1963 Western Michigan Broncos football team

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1963 Western Michigan Broncos football
Conference Mid-American Conference
1963 record 2–7 (2–4 MAC)
Head coach Merle Schlosser (7th season)
MVP Bill Somerville
Captain Allen Gibbs, Bill Somerville
Home stadium Waldo Stadium
Seasons
← 1962
1964 →
1963 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Ohio $ 5 1 0     6 4 0
Miami 4 1 1     5 3 2
Bowling Green 4 2 0     8 2 0
Marshall 3 2 1     5 4 1
Western Michigan 2 4 0     2 7 0
Kent State 1 5 0     3 5 1
Toledo 1 5 0     2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1963 Western Michigan Broncos football team represented Western Michigan University in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) during the 1963 college football season. In their seventh and final season under head coach Merle Schlosser, the Broncos compiled a 2–7 record (2–4 against MAC opponents), finished in fifth place in the MAC, and were outscored by their opponents, 201 to 111.[1][2][3] The team played its home games at Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan.[4]

The team's statistical leaders included Ken Barnhill with 668 passing yards, George Archer with 397 rushing yards, and Tom Patterson with 269 receiving yards.[5] Halfback Allen Gibbs and end Bill Somerville were the team captains.[6] End Bill Somerville received the team's most outstanding player award.[7]

At the end of the 1963 season, Schlosser was reportedly hung in effigy twice, and The Holland Evening Sentinel reported that every player had signed a petition seeking his removal.[8] Schlosser was fired as coach on December 28, 1963, and assigned to other duties in the physical education department. The team compiled a record of 28-33-3 in seven seasons under Schlosser.[9]

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 21at Wisconsin *L 0–41
September 28at Central Michigan *L 14–30
October 5Miami (OH)L 19–27
October 12at Bowling GreenBowling Green, OHL 7–16
October 19Kent State
  • Waldo Stadium
  • Kalamazoo, MI
W 26–12
October 26at ToledoW 18–7
November 2Marshall
  • Waldo Stadium
  • Kalamazoo, MI
L 7–20
November 9at OhioL 13–27
November 16Louisville *
  • Waldo Stadium
  • Kalamazoo, MI
L 7–21
  • *Non-conference game

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football Records: Annual Results". Western Michigan University. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  2. ^ "Football Records: Year-By-Year Results - 1960 - 69". Western Michigan University. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  3. ^ "1963 Western Michigan Broncos Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  4. ^ "Waldo Stadium". Western Michigan University. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  5. ^ "1963 Western Michigan Broncos Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  6. ^ "Football History: All-Time Captains". Western Michigan University. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  7. ^ "Football History: Team Awards". Western Michigan University. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  8. ^ "Schlosser Under Fire". The Holland Evening Sentinel. December 20, 1963. p. 15.
  9. ^ "Schlosser Fired By Western Michigan". Southern Illioisan. December 27, 1963. p. 18.