1982 Western Michigan Broncos football team

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1982 Western Michigan Broncos football
Conference Mid-American Conference
1982 record 7–2–2 (5–2–2 MAC)
Head coach Jack Harbaugh (1st season)
MVP Mark Kujacznski
Captain Les Garrett
Captain Dave Knapp
Captain Duane Wilson
Seasons
← 1981
1983 →
1982 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Bowling Green $ 7 2 0     7 5 0
Western Michigan 5 2 2     7 2 2
Miami 5 3 0     7 4 0
Central Michigan 5 3 1     6 4 1
Ohio 5 4 0     6 5 0
Toledo 5 4 0     6 5 0
Northern Illinois 5 4 0     5 5 0
Ball State 4 4 0     5 6 0
Eastern Michigan 1 7 1     1 9 1
Kent State 0 9 0     0 11 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1982 Western Michigan Broncos football team was an American football team that represented Western Michigan University during the 1982 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their first season under head coach Jack Harbaugh, the Broncos compiled a 7–2–2 record and finished in second place in the Mid-American Conference (MAC).[1]

The team's statistical leaders were Chris Conklin with 853 passing yards, Shawn Faulkner with 910 rushing yards, and Bob Phillips with 39 catches for 577 receiving yards.[2] Linebacker Les Garrett, defensive tackle/middle guard Dave Knapp, and tackle Duane Wilson were the team captains.[3] Defensive back Mark Kujacznski received the team's most outstanding player award.[4]

On December 10, 1981, Jack Harbaugh was hired as Western's head football coach. Harbaugh was 42 years old at the time and had been defensive coordinator at Stanford since 1980, he had played college football at Bowling Green and served as an assistant football coach at Michigan from 1973 to 1979.[5]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
Sept. 4 Grand Valley State W 28–3
Sept. 11 at Marshall W 34–0
Sept. 25 Kent State W 24–14
Oct. 2 at Bowling Green L 3–7
Oct. 9 at Central Michigan T 18–18
Oct. 16 Miami W 10–0
Oct. 23 at Ball State L 6–13
Oct. 30 Northern Illinois W 27–3
Nov. 6 at Toledo W 17–10
Nov. 13 Ohio W 16–7
Nov. 20 at Eastern Michigan T 3–3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1982 Western Michigan Broncos Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ "1982 Western Michigan Broncos Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 30, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Football History: All-Time Captains". Western Michigan University. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Football History: Team Awards". Western Michigan University. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Former U-M assistant named coach at WMU". Detroit Free Press. December 11, 1981. p. 3D.