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1997 Western Athletic Conference Year Summary

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Record*: 90-97, .481 W-L% (6th of 11) (Schedule and Results)
*W-L-T adjusted to 92-95 by NCAA.

SRS: -4.03 (7th of 11) ▪ SOS: -2.89 (7th of 11)

Division Champions: Colorado State (Mountain) and New Mexico (Pacific)
Conference Champion: Colorado State (Won Championship Game 41-13)

Ranked in Preseason AP Poll:(Brigham Young)
Ranked in Final AP Poll:(Colorado State)

Standings

Overall Conference Pts/G SRS
Mountain W L Pct W L Pct Own Opp SRS SOS Notes
Colorado State 11 2 .846 7 1 .875 36.7 15.6 11.31 -2.85 W-L-T adjusted to 12-1 by NCAA.
Air Force 10 3 .769 6 2 .750 21.5 14.6 2.85 -4.38
Rice 7 4 .636 5 3 .625 27.8 25.9 -1.02 -3.57
Southern Methodist 6 5 .545 5 3 .625 22.5 21.5 -0.33 -2.33
Wyoming 7 6 .538 4 4 .500 24.8 17.5 2.06 -2.79 W-L-T adjusted to 8-5 by NCAA.
Nevada-Las Vegas 3 8 .273 2 6 .250 25.5 30.2 -9.60 -3.69
Tulsa 2 9 .182 2 6 .250 23.5 38.7 -12.69 -0.50
Texas Christian 1 10 .091 1 7 .125 15.6 29.5 -16.04 -2.58
Pacific W L Pct W L Pct Own Opp SRS SOS Notes
New Mexico 9 4 .692 6 2 .750 31.1 21.1 1.92 -5.93
Utah 6 5 .545 5 3 .625 23.0 18.2 -2.66 -4.66
Fresno State 6 6 .500 5 3 .625 26.5 24.0 -1.27 -3.19
Brigham Young 6 5 .545 4 4 .500 22.7 23.1 -1.95 -2.22
San Diego State 5 7 .417 4 4 .500 21.4 27.8 -3.88 1.37
San Jose State 4 7 .364 4 4 .500 20.5 35.2 -10.83 -1.65
Texas-El Paso 4 7 .364 3 5 .375 14.7 28.3 -11.91 -3.91
Hawaii 3 9 .250 1 7 .125 15.8 25.7 -10.44 -3.36

AP Poll Summary

School Pre 8/25 9/2 9/8 9/15 9/22 9/29 10/6 10/13 10/20 10/27 11/3 11/10 11/17 11/24 12/1 12/8 Final
Colorado State     24 25 23                 25 20 20 18 17
Air Force             23 19 18           24 23 23  
Brigham Young 19 19 19     23 24 21                    

3 Bowl Games

Date Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
1997-12-29 Holiday Bowl Colorado State 35 Missouri 24 Holiday Bowl (San Diego, CA)
1997-12-27 Insight Bowl Arizona 20 New Mexico 14 Insight Bowl (Tucson, AZ)
1997-12-20 Las Vegas Bowl Oregon 41 Air Force 13 Las Vegas Bowl (Las Vegas, NV)

Conference Leaders

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Pass Completions

1. Jon Denton (NVLV) 199
2. Billy Volek (FREST) 178
3. Graham Leigh (NM) 166
4. Moses Moreno (COST) 157
5. Jay Stoner (WY) 149
6. John Fitzgerald (TLS) 139
7. Jonathan Crosswhite (UT) 130
8. Kevin Feterik (BYU) 125
9. Josh Skinner (HI) 109
10. Kevin McKechnie (SDGST) 107

Pass Attempts

1. Jon Denton (NVLV) 374
2. Billy Volek (FREST) 318
3. Jay Stoner (WY) 299
4. Graham Leigh (NM) 276
5. Moses Moreno (COST) 257
6. John Fitzgerald (TLS) 256
7. Jonathan Crosswhite (UT) 222
8. Kevin Feterik (BYU) 208
9. Jeff Dover (TXX) 199
10. Josh Skinner (HI) 195

Pass Completion Percentage

1. Moses Moreno (COST) 61.1
2. Graham Leigh (NM) 60.1
3. Kevin Feterik (BYU) 60.1
4. Kevin McKechnie (SDGST) 59.8
5. Jonathan Crosswhite (UT) 58.6
6. Tim Carey (HI) 56.6
7. Billy Volek (FREST) 56.0
8. Josh Skinner (HI) 55.9
9. John Fitzgerald (TLS) 54.3
10. Jon Denton (NVLV) 53.2

