2014 Western Michigan Broncos football team

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2014 Western Michigan Broncos football
Western Michigan Broncos text logo.svg
Conference Mid-American Conference
Division West Division
2014 record 8–5 (6–2 MAC)
Head coach P. J. Fleck (2nd season)
Offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca (2nd season)
Defensive coordinator Ed Pinkham (2nd season)
Home stadium Waldo Stadium
(Capacity: 30,200)
Seasons
← 2013
2015 →
2014 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Bowling Green x   5 3         8 6  
Ohio   4 4         6 6  
Buffalo   3 4         5 6  
Akron   3 5         5 7  
UMass   3 5         3 9  
Miami   2 6         2 10  
Kent State   1 6         2 9  
West Division
Northern Illinois xy$   7 1         11 3  
Toledo x   7 1         9 4  
Western Michigan   6 2         8 5  
Central Michigan   5 3         7 6  
Ball State   4 4         5 7  
Eastern Michigan   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Northern Illinois 51, Bowling Green 17
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2014 Western Michigan Broncos football team represented Western Michigan University (WMU) in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by second-year head coach P. J. Fleck and played their home games at Waldo Stadium as a member of the West Division of the Mid-American Conference (MAC). They finished the season 8–5, 6–2 in MAC play to finish in third place in the West Division, they were invited to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl where they lost to Air Force.

WMU lost its season opener against Purdue, 43–34. Freshman running back Jarvion Franklin rushed for 163 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries, the 163 yards were the third-highest by a freshman in the NCAA. He was named MAC West Offensive Player of the Week.[1]

At the end of the 2014 season, head coach P. J. Fleck was awarded with the Mid American Conference Head Coach of the Year award. Jarvion Franklin was named the MAC Offensive Player of the Year, becoming the first freshman to ever receive the honor.[2]

Previous season[edit]

In 2013, the Broncos finished at 1–11 (1–7 MAC), tied for fifth place in the MAC West division. Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Jaime Wilson, the 2012 MAC Freshman of the Year, transferred in the offseason to be closer to home.[3]

Recruiting class[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 Noon at Purdue* Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ESPNU L 34–43   37,031[4]
September 13 5:00 pm at Idaho* Kibbie DomeMoscow, ID ESPN3 W 45–33   14,721
September 20 7:00 pm Murray State* Waldo StadiumKalamazoo, MI ESPN3 W 45–14   22,226[5]
September 27 12:30 pm at Virginia Tech* Lane StadiumBlacksburg, VA ESPN3 L 17–35   59,625[6]
October 4 7:00 pm Toledo Waldo Stadium • Kalamazoo, MI ESPN3 L 19–20 OT  11,493
October 11 3:00 pm at Ball State Scheumann StadiumMuncie, IN ESPN3 W 42–38   11,237
October 18 2:00 pm at Bowling Green Doyt Perry StadiumBowling Green, OH BCSN[7] W 26–14   15,201
October 25 2:00 pm Ohiodagger Waldo Stadium • Kalamazoo, MI ESPN3 W 42–21   20,225
November 1 2:30 pm at Miami (OH) Yager StadiumOxford, OH ESPN3[8] W 41–10   9,045
November 15 2:00 pm Eastern Michigan Waldo Stadium • Kalamazoo, MI (Michigan MAC Trophy) ESPN3 W 51–3   12,985
November 22 1:00 pm at Central Michigan Kelly/Shorts StadiumMount Pleasant, MI (Victory Cannon, Michigan MAC Trophy) ESPN3 W 32–20   17,265[9]
November 28 11:00 am Northern Illinois Waldo Stadium • Kalamazoo, MI ESPNU L 21–31   11,195
December 20 5:45 pm vs. Air Force* Albertsons StadiumBoise, ID (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl) ESPN L 24–38   18,223
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time Zone.
Schedule source:[10][11]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Year at
WMU
Alma mater
P. J. Fleck Head coach 2nd Northern Illinois (2004)
Kirk Ciarrocca Offensive coordinator 2nd Temple (1990)
Ed Pinkham Defensive coordinator, Defensive backs 2nd Allegheny (1975)
Mike Hart Running backs 1st Michigan (2008)
Bill Kenney Tight ends 2nd Norwich (1982)
Tim McGarigle Linebackers 3rd Northwestern (2006)
Vinson Reynolds Defensive line 2nd Northern Illinois (2004)
Matt Simon Wide receivers 1st Northern Illinois (2004)
Rob Wenger Special teams 2nd Colgate (2008)
Brian Callahan Offensive line 2nd Eastern Illinois (1992)
Reference:[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MAC announces week one football players of the week". Mid-American Conference. September 1, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ Drew, David (December 3, 2014). "WMU football coach P.J. Fleck named MAC Coach of the Year". MLive.com. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ Rickman, Martin (February 10, 2014). "Western Michigan wide receiver Jaime Wilson to transfer 'closer to home'". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Etling, Purdue hold off Western Michigan 43–34". espn.com. Associated Press. August 30, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Western Michigan runs past Murray State 45–14". espn.com. Associated Press. September 20, 2014. Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Western Michigan Broncos vs. Virginia Tech Hokies - Box Score - September 27, 2014 - ESPN". Scores.espn.go.com. September 27, 2014. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Week 8". Mattsarzsports.com. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Week 10". Mattsarzsports.com. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Western Michigan Broncos vs. Central Michigan Chippewas - Box Score - November 22, 2014 - ESPN". Scores.espn.go.com. November 22, 2014. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  10. ^ "2014 Western Michigan Broncos Football Schedule". FBS Schedules. Retrieved June 6, 2014. 
  11. ^ "2014-15 College Football Bowl Schedule - 2015 Playoff". Fbschedules.com. November 5, 2014. Archived from the original on March 18, 2015. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Football –Coaches". Retrieved November 28, 2014.