2012 Western Michigan Broncos football team

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2012 Western Michigan Broncos football
Western Michigan Broncos text logo.svg
Conference Mid-American Conference
Division West Division
2012 record 4–8 (2–6 MAC)
Head coach Bill Cubit (8th year)
Offensive coordinator Bill Cubit, Ryan Cubit
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Rich Nagy (1st year)
Base defense 3–3–5[1][2]
Home stadium Waldo Stadium
(Capacity: 30,200)
Seasons
← 2011
2013 →
2012 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Kent State x   8 0         11 3  
Bowling Green   6 2         8 5  
Ohio   4 4         9 4  
Buffalo   3 5         4 8  
Miami   3 5         4 8  
UMass   1 7         1 11  
Akron   0 8         1 11  
West Division
#22 Northern Illinois x$   8 0         12 2  
Toledo   6 2         9 4  
Ball State   6 2         9 4  
Central Michigan   4 4         7 6  
Western Michigan   2 6         4 8  
Eastern Michigan   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Northern Illinois 44, Kent State 37
  • $ – Conference champion and BCS representative as top non-AQ school to meet automatic qualification criteria
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • UMass not eligible for conference title or bowl game as part of FBS transition
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012 Western Michigan Broncos football team represented Western Michigan University in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by eighth-year head coach Bill Cubit and played their home games at Waldo Stadium as a member of the West Division of the Mid-American Conference (MAC). In 2011, the Broncos finished at 7–6 (5–3 MAC), third place in the MAC West division.

Western Michigan fired Cubit on November 17, 2012, following a season-ending loss to Eastern Michigan. WMU finished the year 4–8, its worst record since 2004.[3] P. J. Fleck, 32-year-old Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant, was named head coach on December 18, 2012.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 Noon at Illinois* Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL ESPNU L 7–24   43,441
September 8 7:00 pm Eastern Illinois* Waldo StadiumKalamazoo, MI ESPN3 W 52–21[4]   22,536
September 15 Noon at Minnesota* TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN BTN L 23–28   44,921
September 22 2:00 pm Connecticut* Waldo Stadium • Kalamazoo, MI ESPN3 W 30–24   10,328
September 29 7:00 pm Toledo Waldo Stadium • Kalamazoo, MI ESPN3 L 17–37   15,628
October 6 2:00 pm Massachusettsdagger Waldo Stadium • Kalamazoo, MI W 52–14   15,671
October 13 3:00 pm at Ball State Scheumann StadiumMuncie, IN ESPN3 L 24–30 OT  14,192
October 20 3:30 pm at Kent State Dix StadiumKent, OH L 24–41   16,128
October 27 Noon Northern Illinois Waldo Stadium • Kalamazoo, MI ESPN+ L 34–48   12,974
November 3 1:00 pm at Central Michigan Kelly/Shorts StadiumMount Pleasant, MI (Michigan MAC Trophy/Victory Cannon) ESPN3 W 42–31   15,322
November 10 3:30 pm at Buffalo UB StadiumAmherst, NY L 24–29   11,012
November 17 2:00 pm Eastern Michigan Waldo Stadium • Kalamazoo, MI (Michigan MAC Trophy) L 23–29   10,338
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game summaries[edit]

At Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 0 7 0 7
Fighting Illini 10 7 0 7 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–3 2011 ILL, 23–20

First quarter scoring: ILL – Ryan Lankford received a 64-yard pass from Nick Scheelhaase (Nick Immekus kick); Immekus kicked 43-yard field goal.

Second quarter scoring: ILL – Scheelhaase 4-yard run (Immekus kick).

Third quarter scoring: WMU – Jaime Wilson received an 8-yard pass from Alex Carder (Andrew Haldeman kick).

4th quarter scoring: ILL – Ashante Williams returned a 60-yard interception (Immekus kick).

Eastern Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 14 0 0 7 21
Broncos 14 28 3 7 52
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 1996 EIU, 28–20

Referee for the game was Tony Canella.

At Minnesota[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 3 7 7 6 23
Golden Gophers 7 14 7 0 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–3 1977 MINN, 10–0

Connecticut[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 0 7 7 10 24
Broncos 3 14 7 6 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2011 WMU, 38–31

Toledo[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rockets 17 3 14 3 37
Broncos 0 7 10 0 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
28–38 2011 TOL, 66–63

Massachusetts[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 0 7 0 7 14
Broncos 7 21 21 3 52
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

At Ball State[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Broncos 7 14 0 3 0 24
Cardinals 7 3 7 7 6 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
21–17 2011 WMU, 45–35

At Kent State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 7 3 14 0 24
Golden Flashes 7 10 7 17 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
33–18–1 2010 WMU, 38–3

Northern Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 7 10 14 17 48
Broncos 14 7 0 13 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
23–14 2011 NIU, 51–22

At Central Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 14 0 28 42
Chippewas 6 7 10 8 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
44–37–2 2011 WMU, 44–14

At Buffalo[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 14 7 3 24
Bulls 7 10 6 6 29
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–0 2009 WMU, 34–31

Eastern Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 14 3 9 3 29
Broncos 0 14 3 6 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
29–16–2 2011 EMU, 14–10

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