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{{Infobox NCAA team season
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{{NCAATeamFootballSeason
 
|Year=1997
 
|Year=1997
 
|Team=USC Trojans
 
|Team=USC Trojans
|Image=USC Trojans logo.svg
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|Conference=Pacific-10 Conference
 
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|HeadCoach=[[John Robinson (American football coach)|John Robinson]]
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|HeadCoach=[[John Robinson (football coach)|John Robinson]]
|HCYear=12th
 
 
|OffCoach=[[Hue Jackson]]
 
|OffCoach=[[Hue Jackson]]
|OCYear=1st
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|DefCoach=[[Keith Burns (coach)|Keith Burns]]
|DefCoach=[[Keith Burns (American football coach)|Keith Burns]]
 
|DCYear=4th
 
|Captain=Jonathan Himebauch<br>Brian Kelly
 
 
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The '''1997 USC Trojans football team''' (variously "Trojans" or "USC") represented the [[University of Southern California]] during the [[1997 NCAA Division I-A football season]], finishing with a 6–5 record and tied for fifth place in the [[Pacific-10 Conference]] with a 4–4 conference record; despite a qualifying record, the Trojans were not invited to a [[bowl game]]. The team was coached by [[John Robinson (football coach)|John Robinson]], in his second stint as head coach of the Trojans, and played their home games at the [[Los Angeles Coliseum]].
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The '''1997 University of Southern California Trojans football team''' (variously "Trojans" or "USC") represented the [[University of Southern California]] during the [[college football]] [[1997 NCAA Division I-A football season|season of 1997]], finishing with a 6–5 record and tied for fifth place in the [[Pacific-10 Conference]] with a 4–4 conference record; despite a qualifying record, the Trojans were not invited to a [[bowl game]]. The team was coached by [[John Robinson (football coach)|John Robinson]], in his second stint as head coach of the Trojans, and played their home games at the [[Los Angeles Coliseum]].
   
 
==Before the season==
 
==Before the season==
{{see also|American football rules|American football strategy}}
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{{seealso|American football rules|American football strategy}}
   
USC entered the preseason with 75 players from its 1996 squad that went a disappointing 6–6; it returned starters at 14 positions, eight on offense and six on defense along with both the [[Punter (American football)|punter]] and [[placekicker]]. The Trojans had a top 10-ranked [[Recruiting (college athletics)|recruiting class]] with 18 high school players and two transfer players from [[junior college]] programs; 16 of the 20 incoming players were [[All-Americans]] at previous levels.<ref name=USC1997preseason>{{cite web|title=It's a "Prove It" Year for USC|first=Tim|last=Tessalone|url=http://www.usc.edu/dept/pubrel/trojan_family/autumn97/Football/football.html|work=Trojan Family Magazine|date=Autumn 1997|accessdate=July 16, 2008|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20080830090723/http://www.usc.edu/dept/pubrel/trojan_family/autumn97/Football/football.html|archive-date=2008-08-30|dead-url=yes|df=}}</ref> The Trojan running game, led by Delon Washington, hoped to improve a ground game that was ranked 90th in the nation; considered very disappointing at a school that had been known as "Tailback U".<ref name=LAT091097>{{cite news |title=There Seem to Be Holes in Trojan Running Game|first=Robyn|last=Norwood|url=http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/10/sports/sp-30866|newspaper=[[Los Angeles Times]]|date=September 10, 1997|accessdate=July 17, 2008}}</ref> USC brought in [[Hue Jackson]] as the new [[Offensive Coordinator]]; Jackson had previously served as offensive coordinator for [[California Golden Bears football|California]] under [[Steve Mariucci]], who had been hired to coach the [[National Football League|NFL]]'s [[San Francisco 49ers]].<ref name="USC1997preseason"/><ref name=LAT092897b>{{cite news |title=Robinson's Next Victory Is His 100th|first1=Robyn|last1=Norwood|first2=Chris|last2=Dufresne|url=http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/28/sports/sp-37248|newspaper=[[Los Angeles Times]]|date=September 28, 1997|accessdate=December 16, 2008}}</ref>
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USC entered the preseason with 75 players from its 1996 squad that went a disappointing 6–6; it returned starters at 14 positions, eight on offense and six on defense along with both the [[Punter (American football)|punter]] and [[placekicker]]. The Trojans had a top 10-ranked [[Recruiting (college athletics)|recruiting class]] with 18 high school players and two transfer players from [[junior college]] programs; 16 of the 20 incoming players were [[All-Americans]] at previous levels.<ref name=USC1997preseason>Tessalone, Tim [http://www.usc.edu/dept/pubrel/trojan_family/autumn97/Football/football.html It's a "Prove It" Year for USC], ''Trojan Family Magazine'', Autumn 1997, Retrieved July 16, 2008.</ref> The Trojan running game, led by Delon Washington, hoped to improve a ground game that was ranked 90th in the nation; considered very disappointing at a school that had been known as "Tailback U".<ref name=LAT091097>{{cite news|first=Robyn|last=Norwood|url=http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/10/sports/sp-30866|title=There Seem to Be Holes in Trojan Running Game|newspaper=[[Los Angeles Times]]|date=September 10, 1997|accessedate=July 17, 2008}}</ref> USC brought in [[Hue Jackson]] as the new [[Offensive Coordinator]]; Jackson had previously served as offensive coordinator for [[California Golden Bears football|California]] under [[Steve Mariucci]], who had been hired to coach the [[NFL]]'s [[San Francisco 49ers]].<ref name="USC1997preseason"/><ref name=LAT092897b>{{cite news|first1=Robyn|last1=Norwood|first2=Chris|last2=Dufresne|url=http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/28/sports/sp-37248|title=Robinson’s Next Victory Is His 100th|newspaper=[[Los Angeles Times]]|date=September 28, 1997|accessedate=December 16, 2008}}</ref>
   
