Cyclone Timeline - 1997

1997 was a year of mixed emotions. The Cyclones experienced the most severe of feelings within mere seconds of each other. It was the year some legends exited Campustown and others stepped foot for the first time. So feel free to rock out to some MMMBop, jump aboard the Titanic, and don't forget to bring along those septuplets. 1997 is off and sailing.

January 2- After losing to Florida State only a month earlier, Danny Wuerffel and the Florida Gators defeat the #1 ranked Seminoles to win the National Championship 52-20.  The 32-point margin of victory over FSU remains the largest versus a number one ranked team in bowl history.


January 4- The #4 ranked Cyclone men travel down to Missouri and send Norm Stewart home with a scowl, winning 68-65 to move to 11-0. The #4 ranking is the highest for the Cyclones since Jan. 22, 1957.


January 7- Iowa State is shocked in Hilton by unranked Marquette 67-64.


January 18- The Cyclones are embarrassed at Colorado 70-45, their third loss in four games. Tim Floyd is so disgruntled that midway through the second half he storms halfway onto the court, wrinkled program encased in his right hand, to protest a call with some colorful language. He is immediately ejected; meanwhile Brent Blum adds several new expletives to his growing vocabulary.


January 21- The Cyclone women fall 68-66 on a buzzer-beater by Colorado in double OT. The loss moved the rebuilding Cyclones under second year coach Bill Fennelly to 9-5. The announced crowd of 2,700 is the ninth biggest crowd in ISU women's history up to that point. In 2005-2006 the smallest crowd of the season would be 7,500.


January 26- The Green Bay Packers win Super Bowl XXXI over the New England Patriots 35-21 in New Orleans. Desmond Howard is named the MVP after a 99 yard kickoff return to seal it.


February 5- Iowa State handles Baylor 61-52 for their fifth straight win. They improve to 16-3.


February 9- Dedric Willoughby scored 19 first-half points, hitting 5 3-point bombs and #6 ISU led #1 Kansas 32-28 at half in an electric Hilton atmosphere. But the senior-laden Jayhawks couldn't be stopped. They forced 23 Cyclone turnovers and walked out of Hilton with a 69-62 win. Willoughby finished with 36 points and nine three point field goals. The nine 3's in one game remain a Cyclone record.


February 11- "D'oh!" The Simpsons pass The Flinstones as the longest-running animated series. Somewhere in Bedrock, Barney and Fred claim Homer Simpson used performance-enhancing substances to break the record.


February 13- The Dow Jones closes above 7,000 for the first time.


February 16- Jeff Gordon is the youngest driver to successfully complete four left turns 200 times before everybody else to win the Daytona 500.


February 19- The Cyclone women stun #9 Texas in Hilton 74-56. It is their first win ever over a top 10 ranked team. They move to 14-9.


February 23- The Spice Girls jump the big pond and invade the U.S. with their deliriously awful music. Their debut song "Wannabe" moves to #1 on the charts. And we thought the "Macarena" was bad.


February 26- Kenny Pratt scores a game-high 16 points and #13 ISU suffocates Chanucey Billups winning 65-54 over the 19th ranked Buffs in Hilton. The win secures the four seed in the Big 12 tournament. But the Cyclones limp home losing 3 of 4 to end the conference season.


February 26- The wildly popular "Booty Call" opens nation-wide. OK, "wildly popular" may be a bit much, but I enjoyed it. 


March 7- ISU needs all of Dedric Willoughby's 28 points to hold off Tony Battie and Texas Tech on the Friday of the first Big 12 tournament. The Cyclones prevail 72-70.


March 8- The Cyclones earned a third shot to defeat #1 Kansas in the semis. But once again Raef LaFrentz, Scott Pollard, and Paul Pierce proved too powerful, as Kansas dismantled Iowa State 72-48.


March 9- Rap superstar Notorious B.I.G. is gun-down in Los Angeles, only six months after Tupac was killed. The two crimes have remained unsolved to this day.


March 9- The ISU women earn their first ever bid to the NCAA tournament, receiving the 12 seed in the West Region.


March 9- The men are awarded the sixth seed in the West Regional. The No.1 seeds: Kansas, Minnesota, Kentucky, North Carolina.


March 12- Tim Duncan is named the NCAA Player of the Year.


March 13- The ISU men travel to Auburn Hills to face 11th seeded Illinois State. The Redbirds have no answer for Kelvin Cato. Cato became a nationally known commodity after scoring 29 points, grabbing 12 boards, and a Midwest Region record 8 blocks. The Cyclones cruise to a 69-57 win.


March 14- The Cyclone women fall to Utah 66-57 in the first NCAA game. They wouldn't miss the NCAA tourney again until 2003.


