2011 Western Michigan Broncos football team

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2011 Western Michigan Broncos football
Western Michigan Broncos text logo.svg
Conference Mid-American Conference West
2011 record 7–6 (5–3 MAC)
Head coach Bill Cubit (7th year)
Defensive coordinator Dave Cohen (2nd year)
Home stadium Waldo Stadium
(Capacity: 30,200)
Seasons
« 2010 2012 »
2011 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Ohio xy   6 2         10 4  
Temple   5 3         9 4  
Kent State   4 4         5 7  
Bowling Green   3 5         5 7  
Miami   3 5         4 8  
Buffalo   2 6         3 9  
Akron   0 8         1 11  
West
Northern Illinois xy   7 1         11 3  
Toledo x   7 1         9 4  
Western Michigan   5 3         7 6  
Ball State   4 4         6 6  
Eastern Michigan   4 4         6 6  
Central Michigan   2 6         3 9  
Championship: NIU 23, Ohio 20
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011 Western Michigan Broncos football team represented Western Michigan University during the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Broncos, led by seventh-year head coach Bill Cubit, compete in the West Division of the Mid-American Conference and played their home games at Waldo Stadium. They finished the season 7–6, 5–3 in MAC play to finish in third place in the West Division. They were invited to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl where they were defeated by Purdue 37–32.

Awards[edit]

MAC Player of the Week[edit]

Offensive[edit]

  • Jordan White, senior, wide receiver (five awards)
    • Week three: 13 receptions, 177 yards, two touchdowns, 64-yard punt return, 241 all-purpose yards[1]
    • Week four: 14 receptions, 134 yards, one touchdown[2]
    • Week six: 12 receptions, 156 yards[3]
    • Week nine: Nine receptions, 172 yards, two touchdowns[4]
    • Week 11: 16 receptions, 238 yards, three touchdowns[5]
  • Alex Carder, junior, quarterback (two awards)
    • Week five: 37 completions, 51 attempts, 479 yards passing (ninth most in MAC history), five touchdowns, zero interceptions[6]
    • Week 11: 548 yards (second-most in conference history), seven passing touchdowns (tied for most in conference history), one rushing touchdown[5]

Defensive[edit]

  • Johnnie Simon, sophomore, safety
    • Week nine: 10 tackles, pass break up, two quarterback hurries, interception[4]
  • Drew Nowak, senior, defensive line
    • Week twelve: 5 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 2.5 TFL, one fumble recovery[7]

Special teams[edit]

  • John Potter, senior, placekicker (three awards)
    • Week two: Five for five point after touchdowns, 40-yard field goal[8]
    • Week three: Five for five point after touchdowns, three field goals, four touchbacks[1]
    • Week 11: Nine for nine point after touchdowns, MAC's record holder for consecutive PATs made in a career[5]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 3:30 pm at Michigan* Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ABC/ESPN2 L 34–10[9]   110,506
September 10 7:00 pm Nicholls State* Waldo StadiumKalamazoo, MI W 38–7[10]   19,884
September 17 12:00 pm Central Michigan Waldo Stadium • Kalamazoo, MI (WMU–CMU Rivalry Trophy, Michigan MAC Trophy) ESPN Plus W 44–14   26,674
September 24 3:30 pm at #24 Illinois* Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL BTN L 23–20[11]   43,684
October 1 3:30 pm at Connecticut* Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, CT SNY W 38–31[12]   36,648
October 8 2:00 pm Bowling Greendagger Waldo Stadium • Kalamazoo, MI STO W 45–21[13]   20,238
October 15 3:30 pm at Northern Illinois Huskie StadiumDeKalb, IL CSN Chicago L 51–22[14]   20,277
October 22 1:00 pm at Eastern Michigan Rynearson StadiumYpsilanti, MI (Michigan MAC Trophy) L 14–10[15]   6,772
October 29 2:00 pm Ball State Waldo Stadium • Kalamazoo, MI W 45–35[16]   16,548
November 8 8:00 pm at Toledo Glass BowlToledo, OH ESPNU L 66–63[17]   16,107
November 16 8:00 pm at Miami (OH) Yager StadiumOxford, OH ESPN2 W 24–21   15,729
November 25 1:00 pm Akron Waldo Stadium • Kalamazoo, MI W 68–19[18]   16,582
December 27 4:30 pm vs. Purdue Ford FieldDetroit, MI (Little Caesars Pizza Bowl) ESPN L 37–32   46,177
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time Zone.

The Michigan game on September 3 was called after the 3rd quarter due to a lightning storm. By rule, both teams have to agree to end the game, which both teams did and Michigan was awarded the win.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES WEEK THREE FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE, DEFENSIVE AND SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK". Mid-American Conference. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ "MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES WEEK FOUR FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE, DEFENSIVE AND SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK". Mid-American Conference. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ "MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES WEEK SIX FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE, DEFENSIVE AND SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK". Mid-American Conference. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES WEEK NINE FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE, DEFENSIVE AND SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK". Mid-American Conference. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c "MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES WEEK ELEVEN FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE, DEFENSIVE AND SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK". Mid-American Conference. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ "MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES WEEK FIVE FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE, DEFENSIVE AND SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK". Mid-American Conference. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  7. ^ "MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES WEEK TWELVE FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE, DEFENSIVE AND SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK". Mid-American Conference. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  8. ^ "MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES WEEK TWO FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE, DEFENSIVE AND SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK". Mid-American Conference. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Michigan beats Western Michigan after game called in 3rd quarter". ESPN. Retrieved September 8, 2011. 
  10. ^ "W. Michigan 38, Nicholls 7". Associated Press. Retrieved September 11, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Illinois narrowly edges Western Michigan for best start since 1951". Associated Press. Retrieved September 26, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Alex Carder throws for 479 yards as Western Michigan knocks off UConn". Associated Press. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  13. ^ "W. Michigan 45, Bowling Green 21". ESPN.com. October 8, 2011. 
  14. ^ "N. Illinois 55, W. Michigan 22". ESPN.com. October 16, 2011. 
  15. ^ "E. Michigan 14, W. Michigan 10". Associated Press. Retrieved October 30, 2011. 
  16. ^ "W. Michigan 45, Ball St. 35". Associated Press. Retrieved October 30, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Toledo 66, W. Michigan 63". Associated Press. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  18. ^ "W. Michigan 68, Akron 19". Retrieved November 26, 2011. 

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