2002 USC Trojans football team

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2002 USC Trojans football
Interlocking USC Logo.svg
Orange Bowl Champions
Pac-10 Co-Champions
Orange Bowl vs. Iowa, W 38–17
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
Ranking
Coaches #4
AP #4
2002 record 11–2 (7–1 Pac-10)
Head coach Pete Carroll
Offensive coordinator Norm Chow
Captain Carson Palmer
Captain Troy Polamalu
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 92,000, grass)
Seasons
« 2001 2003 »
2002 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#10 Washington State §   7 1         10 3  
#4 USC §   7 1         11 2  
Arizona State   5 3         8 6  
UCLA   4 4         8 5  
Oregon State   4 4         8 5  
California   4 4         7 5  
Washington   4 4         7 6  
Oregon   3 5         7 6  
Arizona   1 7         4 8  
Stanford   1 7         2 9  
† – BCS representative as conference champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2002 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California in the 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season. USC ended the regular season ranked #5 in both the AP Poll and the Coaches' Poll. Trojans quarterback Carson Palmer won the 2002 Heisman Trophy as the best college football player in America. During the bowl games, USC had a convincing 38–17 win over #3 Iowa in the Orange Bowl. USC became #4 in the final AP Poll and Coaches' Poll.

Recruiting[edit]

USC was ranked highly (#12 by Scout, #13 by Rivals) for getting Darnell Bing, Manuel Wright, Winston Justice, Fred Matua, Tom Malone, Jason Mitchell, Hershel Dennis, Kyle Williams, Dominique Byrd, Dallas Sartz, Justin Wyatt, Chris McFoy, Mike Williams, LaJuan Ramsey, Oscar Lua and Brandon Hancock among others.

Schedule[edit]

The Trojans finished the season with an 11–2 record, 7–1 in the Pac-10.[8]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 5:00 PM Auburn* #20 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA ABC W 24–17   63,269[1]
September 14 12:30 PM at #18 Colorado* #18 Folsom FieldBoulder, CO ABC W 40–3   53,119[1]
September 21 4:00 PM at #25 Kansas State* #11 KSU StadiumManhattan, KS TBS L 20–27   49,276[1]
September 28 3:30 PM #23 Oregon State #18 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA FSN W 22–0   56,417[1]
October 5 4:00 PM at #17 Washington State #18 Martin StadiumPullman, WA TBS L 27–30 OT  36,861[1]
October 12 3:30 PM California #20 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA FSN W 30–28   63,113[1]
October 19 12:30 PM #22 Washington #19 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA ABC W 41–21   52,961[1]
October 26 12:30 PM at #14 Oregon #15 Autzen StadiumEugene, OR ABC W 44–33   56,754[1]
November 9 5:00 PM at Stanford #10 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA ABC W 49–17   44,950[1]
November 16 4:00 PM Arizona Statedagger #8 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA TBS W 34–13   73,923[1]
November 23 12:30 PM at #25 UCLA #7 Rose BowlPasadena, CA ABC W 52–21   91,084[1]
November 30 5:00 PM #7 Notre Dame* #6 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA ABC W 44–13   91,432[1]
January 2 5:00 PM vs. #3 Iowa* #5 Pro Player StadiumMiami Gardens, FL (Orange Bowl) ABC W 38–17   75,971[1]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Pacific Time.

Game notes[edit]

Auburn[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Auburn 7 7 0 3 17
USC 7 7 3 7 24

[2]


Colorado[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
USC 14 6 0 20 40
Colorado 0 0 3 0 3

[3]


Kansas State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
USC 0 6 0 14 20
Kansas State 0 12 7 8 27

[4]


Oregon State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Oregon State 0 0 0 0 0
USC 0 13 6 3 22

[5]


Washington State[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
USC 7 0 7 13 0 27
Washington State 10 0 7 10 3 30

[6]


California[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
California 14 7 0 7 28
USC 3 14 7 6 30

[7]


Washington[edit]

#22/17 Washington at #19/20 USC
1 2 3 4 Total
Washington 7 0 0 14 21
USC 7 10 17 7 41

[8]


Oregon[edit]

Stanford[edit]

Arizona State[edit]

UCLA[edit]

Notre Dame[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Notre Dame 6 7 0 0 13
• USC 0 17 13 14 44
  • Date: November 30
  • Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
  • Game start: 8:00 p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:26
  • Game attendance: 91,432
  • Game weather: Cloudy; 60°F; wind variable
  • Referee: Chuck McFerrin
  • Television network: ABC

[9]


Orange Bowl[edit]

#3/5 Iowa Hawkeyes at #5/4 USC Trojans
1 2 3 4 Total
Iowa 10 0 0 7 17
• USC 7 3 14 14 38

USC played third ranked Iowa in the Orange Bowl. The matchup featured the top two finalists for that season's Heisman Trophy; Trophy winner Carson Palmer and runner up Brad Banks.[11] Banks was the quarterback for the Hawkeyes. The Hawkeyes had only lost one game all year and it was to their rival Iowa State. Iowa opened the play up with a bang and set an Orange Bowl record when C.J. Jones returned the opening kickoff of the game 100 yards for a touchdown. USC responded with a touchdown run on from running back Justin Fargas. Iowa regained the lead with a field goal from Nate Kaeding. USC would kick a field goal in the second quarter to even the score 10-10 at the half. USC came out in the second half and separated themselves from Iowa scoring twice in the third quarter to take a 24-10 lead. The first score was a pass from Palmer to Mike Williams and the second was another run from Fargas. USC ended the third quarter with the ball and scored quickly in the fourth quarter giving them a 31-10 lead. The lead grew when Iowa continued to be unable to do anything with the ball and USC took advantage on a rushing touchdown from fan favorite Sunny Byrd to make the score 38-10. Iowa would score off a touchdown pass from Banks however it was too late. USC would end up winning 38-17.

The Trojans dominated time of possession in the game, having control of the ball for 38:06 seconds. This allowed for the Trojans defense to rest while keeping the Iowa defense out on the field and making them tired. USC's defense did not give up a touchdown to Iowa until the fourth quarter of the game and forced Banks to throw his first interception since October 19.[12]

2002 Team Players in the NFL[edit]

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