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. 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 quarterbackDan 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.