1997 Washington State Cougars football
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Pac-10 co-champion
Rose Bowl, L 16–21 vs. Michigan
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 9
APNo. 9
Record10–2 (7–1 Pac-10)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorJim McDonell (4th season)
Defensive coordinatorBill Doba (4th season)
Home stadiumMartin Stadium
(capacity: 37,600)
Seasons
← 1996
1998 →
1997 Pacific-10 Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 9 Washington State +   7 1     10 2  
No. 5 UCLA +   7 1     10 2  
No. 14 Arizona State   6 2     9 3  
No. 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 went 10–1 in the regular season (7–1 in Pac-10), won the conference championship,[1] lost to #1 Michigan in the Rose Bowl,[2][3][4] and outscored their opponents 483 to 296.[5][6] They 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.[7] Freshman defensive back Lamont Thompson led the team with 6 interceptions.[8]

The Rose Bowl appearance was the first for Washington State in 67 years;[1][9] the next was five years later.[10][11]

Leaf decided to forgo his remaining season of eligibility (1998) and entered the 1998 NFL Draft,[12][13] where he was the second overall selection.[14][15][16]

Schedule

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

Roster

1997 Washington State Cougars football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 13 Steve Birnbaum So
RB 5 Michael Black Sr
RB 24 Jason Clayton Jr
RB 1 DeJuan Gilmore Jr
C 62 Lee Harrison Sr
RB 37 Adam Hawkins Fr
WR 81 Chris Jackson Sr
TE 20 Love Jefferson Jr
QB 16 Ryan Leaf Jr
TE 86 Brenden Marshall Jr
C 76 Jason McEndoo Sr
WR 9 Kevin McKenzie Sr
OT 76 Ryan McShane Sr
WR 45 Shawn McWashington Sr
OT 79 Rob Rainville Jr
WR 82 Nian Taylor So
G 71 Cory Withrow Sr
WR 8 Shawn Tims Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 91 Leon Bender Sr
DE 90 Dorian Boose Sr
DE 46 Shane Doyle Sr
CB 3 LeJuan Gibbons So
LB 34 Steve Gleason So
DB 29 Torry Hollimon So
DT 95 Gary Holmes Jr
DB 28 Jermaine Hunsaker Fr
FS 2 Ray Jackson Sr
LB 22 Brandon Moore Sr
CB 6 Dee Moronkola Jr
LB 43 Todd Nelson Jr
SS 25 Duane Stewart Sr
DB 19 Lamont Thompson Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 12 Jeff Banks Sr
K 21 Rian Lindell So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
    Injured
  • Redshirt
    Redshirt
Source:[17][18]

Game summaries

UCLA

See also: 1997 UCLA Bruins football team

UCLA at Washington State
1 234Total
Bruins (0–0) 7 7137 34
Cougars (0–0) 3 2770 37
       

UCLA took a 14-3 lead early in the second quarter, but Washington State exploded for 27 unanswered points to end the half. The Cougars led by as many as 16 on two occasions, but clung to just a 3-point lead late in the game. UCLA had a 4th and goal from the one-yard line with 2:50 remaining, but the Cougars stood tall to emerge victorious.[19]

at No. 23 USC

See also: 1997 USC Trojans football team

Washington State at USC
1 234Total
Cougars (1–0) 7 1407 28
No. 23 Trojans (1–0) 0 678 21
   

Washington State defeated No. 23 USC in Los Angeles for the first time since 1957.[20] [21]

at Illinois

See also: 1997 Illinois Fighting Illini football team

Washington State at Illinois
1 234Total
No. 19 Cougars (2–0) 7 0721 35
Fighting Illini (0–2) 0 778 22

[22]

Boise State

See also: 1997 Boise State Broncos football team

Boise State at Washington State
1 234Total
Broncos (2–2) 0 000 0
No. 15 Cougars (3–0) 14 171710 58

[23]

at Oregon

See also: 1997 Oregon Ducks football team

Washington State at Oregon
1 234Total
No. 15 Cougars (4–0) 7 773 24
Ducks (3–1) 0 3010 13

California

See also: 1997 California Golden Bears football team

[24]

Arizona

See also: 1997 Arizona Wildcats football team

[25]

at No. 20 Arizona State

See also: 1997 Arizona State Sun Devils football team

Washington State at Arizona State
1 234Total
No. 10 Cougars (7–0) 0 71014 31
No. 20 Sun Devils (5–2) 7 17020 44
        

After trailing 24–0 midway through the second quarter, Washington State rallied to take a 25–24 lead early in the fourth quarter. After Arizona State answered with a touchdown, the Cougars were driving again. However, the Cougars were doomed by two late fumbles that were both returned for touchdowns.[26]

Southwestern Louisiana

See also: 1997 Southwestern Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football team

[27]

Stanford

See also: 1997 Stanford Cardinal football team

[28]

at No. 20 Washington

See also: 1997 Washington Huskies football team

[29]

vs. No. 1 Michigan (Rose Bowl)

Main article: 1998 Rose Bowl

See also: 1997 Michigan Wolverines football team

Washington State vs. Michigan
(1998 Rose Bowl)
1 234Total
No. 8 Cougars (10–1) 7 063 16
No. 1 Wolverines (11–0) 0 777 21
  

[30]

Awards and honors

NFL Draft

Four Cougars were selected in the 1998 NFL Draft; quarterback Ryan Leaf was taken second overall.

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
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

[14][16][31]

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