1975 Western Michigan Broncos football team

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1975 Western Michigan Broncos football
Conference Mid-American Conference
1975 record 1–10 (0–7 MAC)
Head coach Elliot Uzelac (1st season)
MVP Dan Matthews
Captain Duncan McKerracher, Jim White
Home stadium Waldo Stadium
Seasons
← 1974
1976 →
1975 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 12 Miami $ 6 0 0     11 1 0
Central Michigan 4 1 1     8 2 1
Ball State 4 2 0     9 2 0
Bowling Green 4 2 0     8 3 0
Ohio 3 3 1     5 5 1
Toledo 4 4 0     5 6 0
Northern Illinois 2 3 0     3 8 0
Kent State 1 6 0     4 7 0
Western Michigan 0 7 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1975 Western Michigan Broncos football team represented Western Michigan University in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) during the 1975 NCAA Division I football season. In their first season under head coach Elliot Uzelac, the Broncos compiled a 7–4 record (6–3 against MAC opponents), finished in ninth place in the MAC, and were outscored by their opponents, 297 to 119.[1][2][3] The team played its home games at Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan.[4]

The team's statistical leaders included Sollie Boone with 318 passing yards, Dan Matthews with 873 rushing yards, and Ted Forrest with 286 receiving yards.[5] Linebacker Duncan McKerracher and fullback/middle guard Jim White were the team captains.[6] For the second consecutive year, fullback Dan Matthews received the team's most outstanding player award.[7]

Uzelac was hired as Western Michigan's head football coach in December 1974. Uzelac was 33 years old at the time of his hiring. He was a Western Michigan alumnus, having graduated in 1964. He had served previously as an assistant coach for the Michigan Wolverines and Detroit Lions.[8]

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 6at Central MichiganL 0–34
September 13AkronL 21–27
September 20at MinnesotaL 38–0
September 27Northern IllinoisL 0–20
October 4at Bowling GreenL 0–28
October 11Kent StateL 17–22
October 18ToledoL 7–25
October 25at MarshallL 19–21
November 1at OhioL 10–24
November 8MiamiL 21–44
November 15Eastern MichiganW 24–10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football Records: Annual Results". Western Michigan University. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Football Records: Year-By-Year Results - 1970 - 79". Western Michigan University. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  3. ^ "1975 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. ^ "1975 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. ^ "At Western Michigan Uzelac Named New Football Coach". The Times Recorder (Zanesville, OH). December 13, 1974. p. 3B.