William & Mary Tribe football, 1990–99

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The William & Mary Tribe football teams represented the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, United States. The program was established in 1893 and serves as William & Mary's oldest athletic team. Their long-time football rival is the University of Richmond and their annual meeting is dubbed the I-64 Bowl (later renamed the Capital Cup starting in the 2009 season), so named for the highway connecting the two nearby schools.

The 1990s were the second most successful years of Tribe football (behind the 1940s) in both terms of winning percentage and by the number of points William & Mary outscored their opponents. In terms of total wins, the 1990s has been the most successful decade.

Three players were drafted during this era. Most notably, Darren Sharper was selected as the 60th overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft. It is still the highest overall draft selection, in the modern football era, by any William & Mary player in the program's history. As of April 2014, Sharper is in the National Football League's top 10 all-time in career interceptions. He was a five-time Pro Bowl starter as well.

Four of the seasons in the 1990s saw William & Mary win at least nine games; two of those were 10-win seasons. The 1990 team won a Division I-AA playoff game for the school's first-ever playoff victory. In 1996, the Tribe were outright champions of the Yankee Conference. That same squad finished the year ranked #5 in the final Sports Network poll, which was a then-school record for highest finish ever.

1990[edit]

William & Mary were the 1990 Lambert Cup winners. The Lambert Cup is an award given to the best team in the East in Division I-AA. To be eligible for the Lambert Cup, a school must be located in the East or play half its schedule against eligible Lambert teams.

1990 William & Mary Tribe football
Division I-AA Quarterfinals, L 38–52, at Central Florida
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
APNo. 7 (NCAA Poll)[1]
1990 record10–3
Head coachJimmye Laycock (11th year)
Home stadiumZable Stadium (15,000 cap.)
Seasons
← 1989
1991 →
DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 8at The CitadelL 31–3418,011
September 15VillanovaW 37–149,728
September 22Connecticut
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
W 24–711,831
September 29at No. 7 (BCS) VirginiaL 35–6340,400
October 6at DelawareW 22–1221,378
October 13vs. VMIW 59–4719,000
October 20Bucknell
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
W 45–179,821
October 27Lehigh
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
W 38–17
November 3Furman
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
W 38–2815,000
November 10at James MadisonW 31–21
November 17at RichmondW 31–10
November 24UMass
W 38–07,027
December 1at UCFL 38–5220,067

1991[edit]

1991 William & Mary Tribe football
ConferenceIndependent
1991 record5–6
Head coachJimmye Laycock (12th year)
Defensive coordinatorJoe Bottiglieri (1st year)
Home stadiumZable Stadium (15,000 cap.)
Seasons
← 1990
1992 →
DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 7at Boston UniversityW 48–223,630
September 14DelawareL 21–2813,579
September 21at NavyW 26–2123,697
September 28James Madison
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia (Rivalry)
L 28–2915,371
October 5at North CarolinaL 36–5944,500
October 12at VMIW 40–267,737
October 19The Citadel
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
W 24–1715,621
October 26at VillanovaL 21–356,887
November 2at LehighL 37–4111,083
November 16Samford
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
L 13–357,131
November 23Richmond
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia (I-64 Bowl)
W 49–712,216

1992[edit]

William & Mary finished the regular season with a 9–2 record, but because they chose to participate in their second-ever Epson Ivy Bowl against Nihon University in Tokyo, Japan, the Tribe were forced to forfeit their qualification to participate in the 1992 Division I-AA playoffs. The postseason bowl game, due to it being an international match and not sanctioned by the NCAA, does not count toward their win-loss records.

