1997 Western Michigan Broncos football team
The 1997 Western Michigan Broncos football team was an American football team that represented Western Michigan University during the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their first season under head coach Gary Darnell, the Broncos compiled an 8–3 record and finished in second place in the West Division of the Mid-American Conference (MAC). In non-conference games, they defeated Temple (34–14) and Louisiana–Monroe (32–19) and lost to Michigan State (42–10).
|1997 Western Michigan Broncos football|
|1997 record||8–3 (6–2 MAC)|
|Head coach||Gary Darnell (1st season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Bill Cubit (1st season)|
|Home stadium||Waldo Stadium|
|1997 Mid-American Conference football standings|
|Championship: Marshall 34, Toledo 14|
The team's statistical leaders were Tim Lester with 2,160 passing yards, Robert Sanford with 1,033 rushing yards, and Corey Alston with 32 catches for 761 receiving yards. Sanford was named the MAC freshman of the year.
|August 28||Temple||W 34–14|
|September 6||at Michigan State||L 10–42|
|September 13||at Northern Illinois||W 21–13|
|September 20||Toledo||L 13–23|
|September 27||at Ohio||L 7–31|
|October 4||Ball State||W 21–13|
|October 11||at Bowling Green||W 34–21|
|October 18||Kent State||W 50–27|
|November 1||at Eastern Michigan||W 41–38|
|November 8||Central Michigan||W 38–24|
|November 15||at Northeast Louisiana||W 32–19|
- "1997 Western Michigan Broncos Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
- "1997 Western Michigan Broncos Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
- "Football History: Conference Awards". Western Michigan University. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
- Don Vander Veen (December 15, 1996). "WMU tabs Darnell new head coach: Texas assistant was Broncos' first choice". Detroit Free Press. p. 3E.
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