March 15- The ‘Clones faced the difficult task of playing 3rd seeded Cincinnati, who began the year as the #1 ranked team in the country. The Bearcats featured All-American bad-boy Danny Fortson. The game, as expected, turned into a defensive slugfest with both teams exchanging the lead. With under three minutes to play, Kenny Pratt hit a desperation 3 to give the Cyclones a 63-58 lead. The Bearcats stormed back and took a 66-65 lead with 45 seconds remaining. After the ball was knocked out-of-bounds and with Kelvin Cato fouled out, ISU turned to little-used Klay Edwards, who connected on a hook shot off the out-of-bounds play to give ISU a one point lead with 30 seconds. Fortson was denied the ball on the ensuing possession and UC's Damon Flint missed a shot as time expired to give ISU the upset. It was ISU's first birth in the Sweet 16 since 1986.


March 16- #8 seed Iowa is eliminated after losing to Kentucky in the second round 75-69. Andre Woolridge had 29 points in the losing effort.


March 21- Iowa State moved on to face #2 seed UCLA in San Antonio. The Cyclones got off to a roaring start and led 46-30 with 16 minutes to play thanks to Willoughby's hot shooting (He would finish with 34). The Bruins cut the lead to 1 with 8 minutes left after imploring a full-court press. The lead was never more than two for either team until Cameron Dollar hit a long jumper to push the lead to 64-61 Bruins with 50 seconds on the clock. Willoughby countered with a fall-away three to tie it up. Dollar was then whistled for an offensive foul to send the game into OT. UCLA took a 72-68 lead in OT with 1:30. Edwards's lay-up cut the lead to 2 and a Charles O'Bannon foul sent Kenny Pratt to the line with a chance to tie with 10 seconds left. He made the first. The second fell off the rim. UCLA's Kris Johnson secured the rebound, but was called for traveling. Jacy Holloway threw a lob for Shawn Bankhead who tomahawked the dunk on the in-bounds to give ISU a 1 point lead. Dollar raced down the court, pushing off Holloway, he lofted a high-arching shot over the extended arm of Kelvin Cato. Swish. Iowa State was then called for a 5-second violation as Willoughby tried to draw a foul with 1.9 seconds on the clock. UCLA wins in a heart-breaker 74-73.


March 22- 4th seeded Arizona stuns #1 Kansas 85-82.


March 23- The ISU wrestlers finish fourth at the NCAA's. Chris Bono finishes second at 150 pounds. Iowa wins the team title.


March 26- Thirty-nine bodies are found in the Heaven's Gate Cult Suicide.


March 29- Marcus Fizer scores 11 points in the McDonald's High School All-American game. Other members of the group: Ron Artest, Elton Brand, Shane Battier, Lamar Odom, Khalid El-Amin, Larry Hughes, Luke Recker.


April 1- Arizona defeats defending champ Kentucky 84-79 in OT. Miles Simon is named MOP after scoring a career high 30 points.


April 13- 21-year-old Tiger Woods wins his first major by destroying the field at the Masters.


April 26- Troy Davis is selected by New Orleans in the 3rd round of the NFL Draft with the 63rd pick. Coincidentally, Danny Wuerffel is picked by the Saints exactly a round later with the 99th pick. Iowa State guard Tim Kohn is selected by the Raiders with the 85th pick. The top 5 picks: Orlando Pace, Darrell Russell, Shawn Springs, Peter Boulware, Bryant Westbrook. Other players of note: Rae Carruth (27) Ross Verba (30) Byron Hanspard (41) Sedrick Shaw (62) Calvin Branch (172).


May 2- Austin Powers shags into theaters. Dr. Evil steals the show.


May 3- Tony Blair appointed as Prime Minister of Great Britain.


May 11- With tremendous resiliency, the "Deep Blue" Super Computer bounces back to defeat Kasparov in chess. Locally, Brent Blum manages a legendary four game sweep of his brother in Connect Four.


June 6- Brent Blum and Chris Williams graduate the sixth grade after successfully showing knowledge of the Pythagorean Theorem. Blum celebrates by watching the extremely underrated Con Air in theatres.  


June 13- The Chicago Bulls top the Utah Jazz in six games to win their second straight NBA Finals. Jeff Hornacek has 18 points in the losing cause.


June 15- Hanson's MMMBop tops the music charts. Civilization regresses several more decades. It was truly a rebuilding year for the 1997 music charts.


June 25- Kelvin Cato is selected by the Dallas Maverics with the 15th pick in the 1997 NBA Draft. He is later traded to Portland for Chris Anstey and cash considerations. (You know you've made it when you and the phrase "cash considerations" are in the same sentence.)


June 28- Mike Tyson tries takes a bite out of Evander Holyfield's ear. He would be disqualified by referee Mills Lane.


July 2- Men In Black opens and destroys box-office records.


July 31- Mark McGwire is traded by the Oakland A's to the St. Louis Cardinals. The A's receive Eric Ludwick, T.J. Matthews, and Blake Stein in return. Yea…that's not fair.


August 30- Iowa State dedicated its football stadium as Jack Trice Stadium in a pre-game ceremony. It was previously known as Cyclone Stadium-Jack Trice Field.


