2013 Western Michigan Broncos football team

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2013 Western Michigan Broncos football
Western Michigan Broncos text logo.svg
Conference Mid-American Conference
Division West Division
2013 record 1–11 (1–7 MAC)
Head coach P. J. Fleck (1st season)
Offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca (1st season)
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Ed Pinkham (1st season)
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Waldo Stadium
(Capacity: 30,200)
Seasons
← 2012
2014 →
2013 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Bowling Green x$   7 1         10 4  
Buffalo   6 2         8 5  
Ohio   4 4         7 6  
Akron   4 4         5 7  
Kent State   3 5         4 8  
UMass   1 7         1 11  
Miami   0 8         0 12  
West Division
Northern Illinois x   8 0         12 2  
Ball State   7 1         10 3  
Toledo   5 3         7 5  
Central Michigan   5 3         6 6  
Eastern Michigan   1 7         2 10  
Western Michigan   1 7         1 11  
Championship: Bowling Green 47, Northern Illinois 27
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2013 Western Michigan Broncos football team represented Western Michigan University (WMU) in the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by first-year head coach P. J. Fleck[1] and played their home games at Waldo Stadium as a member of the West Division of the Mid-American Conference (MAC). In 2013, the Broncos finished at 1–11 (1–7 MAC), and last place in the MAC West division.

Off-season[edit]

WMU was picked to finish fifth in the West division by members of the media.[2]

The Broncos gained national notoriety during the offseason from Fleck, the youngest head coach in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision.[3] Fleck introduced the "Row The Boat" theme, focusing on a group of people working together to reach a common goal.[4] He participated in a "polar plunge" to raise money for Special Olympics[5] and created a Harlem Shake video.[6]

Holly Anderson of Sports Illustrated and Grantland chose WMU as the "MAC team you should root for".[7][8] Deadspin posted an article commenting on a YouTube video[9] WMU produced introducing new traditions that were planned for Broncos home games.[10]

Season[edit]

WMU started the season with eight consecutive losses before winning their first game. They fell to Michigan State University and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) member Nicholls State University. Nicholls had won two games the previous two seasons. Both their wins came against National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) member Evangel College.

WMU finished the non-conference portion of the schedule losing to No. 17 Northwestern followed by a 59–3 blowout loss to Iowa. The Broncos then lost their first four MAC games.

Western Michigan defeated Massachusetts 31–30 in week nine of the season after Massachusetts failed to convert a two-point conversion with 22 seconds left in the game that would have given the Minutemen the lead.[11]

The Broncos failed to win consecutive games losing to Eastern Michigan (EMU) 35–32 the following week in overtime. The loss occurred a day after EMU fired head coach Ron English.[12] The loss also eliminated WMU from winning the Michigan MAC Trophy.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 8:00 pm at Michigan State* Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI BTN L 13–26   71,214[13]
September 7 7:00 pm Nicholls* Waldo StadiumKalamazoo, MI ESPN3 L 23–27   24,163[14]
September 14 9:00 pm at No. 17 Northwestern* Ryan FieldEvanston, IL BTN L 17–38   33,128[15]
September 21 Noon at Iowa* Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA BTN L 3–59   66,886[16]
September 28 7:00 pm Kent State Waldo Stadium • Kalamazoo, MI ESPN3 L 14–32   15,503[17]
October 5 3:00 pm at Toledo Glass BowlToledo, OH ESPN3 L 20–47   17,621[18]
October 12 2:00 pm Buffalodagger Waldo Stadium • Kalamazoo, MI ESPN3 L 0–33   14,722[19]
October 19 2:00 pm Ball State Waldo Stadium • Kalamazoo, MI ESPN3 L 17–38   10,274[20]
October 26 3:00 pm at Massachusetts Gillette StadiumFoxborough, MA ESPN3 W 31–30   20,571[21]
November 9 1:00 pm at Eastern Michigan Rynearson StadiumYpsilanti, MI (Michigan MAC Trophy) ESPN3 L 32–35 OT  2,177[22]
November 16 Noon Central Michigan Waldo Stadium • Kalamazoo, MI (WMU–CMU Rivalry Trophy, Michigan MAC Trophy) ESPN Plus L 22–27   22,071[23]
November 26 7:00 pm at No. 18 Northern Illinois Huskie StadiumDeKalb, IL ESPN2 L 14–33   17,679[24]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time..

