1997 Eastern Michigan Eagles football team

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1997 Eastern Michigan Eagles football
Eastern Michigan Eagles logo.svg
Conference Mid-American Conference
Division West
1997 record 4–7 (4–5 MAC)
Head coach Rick Rasnick (3rd season)
MVP Charlie Batch
Captain Charlie Batch, Jermaine Brooks, Lional Dalton, Savon Edwards
Home stadium Rynearson Stadium
Seasons
← 1996
1998 →
1997 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Marshall x$   7 1         10 3  
Miami   6 2         8 3  
Ohio   6 2         8 3  
Bowling Green   3 5         3 8  
Kent State   3 5         3 8  
Akron   2 7         2 9  
West Division
Toledo x   7 1         9 3  
Western Michigan   6 2         8 3  
Ball State   4 4         5 6  
Eastern Michigan   4 5         4 7  
Central Michigan   1 7         2 9  
Northern Illinois   0 8         0 11  
Championship: Marshall 34, Toledo 14
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1997 Eastern Michigan Eagles football team represented Eastern Michigan University in the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their third season under head coach Rick Rasnick, the Eagles compiled a 4–7 record (4–5 against conference opponents), finished in fourth place in the West Division of the Mid-American Conference, and were outscored by their opponents, 352 to 329.[1][2] The team's statistical leaders included Charlie Batch with 3,280 passing yards, Savon Edwards with 627 rushing yards, and Ta-if Kumasi with 710 receiving yards.[3] Batch went on to play 15 years in the National Football League.

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 6at Missouri*L 24–44
September 13at ToledoL 35–38
September 20Kent StateL 38–41
September 27at Central Michigan (rivalry)W 31–24
October 4Ohiodagger
  • Rynearson Stadium
  • Ypsilanti, MI
L 7–47
October 11Ball State
  • Rynearson Stadium
  • Ypsilanti, MI
W 38–32
October 18Akron*
  • Rynearson Stadium
  • Ypsilanti, MI
W 45–0
October 25at MarshallL 25–48
November 1Western Michigan
  • Rynearson Stadium
  • Ypsilanti, MI
L 38–41
November 8at Northern IllinoisW 38–10
November 15at UCF*L 10–27
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1997 Eastern Michigan Eagles Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 28, 2016. 
  2. ^ "2015 Eastern Michigan Football Digital Media Guide" (PDF). Eastern Michigan University Football. pp. 167, 170. Retrieved July 4, 2016. 
  3. ^ "1997 Eastern Michigan Eagles Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 28, 2016.