2009 Western Michigan Broncos football team

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2009 Western Michigan Broncos football
Western Michigan Broncos text logo.svg
Conference Mid-American Conference West Division
2009 record 5–7 (4–4 MAC)
Head coach Bill Cubit
Offensive coordinator Bill Cubit
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Steve Morrison
Home stadium Waldo Stadium
Seasons
« 2008 2010 »
2009 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Ohio xy   7 1         9 5  
Temple x   7 1         9 4  
Bowling Green   6 2         7 6  
Kent State   4 4         5 7  
Buffalo   3 5         5 7  
Akron   2 6         3 9  
Miami   1 7         1 11  
West Division
#23 Central Michigan x   8 0         12 2  
Northern Illinois   5 3         7 6  
Western Michigan   4 4         5 7  
Toledo   3 5         5 7  
Ball State   2 6         2 10  
Eastern Michigan   0 8         0 12  
Championship: Central Michigan 20, Ohio 10
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009 Western Michigan Broncos football team represented Western Michigan University in the 2009 NCAA football season. The WMU football team was coached by Bill Cubit and played their homes game in Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan. WMU finished the season 5–7, defeating fellow Mid-American Conference (MAC) members Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, Miami and Toledo, Football Championship Subdivision team Hofstra and losing to rival Central Michigan, Kent State, Northern Illinois, Ball State, Big Ten Conference members Indiana, Michigan and Michigan State.

Senior running back Brandon West set NCAA and MAC records for career all-purpose yards and career kick return yards during the week four game against Hofstra.[1] West passed Miami running back Travis Prentice for all-purpose yards (6,111) and Eastern Michigan's Trumaine Riley for kick return yards (2,541).[1] West also currently holds the National Collegiate Athletic Association record for active career record holder for all-purpose yards, kick return yards and kick returns.[1]

2008 summary[edit]

Western Michigan finished the 2008 season 9–4 overall and 6–2 in the Mid-American Conference. WMU finished tied for second in the West Division, defeating Big Ten Conference member Illinois and Western Athletic Conference member Idaho in the non-conference portion of the schedule. WMU participated in the Texas Bowl, losing to Rice 38–14. Over the course of the season, the Broncos received votes in both the AP Poll and the USA Today Coaches' Poll.

Awards[edit]

Mid-American Conference Player of the Week[edit]

  • Jamail Berry, S
    • Week 3 (Defense) – Recovered a fumble for a touchdown, one interception and a blocked PAT in 48–26 win over Miami. On the game's first play from scrimmage, Berry recovered a fumble and returned it 24 yards for the opening score. He recorded his first career interception on Miami's third possession. Berry blocked the PAT attempt in the third quarter.[2]
    • Week 11 (Defense) – Five tackles, career-high two interceptions and one recovered fumble in a 35–14 win at Eastern Michigan.[3]
  • Austin Pritchard, LB
    • Week 2 (Defense) – Blocked fourth quarter field goal, game-high 12 tackles.[4]
    • Week 4 (Defense) – Recorded ten tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack in 24–10 win over Hofstra.[5]
  • Brandon West, RB / KR
    • Week 6 (Offense) – Rushed for 153 yards and three touchdowns. Also threw for a touchdown pass in a 58–26 win vs. Toledo. West finished the game with 236 all-purpose yards.[6]
    • Week 8 (Special teams) – Gained 108 return yards, 282 all-purpose yards and two rushing touchdowns in 34–31 overtime win over Buffalo.[7]
    • Week 10 (Special teams) – Recorded 142 kick return yards and 262 all-purpose yards in a 49–14 loss against Michigan State. During the game, West set the NCAA Division I FBS record for kick return yards in a career. West broke the record of 2,945 return yards set by Jessie Henderson of SMU.[8]
    • Week 11 (Special teams) – Two kick returns for 43 yards and 183 all-purpose yards to set the NCAA Division I FBS record for career all-purpose yards in 35–14 win at Eastern Michigan.[3]

