2002 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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2002 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Minnesota Golden Gophers logo.svg
Music City Bowl champion
Music City Bowl, W 29–14 vs. Arkansas
Conference Big Ten Conference
2002 record 8–5 (3–5 Big Ten)
Head coach Glen Mason (6th season)
Defensive coordinator Greg Hudson (1st season)
Captain Asad Abdul-Khaliq, Michael Lehan
Home stadium Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Seasons
← 2001
2003 →
2002 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 1 Ohio State $#+   8 0         14 0  
No. 8 Iowa %+   8 0         11 2  
No. 9 Michigan   6 2         10 3  
No. 16 Penn State   5 3         9 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
Rankings from AP Poll[1]

The 2002 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their sixth year under head coach Glen Mason, the Golden Gophers compiled a 8-5 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 376 to 319.[2] The 2001 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team was not ranked in either the final USA Today/AFCA Coaches poll or Associated Press poll.

Redshirt freshman defensive end Brandon Hall was shot and killed on September 1, 2002 in downtown Minneapolis after a fight that involved other teammates and other individuals. Hall's killer was convicted in his murder.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 6:00 PM SW Texas State* Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN W 42–0   32,209[3]
September 7 7:00 PM at Louisiana–Lafayette* Cajun FieldLafayette, LA ESPN+ W 35–11   20,512[4]
September 14 1:30 PM Toledo* Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 31–21   36,640[5]
September 21 1:30 PM Buffalo* Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 42–17   34,294[6]
September 28 5:00 PM at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ESPN2 L 15–28   56,839[7]
October 3 7:00 PM Illinois Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN ESPN2 W 31–10   32,663[8]
October 10 7:00 PM Northwestern Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 45–42   37,729[9]
October 19 11:00 AM at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ESPN+ W 28–7   74,232[10]
November 2 3:30 PM at No. 6 Ohio State No. 23 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ABC L 3–34   104,897[11]
November 9 6:45 PM No. 13 Michigan Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN (Little Brown Jug) ESPN L 24–41   53,773[12]
November 16 11:00 AM No. 6 Iowa Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN (Floyd of Rosedale) ESPN L 21–45   65,184[13]
November 23 11:00 AM Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI (Paul Bunyan's Axe) ESPN L 31–49   78,843[14]
December 30 1:00 PM vs. No. 25 Arkansas* Adelphia ColiseumNashville, TN (Music City Bowl) ESPN W 29–14   39,183[15]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Roster[edit]

2002 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 8 Asad Abdul-Khaliq Jr
RB 21 Marlon Barber Fr
G 68 Mark Setterstrom Fr
TE 89 Matt Spaeth Fr
FB 44 Thomas Tapeh Jr
TE 82 Ben Utecht Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 39 Michael Lehan Sr
DT 95 Anthony Montgomery Fr
DT 51 Darrell Reid So
SS 27 Eli Ward Jr
LB 42 Eric Washington Fr
LB 59 Ben West Jr
DB 6 Quentin White Fr
CB 35 Mike Wojciechowski So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster

Team players in the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Michael Lehan Cornerback 5 152 Cleveland Browns

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