2002 Wisconsin Badgers football team

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2002 Wisconsin Badgers football
Alamo Bowl Champions
Alamo Bowl, W 31–28 OT vs. Colorado
Conference Big Ten Conference
2002 record 8–6 (2–6 Big Ten)
Head coach Barry Alvarez (13th year)
Offensive coordinator Brian White
Defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove
Home stadium Camp Randall Stadium
(Capacity: 76,634,[1] Astroturf)
Seasons
« 2001 2003 »
2002 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1/1 Ohio State #§   8 0         14 0  
#8/8 Iowa §   8 0         11 2  
#9/9 Michigan   6 2         10 3  
#16/15 Penn State   0* 3         0* 4  
Purdue   4 4         7 6  
Illinois   4 4         5 7  
Minnesota   3 5         8 5  
Wisconsin   2 6         8 6  
Michigan State   2 6         4 8  
Northwestern   1 7         3 9  
Indiana   1 7         3 9  
# – BCS National Champion
† – BCS representative as conference champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
§ – Conference co-champions

The 2002 Wisconsin Badgers football team represented the University of Wisconsin in the 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season.

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 23 7:00 PM Fresno State* #25 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI (John Thompson Foundation Classic[4]) ESPN W 23–21   75,136[5]
August 31 6:45 PM at UNLV* Sam Boyd StadiumWhitney, NV ESPN2 W 27–7   42,075[5]
September 7 11:00 AM West Virginia* #25 Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI ESPN+ W 34–17   76,320[5]
September 14 11:00 AM Northern Illinois* #22 Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI ESPN+ W 24–21   77,460[5]
September 21 11:00 AM Arizona* #22 Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI ESPN2 W 31–10   78,582[5]
October 5 2:30 PM #20 Penn State #19 Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI ABC L 31–34   79,403[5]
October 12 11:00 AM at Indiana #23 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN ESPN+ L 29–32   31,156[5]
October 19 2:30 PM #4 Ohio Statedagger Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI ABC L 14–19   79,729[5]
October 26 6:00 PM at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ESPN2 W 42–24   74,507[5]
November 2 11:00 AM at #9 Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA ESPN L 3–20   70,397[5]
November 9 11:00 AM Illinois Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI ESPN+ L 20–37   78,709[5]
November 16 11:00 AM #12 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ESPN2 L 14–21   110,412[5]
November 23 11:00 AM Minnesota Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI (Paul Bunyan's Axe) ESPN W 49–31   78,843[5]
December 28 7:00 PM vs. #14 Colorado* AlamodomeSan Antonio, TX (Alamo Bowl) ESPN W 31–28 OT  50,690[5]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

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Season summary[edit]

Coming off a disappointing 5–7 2001 season, the Badgers of 2002 wanted improvement. Despite amazing statistics from WR Lee Evans and RB Anthony Davis, the Badgers had issues closing out games, and an overworked defense managed lackluster efforts when the team could hardly afford them.

In the spring game, Wisconsin's offense suffered a devastating blow when top receiver Lee Evans was lost for the season with a torn ACL. Evan's loss was a significant blow, but despite it, Wisconsin managed to start off the season by winning all five of their nonconference games. From there, though, things did not go Wisconsin's way; the Badgers lost their first three Big Ten games by less than 7 points. Among those was a near-upset of eventual National Champion Ohio State, a 19–14 Ohio State win that was Jim Tressel's first over the Badgers (having lost 20–17 to Wisconsin the previous year). After going 0–3 to open their Big Ten slate, Wisconsin defeated Michigan State in Spartan Stadium 42–24 for their first conference win of the season. After that game, Wisconsin would lose their next 3 games against Big Ten opponents, including a 20–3 loss to Big Ten co-champion Iowa, and yet another close game against a Lloyd Carr-coached Michigan team. The loss to Michigan dropped Wisconsin to 1–6 in Big Ten play.

To close out the regular season, Wisconsin finally put together a complete game in a 49–31 blowout of rival Minnesota, taking back Paul Bunyan's Axe and keeping Minnesota's losing streak in Camp Randall alive. The Badgers improved to 7–6 on the season.

Wisconsin was awarded a berth in the Alamo Bowl, having gotten the required 6 wins in the regular season, and faced Colorado, a Big Twelve opponent that had won the Big Twelve North outright and lost the Big Twelve Championship Game 29–7 to Oklahoma. At 9-4, Colorado entered the game ranked 14th in the nation, and hoping for a ten-win season. But Wisconsin managed to keep up with Colorado, and won the game 31–28 in overtime for their 8th win of the season, knocking Colorado to 9–5 on the year.

For Wisconsin, Freshman WR Jonathan Orr put together a good season in the absence of Lee Evans, catching 47 passes for 842 yards, with 8 receiving touchdowns. RB Anthony Davis ran for 1,555 yards on 300 carries, with 13 touchdowns.[7] QB Brooks Bollinger, in his senior season, completed 131 passes on 245 attempts for 1,758 yards and 14 touchdowns, with just 4 interceptions.[7]

Game summaries[edit]

Fresno State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Fresno St 7 0 7 7 21
• Wisconsin 0 10 7 6 23

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UNLV[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Wisconsin 0 24 0 3 27
UNLV 0 7 0 0 7

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West Virginia[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
West Virginia 0 3 7 7 17
• Wisconsin 7 27 0 0 34

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Northern Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
N Illinois 3 3 3 12 21
• Wisconsin 0 10 7 7 24

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Arizona[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Arizona 0 0 7 3 10
• Wisconsin 0 24 7 0 31

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Penn State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Penn St 10 11 7 6 34
Wisconsin 0 14 6 11 31

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Indiana[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wisconsin 6 10 13 0 29
• Indiana 3 7 7 15 32

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Ohio State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio St 10 3 0 6 19
Wisconsin 7 7 0 0 14

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Michigan State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Wisconsin 21 7 7 7 42
Michigan St 0 3 14 7 24

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Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wisconsin 0 3 0 0 3
Iowa 0 10 10 0 20

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Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Illinois 10 14 3 10 37
Wisconsin 3 10 7 0 20

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Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wisconsin 7 7 0 0 14
Michigan 14 0 7 0 21

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Minnesota[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Minnesota 3 11 10 7 31
• Wisconsin 7 14 7 21 49

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Alamo Bowl[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Colorado 14 0 14 0 0 28
• Wisconsin 7 14 0 7 3 31

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Regular starters[edit]

Team players selected in the 2003 NFL Draft[edit]

See also: 2003 NFL Draft
Player Position Round Overall Selection NFL Team
Al Johnson Center 2 38 Dallas Cowboys
B.J. Tucker Cornerback 6 178 New York Jets
Brooks Bollinger Quarterback 6 200 Miami Dolphins
Ben Johnson Offensive Tackle 7 216 Detroit Lions

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References[edit]