 
==Schedule==
 
==Schedule==
{{CFB schedule
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{{CFB Schedule Start|rankyear=1997|attend=yes}}
| rankyear = 1997
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{{CFB Schedule Entry
| poll = AP
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| w/l = l
| timezone = Pacific
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| date = September 6
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| nonconf = yes
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| time = 5:00 p.m.
| date = September 6
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| rank = 23
| time = 5:00 p.m.
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| opprank = 5
| w/l = l
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| opponent = [[1997 Florida State Seminoles football team|Florida State]]
| nonconf = y
 
| rank = 23
 
| opponent = [[1997 Florida State Seminoles football team|Florida State]]
 
| opprank = 5
 
 
| site_stadium = [[Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum]]
| site_cityst = [[Los Angeles|Los Angeles, CA]]
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| site_cityst = [[Los Angeles|Los Angeles, CA]]
| tv = [[ESPN on ABC|ABC]]
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| tv = [[American Broadcasting Company|ABC]]
| score = 7–14
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| score = 7–14
| attend = 72,783
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| attend = 72,783
 
}}
 
}}
|{{CFB schedule entry
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{{CFB Schedule Entry
| date = September 13
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| w/l = l
| time = 3:30 p.m.
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| date = September 13
| w/l = l
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| nonconf =
| rank = 23
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| time = 3:30 p.m.
| opponent = [[1997 Washington State Cougars football team|Washington State]]
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| rank = 23
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| opprank =
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| opponent = [[1997 Washington State Cougars football team|Washington State]]
 
| site_stadium = Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
 
| site_stadium = Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
| site_cityst = Los Angeles, CA
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| site_cityst = Los Angeles, CA
| tv = [[Fox Sports Networks|FSN]]
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| tv = [[Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket|FSNW]]
| score = 21–28
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| score = 21–28
| attend = 51,655
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| attend = 51,655
 
}}
 
}}
|{{CFB schedule entry
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{{CFB Schedule Entry
| date = September 27
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| w/l = w
| time = 4:00 p.m.
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| date = September 27
| w/l = w
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| nonconf =
| away = y
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| time = 4:00 p.m.
| rank =
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| rank =
| opponent = [[1997 California Golden Bears football team|California]]
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| away = yes
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| opprank =
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| opponent = [[1997 California Golden Bears football team|California]]
 
| site_stadium = [[California Memorial Stadium]]
 
| site_stadium = [[California Memorial Stadium]]
| site_cityst = [[Berkeley, California|Berkeley, CA]]
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| site_cityst = [[Berkeley, California|Berkeley, CA]]
| tv = ABC
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| tv =
| score = 27–17
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| score = 27–17
| attend = 54,000
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| attend = 54,000
 
}}
 
}}
|{{CFB schedule entry
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{{CFB Schedule Entry
| date = October 4
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| w/l = w
| time = 7:10 p.m.
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| date = October 4
| w/l = w
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| nonconf = yes
| nonconf = y
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| time = 7:10 p.m.
| rank =
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| rank =
| opponent = {{cfb link|year=1997|team=UNLV Rebels|title=UNLV}}
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| opprank =
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| opponent = {{cfb link|year=1997|team=UNLV Rebels|title=UNLV}}
 
| site_stadium = Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
 
| site_stadium = Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
| site_cityst = Los Angeles, CA
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| site_cityst = Los Angeles, CA
| tv =
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| tv =
| score = 35–21
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| score = 35–21
| attend = 48,404
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| attend = 48,404
 
}}
 
}}
|{{CFB schedule entry
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{{CFB Schedule Entry
| date = October 11
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| w/l = l
| time = 12:30 p.m.
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| date = October 11
| w/l = l
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| nonconf =
| away = y
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| time = 3:30 p.m.
| rank =
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| rank =
| opponent = [[1997 Arizona State Sun Devils football team|Arizona State]]
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| away = yes
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| opprank =
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| opponent = [[1997 Arizona State Sun Devils football team|Arizona State]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Sun Devil Stadium]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Sun Devil Stadium]]
| site_cityst = [[Tempe, Arizona|Tempe, AZ]]
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| site_cityst = [[Tempe, Arizona|Tempe, AZ]]
| tv = ABC
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| tv = FSN
| score = 7–35
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| score = 7–35
| attend = 61,802
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| attend = 61,802
 
}}
 
}}
|{{CFB schedule entry
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{{CFB Schedule Entry
| date = October 18
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| w/l = w
| time = 11:30 a.m.
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| date = October 18
| w/l = w
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| nonconf = yes
| nonconf = y
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| time = 11:30 a.m.
| away = y
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| rank =
| rank =
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| away = yes
| opponent = [[1997 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team|Notre Dame]]
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| opprank =
| gamename = [[Notre Dame–USC football rivalry|Jeweled Shillelagh]]
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| opponent = [[1997 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team|Notre Dame]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Notre Dame Stadium]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Notre Dame Stadium]]
| site_cityst = [[Notre Dame, Indiana|Notre Dame, IN]]
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| site_cityst = [[Notre Dame, Indiana|Notre Dame, IN]]
| tv = [[Notre Dame Football on NBC|NBC]]
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| tv = [[NBC]]
| score = 20–17
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| score = 20–17
| attend = 80,225
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| attend = 80,225
 
}}
 
}}
|{{CFB schedule entry
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{{CFB Schedule Entry
| date = October 25
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| w/l = w
| time = 7:15 p.m.
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| date = October 25
| w/l = w
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| homecoming = yes
| homecoming = y
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| nonconf =
| rank =
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| time = 7:15 p.m.
| opponent = [[1997 Oregon Ducks football team|Oregon]]
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| rank =
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| opprank =
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| opponent = [[1997 Oregon Ducks football team|Oregon]]
 
| site_stadium = Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
 
| site_stadium = Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
| site_cityst = Los Angeles, CA
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| site_cityst = Los Angeles, CA
| tv = FSN
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| tv = FSN
| score = 24–22
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| score = 24–22
| attend = 53,640
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| attend = 53,640
 
}}
 
}}
|{{CFB schedule entry
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{{CFB Schedule Entry
| date = November 1
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| w/l = l
| time = 12:30 p.m.
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| date = November 1
| w/l = l
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| nonconf =
| away = y
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| time = 12:30 p.m.
| rank =
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| rank =
| opponent = [[1997 Washington Huskies football team|Washington]]
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| away = yes
| opprank = 7
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| opprank = 7
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| opponent = [[1997 Washington Huskies football team|Washington]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Husky Stadium]]
 
| site_stadium = [[Husky Stadium]]
| site_cityst = [[Seattle|Seattle, WA]]
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| site_cityst = [[Seattle|Seattle, WA]]
| tv = ABC
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| tv = ABC
| score = 0–27
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| score = 0–27
| attend = 73,401
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| attend = 73,401
 
