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1997 Football Results

Gopher Football 1997 Season

  • Head Coach:  Glen Mason (1st season)
  • Overall Record: 3 - 9
  • Conference Record: 1 - 7

1997 Schedule

Date Opponent W/L Score
08/30/1997 @ Hawaii (3-9) L 3-17
09/13/1997 Iowa State (1-10) W 53-29
09/20/1997 @ Memphis (4-7) W 20-17
09/27/1997 Houston (3-8) L 43-45
10/04/1997 @ Michigan State (7-5) L 10-31
10/11/1997 Purdue (9-3) L 43-59
10/18/1997 @ Penn State (9-3) L 15-16
10/25/1997 Wisconsin (8-5) L 21-22
11/01/1997 @ Michigan (12-0) L 3-24
11/08/1997 Homecoming
Ohio State (10-3)
L 3-31
11/15/1997 Indiana (2-9) W 24-12
11/22/1997 @ Iowa (7-5) L 0-31

1997 Big Ten Standings

TEAM CONF OVERALL
Michigan 8-0 12-0
Ohio State 6-2 10-3
Penn State 6-2 9-3
Purdue 6-2 9-3
Wisconsin 5-3 8-5
Iowa 4-4 7-5
Michigan State 4-4 7-5
Northwestern 3-5 5-7
Minnesota 1-7 3-9
Indiana 1-7 2-9
Illinois 0-8 0-11

