1952 Western Michigan Broncos football team

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1952 Western Michigan Broncos football
Conference Mid-American Conference
1952 record 4–4 (1–4 MAC)
Head coach John Gill (11th season)
MVP Willard Brown
Captain Chuck Higgins
Home stadium Waldo Stadium
Seasons
← 1951
1953 →

The 1952 Western Michigan Broncos football team represented Western Michigan College of Education (later renamed Western Michigan University) in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) during the 1952 college football season. In their 11th and final season under head coach John Gill, the Broncos compiled a 4–4 record (1–4 against MAC opponents), finished in sixth place in the MAC, and were outscored by their opponents, 159 to 154,[1][2] the team played its home games at Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan.[3]

Quarterback Chuck Higgins was the team captain.[4] Halfback Willard Brown received the team's most outstanding player award.[5]

In December 1952, coach Gill became the school's associate athletic director; Jack Petoskey, who had been an assistant coach, became the school's new head football coach.[6]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance Source
September 22 at Kent State L 13–20 [7]
September 27 Illinois Wesleyan W 44–6 [8]
October 4 at Central Michigan (rivalry)
W 18–0 3,500 [9]
October 11 at Miami (OH) L 6–55 [10]
October 18 Toledo
  • Waldo Stadium
  • Kalamazoo, MI
W 19–14 [11]
October 25 at Washington University W 28–20 8,000 [12]
November 1 Ohio L 13–28 6,500 [13]
November 8 Western Reserve
  • Waldo Stadium
  • Kalamazoo, MI
L 13–16 [14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football Records: Annual Results". Western Michigan University. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Football Records: Year-By-Year Results - 1950 - 59". Western Michigan University. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Waldo Stadium". Western Michigan University. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Football History: All-Time Captains". Western Michigan University. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Football History: Team Awards". Western Michigan University. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Petoskey Gets Top Bronc Job". Detroit Free Press. December 13, 1952. p. 13. 
  7. ^ "Broncs' Rally Fails, They Lose, 20-13". Detroit Free Press. September 21, 1952. p. C3 – via Newspapers.com. 
  8. ^ "Western Michigan Takes 44-6 Victory". Lansing State Journal. September 28, 1952. p. 54 – via Newspapers.com. 
  9. ^ "Western Michigan Eleven Shuts Out Central, 18-0". Lansing state Journal. October 5, 1952. p. 56 – via Newspapers.com. 
  10. ^ "Broncs Run into Wild Miami Ride". Detroit Free Press. October 12, 1952. p. C1 – via Newspapers.com. 
  11. ^ "Broncs Beat Toledo With Early Surge". Detroit Free Press. October 19, 1952. p. 4C – via Newspapers.com. 
  12. ^ "Burst Scores On 95-Yard Run; Bears Lose, 28-20". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. October 26, 1952. p. Sports 1, 3 – via Newspapers.com. 
  13. ^ "Ohio U. Romps To 28-13 Win Over Broncos". Battle Creek Enquirer. November 2, 1952. p. 4-2 – via Newspapers.com. 
  14. ^ "Broncs Lose By 16-13 Tab". Lansing State Journal. November 9, 1952. p. 54 – via Newspapers.com.