2008 Western Michigan Broncos football team
|2008 Western Michigan Broncos football|
|2008 record||9–4 (6–2 MAC)|
|Head coach||Bill Cubit (4th season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Bill Cubit|
|Defensive coordinator||Steve Morrison|
|Home stadium||Waldo Stadium
|2008 Mid-American Conference football standings|
|Ball State x||8||–||0||12||–||2|
|Championship: Buffalo 42, Ball State 24|
The 2008 Western Michigan Broncos football team represented Western Michigan University in the 2008 NCAA football season. The team was coached by Bill Cubit and played their homes game in Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Western Michigan was 9–4 overall and 6–2 in the Mid-American Conference after defeating conference opponents Northern Illinois, Temple, Ohio, Buffalo, Eastern Michigan and Toledo, Big Ten Conference member Illinois, Western Athletic Conference member Idaho and Football Championship Subdivision team Tennessee Tech. Western Michigan lost to Nebraska, rival Central Michigan and Ball State. Western Michigan played in the 2008 Texas Bowl, where they fell to Rice on December 30, 2008.
Over the course of the 2008 season, the Broncos received votes in the AP Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll, culminating with a top 30 ranking and 9–2 record in week 13. The Broncos no longer received votes after dropping their final two games.
- 1 2007 summary
- 2 Pre-season
- 3 Schedule
- 4 Game summaries
- 5 Awards
- 6 Coaching staff
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The Broncos finished the 2007 season 5–7 overall and 3–4 in the Mid-American Conference (MAC). The highlight of the season was the 28–19 victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes, a team that finished 5th in the Big Ten Conference.
WMU was picked to finish third in the West Division, according to the MAC News Media Association. The Broncos also earned two first place votes and one vote to win the MAC Championship Game. Rival Central Michigan was picked to win the West Division. Bowling Green was selected to win the East Division.
- Louis Delmas, FS – East–West Shrine Game
- Londen Fryar, CB – East–West Shrine Game, Jim Thorpe Award
- Branden Ledbetter, TE – John Mackey Award
- Jamarko Simmons, WR – East–West Shrine Game
The 2008 recruiting class was ranked #1 in the MAC and #65 overall by Rivals.
|August 30||7:00 pm||at Nebraska*||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska||Fox Sports Net||L 24–47||84,485|
|September 6||7:00 pm||Northern Illinois||Waldo Stadium • Kalamazoo, Michigan||W 29–26||26,262|
|September 13||5:00 pm||at Idaho*||Kibbie Dome • Moscow, Idaho||ALT||W 51–28||15,003|
|September 20||7:00 pm||Tennessee Tech*||Waldo Stadium • Kalamazoo, Michigan||W 41–7||19,768|
|September 27||2:00 pm||at Temple||Lincoln Financial Field • Philadelphia||W 7–3||17,624|
|October 4||2:00 pm||Ohio||Waldo Stadium • Kalamazoo, Michigan||W 41–20||20,133|
|October 11||3:30 pm||at Buffalo||University at Buffalo Stadium • Amherst, New York||TWCSN||W 34–28 OT||15,025|
|October 18||12:00 pm||at Central Michigan||Kelly/Shorts Stadium • Mount Pleasant, Michigan (CMU–WMU Rivalry Trophy, Michigan MAC Trophy)||ESPN GamePlan||L 28–38||30,302|
|November 1||2:00 pm||Eastern Michigan||Waldo Stadium • Kalamazoo, Michigan (Michigan MAC Trophy)||W 31–10||19,917|
|November 8||12:00 pm||vs. Illinois*||Ford Field • Detroit||ESPN GamePlan||W 23–17||12,865|
|November 15||2:00 pm||Toledo||Waldo Stadium • Kalamazoo, Michigan||FSN Detroit/FSN Ohio||W 27–17||12,336|
|November 25||7:00 pm||at No. 15 Ball State||Scheumann Stadium • Muncie, Indiana||ESPN2||L 22–45||23,861|
|December 30||8:00 pm||vs. Rice*||Reliant Stadium • Houston (Texas Bowl)||NFL Network||L 14–38||58,880|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from USA Today Coaches' Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.|
|Western Michigan (0–1)||0||10||7||7||24|
Nebraska jumped out to a 17–0 lead in the second quarter that Western Michigan could not recover from.