Finalists[edit]

Watch lists[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5, 2009 3:30pm at Michigan* Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ABC/ESPN2 L 31–7   109,019[17]
September 12, 2009 12:00pm at Indiana* Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN BTN L 23–19   35,162[18]
September 19, 2009 7:00pm Miami (OH) Waldo StadiumKalamazoo, MI W 48–26   24,372[19]
September 26, 2009 7:00pm Hofstra* Waldo StadiumKalamazoo, MI W 24–10   16,116[20]
October 3, 2009 3:30pm at Northern Illinois Huskie StadiumDeKalb, IL CSNC L 38–3   17,608[21]
October 10, 2009 7:00pm at Toledo Glass BowlToledo, OH W 58–26   18,029[22]
October 17, 2009 3:30pm Central Michigan Waldo StadiumKalamazoo, MI (Michigan MAC Trophy, WMU–CMU Rivalry Trophy) FSD+[23] L 34–23   27,896[24]
October 24, 2009 2:00pm Buffalodagger Waldo StadiumKalamazoo, MI W 34–31 OT  12,924[25]
October 31, 2009 2:00pm at Kent State Dix StadiumKent, OH L 26–14   15,206[26]
November 7, 2009 12:00pm at Michigan State* Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI BTN L 49–14   73,910[27]
November 14, 2009 1:00pm at Eastern Michigan Rynearson StadiumYpsilanti, MI (Michigan MAC Trophy) W 35–14   3,281[28]
November 24, 2009 7:00pm Ball State Waldo StadiumKalamazoo, MI ESPN2 L 22–17   20,344[29]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from USA Today Coaches' Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game notes[edit]

Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Western Michigan (0–1) 0 0 0 7 7
Michigan (1–0) 14 17 0 0 31

Michigan, 13 point favorites,[30] scored 14 points in the first quarter and 17 in the second to lead 31–0 at halftime. WMU scored in the fourth quarter on a 73-yard touchdown pass from Tim Hiller to Juan Nunez to avoid the shutout. WMU outpassed Michigan 263 yards to 197, but only gained 38 yards on the ground.

Hiller finished the game 22 of 38 for 259 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. WMU turned the ball over three times on the day, leading to seven Michigan points.

On defense, linebacker Austin Pritchard led the team with 13 tackles and a forced fumble.[31]

Recap | Boxscore

Indiana[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Western Michigan (0–2) 0 7 7 5 19
Indiana (2–0) 3 14 3 3 23

Recap | Boxscore

Miami[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Miami (0–3) 0 0 12 14 26
Western Michigan (1–2) 14 14 20 0 48

Recap | Boxscore

Hofstra[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hofstra (2–2) 7 3 0 0 10
Western Michigan (2–2) 0 17 0 7 24

Recap | Boxscore

Northern Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Western Michigan (2–3) 0 3 0 0 3
Northern Illinois (3–2) 7 14 10 7 38

Recap | Boxscore

Toledo[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Western Michigan (3–3) 20 21 10 7 58
Toledo (3–3) 6 6 7 7 26

Recap | Boxscore

Central Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Central Michigan (6–1) 10 17 0 7 34
Western Michigan (3–4) 3 10 3 7 23

Recap | Boxscore

Buffalo[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Buffalo (3–5) 7 0 14 10 0 31
Western Michigan (4–4) 14 3 7 7 3 34

Recap | Boxscore

Kent State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Western Michigan (4–5) 0 7 0 7 14
Kent State (5–4) 3 10 7 6 26

Recap | Boxscore

Michigan State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Western Michigan (4–6) 0 0 7 7 14
Michigan State (5–5) 21 14 0 14 49

Recap | Boxscore

Eastern Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Western Michigan (5–6) 7 21 0 7 35
Eastern Michigan (0–10) 7 7 0 0 14

Recap | Boxscore

Ball State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ball State (2–9) 6 7 3 6 22
Western Michigan (5–7) 0 10 0 7 17

Recap | Boxscore

Coaching staff[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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