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2015 Western Michigan Broncos football team

The 2015 Western Michigan Broncos football team represented Western Michigan University (WMU) in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by third-year head coach P. J. Fleck and played their home games at Waldo Stadium as a member of the West Division of the Mid-American Conference (MAC).

2015 Western Michigan Broncos football
Western Michigan Broncos text logo.svg
MAC West Division co-champion
Bahamas Bowl champion
ConferenceMid-American Conference
DivisionWest Division
2015 record8–5 (6–2 MAC)
Head coachP. J. Fleck (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorKirk Ciarrocca (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorEd Pinkham (3rd season)
Home stadiumWaldo Stadium
(Capacity: 30,200)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Bowling Green x$   7 1         10 4  
Ohio   5 3         8 5  
Akron   5 3         8 5  
Buffalo   3 5         5 7  
Kent State   2 6         3 9  
Miami   2 6         3 9  
UMass   2 6         3 9  
West Division
Northern Illinois xy   6 2         8 6  
Western Michigan x   6 2         8 5  
Toledo x   6 2         10 2  
Central Michigan x   6 2         7 6  
Ball State   2 6         3 9  
Eastern Michigan   0 8         1 11  
Championship: Bowling Green 34, Northern Illinois 14
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant

Previous seasonEdit

In 2014, the Broncos finished the season 8–5, 6–2 in MAC play to finish in third place in the West Division. They were invited to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl where they lost to Air Force.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 47:00 pmNo. 5 Michigan State*ESPNUL 24–3730,885[1]
September 126:00 pmat Georgia Southern*ESPN3L 17–4323,520[2]
September 197:00 pmMurray State*
  • Waldo Stadium
  • Kalamazoo, MI
ESPN3W 52–2020,543[3]
September 263:30 pmat No. 1 Ohio State*ABC/ESPN2[4]L 12–38106,123[5]
October 10NoonCentral Michigan
ESPN3W 41–3920,201[6]
October 17Noonat OhioASN[7]W 49–1422,825[8]
October 242:00 pmMiami (OH) 
  • Waldo Stadium
  • Kalamazoo, MI
ESPN3[9]W 35–1318,523[10]
October 297:30 pmat Eastern Michigan
CBSSN[11]W 58–283,534[12]
November 57:30 pmBall State
  • Waldo Stadium
  • Kalamazoo, MI
CBSSN[13]W 54–712,058[14]
November 118:00 pmBowling Green
  • Waldo Stadium
  • Kalamazoo, MI
ESPN2[15]L 27–4114,436
November 188:00 pmat Northern IllinoisESPN2[16]L 19–2710,194[17]
November 27Noonat No. 24 ToledoCBSSNW 35–3016,151
December 24Noonvs. Middle Tennessee*ESPNW 45–3113,123
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Eastern time
Schedule source:[18]

Game summariesEdit

Ball StateEdit

WMU defeated Ball State 54–7 in a mid-week MACtion game nationally televised on CBS Sports Network. In the game, the Broncos gained a school-record 711 yards of total offense.[19] Western Michigan with a 5–0 in conference games were in first place in the West Division.

AwardsEdit

Conference Players of the WeekEdit

Four WMU football players have won five conference player of the week awards. Sophomore kickoff returner Darius Phillips has won two, and redshirt freshman running back Jamauri Bogan, sophomore linebacker Robert Spillane and junior quarterback Zach Terrell have each won one.

