2002 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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2002 NCAA Division I-AA season
Duration August – November 2002
Playoff
Duration November 30 – December 20, 2002
Championship site Finley Stadium, Chattanooga, TN
Champion Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Payton Award Tony RomoQB (Eastern Illinois)
Buchanan Award Rashean MathisFS (Bethune-Cookman)
Division I-AA football season

The 2002 NCAA Division I-AA football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision level, began in August 2002, and concluded with the National Championship Game of the NCAA Division I Football Championship on December 20, 2002, at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers won their first I-AA championship, defeating the McNeese State Cowboys by a final score of 34−14[1]

Conference standings[edit]

2002 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#3 Georgia Southern ^   7 1         11 3  
#14 Wofford   6 2         9 3  
#10 Appalachian State ^   6 2         8 4  
#9 Furman ^   6 2         8 4  
VMI   3 5         6 6  
Western Carolina   3 5         5 6  
East Tennessee State   2 6         4 8  
Chattanooga   2 6         2 10  
The Citadel   1 7         3 9  
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll

Conference champions[edit]

Conference Champions

Atlantic 10 Conference – Maine and Northeastern
Big Sky Conference – Idaho State, Montana, and Montana State
Big South ConferenceGardner-Webb
Gateway Football Conference – Western Illinois and Western Kentucky
Ivy League – Penn
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference – Duquesne
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – Bethune-Cookman
Northeast Conference – Albany (NY)
Ohio Valley Conference – Eastern Illinois and Murray State
Patriot League – Colgate and Fordham
Pioneer Football League – Dayton
Southern Conference – Georgia Southern
Southland Conference – McNeese State
Southwestern Athletic Conference – Grambling State

Postseason[edit]

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket[edit]

  First Round
November 30
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 7
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 14
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 20
Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, TN
                             
 McNeese State* 21  
 Montana State 14  
   McNeese State* 24  
   Montana 20  
 Montana* 45
 Northwestern State 14  
   McNeese State* 39  
   Villanova 28  
 Villanova* 45  
 Furman 38  
   Villanova* 24
   Fordham 10  
 Northeastern* 24
 Fordham 29  
   McNeese State 14
   Western Kentucky 34
 Georgia Southern* 34  
 Bethune-Cookman 0  
   Georgia Southern* 31
   Maine 7  
 Appalachian State* 13
 Maine 14  
   Georgia Southern* 28
   Western Kentucky 31  
 Western Kentucky* 59  
 Murray State 20  
   Western Kentucky 31
   Western Illinois* 28  
 Western Illinois* 48
 Eastern Illinois 9  

* Denotes host institution

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2002 NCAA Division I Football Championship". NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 16. Retrieved December 29, 2013.