}}
 
}}
|{{CFB schedule entry
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{{CFB Schedule Entry
| date = November 8
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| w/l = w
| time = 12:30 p.m.
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| date = November 8
| w/l = w
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| nonconf =
| rank =
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| time = 12:30 p.m.
| opponent = [[1997 Stanford Cardinal football team|Stanford]]
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| rank =
| gamename = [[Stanford–USC football rivalry|rivalry]]
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| opprank =
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| opponent = [[1997 Stanford Cardinal football team|Stanford]]
 
| site_stadium = Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
 
| site_stadium = Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
| site_cityst = Los Angeles, CA
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| site_cityst = Los Angeles, CA
| tv = ABC
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| tv = ABC
| score = 45–21
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| score = 45–21
| attend = 58,900
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| attend = 58,900
 
}}
 
}}
|{{CFB schedule entry
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{{CFB Schedule Entry
| date = November 15
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| w/l = w
| time = 1:00 p.m.
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| date = November 15
| w/l = w
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| nonconf =
| away = y
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| time = 1:00 p.m.
| rank =
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| rank =
| opponent = [[1997 Oregon State Beavers football team|Oregon State]]
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| away = yes
| site_stadium = [[Parker Stadium]]
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| opprank =
| site_cityst = [[Corvallis, Oregon|Corvallis, OR]]
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| opponent = [[1997 Oregon State Beavers football team|Oregon State]]
| tv =
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| site_stadium = [[Reser Stadium|Parker Stadium]]
| score = 23–0
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| site_cityst = [[Corvallis, Oregon|Corvallis, OR]]
| attend = 20,938
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| tv =
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| score = 23–0
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| attend = 20,938
 
}}
 
}}
|{{CFB schedule entry
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{{CFB Schedule Entry
| date = November 22
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| w/l = l
| time = 12:30 p.m.
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| date = November 22
| w/l = l
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| homecoming =
| rank =
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| time = 12:30 PM
| opponent = [[1997 UCLA Bruins football team|UCLA]]
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| rank =
| opprank = 7
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| opprank = 7
| gamename = [[Victory Bell (UCLA-USC)|Victory Bell Game]]
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| opponent = [[1997 UCLA Bruins football team|UCLA]]
 
| site_stadium = Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
 
| site_stadium = Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
| site_cityst = Los Angeles, CA
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| site_cityst = Los Angeles, CA
| tv = ABC
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| gamename =
| score = 24–31
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| tv = ABC
| attend = 91,350
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| score = 24–31
}}
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| attend = 91,350
 
}}
 
}}
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{{CFB Schedule End|rank=|poll=[[AP Poll]]|timezone=[[Pacific Standard Time|Pacific Time]]}}
   
 
==Roster==
 
==Roster==
{{see also|American football positions|Glossary of American football}}
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{{seealso|American football positions|Glossary of American football}}
 
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'''Wide receiver'''
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'''Wide Receiver'''
* 3 [[Billy Miller (American football)|Billy Miller]] ''Junior''
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* 3 [[Billy Miller]] - ''Junior''
 
* 8 Troy Garner -
 
* 8 Troy Garner -
*13 Ken Haslip ''Junior''
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*13 Ken Haslip - ''Junior''
*18 [[R. Jay Soward]] ''Sophomore''
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*18 [[R. Jay Soward]] - ''Sophomore''
*25 Mike Bastianelli ''Junior''
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*25 Mike Bastianelli - ''Junior''
*80 Larry Parker ''Junior''
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*80 Larry Parker - ''Junior''
*87 Kevin McLaughlin
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*87 Kevin McLaughlin
   
 
'''Center'''
 
'''Center'''
*50 Eric Denmon ''Sophomore''
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*50 Eric Denmon - ''Sophomore''
*56 [[Jonathan Himebauch]] ''Senior''
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*56 [[Jonathan Himebauch]] - ''Senior''
 
*60 Matt McShane -
 
*60 Matt McShane -
   
'''Offensive guard'''
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'''Offensive Guard'''
 
*60 David Pratchard -
 
*60 David Pratchard -
*67 [[Chris Brymer]]
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*67 [[Chris Brymer]] -
*71 [[Travis Claridge]] ''Sophomore''
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*71 [[Travis Claridge]] - ''Sophomore''
*79 Jason Grain ''[[File:Redshirt.svg|10px|Redshirt]] Sophomore''
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*79 Jason Grain - ''[[File:Redshirt.svg|10px|Redshirt]] Sophomore''
   
'''Offensive tackle'''
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'''Offensive Tackle'''
*73 Phalen Pounds
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*73 Phalen Pounds -
*74 Ken Bowens ''Junior''
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*74 Ken Bowens - ''Junior''
*78 Rome Douglas -
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*78 Rome Douglas -
   
'''Tight end'''
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'''Tight End'''
*15 Junior Rickman ''Senior''
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*15 Junior Rickman - ''Senior''
*81 Antoine Harris ''Freshman''
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*81 Antoine Harris - ''Freshman''
*84 Jeff Daley
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*84 Jeff Daley -
 
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'''Quarterback'''
 
'''Quarterback'''
* 4 John Fox ''[[File:Redshirt.svg|10px|Redshirt]] Sophomore''
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* 4 John Fox - ''[[File:Redshirt.svg|10px|Redshirt]] Sophomore''
* 9 Quincy Woods ''Sophomore''
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* 9 Quincy Woods - ''Sophomore''
*11 Mike Van Raaphorst ''[[File:Redshirt.svg|10px|Redshirt]] Freshman''
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*11 Mike Van Raaphorst - ''[[File:Redshirt.svg|10px|Redshirt]] Freshman''
   
 
'''Tailback'''
 
'''Tailback'''
* 7 [[Chad Morton]] ''Sophomore''
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* 7 [[Chad Morton]] - ''Sophomore''
*21 [[Malaefou MacKenzie]] ''Freshman''
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*21 [[Malaefou MacKenzie]] - ''Freshman''
*24 Delon Washington ''Senior''
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*24 Delon Washington - ''Senior''
*35 [[Petros Papadakis]] ''Sophomore''
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*35 [[Petros Papadakis]] - ''Sophomore''
*47 Jahi Johnson -
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*47 Jahi Johnson -
   
 
'''Fullback'''
 