Jamauri BoganEdit

Bogan won the MAC West Offensive Player of the Week award for Week 7. He ran the ball nine times for 135 yards and two touchdowns in a 49–14 win over Ohio. In the game, WMU as a team rushed for 430 yards, with 404 of those coming in the second half.[20]

Darius PhillipsEdit

Phillips was named MAC West Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 1 and 6. In Week 1, he returned four kickoffs for 185 yards, including a touchdown on a 100-yard kick off return in a loss to No. 5 Michigan State University.[21] In Week 6. Phillips had two kick returns for 101 yards in WMU's 41–39 victory over rival Central Michigan.[22]

Robert SpillaneEdit

Spillane was named MAC West Defensive Player of the Week for Week 8. Spillane had 9 total tackles and 3​12 for loss (including 1​12 sacks) in a 35–13 win over Miami (Ohio).[23]

Zach TerrellEdit

Zach Terrell was named MAC West Offensive Player of the Week for Week 9. He was 17 of 23 passing for 252 yards and ran for a team-high 71 yards in a 58–28 win over Eastern Michigan. He also rushed for one touchdown. The 71 yards rushing were a career-high.[24]

Coaching staffEdit

The following table lists the team's coaching staff.[25]

Name Position Year at WMU Alma mater
P. J. Fleck Head coach 3rd Northern Illinois (2004)
Kirk Ciarrocca Offensive coordinator 3rd Temple (1990)
Ed Pinkham Defensive coordinator, Defensive backs 3rd Allegheny (1975)
Brian Callahan Offensive line 3rd Eastern Illinois (1992)
Mike Hart Running backs 2nd Michigan (2008)
Bill Kenney Tight ends, Offensive tackles 3rd Norwich (1982)
Tim McGarigle Linebackers 4th Northwestern (2006)
Vinson Reynolds Defensive line 3rd Northern Illinois (2004)
Matt Simon Wide receivers 2nd Northern Illinois (2004)
Rob Wenger Special teams, Defensive ends 3rd Colgate (2008)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Michigan St vs Western Michigan Game Summary". ESPN. September 4, 2015. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  2. ^ "Georgia Southern vs Western Michigan Game Summary". ESPN. September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  3. ^ "Terrell throws for 4 TDs, W. Michigan tops Murray St., 52-20". ESPN. September 19, 2015. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  4. ^ http://mattsarzsports.com/Schedule/Weekly/football2015/4#.Vfc5fnUVhHw
  5. ^ "Cardale Jones improves, gets help from defense in win over Broncos". ESPN. September 26, 2015. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  6. ^ "Western Michigan outlasts Central Michigan 41-39". ESPN. October 10, 2015. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  7. ^ http://mattsarzsports.com/Schedule/Weekly/football2015/7#.Vg_vhXUVhHw
  8. ^ "Terrell's 4 TDs help Western Michigan beat Ohio 49-14". ESPN. October 17, 2015. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  9. ^ http://mattsarzsports.com/Schedule/Weekly/football2015/8
  10. ^ "Western Michigan rolls over Miami (Ohio) 35-13". ESPN. October 24, 2015. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  11. ^ http://mattsarzsports.com/Schedule/Weekly/football2015/9#.ViZwgnUVhHw
  12. ^ "Western Michigan scores 21 straight; beats Eastern Michigan". ESPN. October 29, 2015. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  13. ^ http://mattsarzsports.com/Schedule/Weekly/football2015/10#.VjjmoHyrQlU
  14. ^ http://espn.go.com/college-football/game?gameId=400787346
  15. ^ http://mattsarzsports.com/Schedule/Weekly/football2015/11#.VjzHgHyrQlU
  16. ^ http://mattsarzsports.com/Schedule/Weekly/football2015/12
  17. ^ http://espn.go.com/college-football/game?gameId=400787358
  18. ^ "2015 Western Michigan Broncos Football Schedule". FBS Schedules. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  19. ^ http://espn.go.com/college-football/recap?gameId=400787346
  20. ^ http://www.mac-sports.com/news/2015/10/19/FB_1019150131.aspx
  21. ^ http://mac-sports.com/news/2015/9/7/FB_0907154022.aspx
  22. ^ http://mac-sports.com/news/2015/10/12/FB_1012153042.aspx
  23. ^ http://www.mac-sports.com/news/2015/10/26/FB_1026154618.aspx
  24. ^ http://www.mac-sports.com/news/2015/11/2/FB_1102152150.aspx
  25. ^ "Football –Coaches". Archived from the original on 2015-09-28. Retrieved September 27, 2015.