1937 Michigan State Normal Hurons football team

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1937 Michigan State Normal Hurons football
Conference Independent
1937 record 5–2–1
Head coach Elton Rynearson (16th season)
Captain August R. DeFroscia
Home stadium Normal Field
← 1936
1938 →

The 1937 Michigan State Normal Hurons football team represented Michigan State Normal College (later renamed Eastern Michigan University) during the 1937 college football season. In their 16th season under head coach Elton Rynearson, the Hurons compiled a record of 5–2–1 and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 156 to 69. August R. DeFroscia was the team captain,[1] the team played its home games at Normal Field on the school's campus in Ypsilanti, Michigan.[2]

In January 1937, Walter Briggs Sr., a native of Ypsilanti, agreed to donate an athletic plant to the school, consisting of a field house and football and baseball grandstands.[3] The football field was called Walter O. Briggs Field in his honor,[4] it opened in March 1938.[5]


Date Opponent Site Result
September 25 at Ball State Muncie, IN W 13–6
October 2 at Northern Michigan Marquette, MI W 44–0
October 9 Bowling Green
  • Briggs Field
  • Ypsilanti, MI
W 25–0
October 15 at Alma Alma, MI T 12–12
October 23 Central Michigan (rivalry) dagger
  • Briggs Field
  • Ypsilanti, MI
L 10–27
October 30 at Hope Holland, MI W 19–0
November 6 at Wayne Detroit L 0–7
November 13 Indiana State
  • Briggs Field
  • Ypsilanti, MI
W 33–7
  • daggerHomecoming


  1. ^ "2015 Eastern Michigan Football Digital Media Guide" (PDF). Eastern Michigan University Football. pp. 162, 170. Retrieved June 30, 2016. 
  2. ^ 2015 Media Guide, p. 25.
  3. ^ "Briggs Gives M.S.N. Sports Plant". Detroit Free Press. January 9, 1937. p. 15. 
  4. ^ "Campus Buildings At a Glance: Walter O. Briggs Field". Eastern Michigan University. Retrieved June 29, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Hurons Will Open Briggs Field, Too". Detroit Free Press. March 6, 1938. p. 42.