Apropos of nothing, I found this ticket stub from the Sept. 2 1989 Western Michigan vs. Temple game (WMU won, 31 – 24.) I leaned on College Football Reference for help in finding the score.
In looking at Western’s 5-6 record that season, I noticed the Broncos lost four of those six games each by just a point:
- 21-20 home loss to Eastern Michigan
- 14-13 road loss to Central Michigan
- 19-18 road loss to Toledo
- 31-30 home loss to Bowling Green
With a little luck, a 3-5 conference record could’ve been 5-3 or, with a lot of luck, 7-1.