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1997 Colorado State Rams football
WAC champion
WAC Pacific Division champion
Holiday Bowl champion
Holiday Bowl, W 35-24 vs. Missouri
ConferenceWestern Athletic Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 16
APNo. 17
1997 record11–2 (7–1 WAC)
Head coachSonny Lubick (5th season)
Home stadiumHughes Stadium
(Capacity: 30,000)
Seasons
← 1996
1998 →
1997 WAC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Mountain Division
New Mexico x   6 2         9 4  
Rice   5 3         7 4  
SMU   5 3         6 5  
Utah   5 3         6 5  
BYU   4 4         6 5  
UTEP   3 5         4 7  
Tulsa   2 6         2 9  
TCU   1 7         1 10  
Pacific Division
No. 17 Colorado State x   7 1         11 2  
Air Force   6 2         10 3  
Fresno State   5 3         6 6  
Wyoming   4 4         7 6  
San Diego State   4 4         5 7  
San Jose State   4 4         4 7  
UNLV   2 6         3 8  
Hawaii   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Colorado State 41, New Mexico 13
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1997 Colorado State Rams football team represented Colorado State University in the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season[1] The Rams were led by fifth-year head coach Sonny Lubick and played their home games at Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins, Colorado. Colorado State competed as a member of the Western Athletic Conference in the Pacific Division. They won that division with a 7–1 conference record, earning them a spot in the 1997 WAC Championship Game, where they defeated New Mexico to earn their third WAC title in four years. They were invited to the 1997 Holiday Bowl, where they defeated Missouri, and were ranked 17th in the final AP Poll of the season, the second ranked finish in school history and first since 1994.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResult
August 30Nevada*W 45–13
September 6at No. 8 Colorado*No. 24L 21–31
September 13at Utah State*No. 25W 35–24
September 20Air ForceNo. 23
L 0–24
October 4Hawaii
  • Hughes Stadium
  • Colorado Springs, CO
W 63–0
October 11at San Jose StateW 55–20
October 18at WyomingW 14–7
October 26Tulsa
  • Hughes Stadium
  • Colorado Springs, CO
W 44–8
November 1at UNLVW 45–19
November 8Fresno State
  • Hughes Stadium
  • Colorado Springs, CO
W 41–3
November 22at San Diego StateNo. 25W 38–17
December 6vs. New MexicoNo. 20
W 41–13
December 29vs. No. 19 Missouri*No. 18
W 35–24
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

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RosterEdit

1997 Colorado State Rams football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 15 Newton, MattMatt Newton Fr
RB 36 McDougal, KevinKevin McDougal So
G 61 Saipaia, BlaineBlaine Saipaia So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 38 Howell, JohnJohn Howell Fr
DL 90 Pollard, GregGreg Pollard So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

Roster
Last update: 1998-01-15

ReferencesEdit

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