'''Fullback'''
* 5 Rodney Sermons ''Senior''
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* 5 Rodney Sermons - ''Senior''
*30 LaVale Woods ''Senior''
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*30 LaVale Woods - ''Senior''
*46 Ted Iacenda ''[[File:Redshirt.svg|10px|Redshirt]] Freshman''
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*46 Ted Iacenda - ''[[File:Redshirt.svg|10px|Redshirt]] Freshman''
*48 Brennan Ochs ''[[File:Redshirt.svg|10px|Redshirt]] Freshman''
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*48 Brennan Ochs - ''[[File:Redshirt.svg|10px|Redshirt]] Freshman''
   
'''Defensive tackle'''
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'''Defensive Tackle'''
*52 Dennis Tolbert
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*52 Dennis Tolbert -
*57 Aaron Williams ''[[File:Redshirt.svg|10px|Redshirt]] Sophomore''
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*57 Aaron Williams - ''[[File:Redshirt.svg|10px|Redshirt]] Sophomore''
*95 Marc Matock
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*95 Marc Matock -
*97 Cedric Jefferson ''Senior''
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*97 Cedric Jefferson - ''Senior''
*99 Ennis Davis ''[[File:Redshirt.svg|10px|Redshirt]] Freshman''
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*99 Ennis Davis - ''[[File:Redshirt.svg|10px|Redshirt]] Freshman''
   
'''Defensive end'''
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'''Defensive End'''
*44 Sultan Abdul-Malik ''[[File:Redshirt.svg|10px|Redshirt]] Freshman''
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*44 Sultan Abdul-Malik - ''[[File:Redshirt.svg|10px|Redshirt]] Freshman''
*56 Lawrence Larry
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*56 Lawrence Larry -
*88 George Perry ''Senior''
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*88 George Perry - ''Senior''
 
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'''Cornerback'''
 
'''Cornerback'''
* 1 [[Daylon McCutcheon]] ''Junior''
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* 1 [[Daylon McCutcheon]] - ''Junior''
*42 [[Brian Kelly (cornerback)|Brian Kelly]] ''[[File:Redshirt.svg|10px|Redshirt]] Junior''
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*42 [[Brian Kelly (cornerback)|Brian Kelly]] - ''[[File:Redshirt.svg|10px|Redshirt]] Junior''
   
 
'''Linebacker'''
 
'''Linebacker'''
* 4 Mark Cusano ''Junior''
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* 4 Mark Cusano - ''Junior''
* 9 [[Zeke Moreno]] ''Freshman''
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* 9 [[Zeke Moreno]] - ''Freshman''
*10 Jason Steen
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*10 Jason Steen -
*22 [[David Gibson (American football)|David Gibson]] ''Sophomore''
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*22 [[David Gibson (American football)|David Gibson]] - ''Sophomore''
*53 Jonathan Mosley
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*53 Jonathan Mosley -
*55 [[Chris Claiborne]] ''Sophomore''
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*55 [[Chris Claiborne]] - ''Sophomore''
*__ [[Rocky Seto]] ''Junior''
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*__ [[Rocky Seto]] - ''Junior''
   
 
'''Safety'''
 
'''Safety'''
* 2 Darnell Lacy
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* 2 Darnell Lacy -
* 6 [[Antuan Simmons]] ''Freshman''
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* 6 [[Antuan Simmons]] - ''Freshman''
* 8 [[Rashard Cook]] ''Junior''
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* 8 [[Rashard Cook]] - ''Junior''
*31 [[Ifeanyi Ohalete]] ''Freshman''
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*31 [[Ifeanyi Ohalete]] - ''Freshman''
*43 Grant Pearsall
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*43 Grant Pearsall -
 
*45 Pierre Zado -
 
*45 Pierre Zado -
   
'''Long snapper'''
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'''Long Snapper'''
*84 Pat Swanson ''Sophomore''
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*84 Pat Swanson - ''Sophomore''
   
 
'''Punter'''
 
'''Punter'''
*17 Jim Wren
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*17 Jim Wren -
*37 Mike MacGillivray ''Freshman''
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*37 Mike MacGillivray - ''Freshman''
   
'''Place kicker'''
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'''Place Kicker'''
*11 Adam Rendon ''Junior''
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*11 Adam Rendon - ''Junior''
*19 Adam Abrams ''Junior''
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*19 Adam Abrams - ''Junior''
*37 David Bell ''Sophomore''
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*37 David Bell - ''Sophomore''
 
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|colspan="7"|<hr /><small>Sources: [https://web.archive.org/web/20080718074415/http://www.tributetotroy.com/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page TributeToTroy Online Encyclopedia of Trojan football] and The various articles cited throughout the article.<br>
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|colspan="7"|<hr /><small>Sources: [http://www.tributetotroy.com/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page TributeToTroy Online Encyclopedia of Trojan football] and The various articles cited throughout the article.<br />
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==Coaching staff==
 
==Coaching staff==
 
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USC opened its season hosting the #5-ranked [[Florida State University]] [[Florida State Seminoles football|Seminoles]] of the [[Atlantic Coast Conference]], under long-time coach [[Bobby Bowden]], in the first ever game between the two programs.<ref name=LAT090697>{{cite news |title=And Don’t Call Them Flo State, Either|first=Robyn|last=Norwood|url=http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/06/sports/sp-29509|newspaper=[[Los Angeles Times]]|date=September 6, 1997|accessdate=July 16, 2008}}</ref>
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USC opened its season hosting the #5-ranked [[Florida State University]] [[Florida State Seminoles football|Seminoles]] of the [[Atlantic Coast Conference]], under long-time coach [[Bobby Bowden]], in the first ever game between the two programs.<ref name=LAT090697>Robyn Norwood, [http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/06/sports/sp-29509 And Don’t Call Them Flo State, Either], ''Los Angeles Times'', September 6, 1997, Accessed July 16, 2008.</ref>
   