WMU quarterback Tim Hiller was 30 of 49 for 342 yards and two touchdowns. Tight end Branden Ledbetter caught nine balls for 123 yards and a touchdown. The Broncos were held to eight rushing yards for the game.
|Northern Illinois (0–2)||7||3||3||13||26|
|Western Michigan (1–1)||7||7||0||15||29|
In the Mid-American Conference opening game for both teams, WMU overcame a 19–14 fourth quarter NIU lead with two Tim Hiller touchdown passes in the span of three minutes and six seconds. Hiller completed 21 of 30 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns for the game and running back Brandon West carried the ball 25 times for 175 yards.
NIU was playing without its freshman starting quarterback Chandler Harnish who left the game in the first quarter due to an injury. NIU outgained WMU 439 to 384 in total yards and had possession of the ball for 34:20 opposed to WMU's 25:40 time of possession.
|Western Michigan (2–1)||7||7||23||14||51|
After Idaho scored early in the third quarter to tie the game at 14–14, WMU outscored the Vandals 37–14 to cruise to a 51–28 win over the Western Athletic Conference member. WMU quarterback Tim Hiller completed 23 of 31 passes for 241 yards and four touchdowns. Wide receiver Jamarko Simmons caught six passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns.
Despite outgaining WMU 455 yards to 416 yards, Idaho could not stop WMU from scoring 23 points in 4:32 during the third quarter to put the game away.
|Tennessee Tech (2–2)||7||0||0||0||7|
|Western Michigan (3–1)||13||14||14||0||41|
Led by quarterback Tim Hiller's five touchdown passes, Western Michigan defeated Football Championship Subdivision opponent Tennessee Tech 41–7. The Broncos outgained Tennessee Tech 633 yards to 251 and gained 30 first downs compared to 13. Hiller completed 27 of 31 passes for 333 yards and running back Brandon West carried the ball for 133 yards and a touchdown on 14 rushes. Wide receiver Jamarko Simmons led all receivers with 10 catches for 115 yards and a touchdown.
|Western Michigan (4–1)||0||0||7||0||7|
|Western Michigan (5–1)||5||6||10||20||41|
|Western Michigan (6–1)||0||3||3||22||6||34|
|Western Michigan (6–2)||7||7||7||7||28|
|Central Michigan (5–2)||14||7||7||10||38|
|Eastern Michigan (2–8)||0||7||3||0||10|
|Western Michigan (7–2)||10||7||0||14||31|
|Western Michigan (8–2)||3||17||0||3||23|
|Western Michigan (9–2)||0||10||10||7||27|
|Western Michigan (9–3)||7||7||0||8||22|
|Ball State (12–0)||14||10||14||7||45|
|Western Michigan (9–4)||0||0||0||14||14|
Mid-American Conference Player of the Week
- Special teams
- John Potter, PK – week 11 (three field goals (31, 22, 45 yards), two point after touchdowns)
- Brandon West, RB/KR – week 6 (239 all-purpose yards, three touchdowns (one rushing, two receiving))
- Aaron Winchester, RB/KR – week 12 (71 kick return yards, 111 rushing yards, 22 receiving yards, 204 all-purpose yards)
Mid-American Conference Scholar Athlete of the Week
John Mackey National Tight End of the Week
Western Michigan had 12 All-MAC selections.
- First team
- Louis Delmas, FS
- Austin Pritchard, LB
- Jamarko Simmons, WR
- Second team
- E. J. Biggers, CB
- Zach Davidson, DL
- Londen Fryar, CB
- Branden Ledbetter, TE
- Third team
- Tim Hiller, QB
- Boston McCornell, LB
- Juan Nunez, WR
- Phillip Sawnson, OL
- Brandon West, RB
- Bill Cubit – Head Coach
- Steve Morrison – Defensive Coordinator
- Tim Daoust – Defensive Secondary
- Mike Grant – Wide Receivers
- Rick Kravitz – Safeties
- Peter McCarthy – Defensive Line
- Jake Moreland – Tight Ends
- A. J. Ricker – Offensive Assistant
- Mike Sabock – Running Backs, Special Teams
- Bob Stanley – Offensive Line
- Tim Knox – Director of Football Operations
- Ryan Cubit – Offensive Graduate Assistant
- Matt Ludeman – Defensive Graduate Assistant
- Votes are In - WMU is Rated Best by Rivals.com - WMUBroncos.com—Official Web Site of Western Michigan Athletics