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1997 Virginia Tech Hokies football team

The 1997 Virginia Tech Hokies football team represented the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University during the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Frank Beamer.

1997 Virginia Tech Hokies football
ConferenceBig East Conference
1997 record7–5 (5–2 Big East)
Head coachFrank Beamer (11th season)
Offensive coordinatorRickey Bustle (4th season)
Defensive coordinatorBud Foster (3rd season)
Home stadiumLane Stadium
(Capacity: 50,000)
Seasons
← 1996
1998 →
1997 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 21 Syracuse $   6 1         9 4  
No. 23 Virginia Tech   5 2         7 5  
West Virginia   4 3         7 5  
Pittsburgh   4 3         6 6  
Miami (FL)   3 4         5 6  
Boston College   3 4         4 7  
Temple   3 4         3 8  
Rutgers   0 7         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 3012:30 p.m.at RutgersESPNW 59–1926,713
September 136:00 p.m.SyracuseNo. 22ESPNW 31–350,137
September 206:00 p.m.at TempleNo. 18W 23–1312,056
September 271:00 p.m.Arkansas State*No. 14
  • Lane Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA
W 50–042,178
October 41:00 p.m.Miami (OH)* No. 14
  • Lane Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA
L 17–2442,878
October 1112:00 p.m.Boston CollegeNo. 23
  • Lane Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA (rivalry)
ESPN+W 17–747,681
October 253:30 p.m.at No. 21 West VirginiaNo. 19CBSL 17–3063,649
November 11:00 p.m.UAB*No. 23
  • Lane Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA
W 37–037,411
November 86:00 p.m.Miami (FL)No. 20
  • Lane Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA (rivalry)
ESPN2W 27–2553,117
November 223:30 p.m.at PittsburghNo. 19L 23–3030,144
November 295:30 p.m.at Virginia*ESPNL 20–3444,200
January 1, 199812:30 p.m.vs. No. 7 North Carolina*NBCL 3–4254,116
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

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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 22 18 14 14 23 22 19 23 20 19 19 NR NR NR NR 
Coaches Poll 25 22 19 14 12 12 21 19 17 22 18 17 15 21 NR NR NR

RosterEdit

1997 Virginia Tech Hokies football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
G 64 Gennaro DiNapoli Sr
T 76 Dave Kadela Fr
G 69 Matt Lehr Fr
RB 28 Ken Oxendine Sr
QB 14 Nick Sorensen Fr
RB 38 Shyrone Stith So
G 75 Todd Washington Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 66 Chad Beasley Fr
DB 16 Cory Bird Fr
FS 1 Keion Carpenter Jr
CB 3 Ike Charlton So
DE 96 John Engelberger So
LB 43 Michael Hawkes So
CB 9 Anthony Midget So
DE 56 Corey Moore So
CB 20 Pierson Prioleau Jr
DT 71 David Pugh Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 17 Shayne Graham So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

ReferencesEdit