1997 Utah State Aggies football team

The 1997 Utah State Aggies football team represented Utah State University in the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was led by third-year head coach John L. Smith and played their home games at Romney Stadium in Logan, Utah.

1997 Utah State Aggies football
Big West co-champion
ConferenceBig West Conference
Record6–6 (4–1 Big West)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorBobby Petrino (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorChris Smeland (3rd season)
Home stadiumRomney Stadium
(Capacity: 30,257)
Seasons
← 1996
1998 →
1997 Big West Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Utah State +   4 1     6 6  
Nevada +   4 1     5 6  
Boise State   3 2     5 6  
Idaho   2 3     5 6  
North Texas   2 3     4 7  
New Mexico State   0 5     2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions

Utah State was co-champion of the Big West Conference, completed the regular season with a 6–5 record (4–1 in conference), and received an invitation to the inaugural Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho. The Aggies were defeated by Cincinnati, 35–19,[1] in their last bowl appearance until 2011. Smith left for Louisville after the season, and was succeeded by Dave Arslanian in 1998.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
August 30at Utah*W 21–1433,804
September 6Idaho State*W 41–720,497
September 13No. 25 Colorado State*
  • Romney Stadium
  • Logan, UT
L 24–3522,097
September 20New Mexico*
  • Romney Stadium
  • Logan, UT
L 22–2515,112
October 3at No. 24 BYU*L 35–4265,754
October 11Oregon State*L 16–2423,210
October 18New Mexico State
  • Romney Stadium
  • Logan, UT
W 38–717,251
October 25at IdahoW 63–1711,163
November 1Boise State
  • Romney Stadium
  • Logan, UT
W 24–2018,205
November 15at NevadaW 38–1922,780
November 22at North TexasL 48–516,750
December 29vs. Cincinnati*L 19–3516,289
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP poll

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1997 Utah State Aggies Schedule and Results". Retrieved October 2, 2017.