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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 compiled a 10–2 record (7–1 against Pac-10 opponents), won the Pac-10 championship, lost to Michigan in the 1998 Rose Bowl, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 483 to 296.[1][2] The Cougars and played their home games at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington.

1997 Washington State Cougars football
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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.[3]

Contents

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

Awards and honorsEdit

NFL Draft picksEdit

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:[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1997 Washington State Cougars Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  2. ^ "2016 Media Guide" (PDF). WSUCougars.com. Washington State Cougars Athletics. p. 77. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  3. ^ "1997 Washington State Cougars Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  4. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1998.htm