2002 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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2002 NCAA Division I-AA season
Duration August – November 2002
Playoff
Duration November 30 – December 20, 2002
Championship site Finley Stadium, Chattanooga, TN
Champion Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Payton Award Tony RomoQB (Eastern Illinois)
Buchanan Award Rashean MathisFS (Bethune-Cookman)
Division I-AA football season

The 2002 NCAA Division I-AA football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision level, began in August 2002, and concluded with the National Championship Game of the NCAA Division I Football Championship on December 20, 2002, at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers won their first I-AA championship, defeating the McNeese State Cowboys by a final score of 34−14[1]

Conference changes and new programs[edit]

School 2001 Conference 2002 Conference
Charleston Southern I-AA Independent Big South
Elon I-AA Independent Big South
FIU New Program I-AA Independent
Gardner-Webb D-II Independent Big South
Liberty I-AA Independent Big South
Savannah State D-II Independent I-AA Independent
Troy State I-AA Independent I-A Independent

Conference standings[edit]

2002 Atlantic 10 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Maine $^   7 2         11 3  
Northeastern $^   7 2         10 3  
Villanova ^   6 3         11 4  
UMass   6 3         8 4  
William & Mary   5 4         6 5  
Richmond   4 5         4 7  
Delaware   4 5         6 6  
Hofstra   4 5         6 6  
James Madison   4 6         5 7  
New Hampshire   2 7         3 8  
Rhode Island   1 8         3 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
2002 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Montana $^   5 2         11 3  
Idaho State $   5 2         8 3  
Montana State $^   5 2         7 6  
Eastern Washington   3 4         6 5  
Northern Arizona   3 4         6 5  
Portland State   3 4         6 5  
Sacramento State   3 4         5 8  
Weber State   1 6         3 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
2002 Big South football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Gardner–Webb $   3 0         8 1  
Liberty   1 2         2 9  
Charleston Southern   0 3         4 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2002 NCAA Division I-AA independents football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Saint Mary's   0 0         6 6  
FIU   0 0         5 6  
Cal Poly   0 0         3 8  
Florida Atlantic   0 0         2 9  
Savannah State   0 0         1 8  
Southern Utah   0 0         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
2002 Gateway Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Western Illinois $^   6 2         11 2  
Western Kentucky $^   6 2         12 3  
Youngstown State   4 3         7 4  
Illinois State   4 3         6 5  
Indiana State   3 4         5 7  
Northern Iowa   2 5         5 6  
Southern Illinois   2 5         4 8  
SW Missouri State   1 6         4 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
2002 Ivy League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Penn $   7 0         9 1  
Harvard   6 1         7 3  
Princeton   4 3         6 4  
Yale   4 3         6 4  
Cornell   3 4         4 6  
Dartmouth   2 5         3 7  
Brown   2 5         2 8  
Columbia   0 7         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
2002 MAAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Duquesne $   8 0         11 1  
Marist   5 3         7 4  
Saint Peter's   5 3         6 5  
Iona   4 4         5 6  
Canisius   2 4         2 9  
La Salle   2 6         2 9  
Siena   1 5         3 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
2002 MEAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Bethune-Cookman $^   7 1         11 2  
Florida A&M   5 3         7 5  
Hampton   5 3         7 5  
Morgan State   5 3         7 5  
South Carolina State   4 4         7 5  
Howard   4 4         6 5  
Norfolk State   2 6         5 6  
North Carolina A&T   2 6         4 8  
Delaware State   2 6         4 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
2002 NEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Albany (NY) $   6 1         8 4  
Stony Brook   5 2         8 2  
Sacred Heart   5 2         7 3  
Wagner   4 3         7 4  
CCSU   3 4         5 6  
Robert Morris   2 5         3 4  
Monmouth   2 5         2 8  
Saint Francis (PA)   1 6         2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
Template:2002 OVC football standings
2002 Patriot League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Fordham +^   6 1         10 3  
Colgate +   6 1         9 3  
Lafayette   5 2         7 5  
Lehigh   4 3         8 4  
Towson   3 4         6 5  
Georgetown   2 5         5 6  
Holy Cross   2 5         4 8  
Bucknell   0 7         2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2002 Pioneer Football League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Dayton $   6 0         11 1  
Morehead State   5 1         9 3  
San Diego   4 1         5 5  
Davidson   3 1         7 3  
Austin Peay   3 3         7 5  
Butler   2 4         4 6  
Drake   1 3         5 6  
Jacksonville   0 4         3 7  
Valparaiso   0 7         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
2002 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#3 Georgia Southern $^   7 1         11 3  
#14 Wofford   6 2         9 3  
#10 Appalachian State ^   6 2         8 4  
#9 Furman ^   6 2         8 4  
VMI   3 5         6 6  
Western Carolina   3 5         5 6  
East Tennessee State   2 6         4 8  
Chattanooga   2 6         2 10  
The Citadel   1 7         3 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
2002 Southland Football League standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 McNeese State $^ 6 0 0     13 2 0
#16 Northwestern State ^ 4 2 0     9 4 0
#23 Nicholls State 3 3 0     7 4 0
Stephen F. Austin 3 3 0     6 5 0
Jacksonville State 2 4 0     5 5 0
Sam Houston State 2 4 0     4 7 0
Texas State 1 5 0     4 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Ranking is from the Sports Network Poll
2002 SWAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Alabama A&M x   6 1         8 4  
Jackson State   5 2         7 4  
Alcorn State   3 4         6 5  
Mississippi Valley State   3 4         5 6  
Alabama State   2 5         6 6  
West
Grambling State x$   6 1         11 2  
Southern   5 2         6 6  
Texas Southern   3 4         4 7  
Arkansas–Pine Bluff   2 5         3 8  
Prairie View A&M   0 7         1 10  
Championship: Grambling State 31, Alabama A&M 19
December 14, 2002
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions

Conference champions[edit]

Conference Champions

Atlantic 10 Conference – Maine and Northeastern
Big Sky Conference – Idaho State, Montana, and Montana State
Big South ConferenceGardner-Webb
Gateway Football Conference – Western Illinois and Western Kentucky
Ivy League – Penn
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference – Duquesne
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – Bethune-Cookman
Northeast Conference – Albany (NY)
Ohio Valley Conference – Eastern Illinois and Murray State
Patriot League – Colgate and Fordham
Pioneer Football League – Dayton
Southern Conference – Georgia Southern
Southland Football League – McNeese State
Southwestern Athletic Conference – Grambling State

Postseason[edit]

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket[edit]

First Round
November 30
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 7
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 14
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 20
Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, TN
               
McNeese State* 21
Montana State 14
McNeese State* 24
Montana 20
Montana* 45
Northwestern State 14
McNeese State* 39
Villanova 28
Villanova* 45
Furman 38
Villanova* 24
Fordham 10
Northeastern* 24
Fordham 29
McNeese State 14
Western Kentucky 34
Georgia Southern* 34
Bethune-Cookman 0
Georgia Southern* 31
Maine 7
Appalachian State* 13
Maine 14
Georgia Southern* 28
Western Kentucky 31
Western Kentucky* 59
Murray State 20
Western Kentucky 31
Western Illinois* 28
Western Illinois* 48
Eastern Illinois 9

* Denotes host institution

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2002 NCAA Division I Football Championship" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 16. Retrieved December 29, 2013.