1941 Western Michigan Broncos football team

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1941 Western Michigan Broncos football
Conference Independent
1941 record 8–0
Head coach Mike Gary (13th season)
MVP Horace Coleman
Captain Bob Metzger
Home stadium Waldo Stadium
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The 1941 Western Michigan Broncos football team was an American football team that represented Western Michigan College of Education (later renamed Western Michigan University) during the 1941 college football season. In their 13th and final season under head coach Mike Gary, the Hilltoppers compiled an 8–0 record, shut out four opponents, and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 183 to 27,[1] the team played its home games at Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan.[2]

End Bob Metzger was the team captain,[3] for the second consecutive year, halfback Horace Coleman received the team's most outstanding player award.[4]

With the United States entry into World War II after the Attack on Pearl Harbor, Mike Gary left his position as head football coach at Western Michigan and served three years in the Naval Air Corps with the rank of commander.[5]


Date Opponent Site Result Attendance Source
September 27 at Western Reserve W 7–0 4,000
October 3 Butler W 14–6
October 18 at Iowa State Teachers W 28–7
October 25 Toledo
  • Waldo Stadium
  • Kalamazoo, MI
W 34–0
November 8 Manchester (IN)
  • Waldo Stadium
  • Kalamazoo, MI
W 12–0
November 15 at Wayne
W 34–0 10,000 [6]
November 20 Ripon
  • Waldo Stadium
  • Kalamazoo, MI
W 33–7 [7]


  1. ^ "Football Records: Year-By-Year Results - 1940-49". Western Michigan Football Media Guide. Western Michigan University. Retrieved December 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Waldo Stadium". Western Michigan University. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Football History: All-Time Captains". Western Michigan University. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Football History: Team Awards". Western Michigan University. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Mike Gary Dies". The News-Palladium. December 31, 1969. p. 14. 
  6. ^ W. W. Edgar (November 16, 1941). "Western Michigan Crushes Wayne, 34-0, Nearing Perfect Record". Detroit Free Press. p. 12 – via Newspapers.com. 
  7. ^ "Broncos Keep Perfect Slate: Western Michigan's Unbeaten Grid Team Ends Season With 33-7 Win Over Ripon". The Battle Creek Enquirer and News (AP story). November 21, 1941. p. 26 – via Newspapers.com.