1992 William & Mary Tribe football
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
APNo. 13 (NCAA Poll)[2]
1992 record9–2
Head coachJimmye Laycock (13th year)
Defensive coordinatorJoe Bottiglieri (2nd year)
Home stadiumZable Stadium (15,000 cap.)
Seasons
← 1991
1993 →
DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 12VMIW 21–16
September 19Boston University
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
W 31–21
September 26at HarvardW 36–165,794
October 3Brown
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
W 51–613,012
October 10at PennW 21–19
October 17Towsondagger
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
W 43–1515,122
October 24at No. 24 (BCS) VirginiaL 7–3340,100
October 31at James MadisonL 14–217,400
November 7at ColgateW 44–26
November 14Lehigh
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
W 26–13
November 21at RichmondW 34–1919,377
January 23, 1993at Nihon UniversityW 35–1940,000
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from NCAA Poll at time of game poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

1993[edit]

1993 William & Mary Tribe football
Yankee Conference Mid-Atlantic Division Champions
Division I-AA First Round, L 28–34, at McNeese State
ConferenceYankee Conference
DivisionMid Atlantic
Ranking
Sports NetworkNo. 10[3]
1993 record9–3 (7–1 Yankee)
Head coachJimmye Laycock (14th year)
Offensive coordinatorZbig Kepa (1st year)
Defensive coordinatorJoe Bottiglieri (3rd year)
Home stadiumZable Stadium (15,000 cap.)
Seasons
← 1992
1994 →
1993 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
New England
#6 Boston University x$^ 8 0 0     12 1 0
#25 UMass 6 2 0     9 2 0
Connecticut 5 3 0     6 5 0
New Hampshire 4 4 0     6 5 0
Rhode Island 2 6 0     4 7 0
Maine 0 8 0     0 11 0
Mid-Atlantic
#10 William & Mary x^ 7 1 0     9 3 0
#18 Delaware ^ 6 2 0     9 4 0
James Madison 4 4 0     6 5 0
Richmond 3 5 0     5 6 0
Northeastern 2 6 0     2 9 0
Villanova 1 7 0     3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 4New HampshireW 27–146,641
September 11at DelawareL 35–4213,612
September 18at TulaneL 0–1020,517
September 25Harvard
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
W 45–1714,314
October 2vs. VMIW 49–614,000
October 16at NortheasternW 53–64,200
October 23Villanova
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
W 51–1717,616
October 30James Madison
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia (Rivalry)
W 31–2611,698
November 6at MaineW 47–233,400
November 13at UMassW 45–283,222
November 20Richmond
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia (I-64 Bowl)
W 31–1712,110
November 27at McNeese StateL 28–3417,167

1994[edit]

1994 William & Mary Tribe football
ConferenceYankee Conference
DivisionMid Atlantic
Ranking
Sports NetworkNo. 19[4]
1994 record8–3 (6–2 Yankee)
Head coachJimmye Laycock (15th year)
Offensive coordinatorZbig Kepa (2nd year)
Defensive coordinatorJoe Bottiglieri (4th year)
Home stadiumZable Stadium (15,000 cap.)
Seasons
← 1993
1995 →
1994 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
New England
#12 New Hampshire x$^ 8 0 0     10 2 0
#9 Boston University ^ 6 2 0     9 3 0
Connecticut 4 4 0     4 7 0
UMass 4 4 0     5 6 0
Rhode Island 2 6 0     2 9 0
Maine 2 6 0     3 8 0
Mid-Atlantic
#13 James Madison x^ 6 2 0     10 3 0
#19 William & Mary x 6 2 0     8 3 0
Delaware 5 3 0     7 3 1
Villanova 2 6 0     5 6 0
Northeastern 2 6 0     2 9 0
Richmond 1 7 0     3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 3at Rhode IslandW 38–173,383
September 10DelawareW 31–712,136
September 17at FurmanW 28–2611,244
September 24VMI
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia (Rivalry)
W 45–714,014
October 1at VirginiaL 3–3738,300
October 8Northeastern
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
W 17–127,894
October 15UMass
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
L 14–239,042
October 22at James MadisonL 7–3312,500
October 29at VillanovaW 53–28
November 5Maine
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
W 17–014,687
November 19at RichmondW 21–2010,683

1995[edit]

