1986 Western Michigan Broncos football team

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1986 Western Michigan Broncos football
Conference Mid-American Conference
1986 record 3–8 (3–5 MAC)
Head coach Jack Harbaugh (5th season)
MVP Mark Garalczyk
Captain Chris Conklin, Sam Culbert, Mark Garalczyk
Home stadium Waldo Stadium
Seasons
← 1985
1987 →
1986 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Miami $ 6 2 0     8 4 0
Toledo 5 3 0     7 4 0
Bowling Green 5 3 0     5 6 0
Kent State 5 3 0     5 6 0
Ball State 4 4 0     6 5 0
Eastern Michigan 4 4 0     6 5 0
Central Michigan 4 4 0     5 5 0
Western Michigan 3 5 0     3 8 0
Ohio 0 8 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1986 Western Michigan Broncos football team represented Western Michigan University in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) during the 1986 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their fifth and final season under head coach Jack Harbaugh, the Broncos compiled a 3–8 record (3–5 against MAC opponents), finished in eighth place in the MAC, and were outscored by their opponents, 257 to 183.[1][2][3] The team played its home games at Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan.[4]

The team's statistical leaders included Chris Conklin with 1,668 passing yards, Joe Glenn with 602 rushing yards, and Kelly Spielmaker with 575 receiving yards.[5] Quarterback Chris Conklin, guard Sam Culbert, and defensive tackle Mark Garalczyk were the team captains.[6] Garalczyk received the team's most outstanding player award;[7] he was also selected as the MAC defensive player of the year.[8]

On November 17, 1986, two days after the final game of the season, and despite winning three of the last five games, coach Harbaugh was fired. Harbaugh had compiled a record of 25–27–3. Michigan coach Bo Schembechler called Harbaugh's firing "one of the tragedies of sport", referred to the head coaching job at Western as "the worst job in America", and said that Western had "the worst-administered athletic department, maybe the worst-administered school."[9]

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 6at Eastern MichiganL 14–21
September 13TempleL 17–49
September 20Long Beach State
  • Waldo Stadium
  • Kalamazoo, MI
L 13–14
September 27at Michigan StateL 10–45
October 4at Bowling GreenL 3–17
October 11at Central Michigan L 10–18
October 18Miami (OH)
  • Waldo Stadium
  • Kalamazoo, MI
W 27–17
October 25at Ball StateL 10–24
November 1at ToledoL 7–28
November 8Ohio
  • Waldo Stadium
  • Kalamazoo, MI
W 45–17
November 15Kent State
  • Waldo Stadium
  • Kalamazoo, MI
W 27–7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football Records: Annual Results". Western Michigan University. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  2. ^ "Football Records: Year-By-Year Results - 1980 - 89". Western Michigan University. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  3. ^ "1986 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. ^ "1986 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 7, 2016.
  7. ^ "Football History: Team Awards". Western Michigan University. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  8. ^ "Football History: Conference Awards". Western Michigan University. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  9. ^ Mick McCabe (November 18, 1986). "WMU coach Harbaugh fired". Detroit Free Press. p. 1D.