1997 Toledo Rockets football team

The 1997 Toledo Rockets football team was an American football team that represented the University of Toledo in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) during the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their seventh season under head coach Gary Pinkel, the Rockets compiled a 9–3 record (7–1 against MAC opponents), finished in first place in the MAC's West Division, lost to Marshall in the MAC Football Championship Game (14–34), and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 356 to 268.

1997 Toledo Rockets football
Toledo Rockets wordmark.svg
MAC West Division champion
ConferenceMid-American Conference
1997 record9–3 (7–1 MAC)
Head coachGary Pinkel (7th season)
Home stadiumGlass Bowl
Seasons
← 1996
1998 →
1997 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Marshall x$   7 1         10 3  
Miami   6 2         8 3  
Ohio   6 2         8 3  
Bowling Green   3 5         3 8  
Kent State   3 5         3 8  
Akron   2 7         2 9  
West Division
Toledo x   7 1         9 3  
Western Michigan   6 2         8 3  
Ball State   4 4         5 6  
Eastern Michigan   4 5         4 7  
Central Michigan   1 7         2 9  
Northern Illinois   0 8         0 11  
Championship: Marshall 34, Toledo 14
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions

The team's statistical leaders included Chris Wallace with 2,955 passing yards, Dwayne Harris with 1,278 rushing yards, and Brock Kreitzburg with 626 receiving yards.[1]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 6Purdue*W 36–2227,700
September 13Eastern Michigan
  • Glass Bowl
  • Toledo, OH
W 38–35
September 20at Western MichiganW 23–13
September 27Nevada*
  • Glass Bowl
  • Toledo, OH
W 31–13
October 11at Central MichiganW 41–10
October 18Northern Illinois
  • Glass Bowl
  • Toledo, OH
W 41–1422,183
October 25at Bowling GreenNo. 24W 35–20
November 1Miami (OH)No. 22
  • Glass Bowl
  • Toledo, OH
W 35–28
November 8at Ball StateNo. 18L 3–35
November 15Akron
  • Glass Bowl
  • Toledo, OH
W 42–10
November 22at UCF*L 17–3415,062
December 5at MarshallESPN2L 14–3428,021
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

[2]

RosterEdit

1997 Toledo Rockets football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
TE 82 Mike Amrozowicz   Fr
C 53 James Bates Sr
QB 17 Dan Cole   Fr
C 79 Andy Comer So
HB 6 Ray Curry Jr
WR 12 Romain Davis Sr
LB 44 Romules Durant Jr
WR 42 Greg Jones   Fr
RB 32 Kevin Kidd Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 15 Derrick Beckwith Jr
CB 31 Jason Bennett   Fr
CB 22 Fabian Burke Fr
CB 11 Kelly Herndon Jr
CB 4 Chris Holifield Sr
CB 42 Maurice Jefferson Jr
DT 91 Joey Jones Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster
Last update: 1998-01-29

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1997 Toledo Rockets Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  2. ^ "1997 Toledo Rockets Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 22, 2016.