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1997 Southern Miss Golden Eagles football team

The 1997 Southern Miss Golden Eagles football team represented the University of Southern Mississippi in the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Golden Eagles were led by eighth-year head coach Jeff Bower and played their home games at M. M. Roberts Stadium. In their second year in the Conference USA, they claimed their second-straight conference championship with a 6–0 C-USA record and a 9–3 record overall. They were invited to the 1997 Liberty Bowl, where they defeated Pittsburgh, 41–7. In the final AP and Coaches Polls of the season, the Golden Eagles were ranked 19th, which was the first ranked finish in school history.[1]

1997 Southern Miss Golden Eagles football
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Conference USA champion
Liberty Bowl champion
Liberty Bowl, W 41–7 vs. Pittsburgh
ConferenceConference USA
Ranking
CoachesNo. 19
APNo. 19
1997 record9–3 (6–0 C-USA)
Head coachJeff Bower (8th season)
Home stadiumM. M. Roberts Stadium
(Capacity: 33,000)
Seasons
← 1996
1998 →
1997 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 19 Southern Miss $   6 0         9 3  
Tulane   5 1         7 4  
East Carolina   4 2         5 6  
Cincinnati   2 4         8 4  
Memphis   2 4         4 7  
Houston   2 4         3 8  
Louisville   0 6         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResult
August 30at No. 2 Florida*L 6–21
September 6at Illinois*W 24–7
September 20Nevada*W 35–19
September 27at No. 21 Alabama*L 13–27
October 4Louisville
  • M. M. Roberts Stadium
  • Hattiesburgh, MS
W 42–24
October 11at East CarolinaW 23–13
October 25Tulane
W 34–13
November 1at CincinnatiNo. 24W 24–17
November 8at No. 8 Tennessee*No. 24L 20–44
November 15Houston
  • M. M. Roberts Stadium
  • Hattiesburg, MS
W 33–0
November 22at MemphisW 42–18
December 31vs. Pittsburgh*No. 22
W 41–7
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Source:[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles School History". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  2. ^ "1997 Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles Schedule and Results". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved May 10, 2017.