1997 Washington State Cougars football team
|1997 Washington State Cougars football|
|1997 record||10–2 (7–1 Pac-10)|
|Head coach||Mike Price (9th year)|
|Offensive coordinator||John McDonell (4th year)|
|Defensive coordinator||Bill Doba (4th year)|
|1997 Pacific-10 football standings|
|#9 Washington State +||7||–||1||10||–||2|
|#5 UCLA +||7||–||1||10||–||2|
|#14 Arizona State||6||–||2||9||–||3|
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 against Pac-10 opponents), won the Pac-10 championship, lost to Michigan in the 1998 Rose Bowl, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 483 to 296. The Cougars and played their home games at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington.
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.
|August 30||12:30 PM||UCLA||Martin Stadium • Pullman, WA||ABC||W 37–34||26,000|
|September 13||3:30 PM||at No. 23 USC||Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA||FSN||W 28–21||51,655|
|September 20||9:30 AM||at Illinois*||No. 19||Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL||ESPN2||W 35–22||47,131|
|September 27||2:00 PM||Boise State*||No. 15||Martin Stadium • Pullman, WA||W 58–0||34,131|
|October 4||1:00 PM||at Oregon||No. 15||Autzen Stadium • Eugene, OR||W 24–13||43,516|
|October 18||2:00 PM||California||No. 13||Martin Stadium • Pullman, WA||W 63–37||35,739|
|October 25||12:30 PM||Arizona||No. 10||Martin Stadium • Pullman, WA||ABC||W 35–34 OT||31,137|
|November 1||7:00 PM||at No. 20 Arizona State||No. 10||Sun Devil Stadium • Tempe, AZ||FSN||L 31–44||73,644|
|November 8||2:00 PM||Southwestern Louisiana*||No. 16||Martin Stadium • Pullman, WA||W 77–7||32,345|
|November 15||2:00 PM||Stanford||No. 14||Martin Stadium • Pullman, WA||W 38–28||40,306|
|November 22||12:30 PM||at No. 20 Washington||No. 11||Husky Stadium • Seattle, WA - (Apple Cup)||ABC||W 41–35||74,268|
|January 1||2:00 PM||vs. No. 1 Michigan*||No. 8||Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA - (Rose Bowl)||ABC||L 16–21||101,219|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Pacific Time.|
Awards and honors
NFL Draft picks
|Ryan Leaf||QB||1||2||San Diego Chargers|
|Leon Bender||DT||2||31||Oakland Raiders|
|Dorian Boose||DT||2||56||New York Jets|
|Jason McEndoo||T||7||197||Seattle Seahawks|
- "1997 Washington State Cougars Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
- "2016 Media Guide" (PDF). WSUCougars.com. Washington State Cougars Athletics. p. 77. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
- "1997 Washington State Cougars Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 24, 2016.