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1997 Utah Utes football
ConferenceWestern Athletic Conference
DivisionMountain Division
1997 record6–5 (5–3 WAC)
Head coachRon McBride (8th season)
Offensive coordinatorFred Graves (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorKyle Whittingham (3rd season)
Home stadiumRice Stadium (32,500)
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 Utes were unable to get another bowl bid in the 1997 season, going just 6–5. This was also the last season in the old Rice Stadium. Immediately after the final home game (against Rice University), the stadium was torn down and rebuilt into the new Rice-Eccles Stadium, partly in anticipation of the upcoming 2002 Olympic Games.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 307:00 PMUtah State*L 14–2133,804
September 61:00 PMat Louisville*KJZZW 27–2135,437
September 137:05 PMat TCUW 32–1825,382
September 207:00 PMUTEP
  • Rice Stadium
  • Salt Lake City, UT
W 56–328,820
October 26:00 PMat Fresno StateESPNL 13–2737,994
October 111:00 PMSMU
  • Rice Stadium
  • Salt Lake City, UT
L 19–2026,611
October 182:00 PMat Oregon*L 13–3139,389
October 251:00 PMNew Mexicodagger
  • Rice Stadium
  • Salt Lake City, UT (The Bowl)
W 15–1028,129
November 11:00 PMat TulsaL 13–2119,864
November 151:00 PMRice
  • Rice Stadium
  • Salt Lake City, UT
W 31–1427,049
November 221:30 PMat BYUW 20–1465,868

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Game summariesEdit

BYUEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Utah 10 0 0 10 20
BYU 7 7 0 0 14

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After the seasonEdit

NFL draftEdit

Two players went in the 1998 NFL Draft, including one in the first round (Kevin Dyson).

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Kevin Dyson Wide Receiver 1 16 Tennessee Oilers
Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala Fullback 6 178 Pittsburgh Steelers

ReferencesEdit

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