1997 Pittsburgh Panthers football team

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1997 Pittsburgh Panthers football
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Conference Big East
1997 record 6–6 (4–3 Big East)
Head coach Walt Harris (1st year)
Offensive coordinator Steve Mooshagian (1st year)
Offensive scheme Pro Offense
Defensive coordinator Larry Coyer (1st year)
Base defense Multiple 4–3
Home stadium Pitt Stadium
(Capacity: 56,500)
Seasons
« 1996 1998 »
1997 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#21 Syracuse   6 1         9 4  
#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         4 8  
Rutgers   0 7         0 11  
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1997 Pittsburgh Panthers football team represented the University of Pittsburgh in the 1997 college football season.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
Sat. Aug. 30 3:30 p.m. SW Louisiana* Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA W 45–13   34,802
Sat. Sep. 6 3:30 p.m. at #2 Penn State* Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA (Rivalry) ABC L 17–34   97,115
Sat. Sep. 13 3:00 p.m. at Houston* Robertson StadiumHouston, TX FSN W 35–24   17,611
Thu. Sep. 18 8:00 p.m. #21 Miami (FL) Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA ESPN W 21–17   40,194
Sat. Oct. 4 12:00 p.m. at Temple Veterans StadiumPhiladelphia, PA ESPN+ L 13–17   10,334
Sat. Oct. 11 3:30 p.m. Notre Dame* Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA (Rivalry) CBS L 21–45   47,306
Sat. Oct. 25 12:00 p.m. at Rutgers Rutgers StadiumPiscataway, NJ ESPN+ W 55–48 2OT  16,581
Sat. Nov. 1 12:00 p.m. at Boston College Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA L 21–22   34,796
Sat. Nov. 15 12:00 p.m. #19 Syracuse Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA (Rivalry) ESPN+ L 27–32   46,102
Sat. Nov. 22 3:30 p.m. #15 Virginia Tech Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA W 30–23   30,144
Fri. Nov. 28 2:30 p.m. at West Virginia Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV (Backyard Brawl) CBS W 41–38 3OT  48,044
Wed. Dec. 31 3:30 p.m. vs. Southern Miss* Liberty BowlMemphis, TN (Liberty Bowl) ESPN L 7–41   50,209
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Coaching staff[edit]

1997 Pittsburgh Panthers football staff
Coaching Staff
  • Walt Harris - Head Coach
  • Larry Coyer - Defensive Coordinator
  • Steve Mooshagian - Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers
  • J.D. Brookhart - Tight Ends/Special Teams Assistant
  • Curt Cignetti - Recruiting Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • Tom Freeman - Offensive Line
  • Bob Junko - Defensive Tackles
  • Bill McGovern - Defensive Backs
  • Vincent White – Running Backs
  • Brian Williams - Defensive Ends/Special Teams
  Support Staff
  • Chris LaSala - Director of Football Operations
  • Brian Callahan - Graduate Assistant
  • Jeff Jordan - Graduate Assistant
  Strength and Conditioning Staff
  • Buddy Morris – Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Mark Kostek - Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Team Players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
No Players Selected

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Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]