The Seminoles entered the game as a dominant force in college football, having finished in the top four of the final poll for 10 consecutive years behind teams famous for their speed and depth; the previous season the Seminoles went 11–1. The Trojans entered the season with a new quarterback, sophomore John Fox, after the graduation of veteran quarterback Brad Otten. The #23-ranked Trojans were a departure from Florida State's recent trend of season-opening opponents, which tended towards low-ranked teams in games played either at their home field or on a neutral field.<ref name=LAT090697a>{{cite news |title=USC Knows It Can’t Have a Slow Start|first=Robyn|last=Norwood|url=http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/06/sports/sp-29474|newspaper=[[Los Angeles Times]]|date=September 6, 1997|accessdate=July 16, 2008}}</ref> The Trojans hoped to reestablish their running game, which had been anemic the previous season; however the Seminoles had allowed an average of only 59 yards rushing in 1996.<ref name="LAT091097"/>
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The Seminoles entered the game as a dominant force in college football, having finished in the top four of the final poll for 10 consecutive years behind teams famous for their speed and depth; the previous season the Seminoles went 11–1. The Trojans entered the with a new quarterback, sophomore John Fox, after the graduation of veteran quarterback Brad Otten. The #23-ranked Trojans were a departure from Florida State's recent trend of season-opening opponents, which tended towards low-ranked teams in games played either at their home field or on a neutral field.<ref name=LAT090697a>Robyn Norwood, [http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/06/sports/sp-29474 USC Knows It Can’t Have a Slow Start], ''Los Angeles Times'', September 6, 1997, Accessed July 16, 2008.</ref> The Trojans hoped to reestablish their running game, which had been anemic the previous season; however the Seminoles had allowed an average of only 59 yards rushing in 1996.<ref name="LAT091097"/>
   
The Seminoles defeated the Trojans, 14–7, in a competitive, defense-oriented game. Florida State scored first: After recovering a fumble by USC Delon Washington at the USC 36, the Seminoles scored on a two-yard quarterback sneak with 2:10 left in the first quarter. The Trojans were able to respond in the second quarter, tying the score, 7–7, with 13:42 left in the half. The pivotal moment in the game came on a 97-yard Seminoles drive in the fourth quarter that resulted in the go-ahead score with 10:40 left in the game.<ref name=LAT090797a>{{cite news |title=Home Groan / FLORIDA ST. 14, USC 7|first=Robyn|last=Norwood|url=http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/07/sports/sp-29898|newspaper=[[Los Angeles Times]]|date=September 7, 1997|accessdate=July 16, 2008}}</ref> The drive was almost stopped when cornerback [[Brian Kelly (cornerback)|Brian Kelly]] dropped a near-interception about 11 yards from Florida State's end zone.<ref name=LAT090897a>{{cite news |title=Many Supporters in Kelly's Corner|first=Robyn|last=Norwood|url=http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/08/sports/sp-30153|newspaper=[[Los Angeles Times]]|date=September 8, 1997|accessdate=July 16, 2008}}</ref> USC had two more drives, with the second reaching the Florida State 26-yard line before turning the ball over on downs.<ref name="LAT090797a"/>
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The Seminoles defeated the Trojans, 14–7, in a competitive, defense-oriented game. Florida State scored first: After recovering a fumble by USC Delon Washington at the USC 36, the Seminoles scored on a two-yard quarterback sneak with 2:10 left in the first quarter. The Trojans were able to respond in the second quarter, tying the score, 7–7, with 13:42 left in the half. The pivotal moment in the game came on a 97-yard Seminoles drive in the fourth quarter that resulted in the go-ahead score with 10:40 left in the game.<ref name=LAT090797a>Robyn Norwood, [http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/07/sports/sp-29898 Home Groan / FLORIDA ST. 14, USC 7], ''Los Angeles Times'', September 7, 1997, Accessed July 16, 2008.</ref> The drive was almost stopped when cornerback [[Brian Kelly (cornerback)|Brian Kelly]] dropped a near-interception about 11 yards from Florida State's end zone.<ref name=LAT090897a>Robyn Norwood, [http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/08/sports/sp-30153 Many Supporters in Kelly’s Corner], ''Los Angeles Times'', September 8, 1997, Accessed July 16, 2008.</ref> USC had two more drives, with the second reaching the Florida State 26 yard line before turning the ball over on downs.<ref name="LAT090797a"/>
   
USC was pleased with the performance of Fox, who in his first start completed 18 of 32 passes for 159 yards with one interception that came on a fourth-down play. However, the running game did not produce, totaling 25 yards with starting tailback Washington going for only 16 yards in 18 carries. The defense performed well, led by sophomore linebacker [[Chris Claiborne]] who had eight tackles, including two sacks.<ref name="LAT090797a"/> USC held the Seminoles to 89 yards rushing.<ref name="LAT091097"/> Kelly broke up four passes, made five tackles and had an interception that was wiped out by an offside penalty against USC.<ref name=LAT091297>{{cite news |title=Enemy Quarterbacks Backed Into Corner|first=Robyn|last=Norwood|url=http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/12/sports/sp-31563|newspaper=[[Los Angeles Times]],|date=September 12, 1997|accessdate=July 17, 2008}}</ref> Neither team did very well on third-down conversions; USC was 4 of 17, Florida State went 4 of 14.<ref name="LAT090897a"/>
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USC was pleased with the performance of Fox, who in his first start completed 18 of 32 passes for 159 yards with one interception that came on a fourth-down play. However the running game did not produce, totaling 25 yards with starting tailback Washington going for only 16 yards in 18 carries. The defense performed well, led by sophomore linebacker [[Chris Claiborne]] who had eight tackles, including two sacks.<ref name="LAT090797a"/> USC held the Seminoles to 89 yards rushing.<ref name="LAT091097"/> Kelly broke up four passes, made five tackles and had an interception that was wiped out by an offside penalty against USC.<ref name=LAT091297>Robyn Norwood, [http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/12/sports/sp-31563 Enemy Quarterbacks Backed Into Corner], ''Los Angeles Times'', September 12, 1997, Accessed July 17, 2008.</ref> Neither team did very well on third-down conversions; USC was 4 of 17, Florida State went 4 of 14.<ref name="LAT090897a"/>
   
Despite losing the game, the Trojans' performance was seen as a positive sign that the team was approaching the season with a drive not present until the very end of the previous season.<ref name=LAT090897b>{{cite news |title=This Could Be a Seminole Event for USC|first=Bill|last=Dwyre|url=http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/07/sports/sp-29925|newspaper=[[Los Angeles Times]]|date=September 8, 1997|accessdate=July 16, 2008}}</ref> USC remained ranked #23. Florida State would go on to an 11–1 record, winning the ACC conference and ending the season ranked #3 in the AP Poll.<ref name=StassenFinalAP>{{cite web |title=1997 final AP poll|url=http://preseason.stassen.com/final-ap-poll/1997.html|publisher=STASSEN.COM College Football Information|accessdate=July 17, 2008}}</ref>
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Despite losing the game, the Trojans' performance was seen as a positive sign that the team was approaching the season with a drive not present until the very end of the previous season.<ref name=LAT090897b>Bill Dwyre, [http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/07/sports/sp-29925 This Could Be a Seminole Event for USC], ''Los Angeles Times'', September 8, 1997, Accessed July 16, 2008.</ref> USC remained ranked #23. Florida State would go on to a 11–1 record, winning the ACC conference and ending the season ranked #3 in the AP Poll.<ref name=StassenFinalAP>[http://preseason.stassen.com/final-ap-poll/1997.html 1997 final AP poll], STASSEN.COM College Football Information, Accessed July 17, 2008.</ref>
 
