1997 LSU Tigers football team

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1997 LSU Tigers football
SEC Western Division co-champion
Conference Southeastern Conference
Division Western Division
Ranking
Coaches No. 13
AP No. 13
1997 record 9–3 (6–2 SEC)
Head coach Gerry DiNardo (3rd year)
Offensive coordinator Morris Watts
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Carl Reese (relieved of coordinator duties after 7 games)
Base defense 4-2-5
Home stadium Tiger Stadium
(Capacity: 79,940)
Seasons
« 1996 1998 »
1997 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#7 Tennessee x$   7 1         11 2  
#10 Georgia   6 2         10 2  
#4 Florida   6 2         10 2  
South Carolina   3 5         5 6  
Kentucky   2 6         5 6  
Vanderbilt   0 8         3 8  
Western Division
#11 Auburn xy   6 2         10 3  
#13 LSU x   6 2         9 3  
#22 Ole Miss   4 4         8 4  
Mississippi State   4 4         7 4  
Alabama   2 6         4 7  
Arkansas   2 6         4 7  
Championship: Tennessee 30, Auburn 29
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1997 LSU Tigers football team represented Louisiana State University in the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. Coached by Gerry DiNardo in his third season at LSU, the Tigers played their home games at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.[1]

The Tigers began the season with high expectations following their first 10-win season since 1987. LSU's season was highlighted by a stunning 28–21 home upset of the top ranked Florida Gators (ending Florida's 25-game winning streak in SEC play) and an Independence Bowl victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who had defeated the Tigers in Baton Rouge during the regular season.

LSU also shut out Alabama 27-0 at Tuscaloosa, paying back the Crimson Tide for a 26-0 loss the previous season in Baton Rouge.

Despite the highs, LSU also experienced two embarrassing home losses. The first was to Ole Miss one week after the Tigers' conquest of then-No. 1 Florida. The second was to Notre Dame, which came to Baton Rouge at 4-5, needing three consecutive victories just to qualify for a bowl. In a stunning 24-6 triumph, the Irish rushed for 232 yards and played their first penalty-free and turnover-free game in program history.

LSU was also quite fortunate to escape with a 7-6 victory at Vanderbilt, DiNardo's former employer. The Commodores scored a late touchdown and were lined up to go for a 2-point conversion and a potential 8-7 win, but two delay of game penalties convinced Vanderbilt coach Woody Widenhofer to instead play for overtime. LSU's Arnold Miller preserved the win by blocking the kick.

The Tigers tied for the SEC West title for the 2nd straight year, but Auburn had won a dramatic game in Baton Rouge earlier in the season and therefore represented the West in the SEC Championship.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 6 7:00 PM UTEP* No. 10 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA W 55-3   80,015
September 13 8:00 PM at Mississippi State No. 10 Scott FieldStarkville, MS (Rivalry) ESPN W 24-9   40,030
September 20 6:30 PM No. 12 Auburn No. 10 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Tiger Bowl) ESPN L 28-31   80,538
September 27 7:00 PM Akron*dagger No. 13 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA W 56-0   79,772
October 4 2:30 PM at Vanderbilt No. 13 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN PPV W 7-6   37,045
October 11 6:00 PM No. 1 Florida No. 14 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Rivalry) ESPN W 28-21   80,677
October 18 11:30 AM Ole Miss No. 8 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Magnolia Bowl) JPS L 21-36   80,442
November 1 5:30 PM at Kentucky No. 16 Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY ESPN2 W 63-28   58,450
November 8 2:30 PM at Alabama No. 14 Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry) CBS W 27-0   70,123
November 15 2:30 PM Notre Dame* No. 11 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA CBS L 24-6   80,566
November 28 1:30 PM Arkansas No. 17 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Battle for the Golden Boot) CBS W 31-21   79,619
December 28 7:00 PM vs. Notre Dame* No. 15 Independence StadiumShreveport, LA (Independence Bowl) ESPN W 27-9   50,459
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rabalais, Scott. The Fighting Tigers 1993-2008 [Into a New Century of LSU Football]. Baton Rouge: LSU University Press. ISBN 0807133701. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  2. ^ "LSU Football Guide". lsusports.net. Retrieved 2013-07-28.