1979 Western Michigan Broncos football team

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1979 Western Michigan Broncos football
ConferenceMid-American Conference
1979 record6–5 (5–4 MAC)
Head coachElliot Uzelac (5th season)
MVPMatt Murphy
CaptainTom Henry, Matt Murphy
Home stadiumWaldo Stadium
Seasons
← 1978
1980 →
1979 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Central Michigan $ 8 0 1     10 0 1
Toledo 7 1 1     7 3 1
Western Michigan 5 4 0     6 5 0
Ball State 4 4 0     6 5 0
Ohio 4 4 0     6 5 0
Northern Illinois 3 3 1     5 5 1
Miami 3 4 0     6 5 0
Bowling Green 3 5 0     4 7 0
Eastern Michigan 1 6 1     2 8 1
Kent State 1 8 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1979 Western Michigan Broncos football team represented Western Michigan University in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) during the 1979 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their fifth season under head coach Elliot Uzelac, the Broncos compiled a 6–5 record (5–4 against MAC opponents), finished in third place in the MAC, and outscored their opponents, 186 to 120.[1][2][3] The team played its home games at Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan.[4]

The team's statistical leaders included Albert Little with 342 passing yards, Larry Caper with 844 rushing yards, and Tim Clysdale with 207 receiving yards.[5] Tight end Tom Henry and defensive tackle Matt Murphy were the team captains.[6] Murphy also received the team's most outstanding player award.[7]

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 8at Central MichiganL 0–10
September 15at South CarolinaL 7–24
September 22Northern IllinoisW 45–17
September 29Bowling GreenL 3–15
October 6Kent StateL 13–18
October 13at ToledoL 0–17
October 20Grand Valley StateW 37–0
October 27at OhioW 20–6
November 3MiamiW 24–3
November 10Ball StateW 20–10
November 17at Eastern MichiganW 17–7

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. ^ "1979 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. ^ "1979 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.