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Opening Pac-10 Conference play, the USC hosted the [[Washington State University|Washington State]] [[Washington State Cougars football|Cougars]] under coach [[Mike Price]]. The Cougars arrived after a [[bye week]]; they defeated [[UCLA]] in their opening game, led by junior quarterback [[Ryan Leaf]] who passed for 381 yards and three touchdowns in a 37–34 victory.<ref name="LAT091297"/> USC entered the game favored by a touchdown, and with a 10-game winning streak against Washington State, since 1986, and a home winning streak stretching back to 1957. The game was framed as the Trojans opportunity to set the tone of their season: They didn't drop in the polls after a close loss to highly ranked Florida State; a win against Cougars would help them start rising in the polls; a loss would likely undo any good will left over in voters.<ref name=LAT091397>{{cite news |title=Have Cougars Turned Over a New Leaf?|first=Robyn|last=Norwood|url=http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/13/sports/sp-31824|newspaper=[[Los Angeles Times]]|date=September 13, 1997|accessdate=July 17, 2008}}</ref><ref name=SI091397>{{cite web |title=NCAA Football Preview (Washington St-USC)|url=http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/college/scoreboards/1997/09/13/preview.usc.washington_state.html|work=[[Sports Illustrated]]|date=September 13, 1997|accessdate=August 25, 2008}}</ref>
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Opening Pac-10 Conference play, the USC hosted the [[Washington State University|Washington State]] [[Washington State Cougars football|Cougars]] under coach [[Mike Price]]. The Cougars arrived after a [[bye week]]; they defeated [[UCLA]] in their opening game, led by junior quarterback [[Ryan Leaf]] who passed for 381 yards and three touchdowns in a 37–34 victory.<ref name="LAT091297"/> USC entered the game favored by a touchdown, and with a 10 game winning streak against Washington State, since 1986, and a home winning streak stretching back to 1957. The game was framed as the Trojans opportunity to set the tone of their season: They didn't drop in the polls after a close loss to highly ranked Florida State; a win against Cougars would help them start rising in the polls; a loss would likely undo any good will left over in voters.<ref name=LAT091397>Robyn Norwood, [http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/13/sports/sp-31824 Have Cougars Turned Over a New Leaf?], ''Los Angeles Times'', September 13, 1997, Accessed July 17, 2008.</ref><ref name=SI091397>[http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/college/scoreboards/1997/09/13/preview.usc.washington_state.html NCAA Football Preview (Washington St-USC)], SI.com, September 13, 1997, Accessed August 25, 2008.</ref>
   
 
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| style="text-align: left;" | "We were extremely disappointing. We choked in a thousand areas [. . .] We did it again to ourselves on offense. We weren’t nearly as efficient as we were last week. We botched a number of things. People seemed to be confused. [. . .] It was one of the most disappointing running performances I’ve been involved with. [. . .] We botched everything <nowiki>[. . .]</nowiki> Some things communication-wise broke down."
 
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| style="text-align: left;" | — John Robinson describing his team's performance against Washington State<ref name=LAT091497c>Robyn Norwood, [http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/14/sports/sp-32345 No USC Groundswell], ''Los Angeles Times'', September 14, 1997, Accessed July 17, 2008.</ref>
 
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The Cougars defeated the Trojans, 28–21; it was the first time the Cougars had ever defeated UCLA and USC in the same season, and the first time they had won in the Coliseum in 40 years.<ref name=LAT091497a>{{cite news |title=It Was a History-Making Event for Cougars|first=Scott|last=Howard-Cooper|url=http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/14/sports/sp-32373|newspaper=[[Los Angeles Times]]|date=September 14, 1997|accessdate=July 17, 2008}}</ref><ref name=SI091497>{{cite web |title=NCAA Football Recap (Washington St-USC)|url=http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/college/scoreboards/1997/09/13/recap.usc.washington_state.html|work=[[Sports Illustrated]]|date=September 14, 1997|accessdate=August 25, 2008}}</ref> Washington State had a strong first half, leading 21–6 at the end of the second quarter; the Trojans only touchdown had the extra-point blocked. John Fox fumbled a snap that led to Washington State's third touchdown. R. Jay Soward returned the second half kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown, spurring a USC rally. Early in the fourth quarter, the Trojans used a halfback pass for a touchdown, then went on to make a two-point conversion to tie the score, 21–21, with 12:44 remaining in the game. The USC defense held the Cougars for most of the second half; but Washington State finally moved ahead late in the fourth quarter, when Leaf connected with a receiver for a 51-yard touchdown with 4:18 left in the game.
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The Cougars defeated the Trojans, 28–21; it was the first time the Cougars had ever defeated UCLA and USC in the same season, and the first time they had won in the Coliseum in 40 years.<ref name=LAT091497a>Scott Howard-Cooper, [http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/14/sports/sp-32373 It Was a History-Making Event for Cougars], ''Los Angeles Times'', September 14, 1997, Accessed July 17, 2008.</ref><ref name=SI091497>[http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/college/scoreboards/1997/09/13/recap.usc.washington_state.html NCAA Football Recap (Washington St-USC)], SI.com, September 14, 1997, Accessed August 25, 2008.</ref> Washington State had a strong first half, leading 21–6 at the end of the second quarter; the Trojans only touchdown had the extra-point blocked. John Fox fumbled a snap that led to Washington State's third touchdown. R. Jay Soward returned the second half kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown, spurring a USC rally. Early in the fourth quarter, the Trojans used a halfback pass for a touchdown, then went on to make a two-point conversion to tie the score, 21–21, with 12:44 remaining in the game. The USC defense held the Cougars for most of the second half; but Washington State finally moved ahead late in the fourth quarter, when Leaf connected with a receiver for a 51-yard touchdown with 4:18 left in the game.
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Fox did not show the same level of poise as his start against Florida State; he completed 23 of 42 passes for 229 yards.<ref name=LAT091497b>{{cite news |title=Soward's Run Fails to Ignite USC's Fire|first1=Mike|last1=Downey|first2=Scott|last2=Howard-Cooper|first3=Robyn|last3=Norwood|url=http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/14/sports/sp-32374|newspaper=[[Los Angeles Times]]|date=September 14, 1997|accessdate=July 17, 2008}}</ref> Leaf completed 21 of 40 passes for 355 yards and three touchdowns, though he was intercepted twice by Brian Kelly. The Trojans running game continued to be a non-factor, totaling 31 yards at approximately one yard per carry. The concern started to focus on the offensive line, as Delon Washington rushed for 20 yards in eight carries; and given an opportunity, freshman Malaefou MacKenzie managed only 14 yards in 11 carries. USC had 10 penalties for 92 yards, often placing the offense in long second down situations.<ref name="LAT091497c"/>
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Fox did not show the same level of poise as his start against Florida State; he completed 23 of 42 passes for 229 yards.<ref name=LAT091497b>Mike Downey, Scott Howard-Cooper and Robyn Norwood, [http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/14/sports/sp-32374 Soward’s Run Fails to Ignite USC’s Fire], ''Los Angeles Times'', September 14, 1997, Accessed July 17, 2008.</ref> Leaf completed 21 of 40 passes for 355 yards and three touchdowns, though he was intercepted twice by Brian Kelly. The Trojans running game continued to be a non-factor, totaling 31 yards at approximately one yard per carry. The concern started to focus on the offensive line, as Delon Washington rushed for 20 yards in eight carries; and given an opportunity, freshman Malaefou MacKenzie managed only 14 yards in 11 carries. USC had 10 penalties for 92 yards, often placing the offense in long second down situations.<ref name="LAT091497c"/>
   
