2016 Western Illinois Leathernecks Football Team
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2016 Western Illinois Leathernecks Football Team
2016 Western Illinois Leathernecks football
Western Illinois Leathernecks wordmark.svg
ConferenceMissouri Valley Football Conference
2016 record6-5 (3-5 MVFC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorDoug Malone (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorDavid Elsen (1st season)
Home stadiumHanson Field
(Capacity: 17,128)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 Missouri Valley Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 3 North Dakota State +^   7 1         12 2  
No. 6 South Dakota State +^   7 1         9 4  
No. 2 Youngstown State ^   6 2         12 4  
Illinois State ^   4 4         6 6  
Northern Iowa   4 4         5 6  
Western Illinois   3 5         6 5  
South Dakota   3 5         4 7  
Indiana State   2 6         4 7  
Missouri State   2 6         4 7  
Southern Illinois   2 6         4 7  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS Poll

The 2016 Western Illinois Leathernecks football team represented Western Illinois University in the 2016 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by first-year head coach Charlie Fisher and played their home games at Hanson Field. They were a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC). They finished the season 6-5, 3-5 in MVFC play to finish in a tie for sixth place.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 16:00 pmat Eastern Illinois*No. 20OVCDN
WEIU
W 38-217,618
September 103:00 pmNo. 19 Northern Arizona*No. 18ESPN3W 34-206,732
September 242:30 pmat Northern Illinois*No. 13ESPN3W 28-2315,496
October 16:00 pmat No. 15 South Dakota StateNo. 8ESPN3L 14-5214,155
October 83:00 pmIndiana StatedaggerNo. 13
  • Hanson Field
  • Macomb, IL
ESPN3W 36-355,487
October 152:00 pmat Missouri StateNo. 12ESPN3W 38-3512,639
October 226:00 pmNo. 4 North Dakota StateNo. 12
  • Hanson Field
  • Macomb, IL
ESPN3L 13-215,329
October 292:00 pmat South DakotaNo. 13ESPN3
Midco SN
W 35-348,412
November 51:00 pmIllinois StateNo. 12
  • Hanson Field
  • Macomb, IL
ESPN3L 26-313,589
November 121:00 pmNorthern IowaNo. 19
  • Hanson Field
  • Macomb, IL
ESPN3L 23-303,412
November 192:00 pmat Southern IllinoisNo. 23ESPN3L 34-445,362

Game summaries

at Eastern Illinois

1 2 3 4 Total
#20 Leathernecks 14 10 7 7 38
Panthers 7 0 14 0 21

Northern Arizona

1 2 3 4 Total
#19 Lumberjacks 13 0 7 0 20
#18 Leathernecks 3 10 14 7 34

at Northern Illinois

1 2 3 4 Total
#13 Leathernecks 14 0 14 0 28
Huskies 0 7 0 16 23

Western Illinois beat Northern Illinois, 28-23. The Leathernecks were leading 28-7 in the third quarter and held on for the win. WIU quarterback Sean McGuire went 21 for 37 for 315 yards. Wide receiver Joey Borsellino had nine catches for 148 yards. This was Western's first-ever victory over an FBS team.[1]

at South Dakota State

1 2 3 4 Total
#8 Leathernecks 14 0 0 0 14
#15 Jackrabbits 7 21 24 0 52

Indiana State

1 2 3 4 Total
Sycamores 7 7 21 0 35
#13 Leathernecks 0 20 7 9 36

at Missouri State

1 2 3 4 Total
#12 Leathernecks 10 7 14 7 38
Bears 0 7 7 21 35

North Dakota State

1 2 3 4 Total
#4 Bison 7 14 0 0 21
#12 Leathernecks 3 3 7 0 13

at South Dakota

1 2 3 4 Total
#13 Leathernecks 14 0 14 7 35
Coyotes 17 14 0 3 34

Illinois State

1 2 3 4 Total
Redbirds 14 7 7 3 31
#12 Leathernecks 0 16 3 7 26

Northern Iowa

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 6 7 10 30
#19 Leathernecks 0 3 6 14 23

at Southern Illinois

1 2 3 4 Total
#23 Leathernecks 3 21 7 3 34
Salukis 14 0 10 20 44

Ranking movements

Ranking movements
Legend: Increase in ranking. Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ? = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final
STATS FCS 20 18 16 13 8 13 12 12 13 12 19 23 RV RV
Coaches 24 18 16 13 8-T 14 13 13 15 14 19 24 RV RV

References

  1. ^ Severson, Jesse (September 24, 2016). "NIU Football: Western Illinois Shocks Huskies; NIU Drops to 0-4". Daily Chronicle. DeKalb. Retrieved 2016. For the Leathernecks, who came in ranked No. 13 in the FCS coaches poll, it is the first win over an FBS school in 15 attempts. "We saw teams in our conference do it, North Dakota State beat Iowa, and we said why not us?" Western Illinois wide receiver Joey Borsellino said.

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