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The Eastern Michigan Eagles are a college football program at Eastern Michigan Universitymarker. They compete in Division I Football Bowl Subdivision and the Mid-American Conference.

Current Head Coach

  • Ron English, former Defensive Coordinator at the University of Michigan, and most recently the University of Louisville, has been named Head Coach of the Eastern Michigan football program. He is one of just a few Black head coaches in the top division of college football. Among others, Tyrone Wheatley, former University of Michigan, New York Giants, and Oakland Raiders running back, has been hired to English's staff.


Recent Seasons' Results

The 2005 season saw improvement as the Eagles finished with a 4-7 overall record and a 3-5 MAC mark. However, that final mark could just as easily have been 6-5 or even 7-4, as the Eagles dropped two one-point games, one two-point game, and one seven-point game.

In 2006, EMU had just one win, homecoming against Toledo. But again, the total could have been a lot higher. They lost two games by 8, one game in overtime by 7, one game by 6, and two games by 3.

In 2007, EMU had a big come-from-behind win on the road over Northern Illinois early in the season. They were down 13-0, but ended up winning 21-19, when they blocked NIU's winning field goal attempt at the end of the game. The next week, they had a big win over Division I-AA Howard at home, and were 2-2 and optimistic. Two weeks later they had their best showing ever against the University of Michigan, dropping a 33-22 match in which they largely stifled Michigan's all-time leading QB Chad Henne, and returned a blocked kick for a score. Later, they beat Western Michigan decisively, 19-2, with only a mistake for a safety keeping them from their first shutout since 1997. To end the season, they traveled to Mount Pleasant to face a highly favored, and bowl-bound, Central Michigan team. CMU's quarterback Dan LeFevour would join Vince Young as the only QBs to pass for 3,000 and rush for 1,000 yards in a season. However, they could not get past EMU, losing to the Eagles 48-45. If there's a such thing as a good 4-8 season, this was it.

2008 started with a bang in a 52-0 defeat of lowly Indiana State (in November, they would complete their second consecutive winless season). For longtime fans, this was repayment for an embarrassing loss to ISU in 2001. With a couple exceptions, the rest of the year was disappointing however. Eastern lost 4 straight after the opener, and was never close in any of them. Then they pulled off a road upset of Bowling Green, who had beaten BCS member Pittsburgh earlier in the year. But after that, they had two close losses by three at West Point to Army, and by seven at home to Akron. After a loss to Temple on November 22, 2008, Eastern Michigan fired coach Jeff Genyk, but would allow him to coach the Eagle's final game of the season against rival Central Michigan. As mentioned above, many games lost by 7 points or less was one of the reasons given for firing Genyk. Eastern won that game, 56-52. National records were set against CMU as QB Andy Schmitt had 58 completions and Tyler Jones tied a record by catching 23 passes. Schmitt finished 58/80 for 516 yards (school record), threw 5 TDs, and ran for one more. Most of these records were reset from just the week prior against Temple. In that game, Schmitt finished 50/76 for 485 yards, but Eastern was outscored by three. His 76 passes in a game without an interception set an NCAA record. He was only intercepted once against Central with 80 passes. Schmitt's return as a 5th year senior in 2009 is a point of optimism for fans. For those two games he was 108/156 for 1001 yards and 1 interception.

Unfortunately, early in 2009, Schmitt suffered a career-ending knee injury after being largely ineffective in the few games he played in. His dropoff in statistics was mostly due to Eastern's change from a "Spread" offense to a "Pro-Style" offense. Eastern finished 2009 without a win, their first winless season since 1981 - although the 1981 season was part of a 27 game losing streak, and the current losing streak is only at 12. Once again, the season started better than it turned out in the end. The second game of the year, the Eagles traveled to Northwestern, and after falling down 21-0 in the second quarter, they ended up tying the game with 2 minutes left at 24, before Northwestern kicked a game winning field goal in the closing seconds. The following week, they had another trip just across the county to play Michigan. Similar to their 2006 game at Michigan State, they played a very competitive first half, only trailing by one score. But like many times before, they couldn't put two good halves together. They were outscored 21-0 in the second half, and gave up 380 yards rushing total. Andy Schmitt was lost for the year against Michigan. The rest of the season they used former starting quarterback Kyle McMahon, and freshman Alex Gillet, giving him good experience for the future. Eastern scored no more than 12 points in any of the next three games, including a 56-8 loss at Central Michigan. The week after that, they nearly beat Ball State who was also winless at the time. The difference was a safety in the fourth quarter. Next, they had one more non-conference game as they traveled to Arkansas. This game was the opposite of the Michigan game - bad first half, good second half. They were down 42-0 before eventually losing 63-27. For the rest of the year, they were only close in the finale at Akron, losing by 7. In previous years, Eastern was able to get at least a few wins because of a high scoring offense. The loss of their quarterback ended that, and their defense was bad this year even by their standards. Eastern gave up more rushing yards than almost anyone in the nation, which was their downfall. Because of this, they appeared to have one of the best passing defenses, but this was mostly an illusion. Everyone knew they couldn't stop the run, so opponents just didn't call many pass plays.

Stadium



All-Time Win-Loss Record after the 2007 season

  • 423-498-47


Conference Championships

Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association

  • 1896
  • 1925

Michigan Collegiate Conference

  • 1927
  • 1928
  • 1929
  • 1930

Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

  • 1954
  • 1955
  • 1957

Mid-American Conference

  • 1987


Bowl appearances



Trophy Games



Pro Football Hall of Famersmarker



Current NFL Players



Former NFL players



External links



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