1997 UCLA Bruins football team

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1997 UCLA Bruins football
UCLA bruins textlogo.svg
Cotton Bowl Champions
Pacific-10 Conference Co-Champions
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
Ranking
Coaches #5
AP #5
1997 record 10–2 (7–1 Pac-10)
Head coach Bob Toledo (2nd year)
Offensive coordinator Alan Borges (2nd year)
Defensive coordinator Rocky Long (2nd year)
Home stadium Rose Bowl
(Capacity: 98,636)
Seasons
« 1996 1998 »
1997 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#9 Washington State §   7 1         10 2  
#5 UCLA §   7 1         10 2  
#14 Arizona State   6 2         9 3  
#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 1997 UCLA Bruins football team represented UCLA in the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. They played their home games at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California and were coached by Bob Toledo. It was Toledo's second season as the UCLA head coach. The Bruins finished 10–2 overall, and were Pac-10 Co-Champions with a 7–1 record. The Bruins were invited to play in the Cotton Bowl Classic vs. Texas A&M on January 1, 1998. Though the Bruins were down 16-7 at the half, Cade McNown, the offensive MVP of the game, led the team to a 29–23 victory.[1] The team was ranked #5 in the final AP Poll and #5 in the final Coaches' Poll.

Pre-Season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 12:30 PM at Washington State Martin StadiumPullman, WA ABC L 34–37   26,000
September 6 12:30 PM #3 Tennessee* Rose BowlPasadena, CA ABC L 24–30   62,619
September 13 12:30 PM at #11 Texas* Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX ABC W 66–3   77,203
September 27 3:30 PM Arizona #24 Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA FSN W 40–27   50,188
October 4 3:30 PM Houston* #22 Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA FSW2 W 66–10   38,004
October 11 3:30 PM at Oregon #18 Autzen StadiumEugene, OR FX W 39–31   42,314
October 18 3:30 PM Oregon State #17 Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA FSN W 34–10   38,165
October 25 3:30 PM California #13 Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA W 35–17   52,858
November 1 3:30 PM at Stanford #12 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA FSN W 27–7   54,332
November 15 12:30 PM #13 Washington #9 Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA ABC W 52–28   85,697
November 22 12:30 PM at USC #7 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA (Victory Bell) ABC W 31–24   91,350
January 1 10:30 AM vs. #20 Texas A&M* #5 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) CBS W 29–23   59,215
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Pacific Time.

Game notes[edit]

Washington State Cougars[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bruins 21 7 3 3 34
Cougars 14 21 0 2 37


Tennessee Volunteers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#3 Volunteers 0 24 3 3 30
Bruins 7 7 3 7 24


Texas Longhorns[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bruins 28 14 21 3 66
#11 Longhorns 0 0 3 0 3


Arizona Wildcats[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 7 0 20 0 27
#24 Bruins 31 6 0 3 40


Houston Cougars[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 7 0 0 3 10
#22 Bruins 42 7 7 10 66


Oregon Ducks[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#18 Bruins 27 3 6 3 39
Ducks 21 7 3 0 31


Oregon State Beavers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Beavers 10 0 0 0 10
#17 Bruins 14 14 3 3 34


California Golden Bears[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Bears 14 3 0 0 17
#13 Bruins 0 14 14 7 35


Stanford Cardinal[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#12 Bruins 14 7 3 3 27
Cardinal 0 0 7 0 7


Washington Huskies[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#13 Huskies 17 3 8 0 28
#9 Bruins 3 14 21 14 52


USC Trojans[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#7 Bruins 10 7 7 7 31
Trojans 14 7 3 0 24

The Bruins retained the Victory Bell for the seventh straight year.

Texas A&M Aggies (Cotton Bowl Classic)[edit]

UCLA vs. Texas A&M
(Cotton Bowl Classic)
1 2 3 4 Total
#5 UCLA 0 7 14 8 29
#20 Aggies 7 9 7 0 23


Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Final 
AP NR NR NR RV 24 24 22 18 17 13 12 10 9 7 6 5 5 5 
Coaches' RV RV NR RV RV RV 25 19 18 16 13 11 10 9 7 6 6 5 
Harris Not released Not released 
BCS Not released Not released


Awards and honors[edit]

Skip Hicks, Chad Overhauser, and Chris Sailer were selected to the 1997 College Football All-America Team.

1998 NFL Draft[edit]

The following players were selected in the 1998 NFL Draft.

Player Round Pick Position NFL Team
Shaun Williams 1 24 Free Safety New York Giants
Skip Hicks 3 69 Running Back Washington Redskins
Chad Overhauser 7 217 Offensive Guard Chicago Bears


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