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1997 Washington State Cougars football team

The 1997 Washington State Cougars football team was an American football team that represented Washington State University in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) during the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their ninth season under head coach Mike Price, the Cougars went 10–1 in the regular season (7–1 in Pac-10), won the conference championship,[1] lost to #1 Michigan in the Rose Bowl,[2][3][4] and outscored their opponents 483 to 296.[5][6] They played their home games on campus at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington, and were ninth in the final rankings.

1997 Washington State Cougars football
Washington State COUGARS logo.gif
Pac-10 co-champion
Rose Bowl, L 16–21 vs. Michigan
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 9
APNo. 9
1997 record10–2 (7–1 Pac-10)
Head coachMike Price (9th season)
Offensive coordinatorJohn McDonell (4th season)
Defensive coordinatorBill Doba (4th season)
Home stadiumMartin Stadium
(Capacity: 37,600)
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

The team's statistical leaders included Ryan Leaf with 3,968 passing yards, Michael Black with 1,181 rushing yards, and Chris Jackson with 1,005 receiving yards.[7]

The Rose Bowl appearance was the first for Washington State in 67 years;[1][8] the next was five years later.[9][10]

Leaf decided to forego his remaining season of eligibility (1998) and entered the 1998 NFL Draft,[11][12] where he was the second overall selection.[13][14][15]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 3012:30 PMUCLAABCW 37–3426,000
September 133:30 PMat No. 23 USCFSNW 28–2151,655
September 209:30 AMat Illinois*No. 19ESPN2W 35–2247,131
September 272:00 PMBoise State*No. 15
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
W 58–034,131
October 41:00 PMat OregonNo. 15W 24–1343,516
October 182:00 PMCalifornia No. 13
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
W 63–3735,739
October 2512:30 PMArizonaNo. 10
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
ABCW 35–34 OT31,137
November 17:00 PMat No. 20 Arizona StateNo. 10FSNL 31–4473,644
November 82:00 PMSouthwestern Louisiana*No. 16
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
W 77–732,345
November 152:00 PMStanfordNo. 14
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
W 38–2840,306
November 2212:30 PMat No. 20 WashingtonNo. 11ABCW 41–3574,268
January 12:00 PMvs. No. 1 Michigan*No. 8ABCL 16–21101,219
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Pacific time

RosterEdit

1996 Washington State Cougars football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 13 Steve Birnbaum So
RB 6 Michael Black Sr
RB 24 Jason Clayton Jr
RB 1 DeJuan Gilmore Jr
C 62 Lee Harrison Sr
RB 37 Adam Hawkins Fr
WR 81 Chris Jackson Sr
TE 20 Love Jefferson Jr
QB 16 Ryan Leaf Jr
TE 86 Brenden Marshall Jr
C 76 Jason McEndoo Sr
WR 9 Kevin McKenzie Sr
T 76 Ryan McShane Sr
WR 45 Shawn McWashington Sr
T 79 Rob Rainville Jr
WR 82 Nian Taylor So
G 71 Cory Withrow Sr
WR 8 Shawn Tims Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 91 Leon Bender Sr
DE 90 Dorian Boose Sr
DE 46 Shane Doyle Sr
CB 3 LeJuan Gibbons So
LB 34 Steve Gleason So
DB 29 Torry Hollimon So
DT 95 Gary Holmes Jr
DB 28 Jermaine Hunsaker Fr
FS 2 Ray Jackson Sr
LB 22 Brandon Moore Sr
CB 6 Dee Moronkola Jr
LB 43 Todd Nelson Jr
SS 25 Duane Stewart Sr
DB 19 Lamont Thompson Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 12 Jeff Banks Sr
K 21 Rian Lindell So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt
Source:[16][17]

Awards and honorsEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Four Cougars were selected in the 1998 NFL Draft; quarterback Ryan Leaf was taken second overall.

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Ryan Leaf QB 1 2 San Diego Chargers
Leon Bender DT 2 31 Oakland Raiders
Dorian Boose DT 2 56 New York Jets
Jason McEndoo T 7 197 Seattle Seahawks
Source:[13][15][18]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b de Leon, Virginia; Sorensen, Eric (November 23, 1997). "A Wazzu bouquet". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. A1.
  2. ^ Grummert, Dale (January 2, 1998). "Cougs fall one miracle short". Lewiston Morning Tribune. p. 1A.
  3. ^ Kearney, Trevor (January 2, 1998). "A Rose to remember". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1B.
  4. ^ Rosenblatt, Richard (January 2, 1998). "Michigan's No. 1 bid blooms". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. p. 1C.
  5. ^ "1997 Washington State Cougars Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  6. ^ "2016 Media Guide" (PDF). WSUCougars.com. Washington State Cougars Athletics. p. 77. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  7. ^ "1997 Washington State Cougars Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  8. ^ Grummert, Dale (January 1, 1998). "Moment of truth". Lewiston Morning Tribune. p. 1B.
  9. ^ Richardson, Vince (January 1, 2003). "The game has arrived". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1B.
  10. ^ Grummert, Dale (January 2, 2003). "A thorny sendoff". Lewiston Morning Tribune. p. 1B.
  11. ^ Grummert, Dale (January 3, 1998). "Change of venue". Lewiston Morning Tribune. p. 1B.
  12. ^ Bruscas, Angelo (January 3, 1998). "Cougars' Leaf bound for NFL". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). p. 3D.
  13. ^ a b "Manning No. 1, Leaf gladly No. 2". Lewiston Morning Tribune. staff and wire reports. April 19, 1998. p. 1B.
  14. ^ "Indianapolis snaps up Manning at No. 1". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 19, 1998. p. 1G.
  15. ^ a b Jewell, Mark (April 20, 1998). "Draft goes over well in Pullman". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). Associated Press. p. 1C.
  16. ^ "Oregon Outlook". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). October 4, 1997. p. 4D.
  17. ^ "Stanford at WSU: stat leaders". Lewiston Morning Tribune. November 15, 1997. p. 4B.
  18. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1998.htm