1997 Grambling State Tigers football team
|1997 Grambling State Tigers football|
|Conference||Southwest Athletic Conference|
|1997 record||3–8 (2–5 SWAC)|
|Head coach||Eddie Robinson (55th year)|
|Home stadium||Eddie Robinson Stadium|
The 1997 Grambling State Tigers football team represented Grambling State University as a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) during the 1997 NCAA Division I-AA football season. The Tigers were led by head coach Eddie Robinson in his 55th year and finished the season with a record of three wins and eight losses (3–8, 2–5 SWAC). The Tigers offense scored 187 points while the defense allowed 258 points.
This was Eddie Robinson's final season as head coach. Robinson spent fifty-six years as the head coach at historically black Grambling State University in Grambling in Lincoln Parish in northern Louisiana, from 1941 through 1997.
|September 6||at Alcorn State||Jack Spinks Stadium • Lorman, MS||L 20–44|
|September 20||at Langston*||Taft Stadium • Oklahoma City, OK||W 20–0|
|September 27||Hampton*||Independence Stadium • Shreveport, LA||L 7–42|
|October 4||vs. Prairie View A&M||Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX||W 33–6|
|October 11||Mississippi Valley State||Eddie Robinson Stadium • Grambling, LA||W 20–13|
|October 18||Arkansas–Pine Bluff||Independence Stadium • Shreveport, LA||L 16–22|
|October 25||at Jackson State||Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium • Jackson, MS||L 0–23|
|November 1||Texas Southern||Eddie Robinson Stadium • Grambling, LA||L 16–21|
|November 8||at Alabama State||Cramton Bowl • Montgomery, AL[A 1]||L 13–20|
|November 15||North Carolina A&T||Eddie Robinson Stadium • Grambling, LA||L 35–37|
|November 29||vs. Southern||Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA (XXIV Bayou Classic)||L 7–30|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll released prior to game.|
Team players in the NFL
- This game was originally scheduled to be played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, but moved to Montgomery due to low ticket sales and a lack of up-front money from the promoters.
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