1997 Washington State Cougars football team

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1997 Washington State Cougars football
Washington State COUGARS logo.gif
Pac-10 co-champion
Rose Bowl, L 16–21 vs. Michigan
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 9
AP No. 9
1997 record 10–2 (7–1 Pac-10)
Head coach Mike Price (9th season)
Offensive coordinator John McDonell (4th season)
Defensive coordinator Bill Doba (4th season)
Home stadium Martin Stadium
(Capacity: 37,600)
Seasons
← 1996
1998 →
1997 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 9 Washington State +   7 1         10 2  
No. 5 UCLA +   7 1         10 2  
No. 14 Arizona State   6 2         9 3  
No. 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 Washington State Cougars football team was an American football team that represented Washington State University in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) during the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their ninth season under head coach Mike Price, the Cougars compiled a 10–2 record (7–1 against Pac-10 opponents), won the Pac-10 championship, lost to Michigan in the 1998 Rose Bowl, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 483 to 296.[1][2] The Cougars and played their home games at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington.

The team's statistical leaders included Ryan Leaf with 3,968 passing yards, Michael Black with 1,181 rushing yards, and Chris Jackson with 1,005 receiving yards.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 12:30 PM UCLA Martin StadiumPullman, WA ABC W 37–34   26,000
September 13 3:30 PM at No. 23 USC Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA FSN W 28–21   51,655
September 20 9:30 AM at Illinois* No. 19 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL ESPN2 W 35–22   47,131
September 27 2:00 PM Boise State* No. 15 Martin Stadium • Pullman, WA W 58–0   34,131
October 4 1:00 PM at Oregon No. 15 Autzen StadiumEugene, OR W 24–13   43,516
October 18 2:00 PM Californiadagger No. 13 Martin Stadium • Pullman, WA W 63–37   35,739
October 25 12:30 PM Arizona No. 10 Martin Stadium • Pullman, WA ABC W 35–34 OT  31,137
November 1 7:00 PM at No. 20 Arizona State No. 10 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ FSN L 31–44   73,644
November 8 2:00 PM Southwestern Louisiana* No. 16 Martin Stadium • Pullman, WA W 77–7   32,345
November 15 2:00 PM Stanford No. 14 Martin Stadium • Pullman, WA W 38–28   40,306
November 22 12:30 PM at No. 20 Washington No. 11 Husky StadiumSeattle, WA - (Apple Cup) ABC W 41–35   74,268
January 1 2:00 PM vs. No. 1 Michigan* No. 8 Rose BowlPasadena, CA - (Rose Bowl) ABC L 16–21   101,219
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Pacific Time.

Awards and honors[edit]

NFL Draft picks[edit]

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Ryan Leaf QB 1 2 San Diego Chargers
Leon Bender DT 2 31 Oakland Raiders
Dorian Boose DT 2 56 New York Jets
Jason McEndoo T 7 197 Seattle Seahawks

Source:[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1997 Washington State Cougars Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 24, 2016. 
  2. ^ "2016 Media Guide" (PDF). WSUCougars.com. Washington State Cougars Athletics. p. 77. Retrieved October 24, 2016. 
  3. ^ "1997 Washington State Cougars Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 24, 2016. 
  4. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1998.htm