1995 William & Mary Tribe football
ConferenceYankee Conference
DivisionMid Atlantic
Ranking
Sports NetworkNo. 19[5]
1995 record7–4 (5–3 Yankee)
Head coachJimmye Laycock (16th year)
Offensive coordinatorZbig Kepa (3rd year)
Defensive coordinatorJoe Bottiglieri (5th year)
Home stadiumZable Stadium (15,000 cap.)
Seasons
← 1994
1996 →
1995 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
New England
Rhode Island x 6 2 0     7 4 0
#23 Connecticut 5 3 0     8 3 0
New Hampshire 4 4 0     6 5 0
UMass 3 5 0     6 5 0
Boston University 1 7 0     3 8 0
Maine 1 7 0     3 8 0
Mid-Atlantic
#7 Delaware x$^ 8 0 0     11 2 0
#13 James Madison ^ 6 2 0     8 4 0
#19 William & Mary 5 3 0     7 4 0
#20 Richmond 5 3 0     7 3 1
Villanova 2 6 0     3 8 0
Northeastern 2 6 0     4 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 2at No. 17 (I-A) VirginiaL 16–4038,300
September 9No. 7 James MadisonL 17–2413,871
September 16at NortheasternW 32–02,400
September 23at New HampshireW 39–04,266
September 30at VMIW 27–77,896
October 7Rhode Island
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
W 23–147,230
October 14No. 22 Penn
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
W 48–348,535
October 21at UMassL 9–205,011
October 28Villanova
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
W 18–1513,925
November 4at No. 5 DelawareL 20–2318,439
November 11No. 16 Richmond
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia (I-64 Bowl)
W 27–712,779
  • Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll at time of game poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

1996[edit]

1996 William & Mary Tribe football
Yankee Conference Champions
Lambert Cup Winner
Division I-AA Quarterfinals, L 35–38, at #3 Northern Iowa
ConferenceYankee Conference
DivisionMid Atlantic
Ranking
Sports NetworkNo. 5[6]
1996 record10–3 (7–1 Yankee)
Head coachJimmye Laycock (17th year)
Offensive coordinatorZbig Kepa (4th year)
Defensive coordinatorRuss Huesman (1st year)
Home stadiumZable Stadium (15,000 cap.)
Seasons
← 1995
1997 →
1996 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
New England
#18 New Hampshire x   6 2         8 3  
Maine   5 3         7 4  
UMass   4 4         6 5  
Connecticut   3 5         4 6  
Rhode Island   2 6         4 6  
Boston University   0 8         1 10  
Mid-Atlantic
#7 William & Mary x$^   7 1         10 3  
#14 Villanova ^   6 2         8 4  
#11 Delaware ^   6 2         8 4  
#23 James Madison   5 3         7 4  
Northeastern   3 5         6 5  
Richmond   1 7         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
August 29at UCFL 33–3918,013
September 7at No. 22 Rhode IslandW 23–162,131
September 14VMIW 40–219,614
September 21at BucknellW 47–04,429
October 5No. 20 New Hampshire
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
W 31–77,256
October 12at No. 17 James MadisonL 21–2610,500
October 19at No. 9 VillanovaW 30–214,733
October 26Northeastern
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
W 21–1411,373
November 2No. 6 Delaware
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia (Rivalry)
W 10–7 OT8,177
November 9UMass
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
W 30–66,867
November 16at RichmondW 28–1311,204
November 30No. 8 Jackson State
W 45–64,057
December 7at No. 3 Northern IowaL 35–3810,796
  • Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll at time of game poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

1997[edit]

1997 William & Mary Tribe football
ConferenceAtlantic 10 Conference
1997 record7–4 (4–4 A-10)
Head coachJimmye Laycock (18th year)
Offensive coordinatorZbig Kepa (5th year)
Defensive coordinatorRuss Huesman (2nd year)
Home stadiumZable Stadium (13,279 cap.)
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  
#20 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
DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
August 30HamptonW 31–610,667
September 6at No. 23 Georgia SouthernW 29–2810,329
September 13at VMIW 41–127,267
September 20at New HampshireL 22–243,274
September 27Boston University
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
W 20–178,574
October 4at NortheasternL 12–333,112
October 11James Madison
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia (Rivalry)
W 38–258,529
October 18at ConnecticutW 38–178,396
October 25No. 1 Villanova
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
L 13–2010,559
November 1at No. 3 DelawareL 0–1418,707
November 15Richmond
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia (I-64 Bowl)
W 10–78,201
  • Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll at time of game poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