Although the Cougars entered the game unranked, they would go on to have an excellent season, finishing 10–2, sharing the Pac-10 title and playing in the [[Rose Bowl Game|Rose Bowl]] for only the third time in school history.<ref name="StassenFinalAP"/><ref name=WTAMU>{{cite web|title=Player Bio: Ryan Leaf|url=http://gobuffsgo.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/leaf_ryan00.html|publisher=West Texas A&M University Department of Athletics|accessdate=July 16, 2008|deadurl=yes|archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20080531205006/http://gobuffsgo.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/leaf_ryan00.html|archivedate=May 31, 2008|df=}}</ref> Leaf would go on to have a strong year, throwing for a school-record 3,968 yards and 34 touchdowns, being named a first team All-American and finishing third in the voting for the [[Heisman Trophy]].<ref name="WTAMU"/>
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Although the Cougars entered the game unranked, they would go on to have an excellent season, finishing 10–2, sharing the Pac-10 title and playing in the [[Rose Bowl Game|Rose Bowl]] for only the third time in school history.<ref name="StassenFinalAP"/><ref name=WTAMU>[http://gobuffsgo.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/leaf_ryan00.html Player Bio: Ryan Leaf], West Texas A&M University Athletics, Accessed July 16, 2008.</ref> Leaf would go on to have a strong year, throwing for a school-record 3,968 yards and 34 touchdowns, being named a first team All-American and finishing third in the voting for the [[Heisman Trophy]].<ref name="WTAMU"/>
   
 
The Trojans fell out of the rankings; the loss marked the fifth time in 104 years of football that USC opened a season 0-2, prior to the season the only Trojan teams that began a season with two defeats were those of 1896, 1902, 1957 and 1960.<ref name="LAT091497b"/>
 
The Trojans fell out of the rankings; the loss marked the fifth time in 104 years of football that USC opened a season 0-2, prior to the season the only Trojan teams that began a season with two defeats were those of 1896, 1902, 1957 and 1960.<ref name="LAT091497b"/>
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The Trojans played their first Pac-10 road game of the season, visiting the California Golden Bears, under first-year coach [[Tom Holmoe]], at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, California. The Golden Bears had defeated the Trojans the previous season, and hoped to make it a second year in a row for the first time since 1958.<ref name=LAT092897c>{{cite news |title=Rushing to Judgment|first=Robyn|last=Norwood|url=http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/28/sports/sp-37226|newspaper=[[Los Angeles Times]]|date=September 28, 1997|accessdate=December 16, 2008}}</ref>
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The Trojans played their first Pac-10 road game of the season, visiting the California Golden Bears, under first-year coach [[Tom Holmoe]], at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, California. The Golden Bears had defeated the Trojans the previous season, and hoped to make it a second year in a row for the first time since 1958.<ref name=LAT092897c>Robyn Norwood, [http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/28/sports/sp-37226 Rushing to Judgment], ''Los Angeles Times'', September 28, 1997, Accessed December 16, 2008.</ref>
   
The Trojans defense made seven sacks and forced Cal to punt eight times in a 27-17 victory.<ref name=SI092897>{{cite web |title=NCAA Football Recap (USC-California)|url=http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/college/scoreboards/1997/09/27/recap.california.usc.html|work=[[Sports Illustrated]]|date=September 28, 1997|accessdate=December 16, 2008}}</ref> The Trojans surged to a 24-point halftime lead, but were held scoreless in the second as California tried to close the gap. R. Jay Soward caught two touchdown passes of 33 and 65 yards from John Fox; LaVale Woods rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns.<ref name="LAT092897c"/> California receiver [[Bobby Shaw]], who entered the game leading the nation, finished with five catches for 98 yards and one touchdown.<ref name="LAT092897b"/> The Trojans continued to have problems on special teams; kicker Adam Abrams missed a 34-yard field-goal attempt and an extra point, and allowed a blocked punt against punter Jim Wren.<ref name=LAT093097a>{{cite news |title=Kicking Problems Are Getting a Close Look|first=Robyn|last=Norwood|url=http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/30/sports/sp-37843|newspaper=[[Los Angeles Times]]|date=September 30, 1997|accessdate=December 16, 2008}}</ref>
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The Trojans defense made seven sacks and forced Cal to punt eight times in a 27-17 victory.<ref name=SI092897>[http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/college/scoreboards/1997/09/27/recap.california.usc.html NCAA Football Recap (USC-California)], SI.com, September 28, 1997, Accessed December 16, 2008.</ref> The Trojans surged to a 24-point halftime lead, but were held scoreless in the second as California tried to close the gap. R. Jay Soward caught two touchdown passes of 33 and 65 yards from John Fox; LaVale Woods rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns.<ref name="LAT092897c"/> California receiver [[Bobby Shaw]], who entered the game leading the nation, finished with five catches for 98 yards and one touchdown.<ref name="LAT092897b"/> The Trojans continued to have problems on special teams; kicker Adam Abrams missed a 34-yard field-goal attempt and an extra point, and allowed a blocked punt against punter Jim Wren.<ref name=LAT093097a>Robyn Norwood, [http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/30/sports/sp-37843 Kicking Problems Are Getting a Close Look], ''Los Angeles Times'', September 30, 1997, Accessed December 16, 2008.</ref>
   
