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The 1997 UCLA Bruins football team represented the University of California, Los Angeles in the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. They played their home games at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California and were coached by Bob Toledo. It was Toledo's second season as the UCLA head coach. The Bruins finished 10–2 overall, and were Pacific-10 Conference co-champions with a 7–1 record. The Bruins were invited to play in the Cotton Bowl Classic against Texas A&M on January 1, 1998. Though the Bruins were down 16-7 at the half, Cade McNown, the offensive MVP of the game, led the team to a 29–23 victory.[1] The team was ranked #5 in the final AP Poll and #5 in the final Coaches' Poll.

1997 UCLA Bruins football
UCLA Bruins logo.svg
Pac-10 co-champion
Cotton Bowl Classic champion
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 5
APNo. 5
1997 record10–2 (7–1 Pac-10)
Head coachBob Toledo (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorAl Borges (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorRocky Long (2nd season)
Home stadiumRose Bowl
(Capacity: 98,636)
Seasons
← 1996
1998 →
1997 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 9 Washington State +   7 1         10 2  
No. 5 UCLA +   7 1         10 2  
No. 14 Arizona State   6 2         9 3  
No. 18 Washington   5 3         8 4  
Arizona   4 4         7 5  
USC   4 4         6 5  
Oregon   3 5         7 5  
Stanford   3 5         5 6  
California   1 7         3 8  
Oregon State   0 8         3 8  
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

Pre-seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 3012:30 PMat Washington StateABCL 34–3726,000
September 612:30 PMNo. 3 Tennessee*ABCL 24–3062,619
September 1312:30 PMat No. 11 Texas*ABCW 66–377,203
September 273:30 PMArizonaNo. 24
  • Rose Bowl
  • Pasadena, CA
FSNW 40–2750,188
October 43:30 PMHouston*No. 22
  • Rose Bowl
  • Pasadena, CA
FSW2W 66–1038,004
October 113:30 PMat OregonNo. 18FXW 39–3142,314
October 183:30 PMOregon StateNo. 17
  • Rose Bowl
  • Pasadena, CA
FSNW 34–1038,165
October 253:30 PMCaliforniaNo. 13
  • Rose Bowl
  • Pasadena, CA
W 35–1752,858
November 13:30 PMat StanfordNo. 12FSNW 27–754,332
November 1512:30 PMNo. 13 WashingtonNo. 9
  • Rose Bowl
  • Pasadena, CA
ABCW 52–2885,697
November 2212:30 PMat USCNo. 7ABCW 31–2491,350
January 110:30 AMvs. No. 20 Texas A&M*No. 5CBSW 29–2359,215
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Pacific time

Game summariesEdit

Washington State CougarsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bruins 21 7 3 3 34
Cougars 14 21 0 2 37

Tennessee VolunteersEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#3 Volunteers 0 24 3 3 30
Bruins 7 7 3 7 24

Texas LonghornsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bruins 28 14 21 3 66
#11 Longhorns 0 0 3 0 3

Arizona WildcatsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 7 0 20 0 27
#24 Bruins 31 6 0 3 40

Houston CougarsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 7 0 0 3 10
#22 Bruins 42 7 7 10 66

Oregon DucksEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#18 Bruins 27 3 6 3 39
Ducks 21 7 3 0 31

Oregon State BeaversEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Beavers 10 0 0 0 10
#17 Bruins 14 14 3 3 34

California Golden BearsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Bears 14 3 0 0 17
#13 Bruins 0 14 14 7 35

Stanford CardinalEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#12 Bruins 14 7 3 3 27
Cardinal 0 0 7 0 7

Washington HuskiesEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#13 Huskies 17 3 8 0 28
#9 Bruins 3 14 21 14 52

USC TrojansEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#7 Bruins 10 7 7 7 31
Trojans 14 7 3 0 24

The Bruins retained the Victory Bell for the seventh straight year.

Texas A&M Aggies (Cotton Bowl Classic)Edit

UCLA vs. Texas A&M
(Cotton Bowl Classic)
1 234Total
#5 UCLA 0 7148 29
#20 Aggies 7 970 23

RosterEdit

1997 UCLA Bruins football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 87 Danny Farmer So
T 71 Kris Farris Jr
RB 20 Skip Hicks Sr
QB 18 Cade McNown Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 35 Larry Atkins Jr
LB 50 Brendon Ayanbadejo Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Final 
AP NR NR NR RV 24 24 22 18 17 13 12 10 9 7 6 5 5 5 
Coaches RV RV NR RV RV RV 25 19 18 16 13 11 10 9 7 6 6 5 
Harris Not released Not released 
BCS Not released Not released

Awards and honorsEdit

Skip Hicks, Chad Overhauser, and Chris Sailer were selected to the 1997 College Football All-America Team.

1998 NFL DraftEdit

The following players were selected in the 1998 NFL Draft.

Player Round Pick Position NFL Team
Shaun Williams 1 24 Free Safety New York Giants
Skip Hicks 3 69 Running Back Washington Redskins
Chad Overhauser 7 217 Offensive Guard Chicago Bears


ReferencesEdit