1997 Villanova Wildcats football
A-10 Conference Champions
Division I-AA Quarterfinals, L 34–37, vs. #4 Youngstown State
ConferenceAtlantic 10 Conference
Sports NetworkNo. 1
1997 record12–1 (8–0 A-10)
Head coachAndy Talley (13th season)
CaptainJosh Dolbin
CaptainDerek Forgione
Home stadiumVillanova Stadium
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Template:1997 Atlantic 10 Conference football standings The 1997 Villanova Wildcats football team represented Villanova University during the 1997 NCAA Division I-AA football season. It was the program's 100th season and they finished as Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10) champions after posting a perfect 8–0 record in conference play.[1][2] The Wildcats earned a berth as the #1 seed into the 16-team Division I-AA playoffs, but lost in the quarterfinals to eventual national champion Youngstown State, 34–37.[1] Villanova was led by 13th-year head coach Andy Talley.[1] Villanova finished the year ranked #1 in the nation according to The Sports Network's final poll, which was released prior to the playoffs starting.

Among the many postseason awards received, coach Talley was honored as the AFCA Coach of the Year and Eddie Robinson Award winner for being the Division I-AA national coach of the year.[2] Senior wide receiver Brian Finneran received the Walter Payton Award, which is given to the nation's top offensive player.[2]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

August 28No. 18 (Div. II) [[{{{school}}}|West Chester]]*W 64–0
September 13at No. 6 DelawareNo. 19W 35–25
September 20MaineNo. 10
  • Villanova Stadium
  • Villanova, PA
W 34–14
October 4No. 22 James MadisonNo. 4
  • Villanova Stadium
  • Villanova, PA
W 49–17
October 111:00 p.m.UMassNo. 3
  • Villanova Stadium
  • Villanova, PA
NESNW 49–277,109
October 18at RichmondNo. 3W 40–29
October 25at No. 14 William & MaryNo. 1W 20–1310,559
November 1at Rhode IslandNo. 1W 37–15
November 8New HampshireNo. 1
  • Villanova Stadium
  • Villanova, PA
W 23–20
November 151:00 p.m.Buffalo*No. 1
  • Villanova Stadium
  • Villanova, PA
W 42–286,831
November 22No. 20 NortheasternNo. 1
  • Villanova Stadium
  • Villanova, PA
W 49–35
November 29Colgate*No. 1
W 49–28
December 6No. 4 Youngstown State*No. 1
L 34–37

Awards and honors[edit | edit source]

  • Walter Payton AwardBrian Finneran
  • First Team All-America – Chris Boden (Walter Camp); Brian Finneran (Associated Press, The Sports Network, AFCA, Walter Camp)
  • First Team All-Atlantic 10 – Chris Boden, Brian Finneran, Jason Tenner
  • Second Team All-Atlantic 10 – George Freiberger, Mark Kiefer
  • Third Team All-Atlantic 10 – Josh Dolbin, Ryan Knight, Shaun Lyons, Chris Machovina, Mitch McCrimmon, Shannon Riley
  • AFCA Coach of the Year AwardAndy Talley
  • Eddie Robinson Award – Andy Talley
  • Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year – Andy Talley

References[edit | edit source]

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