1997 UMass Minutemen football team

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1997 UMass Minutemen football
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Conference Atlantic 10 Conference Northeast Division
1997 record 2–9 (1–7 A-10)
Head coach Mike Hodges
Home stadium Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium (17,000)
Seasons
« 1996 1998 »
1997 Atlantic 10 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
New England
New Hampshire x   5 3         5 6  
Connecticut   4 4         7 4  
Maine   4 4         5 6  
Rhode Island   2 6         2 9  
Boston University   1 7         1 10  
UMass   1 7         2 9  
Mid–Atlantic
#1 Villanova x^   8 0         12 1  
#3 Delaware ^   7 1         12 2  
#24 Northeastern   5 3         8 3  
Richmond   4 4         6 5  
William & Mary   4 4         7 4  
James Madison   3 5         5 6  
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I–AA Poll

The 1997 UMass Minutemen football team represented the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the 1997 NCAA Division I-AA football season as a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference. The team was coached by Mike Hodges and played its home games at Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium in Amherst, Massachusetts. It was Hodges' last as head coach, as he would take the position of Assistant Athletic Director at the University in the offseason. The 1997 season was a tough one for the Minutemen as they stumbled to their worst record since 1953. UMass finished the season with a record of 2–9 overall and 1–7 in conference play.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30, 1997 1:00 PM Richmond McGuirk StadiumAmherst, MA L 6–21   10,837
September 13, 1997 1:00 PM at Maine Alumni Stadium • Orono, ME L 6–49   4,363
September 20, 1997 6:00 PM at James Madison Bridgeforth StadiumHarrisonburg, VA L 10–13   11,300
September 27, 1997 1:00 PM Rhode Islanddagger McGuirk Stadium • Amherst, MA W 18–14   8,218
October 4, 1997 12:00 PM New Hampshire McGuirk Stadium • Amherst, MA A10 TV L 10–28   14,835
October 11, 1997 1:00 PM at #4 Villanova Villanova StadiumPhiladelphia, PA NESN L 27–49   7,109
October 18, 1997 1:30 PM at Buffalo* UB StadiumAmherst, NY W 26–20   6,052
October 25, 1997 1:00 PM #4 Delaware* McGuirk Stadium • Amherst, MA L 9–40   5,317
November 1, 1997 12:30 PM Hofstra* McGuirk Stadium • Amherst, MA L 13–51   2,510
November 8, 1997 1:00 PM at Boston University Nickerson FieldBoston, MA L 8–33   3,140
November 15, 1997 12:30 PM Connecticut McGuirk Stadium • Amherst, MA L 16–49   2,870
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from the FCS Sports Network Poll,[1] unless otherwise noted. All times are in Eastern Time.

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