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1997 West Virginia Mountaineers football
ConferenceBig East Conference (1979–2013)
1997 record7–5 (4–3 Big East)
Head coachDon Nehlen
Home stadiumMountaineer Field
(Capacity: 63,500)
Seasons
← 1996
1998 →
1997 Big East football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#21 Syracuse   6 1         9 4  
#23 Virginia Tech   5 2         7 5  
West Virginia   4 3         7 5  
Pittsburgh   4 3         6 6  
Miami   3 4         5 6  
Boston College   3 4         4 7  
Temple   3 4         4 8  
Rutgers   0 7         0 11  
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1997 West Virginia Mountaineers football team represented West Virginia University in the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Mountaineers' 105th overall and 7th season as a member of the Big East Conference (Big East). The team was led by head coach Don Nehlen, in his 18th year, and played their home games at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. They finished the season with a record of seven wins and five losses (7–5 overall, 4–3 in the Big East) and with a loss in the Carquest Bowl against Georgia Tech.

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30* 12:00 PM Marshall Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV (Friends of Coal Bowl) ESPN+ W 42–31   65,492
September 6* 12:30 PM East Carolina Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV ESPN W 24–17   51,143
September 13 12:00 PM at Boston College Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA ESPN L 24–31   39,200
September 27 3:30 PM at Miami (FL) Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL CBS W 28–17   39,270
October 4 12:00 PM Rutgers Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV ESPN+ W 48–0   51,737
October 11* 1:00 PM at Maryland Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD (Rivalry) W 31–14   31,210
October 25 3:30 PM #19 Virginia Tech #21 Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV (Black Diamond Trophy) CBS W 30–17   63,649
November 1 7:30 PM at Syracuse #17 Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY (Ben Schwartzwalder Trophy) ESPN L 10–40   49,273
November 15 1:00 PM Temple Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV W 41–21   37,061
November 22* 2:30 PM at Notre Dame #22 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN NBC L 14–21   80,225
November 28 2:30 PM Pittsburgh Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV (Backyard Brawl) CBS L 38–41 3OT  48,044
December 29 7:30 PM vs. Georgia Tech Pro Player StadiumMiami Gardens, FL (Carquest Bowl) TBS L 30–35   28,262
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "WVU 1997 Schedule". The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. http://wvustats.com/football/schedule.php?team_id=308&season=1997. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
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