Western Illinois Leathernecks football

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Western Illinois Leathernecks
2014 Western Illinois Leathernecks football team
First season 1903
Head coach Bob Nielson
1st year, 0–0 (–)
Home stadium Hanson Field
Stadium capacity 19,168
Location Macomb, IL
League NCAA Division I (FCS)
Conference Missouri Valley Football Conference
All-time record 497–415–38 (.543)
Postseason bowl record 0–0 (–)
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 2
Division titles 0
Heisman winners 0

Purple and Gold

Website goleathernecks.com
For information on all Western Illinois University sports, see Western Illinois Leathernecks
2014 team

The Western Illinois Leathernecks football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the Western Illinois University located in the U.S. state of Illinois. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The school's first football team was fielded in 1903. The team plays its home games at the 19,168 seat Hanson Field. They are coached by Bob Nielson.


Notable former players[edit]

Notable alumni include:

Year-by-year results[edit]



Season Bowl Champion Runner-Up
1949 Corn Bowl Western Illinois 13 Wheaton 0
1953 Corn Bowl Western Illinois 32 Iowa Wesleyan 0
1955 Corn Bowl Luther 24 Western Illinois 20
1956 Corn Bowl Western Illinois 21 Bradley 3
1997 Pecan Bowl McNeese State 14 Western Illinois 12
1998 Camellia Bowl Western Illinois 24 Florida A&M Rattlers 21
2003 Pecan Bowl Colgate 28 Western Illinois 27

1988 ||Gateway Bowl ||Western Illinois || 45 || Eastern Illinois || 8 ||


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