1997 North Carolina Tar Heels football team

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1997 North Carolina Tar Heels football
University of North Carolina Tarheels Interlocking NC logo.svg
Gator Bowl Champions
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches #4
AP #7
1997 record 11–1 (7–1 ACC)
Head coach Mack Brown/Carl Torbush
Defensive coordinator Carl Torbush
Home stadium Kenan Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 57,500)
Seasons
« 1996 1998 »
1997 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#3 Florida State   8 0         11 1  
#6 North Carolina   7 1         11 1  
Virginia   5 3         7 4  
#25 Georgia Tech   5 3         7 5  
Clemson   4 4         7 5  
NC State   3 5         6 5  
Wake Forest   3 5         5 6  
Maryland   1 7         2 9  
Duke   0 8         2 9  
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1997 North Carolina Tar Heels football team represented the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Tar Heels played their home games at Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and competed in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The team was coached by Mack Brown finished the season 11–1 overall, 7–1 in the conference.

At the end of the season, Mack Brown left for Texas and as a result, did not coach in the Gator Bowl victory over Virginia Tech. Carl Torbush, who was the defensive coordinator during the regular season, became the head coach when Brown left. North Carolina credits the regular season to Mack Brown and the Gator Bowl victory to Carl Torbush.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 6 12:00 PM Indiana* #8 Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC ESPN2 W 23–6   57,800
September 13 6:00 PM #18 Stanford* #8 Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC ESPN2 W 28–17   57,800
September 20 12:00 PM at Maryland #7 Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD JPS W 40–14   30,084
September 27 12:00 PM Virginia #5 Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC (South's Oldest Rivalry) ABC W 48–20   57,800
October 4 8:05 PM at TCU* #5 Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX W 31–10   29,415
October 11 12:00 PM Wake Forest #5 Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC JPS W 30–12   57,000
October 18 6:00 PM at NC State #4 Carter–Finley StadiumRaleigh, NC (Carolina–State Game) ESPN2 W 20–7   51,500
October 30 8:00 PM at Georgia Tech #5 Bobby Dodd StadiumAtlanta, GA ESPN W 16–13   45,126
November 8 7:30 PM #2 Florida State #5 Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC ESPN L 3–20   62,000
November 15 3:30 PM at Clemson #9 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC ABC W 17–10   71,514
November 22 12:00 PM Duke #8 Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC (Victory Bell Game) JPS W 50–14   53,500
January 1 12:30 PM vs. Virginia Tech* #5 Alltel StadiumJacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl) NBC W 42–3   54,116
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time [1].

References[edit]

  1. ^ "[1]." tarheeltimes.com. [2]. Retrieved on November 3, 2008.