cardinals 7 3 7 76 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
21–17 2011 WMU, 45–35

At Kent StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 7 3 14 0 24
Golden Flashes 7 10 7 17 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
33–18–1 2010 WMU, 38–3

Northern IllinoisEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 7 10 14 17 48
Broncos 14 7 0 13 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
23–14 2011 NIU, 51–22

At Central MichiganEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 14 0 28 42
Chippewas 6 7 10 8 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
44–37–2 2011 WMU, 44–14

At BuffaloEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 14 7 3 24
Bulls 7 10 6 6 29
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–0 2009 WMU, 34–31

Eastern MichiganEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 14 3 9 3 29
Broncos 0 14 3 6 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
29–16–2 2011 EMU, 14–10

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.mlive.com/broncos/index.ssf/2012/08/wmu_football_notebook_defensiv.html
  2. ^ http://www.mlive.com/broncos/index.ssf/2012/08/wmu_football_defense_determine.html
  3. ^ Drew, David (November 17, 2012). "Western Michigan University fires football coach Bill Cubit". Kalamazoo Gazette. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
  4. ^ http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=322522711