Trojans offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, who had served in the same role for the Golden Bears the previous season, called plays from the field instead of the press box at head coach Robinson's request.<ref name="LAT092897b"/> USC entered the game ranked 112th among 112 [[Division IA#Football Bowl Subdivision|Division I-A]] schools in net rushing yards. The offensive line reacted by inscribing the number "112" on their wrist bands before the game. The team made progress, gaining 123 yards in net rushing.<ref name=LAT092897a>{{cite news |title=Trojan Line's Mantra: ‘We’re No. 112!|first=Chris|last=Dufresne|url=http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/28/sports/sp-37247|newspaper=[[Los Angeles Times]]|date=September 28, 1997|accessdate=December 16, 2008}}</ref> The game allowed them to rise to 109th in rushing offense.<ref name=LAT092997a>{{cite news |title=Headed in Right Direction|first=Robyn|last=Norwood|url=http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/29/sports/sp-37517|newspaper=[[Los Angeles Times]]|date=September 29, 1997|accessdate=December 16, 2008}}</ref> On defense, USC held California to 31 rushing yards and ranked fifth nationally in rushing defense, giving up 54.3 yards a game.<ref name="LAT093097a"/>
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Trojans offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, who had served in the same role for the Golden Bears the previous season, called plays from the field instead of the press box at head coach Robinson's request.<ref name="LAT092897b"/> USC entered the game ranked 112th among 112 [[Division IA#Football Bowl Subdivision|Division I-A]] schools in net rushing yards. The offensive line reacted by inscribing the number "112" on their wrist bands before the game. The team made progress, gaining 123 yards in net rushing.<ref name=LAT092897a>Chris Dufresne, [http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/28/sports/sp-37247 Trojan Line’s Mantra: ‘We’re No. 112!’], ''Los Angeles Times'', September 28, 1997, Accessed December 16, 2008.</ref> The game allowed them to rise to 109th in rushing offense.<ref name=LAT092997a>Robyn Norwood, [http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/29/sports/sp-37517 Headed in Right Direction], ''Los Angeles Times'', September 29, 1997, Accessed December 16, 2008.</ref> On defense, USC held California to 31 rushing yards and ranked fifth nationally in rushing defense, giving up 54.3 yards a game.<ref name="LAT093097a"/>
   
 
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Next hosted UNLV of the [[Western Athletic Conference]], under head coach [[Jeff Horton]]. The Trojans entered the game as 25-point favorites against the Rebels.<ref name=LAT100497a>{{cite news |title=Robinson Not Taking These Rebels Lightly|first=Robyn|last=Norwood|url=http://articles.latimes.com/1997/oct/04/sports/sp-39182|newspaper=[[Los Angeles Times]]|date=October 4, 1997|accessdate=December 16, 2008}}</ref>
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Next hosted UNLV of the [[Western Athletic Conference]], under head coach [[Jeff Horton]]. The Trojans entered the game as 25-point favorites against the Rebels.<ref name=LAT100497a>Robyn Norwood, [http://articles.latimes.com/1997/oct/04/sports/sp-39182 Robinson Not Taking These Rebels Lightly], ''Los Angeles Times'', October 4, 1997, Accessed December 16, 2008.</ref>
   
Running back LaVale Woods sprained his left ankle on the second possession, placing the running game back on freshman Malaefou MacKenzie and senior Delon Washington, who had been Woods had replaced for the previous game against California. MacKenzie ran for 104 yards in 19 carries and two touchdowns. The kicking game improved, with Adam Abrams making the Trojans' first field goals of the season from 27 and 37 yards before the end of the first half. Cornerback Daylon McCutcheon was used successfully on offensive plays, taking advantage of his overall athletic abilities.<ref name=LAT100597a>{{cite news |title=Woods’ Ankle Injury Lets MacKenzie Play|first=Robyn|last=Norwood|url=http://articles.latimes.com/1997/oct/05/sports/sp-39630|newspaper=[[Los Angeles Times]]|date=October 5, 1997|accessdate=December 16, 2008}}</ref>
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Running back LaVale Woods sprained his left ankle on the second possession, placing the running game back on freshman Malaefou MacKenzie and senior Delon Washington, who had been Woods had replaced for the previous game against California. MacKenzie ran for 104 yards in 19 carries and two touchdowns. The kicking game improved, with Adam Abrams making the Trojans' first field goals of the season from 27 and 37 yards before the end of the first half. Cornerback Daylon McCutcheon was used successfully on offensive plays, taking advantage of his overall athletic abilities.<ref name=LAT100597a>Robyn Norwood, [http://articles.latimes.com/1997/oct/05/sports/sp-39630 Woods’ Ankle Injury Lets MacKenzie Play], ''Los Angeles Times'', October 5, 1997, Accessed December 16, 2008.</ref>
   
The victory was coach John Robinson's 100th college victory.<ref name=LAT100597b>{{cite news |title=Fight for a Century|first=Robyn|last=Norwood|url=http://articles.latimes.com/1997/oct/05/sports/sp-39605|newspaper=[[Los Angeles Times]]|date=October 5, 1997|accessdate=December 16, 2008}}</ref>
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The victory was coach John Robinson's 100th college victory.<ref name=LAT100597b>Robyn Norwood, [http://articles.latimes.com/1997/oct/05/sports/sp-39605 Fight for a Century], ''Los Angeles Times'', October 5, 1997, Accessed December 16, 2008.</ref>
 
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===Notre Dame===
 
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===UCLA===
 
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==After the season==
 
==After the season==
 
 
===1997 Team Players in the NFL===
 
===1997 Team Players in the NFL===
 
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