August 30- The Cyclones opened up the 1997 season at home against Oklahoma State. Todd Bandhauer connected with TD passes to Ed Williams and Gerrick Bivins to give ISU the 14-7 halftime lead. Bandhauer threw for 227 1st half yards, as ISU tailback Darren Davis was injured. But the Cyclones gained only 51 more yards in the second half and the Cowboys scored the go-ahead score with 9 minutes left to win 21-14.


August 31- Princess Diana is tragically killed after a car crash in Paris. She was only 36.


September 6- ISU made the lengthy trip to the unfriendly pastures of Laramie, Wyoming. The Cowboys were rude guests and led by 25 points at half. They would win 56-10. Ouch. 


September 13- The tough luck continued as the Cyclones trekked to the Metrodome to play the Gophers. After an 81-yard Bandhauer to Ty Watley bomb gave the Cyclones a 22-21 lead, Minnesota exploded. Kick-returner Tutu Atwell took the ensuing kick-off 93 yards for a TD. It was Atwell's second kick-off TD of the day. (Minnesota hadn't had a kick-off TD since 1992) After ISU retook the lead with an Ed Williams 41 yard reception, the Cyclones imploded, as they were outscored 25-0 in the final quarter, losing 53-29.


September 20- The defense again couldn't stop a soul as #13 Iowa rolled to a 63-20 win in Jack Trice. Iowa State didn't get on the board until the final seconds of the second quarter, but fittingly missed the extra point and trailed 35-6 at half. Tim Dwight had 8 catches for 157 yards and 3 TDs. It would be Iowa's last win over the Cyclones for six years, or 2187 days, or 52,488 hours, or 3,149,280 minutes. But who's counting?  


October 4- The struggles continued for the Cyclones as they limped to a 28-14 deficit at half, before falling 45-21 at Missouri. The losing streak dating back to 1996 stood at 12.


October 11- Iowa State made the journey down to #12 Texas A&M only to trail at the half 42-10, before eventually falling 56-17. Darren Davis had over 100 yards rushing for the second time in the loss. 


October 25- 13 was finally a lucky number for ISU. After losing 13 straight the Cyclones came out on top by defeating Baylor 24-17. Davis had a then career-high 247 yards in the win.


October 26- The Florida Marlins defeat the Cleveland Indians in game 7 of the World Series. Livan Hernandez is named MVP. He in turn ate several celebratory pieces of cake.


November 1- Despite out-gaining Kansas 490-355 the Cyclones fell 34-24 to the Jayhawks. Davis continued his torrid pace, rushing for a new career-high 261 yards in the losing effort. It was ISU's 7th straight loss to KU.


November 8- ISU led 14-0 after 1 and 35-17 after 3, but managed to squander the lead, losing to the Colorado Buffaloes 43-38. With ISU leading 38-37, Colorado converted a 4th and 10 with 1 minute remaining to keep the eventual game-winning drive alive before scoring with 9 seconds left.


November 15- It was the most one-sided half in college football in a long time. Ahman Green scored 3 times in the first seven minutes and #3 Nebraska put up 63 first half points, leading by 56 points by halftime. The ISU defense held firm (tongue firmly implanted in cheek) giving up only 14 second half points as the ‘Clones eventually succumbed in a nail-biter 77-14.


November 19- The state of Iowa makes national news thanks to a Carlisle woman who gave birth to septuplets. Bobby and Kent McCaughey were the new parents of seven kids. Roy Williams immediate places a call in effort to get the kids to move to Kansas.


November 22- ISU ended the rough year, losing 28-3 to #7 K-State. Wildcat QB Michael Bishop accounted for 3 scores as K-State had no trouble with the dejected Cyclones in Ames.


November 23- The revamped ISU men's team drops its first regular season game to UNI 54-48. Marcus Fizer has 6 points and 4 fouls in his debut. Hawkeye fans claim Fizer is overrated.


November 29- In his second game, Fizer records his first double-double going for 20 and 10 against Texas-Arlington. Hawkeye fans quickly want Fizer on their team and deny anything otherwise.


December 6- Nebraska destroys A&M to win the Big 12 Football Championship in San Antonio 54-15.


December 13- #10 Iowa escapes Hilton with a 60-59 win, a Ryan Bowen lay-up with a minute remaining the difference. ISU falls to 4-3.


December 13- Charles Woodson wins the Heisman trophy in a mild upset over Peyton Manning. People around the nation question what a "mild upset" is.


December 19- "Titanic" opens and takes any existing box office record and shatters it like a dropped iceberg. Previous records sink faster than the Titanic. The other films that open have as good of chance of succeeding as the people on the Titanic. OK, I'm done.


December 29- Tim Floyd visited his former school New Orleans in the final Cyclone game before the New Year. Thanks to Fizer's 21 and 10, the Cyclones snapped New Orleans' 28 game home-winning streak, defeating the Privateers 70-68. The ‘Clones improved to 7-6 on the season.  


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