Passing Yards

1. Jon Denton (NVLV) 2586
2. Graham Leigh (NM) 2318
3. Moses Moreno (COST) 2257
4. John Fitzgerald (TLS) 2003
5. Jay Stoner (WY) 1890
6. Billy Volek (FREST) 1853
7. Kevin Feterik (BYU) 1767
8. Jonathan Crosswhite (UT) 1588
9. Kevin McKechnie (SDGST) 1449
10. Josh Skinner (HI) 1416

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Moses Moreno (COST) 8.8
2. Kevin Feterik (BYU) 8.5
3. Graham Leigh (NM) 8.4
4. Kevin McKechnie (SDGST) 8.1
5. John Fitzgerald (TLS) 7.8
6. Josh Skinner (HI) 7.3
7. Jonathan Crosswhite (UT) 7.2
8. Jon Denton (NVLV) 6.9
9. Jay Stoner (WY) 6.3
10. Dan O'Dell (SJST) 6.3

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Graham Leigh (NM) 8.8
2. Moses Moreno (COST) 8.8
3. Kevin Feterik (BYU) 8.5
4. Kevin McKechnie (SDGST) 7.7
5. John Fitzgerald (TLS) 6.2
6. Jonathan Crosswhite (UT) 6.1
7. Billy Volek (FREST) 6.0
8. Jon Denton (NVLV) 5.8
9. Jay Stoner (WY) 5.4
10. Dan O'Dell (SJST) 5.2

Passing Touchdowns

1. Graham Leigh (NM) 24
2. Moses Moreno (COST) 20
3. Jon Denton (NVLV) 18
4. Billy Volek (FREST) 17
5. Dan O'Dell (SJST) 13
6. Kevin Feterik (BYU) 11
7. Kevin McKechnie (SDGST) 10
8. Jonathan Crosswhite (UT) 9
  John Fitzgerald (TLS) 9
10. Jay Stoner (WY) 8

Passing Interceptions

1. Jon Denton (NVLV) 17
2. John Fitzgerald (TLS) 13
  Josh Skinner (HI) 13
4. Jay Stoner (WY) 10
  Spencer Brinton (SDGST) 10
  Dan O'Dell (SJST) 10
7. Moses Moreno (COST) 9
  Tim Carey (HI) 9
  John Rayborn (TXEP) 9
  Jonathan Crosswhite (UT) 9

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Graham Leigh (NM) 153.6
2. Moses Moreno (COST) 153.5
3. Kevin Feterik (BYU) 144.1
4. Kevin McKechnie (SDGST) 139.5
5. Jonathan Crosswhite (UT) 123.9
6. John Fitzgerald (TLS) 121.5
7. Billy Volek (FREST) 118.8
8. Jon Denton (NVLV) 118.1
9. Dan O'Dell (SJST) 113.8
10. Josh Skinner (HI) 108.6

Rush Attempts

1. Michael Pittman (FREST) 238
2. Jonas Lewis (SDGST) 226
3. Brian McKenzie (BYU) 218
4. Charlie Higgins (TLS) 202
5. Chad Nelson (RICE) 196
6. Charles Tharp (HI) 195
7. Blane Morgan (AF) 192
8. Spanky Gilliam (AF) 188
9. Juan Johnson (UT) 181
  Donte Womack (SMETH) 181

Rushing Yards

1. Damon Washington (COST) 1112
2. Kevin McDougal (COST) 1111
3. Michael Pittman (FREST) 1057
4. Charlie Higgins (TLS) 1043
5. Michael Perry (RICE) 1034
6. Jonas Lewis (SDGST) 1020
7. Brian McKenzie (BYU) 1004
8. Chad Nelson (RICE) 953
9. Benji Wood (RICE) 936
10. Juan Johnson (UT) 838

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Kevin McDougal (COST) 7.4
2. Michael Perry (RICE) 6.4
3. Damon Washington (COST) 6.2
4. Benji Wood (RICE) 5.4
5. Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala (UT) 5.3
6. Kelsey Adams (SMETH) 5.3
7. Jemal Singleton (AF) 5.2
8. Charlie Higgins (TLS) 5.2
9. Jaime Kimbrough (FREST) 5.1
10. Coury Hankins (NVLV) 5.0