1997 Gopher Football Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Elg. Letters Hometown (Previous School)
51 Akinwale, Akeem C 6-3 255 Fr 0 Coon Rapids, MN
78 Albrecht, Jon OT 6-5 299 Jr* 2 Springfield, IL (Sacred Heart-Griffin)
99 Anderle, Matt DT 6-6 260 Fr 0 Roseville, MN (Mounds View)
33 Artic, Rahim LB 6-1 200 So* 0 Milwaukee, WI (Vincent)
1 Atwell, Tutu WR 5-9 168 Sr 3 Miami, FL (Miami Senior)
19 Awobamise, Bola FB 5-8 218 Fr* 0 Plymouth, MN (Wayzata)
19 Bailey, Adam PK 5-10 190 Jr* 1 Burnsville, MN
74 Baldauf, Jeff OT 6-7 289 Sr* 1 Sun Prairie, WI
24 Barnes, Kahlen WR 6-1 206 Jr* 1 Brooklyn Park, MN (Park Center)
91 Baylor, Raymond DT 6-1 277 Sr* 2 Houston, TX (Willowridge)
47 Bean, Jim RB 5-9 195 Jr 0 Burnsville, MN
25 Blayne, Terrance CB 6-0 190 Sr* 3 Missouri City, TX (Willowridge)
52 Braaten, Luke LB 6-4 231 So* 1 Litchfield, MN
68 Burns, Derek OT 6-5 275 Fr 0 Eden Prairie, MN
70 Carey, Brian DT 6-1 251 Fr* 0 Sun Prairie, WI
86 Carter, Grant WR 6-0 165 Fr 0 Solon, OH
22 Carter, Tyrone SS 5-9 178 So 1 Pampano Beach, FL (Ely)
98 Cernoch, Mike DE 6-6 255 Fr* 0 Burnsville, MN
5 Cockerham, Billy QB 6-1 202 So* 0 Clayton, CA (Skyline)
41 Cross, Mark DE 6-3 256 Sr 3 Milwaukee, WI (John Marshall)
32 Dalton, Donny LB 6-1 232 Sr 1 Fontana, CA (Mount San Antonio CC)
90 Dehnicke, Drew DE 6-3 225 Fr 0 Coon Rapids, MN
83 Dettman, Spencer WR 5-11 166 So* 0 Green Bay, WI (West)
67 Develice, Tom DT 6-1 251 Fr* 0 Fon du Lac, WI (St. Mary's Springs)
42 Dillenburg, Jim FB 6-0 236 Fr* 0 Green Bay (Pulaski)
8 Dimmy, Keith FS 6-1 167 Jr* 0 Columbus, OH (Eastmoor)
87 Duerr, Troy TE 6-4 260 Jr* 2 Buffalo, MN
69 Elizondo, James OG 6-4 266 Sr* 1 Round Rock, TX
97 Elliott, Jerome DT 6-4 270 Jr* 0 Lakeview Terrace, CA (LA Valley CC)
36 Evans, Byron RB 5-9 203 So* 1 Texas City, TX (La Marque)
33 Fitzpatrick, Renato RB 6-0 193 Fr 0 St. Louis, MO (University)
76 Gail, Jim OG 6-6 283 Jr* 1 Avon, MN (Albany)
64 Glime, Luke OG 6-4 270 Sr* 1 Bemidji, MN
7 Graham, Trevis CB 5-10 175 Fr 0 Fort Lauderdale, FL (Piper)
28 Grate, Tim SS 5-11 205 Jr* 1 Miami Springs, FL
96 Haayer, Adam TE 6-6 256 Fr* 0 Wyoming, MN (Forest Lake)
29 Hagman, Jason CB 6-1 182 Jr* 0 Austin, MN
38 Hall, Justin LB 6-3 210 Fr 0 Bloomington, MN (Jefferson)
55 Hamilton, Ben C 6-5 258 Fr* 0 Plymouth, MN (Wayzata)
12 Hamner, Thomas RB 6-0 183 So* 1 Hamilton, OH
6 Harvey, Derrick WR 5-10 195 Sr* 0 Akron, OH (Buchtel)
84 Hass, Alex TE 6-5 250 So* 0 St. Peter, MN
77 Hau, Pat OT 6-6 279 So* 0 Edina, MN
29 Henderson, Antoine RB 5-7 160 Fr 0 Fort Lauderdale (Stranahan)
6 Henry, Jimmy FS 6-1 178 Fr 0 Detroit, MI (Pershing)
65 Herkenhoff, Luke OT 6-5 276 Sr* 2 Albany, MN
73 Hoffarth, Kris OG 6-5 278 So* 0 St. Paul, MN (Johnson)
45 Hoffman, Sean LB 6-3 237 Fr* 0 Fargo, ND (North)
88 Hubbard, Ryan TE 6-3 223 Sr* 2 Jensen Beach, FL (Martin County)
3 Hutton, Lee WR 5-9 164 Jr* 1 Dickinson, TX (La Marque)
11 Hyppolite, Tony RB 5-9 180 Fr 0 Miami, FL (North Miami)
21 Isaacs, Derek CB 5-11 185 Jr* 0 Apple Valley, MN
62 James, Gregg C 6-4 274 Sr* 2 Clinton Township, MI (Chippewa Valley)
80 Jones, Elvin WR 6-4 195 Fr 0 Southfield, MI (Ferndale)
23 Jordan, Crawford FS 5-10 194 Sr* 3 Fort Worth, TX (Western Hills)
39 Kaiser, Ray LB 6-2 220 Sr* 0 St. Paul Park, MN (Park)
26 Kemph, Steve P 6-1 191 So 1 Chicago, IL (Mt. Carmel)
53 Kneen, Scott LS 6-1 224 So* 1 Anoka, MN
70 Larson, Erik OT 6-6 246 Fr* 0 Cambridge, MN
85 LaRue, Rob TE 6-4 218 Fr 0 Wayzata, MN (Minnetonka)
27 Leverson, Luke WR 6-0 177 So 1 Miami, FL (Northwestern)
15 Martin, Gus CB 5-10 175 Fr 0 Miami, FL (Northwestern)
36 McManus, Erin PK 5-9 190 Jr* 0 Dresser, WI (St. Croix Falls)
55 Mezera, Ben LB 6-4 225 Fr 0 Waupaca, WI
95 Michals, Jon DE 6-4 252 So* 1 Oak Creek, WI
42 Middlebrooks, Willie SS 6-2 185 Fr 0 Florida City, FL (Homestead)
47 Moberg, Eric CB 5-10 166 Jr* 0 Hibbing, MN
14 Moore, Dan LB 6-3 191 Sr* 1 Cold Spring, MN (Rocori)
43 Moore, Mari CB 6-1 168 Jr 2 San Antonio, TX (Judson)
40 Mullen, Michael RB 5-11 190 Fr 0 Flint, MI (Central)
44 Myers, Lyman WR 5-7 166 So* 0 St. Louis Park, MN (Hopkins)
9 Nelson, Greg WR 6-1 208 Sr 3 Dallas, TX (Skyline)
57 Pearson, Nate LB 6-3 210 So* 1 Hutchinson, MN
14 Persby, Andy QB 6-3 219 Fr* 0 North St. Paul, MN (Hill-Murray)
83 Petersen, Aaron WR 6-2 205 Fr* 0 North Mankato, MN (Mankato East)
25 Prigge, Brad FB 5-10 191 So* 0 Zumbrota, MN (Zumbrota-Mazeppa)
18 Rackley, Derek TE 6-5 235 So* 1 Apple Valley, MN
94 Rawlings, Josh DT 6-5 281 So* 0 Fort Gratiot, MI (Port Huron Northern)
58 Richard, Antoine DT 6-3 283 Jr* 2 Houston, TX (Alief Hastings)
35 Rindels, Ryan P 5-11 170 So* 1 Coon Rapids, MN (Anoka)
20 Rogers, Fred CB 5-9 167 So* 1 Hamilton, OH
66 Roth, Ryan OG 6-3 300 Fr 0 Kansas City, MO (Park Hill)
92 Russ, Dyron DT 6-1 278 So* 0 Milwaukee, WI (Oak Creek)
17 Sauter, Cory QB 6-5 214 Sr* 2 Hutchinson, MN
48 Scanlan, David PK 5-10 181 Jr* 0 El Segundo, CA (El Camino JC)
2 Scruggs, Craig CB 5-9 171 Jr* 2 Dallas, TX (Skyline)
46 Smith, Rufus LB 6-2 241 Jr* 2 Miami Springs, FL
63 Socha, Tim OT 6-6 291 Jr* 2 Green Bay, WI (Ashwaubenon)
71 Thorman, Ryan OT 6-5 275 Fr 0 Eagan, MN
49 Thunder, Ramsey LB 6-2 210 Fr 0 Milwaukee, WI (Custer)
75 Turek, Troy OT 6-6 274 Fr* 0 Sun Prairie, WI
31 Venturine, Ryan FB 6-2 220 Jr 1 Westlake Village, CA (LA Valley CC)
81 Vevea, Zach TE 6-6 235 Fr 0 Elk River, MN
79 Von Behren, Theron DT 6-5 268 So* 0 South St. Paul, MN
82 Wasurick, Bo TE 6-3 225 Jr* 0 DePere, WI (Notre Dame Academy)
34 Webb, Verdis RB 5-8 190 So* 0 Maplewood, MN (Cretin-Derham Hall)
56 Williams, Lamanzer DE 6-4 260 Sr* 3 Ypsilanti, MI (Willow Run)
37 Williams, Parc LB 6-3 238 Jr* 2 Zumbrota, MN (Zumbrota-Mazeppa)
93 Wimberger, Jude LB 6-1 230 So* 0 Fon du Lac (L.P. Goodrich)
13 Wynn, Spergon QB 6-4 218 So* 0 Houston, TX (Episcopal)
30 Wyrick, Jimmy CB 5-9 170 So* 1 De Soto, TX
61 Zander, Jason C 6-5 277 So* 0 Sun Prairie, WI
26 Zochert, Blake LB 6-3 209 Fr* 0 Green Bay, WI (East)

