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|
MAC West Division co-champion
Bahamas Bowl champion
|2015 record||8–5 (6–2 MAC)|
|Head coach||P. J. Fleck (3rd season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Kirk Ciarrocca (3rd season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Ed Pinkham (3rd season)|
|Home stadium||Waldo Stadium|
|2015 Mid-American Conference football standings|
|Bowling Green x$||7||–||1||10||–||4|
|Northern Illinois xy||6||–||2||8||–||6|
|Western Michigan x||6||–||2||8||–||5|
|Central Michigan x||6||–||2||7||–||6|
|Championship: Bowling Green 34, Northern Illinois 14|
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.
|September 4||7:00 pm||No. 5 Michigan State*||ESPNU||L 24–37||30,885|
|September 12||6:00 pm||at Georgia Southern*||ESPN3||L 17–43||23,520|
|September 19||7:00 pm||Murray State*||ESPN3||W 52–20||20,543|
|September 26||3:30 pm||at No. 1 Ohio State*||ABC/ESPN2||L 12–38||106,123|
|October 10||Noon||Central Michigan||ESPN3||W 41–39||20,201|
|October 17||Noon||at Ohio||ASN||W 49–14||22,825|
|October 24||2:00 pm||Miami (OH)||ESPN3||W 35–13||18,523|
|October 29||7:30 pm||at Eastern Michigan||CBSSN||W 58–28||3,534|
|November 5||7:30 pm||Ball State||CBSSN||W 54–7||12,058|
|November 11||8:00 pm||Bowling Green||ESPN2||L 27–41||14,436|
|November 18||8:00 pm||at Northern Illinois||ESPN2||L 19–27||10,194|
|November 27||Noon||at No. 24 Toledo||CBSSN||W 35–30||16,151|
|December 24||Noon||vs. Middle Tennessee*||ESPN||W 45–31||13,123|
- Schedule source:
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. Western Michigan with a 5–0 in conference games were in first place in the West Division.
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.
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.
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. In Week 6. Phillips had two kick returns for 101 yards in WMU's 41–39 victory over rival Central Michigan.
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.
The following table lists the team's coaching staff.
|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)|
- "Michigan St vs Western Michigan Game Summary". ESPN. September 4, 2015. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
- "Georgia Southern vs Western Michigan Game Summary". ESPN. September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
- "Terrell throws for 4 TDs, W. Michigan tops Murray St., 52-20". ESPN. September 19, 2015. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
- "Cardale Jones improves, gets help from defense in win over Broncos". ESPN. September 26, 2015. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
- "Western Michigan outlasts Central Michigan 41-39". ESPN. October 10, 2015. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
- "Terrell's 4 TDs help Western Michigan beat Ohio 49-14". ESPN. October 17, 2015. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
- "Western Michigan rolls over Miami (Ohio) 35-13". ESPN. October 24, 2015. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
- "Western Michigan scores 21 straight; beats Eastern Michigan". ESPN. October 29, 2015. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
- "2015 Western Michigan Broncos Football Schedule". FBS Schedules. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
- "Football –Coaches". Archived from the original on 2015-09-28. Retrieved September 27, 2015.