1956 Western Michigan Broncos football team

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1956 Western Michigan Broncos football
Conference Mid-American Conference
1956 record 2–7 (1–4 MAC)
Head coach Jack Petoskey (4th season)
MVP John Berryman
Captain Bob Soderman
Home stadium Waldo Stadium
Seasons
← 1955
1957 →

The 1956 Western Michigan Broncos football team represented Western Michigan College (renamed Western Michigan University in 1957) in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) during the 1956 college football season. In their fourth and final season under head coach Jack Petoskey, the Broncos compiled a 2–7 record (1–4 against MAC opponents), finished in sixth place in the MAC, and were outscored by their opponents, 168 to 114.[1][2] The team played its home games at Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan.[3]

Center Bob Soderman was the team captain.[4] End and tackle John Berryman received the team's most outstanding player award.[5]

Jack Petoskey resigned as the team's head coach on December 13, 1956; he compiled a record of 8–25–2 in four years at Western Michigan.[6]

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 22Central Michigan (rivalry)L 7–1413,000[7]
September 29Bowling Green
  • Waldo Stadium
  • Kalamazoo, MI
L 13–27
October 6at MarshallL 0–13
October 13Toledo
  • Waldo Stadium
  • Kalamazoo, MI
W 26–15[8]
October 20at Washington UniversityL 7–132,000[9]
October 27at Great Lakes NavyGreat Lakes, ILL 6–13[10]
November 3Ohio
  • Waldo Stadium
  • Kalamazoo, MI
L 0–27[11]
November 10Western Reserve
  • Waldo Stadium
  • Kalamazoo, MI
W 42–19[12]
November 17Kent StateL 13–27[13]

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. ^ "WMC Grid Coach Quits: Petoskey Resigns With Losing Record". The News-Palladium (Benton Harbor, Mich.). December 13, 1956. p. 1. 
  7. ^ "Central Michigan Slips Past Western, 14 to 7". Lansing State Journal. September 23, 1956. p. 53 – via Newspapers.com. 
  8. ^ "Toledo Is Beaten By Broncos, 26-15". The Cincinnati Enquirer. October 14, 1956. p. 73 – via Newspapers.com. 
  9. ^ "Bears Come From Behind, Beat Western Michigan". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. October 21, 1956. p. 1F – via Newspapers.com. 
  10. ^ "Broncos Bow, 13 to 6, To Great Lakes". Battle Creek Enquirer. October 28, 1956. p. 4-2 – via Newspapers.com. 
  11. ^ "Western Michigan Upended, 27 to 0". Battle Creek Enquirer. November 4, 1956. p. 4-1 – via Newspapers.com. 
  12. ^ "Western Michigan Clubs Western Reserve, 42-19". Lansing State Journal. November 11, 1956. p. 69 – via Newspapers.com. 
  13. ^ "Kent State Triumphs, 27-13, Over Western Michigan Club". Cincinnati Enquirer. November 18, 1956. p. 82 – via Newspapers.com.