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1997 Washington State Cougars football
Pac-10 co-champion
Rose Bowl, L 16–21 vs. Michigan
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 9
APNo. 9
1997 record10–2 (7–1 Pac-10)
Head coachMike Price (9th season)
Offensive coordinatorJohn McDonell (4th season)
Defensive coordinatorBill Doba (4th season)
Home stadiumMartin Stadium
(Capacity: 37,600)
Seasons
← 1996
1998 →
1997 Pacific-10 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#9 Washington State §   7 1         10 2  
#5 UCLA §   7 1         10 2  
#14 Arizona State   6 2         9 3  
#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 in Pac-10), won the conference championship, lost to Michigan in the Rose Bowl, and outscored their opponents 483 to 296.[1][2] The Cougars played their home games on campus at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington, and were ninth in the final rankings.

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]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 3012:30 PMUCLAABCW 37–3426,000
September 133:30 PMat No. 23 USCFSNW 28–2151,655
September 209:30 AMat Illinois*No. 19ESPN2W 35–2247,131
September 272:00 PMBoise State*No. 15
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
W 58–034,131
October 41:00 PMat OregonNo. 15W 24–1343,516
October 182:00 PMCaliforniadaggerNo. 13
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
W 63–3735,739
October 2512:30 PMArizonaNo. 10
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
ABCW 35–34 OT31,137
November 17:00 PMat No. 20 Arizona StateNo. 10FSNL 31–4473,644
November 82:00 PMSouthwestern Louisiana*No. 16
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
W 77–732,345
November 152:00 PMStanfordNo. 14
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
W 38–2840,306
November 2212:30 PMat No. 20 WashingtonNo. 11ABCW 41–3574,268
January 12:00 PMvs. No. 1 Michigan*No. 8ABCL 16–21101,219
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Pacific time

Awards and honorsEdit

NFL Draft picksEdit

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Ryan LeafQB 12 San Diego Chargers
Leon Bender DT 2 31 Oakland Raiders
Dorian Boose DT2 56 New York Jets
Jason McEndoo T 7 197 Seattle Seahawks

Source:[4]

ReferencesEdit

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