2002 Connecticut Huskies football team

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2002 Connecticut Huskies football
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Conference Independent
2002 record 6–6
Head coach Randy Edsall
Home stadium Memorial Stadium (16,200)
Seasons
← 2001
2003 →
2002 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
South Florida           9 2  
No. 17 Notre Dame           10 3  
Connecticut           6 6  
Utah State           4 7  
Troy State           4 8  
Navy           2 10  
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2002 Connecticut Huskies football team marked the school's first as a full-time member of the Football Bowl Subdivision. The team was not part of a conference, and played as an Independent. It also marked the team's last season at its on-campus football stadium, Memorial Stadium. Despite a slow start, the Huskies finished with a record of 6–6, the first time in its short FBS history that it did not compile a sub-.500 record. Although not selected, it also marked the first time that the school was eligible for a bowl game.
The Huskies were led by consensus Freshman All-American, Terry Caulley, who led all freshman in rushing with 1,247 yards.[1] Despite sitting out two games with injuries, Caulley's rushing total was only fifteen yards short of the team's single season record.
The turning point in the season came after a hard fought loss at Vanderbilt. Led by Caulley and sophomore quarterback Dan Orlovsky, the Huskies tore through the remainder of the schedule by defeating the opponents by a combined 199–55. The winning streak began with the final two games played at Memorial Stadium. They closed the stadium with their two highest point totals in the stadium's history (61 against Florida Atlantic, and 63 against Kent State.) They finished the season with their first ever victory over a bowl-bound opponent by defeating Iowa State 37–20 in Ames, IA.

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
August 31, 2002 12:00 PM at Boston College Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA ESPN+ L 16–24   40,066
September 7, 2002 12:00 PM Georgia Tech Memorial StadiumStorrs, CT FSN L 14–31   16,751
September 14, 2002 7:30 PM at Buffalo UB StadiumAmherst, NY W 24–3   17,012
September 21, 2002 12:00 PM Ohio Memorial Stadium • Storrs, CT W 37–19   15,901
September 28, 2002 1:00 PM Ball State Memorial Stadium • Storrs, CT L 21–24 OT  16,849
October 5, 2002 7:00 PM at No. 1 Miami (FL) Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL L 14–48   52,131
October 19, 2002 12:00 PM Temple Memorial Stadium • Storrs, CT L 24–38   15,723
October 26, 2002 2:00 PM at Vanderbilt Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN L 24–28   21,210
November 2, 2002 12:00 PM Florida Atlantic Memorial Stadium • Storrs, CT W 61–14   14,287
November 9, 2002 12:00 PM Kent State Memorial Stadium • Storrs, CT W 63–21   15,332
November 16, 2002 12:00 PM at Navy Navy–Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD W 38–0   25,664
November 23, 2002 2:00 PM at Iowa State Jack Trice StadiumAmes, IA W 37–20   34,582
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Terry Caulley bio". ticats.ca. Archived from the original on January 15, 2013. Retrieved August 20, 2009.