1997 Final AP Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Michigan (51.5) 12-0 1,731.5
2 Nebraska (18.5) 13-0 1,698.5
3 Florida State 11-1 1,599
4 Florida 10-2 1,455
5 UCLA 10-2 1,413
6 North Carolina 11-1 1,397
7 Tennessee 11-2 1,320
8 Kansas State 11-1 1,302
9 Washington State 10-2 1,259
10 Georgia 10-2 1,121
11 Auburn 10-3 1,025
12 Ohio State 10-3 975
13 Louisiana State 9-3 856
14 Arizona State 9-3 773
15 Purdue 9-3 715
16 Penn State 9-3 706
17 Colorado State 11-2 673
18 Washington 8-4 617
19 Southern Mississippi 9-3 490
20 Texas A&M 9-4 421
21 Syracuse 9-4 331
22 Mississippi 8-4 255
23 Missouri 7-5 175
24 Oklahoma State 8-4 72
25 Georgia Tech 7-5 64

1997 Final USA Today Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Nebraska (32) 13-0 1,520
2 Michigan (30) 12-0 1,516
3 Florida State 12-1 1,414
4 North Carolina 11-1 1,292
5 UCLA 10-2 1,239
6 Florida 10-2 1,209
7 Kansas State 11-1 1,192
8 Tennessee 11-2 1,122
9 Washington State 10-2 1,076
10 Georgia 10-2 1,007
11 Auburn 10-3 854
12 Ohio State 10-3 826
13 Louisiana State 9-3 786
14 Arizona State 9-3 667
15 Purdue 9-3 666
16 Colorado State 11-2 646
17 Penn State 9-3 585
18 Washington 8-4 512
19 Southern Mississippi 9-3 462
20 Syracuse 9-4 380
21 Texas A&M 9-4 359
22 Mississippi 8-4 188
23 Missouri 7-5 114
24 Oklahoma State 8-4 103
25 Air Force 10-3 74

1997 Big Ten Bowl Results

Rose Bowl - 01/01/1998
Michigan 21, Washington State 16
Nokia Sugar Bowl - 01/01/1998
Florida State 31, Ohio State 14
CompUSA Florida Citrus Bowl - 01/01/1998
Florida 21, Penn State 6
Builders Square Alamo Bowl - 12/30/1997
Purdue 33, Oklahoma State 20
Outback Bowl - 01/01/1998
Georgia 33, Wisconsin 6
Norwest Bank Sun Bowl - 12/31/1997
Arizona State 17, Iowa 7
Jeep Aloha Bowl - 12/25/1997
Washington 51, Michigan State 23

1997 Other Bowl Results

FedEx Orange Bowl - 01/02/1998
Nebraska 42, Tennessee 17
Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl - 01/02/1998
Auburn 21, Clemson 17
SW Bell Cotton Bowl - 01/01/1998
UCLA 29, Texas A&M 23
Toyota Gator Bowl - 01/01/1998
North Carolina 42, Virginia Tech 3
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl - 12/31/1997
Kansas State 35, Syracuse 18
Axa Liberty Bowl - 12/31/1997
Southern Mississippi 41, Pittsburgh 7
Plymouth Holiday Bowl - 12/29/1997
Colorado State 35, Missouri 24
Carquest Bowl - 12/29/1997
Georgia Tech 35, West Virginia 30
Crucial.com Humanitarian Bowl - 12/29/1997
Cincinnati 35, Utah State 19
Poulan/Weed Eater Independence Bowl - 12/28/1997
Louisiana State 27, Notre Dame 9
Insight.com Bowl - 12/27/1997
Arizona 20, New Mexico 14
Motor City Bowl - 12/26/1997
Mississippi 34, Marshall 31
Las Vegas Bowl - 12/20/1997
Oregon 41, Air Force 13