1998[edit]

1998 William & Mary Tribe football
ConferenceAtlantic 10 Conference
Ranking
Sports NetworkNo. 16
1998 record7–4 (4–4 A-10)
Head coachJimmye Laycock (19th year)
Offensive coordinatorZbig Kepa (6th year)
Home stadiumZable Stadium (13,279 cap.)
Seasons
← 1997
1999 →
1998 Atlantic 10 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
New England
#9 Connecticut x^   6 2         10 3  
#1 UMass x^   6 2         12 3  
Maine   3 5         6 5  
New Hampshire   3 5         4 7  
Rhode Island   2 6         3 8  
Mid-Atlantic
#10 Richmond x$^   7 1         9 3  
#23 Delaware   4 4         7 4  
Villanova   4 4         6 5  
#17 William & Mary   4 4         7 4  
Northeastern   3 5         5 6  
James Madison   2 6         3 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I–AA Poll
DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 5at Rhode IslandW 21–133,713
September 12VMIW 49–09,598
September 19Northeastern
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
W 24–216,005
September 26at No. 4 VillanovaL 28–4512,008
October 3at TempleW 45–3816,281
October 10No. 6 Delaware
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia (Rivalry)
W 52–457,443
October 17at James MadisonW 24–1214,000
October 24New Hampshire
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
L 19–3110,553
October 31at No. 2 HamptonW 41–3410,704
November 14No. 13 Connecticut
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
L 26–346,529
November 21at No. 8 RichmondL 17–4218,914
  • Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll at time of game poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

1999[edit]

1999 William & Mary Tribe football
ConferenceAtlantic 10 Conference
1999 record6–5 (5–3 A-10)
Head coachJimmye Laycock (20th year)
Offensive coordinatorZbig Kepa (7th year)
Home stadiumZable Stadium (13,279 cap.)
Seasons
← 1998
2000 →
1999 Atlantic 10 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#13 James Madison +^   7 1         8 4  
#7 UMass +^   7 1         9 4  
#24 Villanova   6 2         7 4  
Delaware   5 3         7 4  
William & Mary   5 3         6 5  
Connecticut   3 5         4 7  
Maine   3 5         4 7  
New Hampshire   3 5         5 6  
Richmond   3 5         5 6  
Northeastern   1 7         2 9  
Rhode Island   1 7         1 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 2at No. 11 DelawareL 27–34 2OT22,038
September 11at No. 23 (BCS) NC State*L 9–3842,386
September 18FurmanL 6–526,390
September 25at NortheasternW 42–303,721
October 9No. 19 Villanova
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
W 45–104,923
October 16No. 13 James Madison
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia (Rivalry)
L 20–309,225
October 23at VMIW 35–145,273
October 30Maine
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
W 37–139,358
November 6at Rhode IslandW 24–66,130
November 13No. 17 UMass
  • Zable Stadium
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
L 16–257,055
November 20at RichmondW 34–1413,411
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll at time of game. The ranking for NC State is from the AP Poll
  • All times are in Eastern time

Decade totals[edit]

  • Final record: 78–37
  • Points scored: 3,419
  • Points against: 2,479
  • +/- point differential: +940

NFL Draft selections[edit]

= NFL Hall of Fame = Canadian Football Hall of Fame = College Football Hall of Fame
3 NFL Draft Selections 
# Year Round Pick Overall Name Team Position
1 1991 7 2 170 Tyrone Shelton Los Angeles Rams Running back
2 1992 4 28 112 Chris Hakel Washington Redskins Quarterback
3 1997 2 30 60 Darren Sharper Green Bay Packers Defensive back

References[edit]