Rushing Touchdowns

1. Benji Wood (RICE) 16
2. Kevin McDougal (COST) 13
3. Brian McKenzie (BYU) 12
4. Charlie Higgins (TLS) 11
5. Michael Perry (RICE) 10
  Mike Jenkins (WY) 10
7. Kelsey Adams (SMETH) 9
8. Graham Leigh (NM) 8
  Damon Washington (COST) 8
  Michael Pittman (FREST) 8

Receptions

1. Pascal Volz (NM) 69
2. Damon Savage (TLS) 66
3. Damon Williams (NVLV) 61
4. Kevin Dyson (UT) 60
5. Oliver Newell (SJST) 58
  Wendell Montgomery (WY) 58
7. Ben Cahoon (BYU) 57
8. Len Ware (NVLV) 49
9. Jimmy Carpenter (TXEP) 47
10. Taj Johnson (SDGST) 44
  Taj Johnson (SDGST) 44

Receiving Yards

1. Pascal Volz (NM) 1229
2. Damon Savage (TLS) 1084
3. Oliver Newell (SJST) 942
4. Ben Cahoon (BYU) 931
5. Wendell Montgomery (WY) 905
6. Kevin Dyson (UT) 824
7. Len Ware (NVLV) 818
8. Taj Johnson (SDGST) 802
  Taj Johnson (SDGST) 802
10. Damon Williams (NVLV) 770

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Taj Johnson (SDGST) 18.2
  Taj Johnson (SDGST) 18.2
3. Pascal Volz (NM) 17.8
4. Len Ware (NVLV) 16.7
5. Matt Farmer (AF) 16.5
6. Geoff Turner (COST) 16.4
7. Damon Savage (TLS) 16.4
8. Ben Cahoon (BYU) 16.3
9. Jimmy Carpenter (TXEP) 16.3
10. Oliver Newell (SJST) 16.2

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Michael Pittman (FREST) 270
2. Charles Tharp (HI) 237
3. Brian McKenzie (BYU) 233
4. Jonas Lewis (SDGST) 232
5. Charlie Higgins (TLS) 229
6. Chad Nelson (RICE) 196
7. Damon Washington (COST) 194
8. Blane Morgan (AF) 192
9. Spanky Gilliam (AF) 190
10. Donte Womack (SMETH) 188

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Michael Pittman (FREST) 1312
2. Charlie Higgins (TLS) 1308
3. Charles Tharp (HI) 1231
4. Pascal Volz (NM) 1229
5. Kevin McDougal (COST) 1211
6. Damon Washington (COST) 1185
7. Brian McKenzie (BYU) 1127
8. Damon Savage (TLS) 1084
9. Michael Perry (RICE) 1078
10. Jonas Lewis (SDGST) 1056

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Benji Wood (RICE) 16
2. Kevin McDougal (COST) 14
3. Pascal Volz (NM) 13
4. Charlie Higgins (TLS) 12
  Mike Jenkins (WY) 12
  Brian McKenzie (BYU) 12
7. Michael Perry (RICE) 11
  Oliver Newell (SJST) 11
9. Michael Pittman (FREST) 10
  Kelsey Adams (SMETH) 10

Total Plays

1. Jon Denton (NVLV) 438
2. Graham Leigh (NM) 411
3. Billy Volek (FREST) 389
4. Jay Stoner (WY) 364
5. Blane Morgan (AF) 315
6. Moses Moreno (COST) 313
7. John Fitzgerald (TLS) 298
8. Jonathan Crosswhite (UT) 269
9. Kevin Feterik (BYU) 258
10. Josh Skinner (HI) 253

Total Yards

1. Graham Leigh (NM) 2846
2. Jon Denton (NVLV) 2591
3. Moses Moreno (COST) 2160
4. John Fitzgerald (TLS) 2079
5. Jay Stoner (WY) 2003
6. Billy Volek (FREST) 1754
7. Kevin Feterik (BYU) 1611
8. Blane Morgan (AF) 1540
9. Jonathan Crosswhite (UT) 1479
  Chad Nelson (RICE) 1479

Total Touchdowns

1. Graham Leigh (NM) 32
2. Moses Moreno (COST) 21
  Jon Denton (NVLV) 21
4. Billy Volek (FREST) 19
5. Benji Wood (RICE) 16
6. Dan O'Dell (SJST) 15
7. Kevin McDougal (COST) 13
8. Kevin Feterik (BYU) 12
  Brian McKenzie (BYU) 12
10. Charlie Higgins (TLS) 11
  Kevin McKechnie (SDGST) 11