2002 Kentucky Wildcats football team

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2002 Kentucky Wildcats football
UKentucky logo.png
Conference Southeastern Conference Eastern Division
2002 record 7–5 (3–5 SEC)
Head coach Guy Morriss
Offensive coordinator Brent Pease
Defensive coordinator John Goodner
Home stadium Commonwealth Stadium
(Capacity: 67,530)
Seasons
« 2001 2003 »
2002 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#3 Georgia x   7 1         13 1  
Florida   6 2         8 5  
Tennessee   5 3         8 5  
Kentucky   3 5         7 5  
South Carolina   3 5         5 7  
Vanderbilt   0 8         2 10  
Western Division
#11 Alabama   6 2         10 3  
Arkansas xy   5 3         9 5  
#14 Auburn x   5 3         9 4  
LSU x   5 3         8 5  
Ole Miss   3 5         7 6  
Mississippi State   0 8         3 9  
Championship: Georgia 30, Arkansas 3
† – BCS representative as champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
  • Alabama had the best division record, but did not participate in postseason play due to NCAA probation.
    Rankings from AP Poll

The 2002 Kentucky Wildcats football team represented the University of Kentucky in the 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Wildcats scored 385 points while allowing 301 points.[1]

Though finishing with a 7–5 record, the Wildcats were not bowl eligible due to NCAA sanctions resulting from the tenure of former head coach Hal Mumme.

Season[edit]

Kentucky opened with a 22–17 win at #17 Louisville, a nationally broadcast upset in which Kentucky reclaimed the Governor's Cup. A 77–17 win over UTEP followed, and wins against Indiana and Middle Tennessee State put Kentucky at 4–0. A 41–34 loss at #7 Florida was followed by a 16–12 loss to South Carolina that came down to the final play. A 29–17 win at Arkansas followed. A 52–24 loss to #5 Georgia was followed by a 45–24 win at Mississippi State. A 33–30 loss to #16 LSU on the game's final play was followed by a 41–21 win against Vanderbilt and a 24–0 loss at Tennessee.[2][3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 6:00 PM at #17 Louisville* Papa John's Cardinal StadiumLouisville, KY (Battle for the Governor's Cup) ESPN2 W 22–17   42,660
September 7 1:30 PM UTEP* Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY W 77–17   59,213
September 14 6:00 PM Indiana* Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY W 27–17   70,347
September 21 1:30 PM Middle Tennessee State* Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY W 44–22   60,584
September 28 3:30 PM at #7 Florida Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, FL CBS L 34–41   85,333
October 12 6:30 PM South Carolina Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY ESPN2 L 33–28   70,547
October 19 3:00 PM at Arkansas Donald W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR W 29–17   61,573
October 26 3:30 PM #5 Georgia Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY CBS L 24–52   71,017
November 2 2:30 PM at Mississippi State Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, MS (Rivalry) W 45–24   45,248
November 9 12:30 PM #16 LSU Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY JPS L 30–33   66,262
November 16 1:30 PM Vanderbilt Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY (Rivalry) W 41–21   51,114
November 30 12:30 PM at Tennessee Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN (Battle for the Barrel) JPS L 0–24   105,462
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Team players in the 2003 NFL Draft[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Dewayne Robertson Defensive tackle 1 4 New York Jets
Artose Pinner Running back 4 99 Detroit Lions

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "2002 Kentucky Wildcats results". Archived from the original on October 5, 2009. Retrieved October 3, 2009. 
  2. ^ "2002 Kentucky Wildcats scores". Archived from the original on October 5, 2009. Retrieved October 3, 2009. 
  3. ^ AP Poll Archive
  4. ^ "College Football Reference". Archived from the original on October 5, 2009. Retrieved October 3, 2009. 
  5. ^ AP Poll Archive
  6. ^ "2003 NFL Draft Listing | Pro-Football-Reference.com". Archived from the original on October 5, 2009. Retrieved October 3, 2009.