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Awards[edit]

Donald Celiscar[edit]

Junior defensive back Donald Celiscar was named the MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week for Week 1. He had 10 tackles and two pass breakups in WMU's 26–13 loss to Michigan State.[26]

Corey Davis[edit]

Freshman wide receiver Corey Davis was named to the Fred Biletnikoff Award watchlist after the third week of the season.[27] Through five games, Davis has 16 receptions for 335 yards and two touchdowns.[28]

Andrew Haldeman[edit]

Sophomore placekicker Andrew Haldeman was named the MAC West Division Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 9. Haldeman made a 36-yard field goal along with four extra points in the Broncos first win of the season, a 31–30 victory over Massachusetts.[29]

J. Schroeder[edit]

Sophomore punter J. Schroeder received an honorable mention from the College Football Performance Awards for Week 1. He punted the ball 11 times (third most in the nation for the week) and had the 11th longest punt in the nation for the week.[30] Schroeder was named 1 of 85 candidates for the 2013 Ray Guy Award.[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Myerberg, Paul (December 18, 2012). "Western Michigan Makes Fleck Youngest Head Coach". USA Today. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ "MAC Announces 2013 Football Preseason Poll". Mid-American Conference. July 23, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Western Michigan hires P.J. Fleck". Associated Press. December 17, 2012. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ Watson, Graham (May 31, 2013). "Western Michigan coach P. J. Fleck tells emotional experience that led to the saying "Row The Boat"". Yahoo!. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ Watson, Graham (February 18, 2013). "Western Michigan coach P. J. Fleck takes the polar plunge for charity". Yahoo!. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ Watson, Graham (March 13, 2013). "Western Michigan gives us a Harlem Shake video like we've never seen". Yahoo!. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ Anderson, Holly (April 19, 2013). "KALAMAZOO, STAND UP!". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  8. ^ Anderson, Holly (June 11, 2013). "College Football Summer School: Get Yourself a MAC Team". Grantland. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  9. ^ "@WMU_Football Game Day Traditions 101 Version 2.0". WMU Athletics. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ Ley, Tom (September 4, 2013). "Western Michigan Coach Demonstrates "New Traditions" In Hilarious Video". Deadspin. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  11. ^ http://espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=332990113
  12. ^ http://espn.go.com/ncf/recap?id=333132199
  13. ^ "Michigan State beats Western Michigan 26–13". Associated Press. August 30, 2013. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Nicholls State holds on for 27–23 win over WMU". Associated Press. September 7, 2013. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Treyvon Green, No. 17 Northwestern run past Western Michigan". Associated Press. September 14, 2013. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Hawkeyes roll past Western Michigan 59–3". Associated Press. September 21, 2013. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Western Michigan Broncos – Recap – September 28, 2013 – ESPN". Scores.espn.go.com. September 28, 2013. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  18. ^ Glass Bowl, TOLEDO, OH (2013-10-05). "Western Michigan Broncos vs. Toledo Rockets – Recap – October 05, 2013 – ESPN". Scores.espn.go.com. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  19. ^ "Buffalo Bulls vs. Western Michigan Broncos – Recap – October 12, 2013 – ESPN". Scores.espn.go.com. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  20. ^ "Ball State Cardinals vs. Western Michigan Broncos – Recap". Espn.go.com. October 19, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Western Michigan Broncos vs. Massachusetts Minutemen – Recap –". Scores.espn.go.com. October 26, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  22. ^ http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=333132199
  23. ^ http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=333202711
  24. ^ http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=333302459
  25. ^ "Football – 2013 Schedule/Results". Wmubroncos.com. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  26. ^ "MAC Names Week One Football Players Of The Week". Mid-American Conference. September 2, 2013. Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
  27. ^ "2013 Biletnikoff Award Watch List « Biletnikoff Award". Biletnikoffaward.com. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Corey Davis Bio – WMUBroncos.com—Official Web Site of Western Michigan Athletics". Wmubroncos.com. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  29. ^ "MAC Names Week Nine Football Players of the Week > MAC > News". Mac-sports.com. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Christion Jones is CFPA National Performer of the Week". College Football Performance Awards. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Schroeder Named Ray Guy Award Candidate – WMUBroncos.com—Official Web Site of Western Michigan Athletics". Wmubroncos.com. Retrieved October 28, 2013.