2002 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
2002 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Penn State text logo.svg
Capital One Bowl, L 9–13 vs. Auburn
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 15
AP No. 16
2002 record 9–4 (5–3 Big Ten)
Head coach Joe Paterno (37th year)
Offensive coordinator Fran Ganter
Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley
Home stadium Beaver Stadium (c. 107,282; grass)
Seasons
← 2001
2003 →
2002 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1 Ohio State $#+   8 0         14 0  
#8 Iowa %+   8 0         11 2  
#9 Michigan   6 2         10 3  
#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 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season.[2] The team's head coach was Joe Paterno. It played its home games at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania.

Preseason[edit]

The Nittany Lions returned 16 starters from the previous season, who won five of its final seven games. Six starters returned on defense, led by defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy, who returned for his fifth year despite speculations he would enter the NFL Draft.[3]

The offensive unit averted a possible quarterback controversy when last year's starter Matt Senneca announced that he would not be returning for his final year of eligibility.[4] Redshirt sophomore Zack Mills would lead the offense, with expectations high after showing flashes of brilliance coming off the bench in 2001. Larry Johnson would also become the featured back, after spending three seasons playing in a tailback-by-committee that had inconsistent production. Johnson will have the luxury of running behind an offensive line that returned all five starters.

Penn State was ranked number 24 in both the AP and Coaches college football preseason polls.

Recruiting class[edit]

Pre-season awards[edit]

Playboy pre-season All-American[5]
Second-team Athlon Sports pre-season All-American[6]
Second-team Lindy's pre-season All-American[6]
Lindy's pre-season Big Ten Most Valuable Player[6]

Schedule[edit]

Penn State did not play Big Ten teams Minnesota and Purdue this year.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 12:00 p.m.[7] UCF* No. 24 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ESPN[7] W 27–24   103,029
September 14 8:00 p.m.[8] No. 8 Nebraska* Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA ABC[8] W 40–7   110,753
September 21 12:00 p.m.[9] Louisiana Tech* No. 15 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA ESPN+[9] W 49–17   103,987
September 28 12:00 p.m.[10] Iowa No. 12 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA ESPN[10] L 35–42 OT  108,247
October 5 3:30 p.m.[11] at No. 19 Wisconsin No. 20 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI ABC[11] W 34–31   79,403
October 12 3:30 p.m.[12] at No. 13 Michigan No. 15 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ABC[12] L 24–27 OT  111,502
October 19 12:00 p.m.[13] Northwesterndagger No. 20 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA ESPN2[14] W 49–0   108,853
October 26 3:30 p.m.[15] at No. 4 Ohio State No. 18 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH (Rivalry) ABC[15] L 7–13   105,103
November 2 3:30 p.m.[16] Illinois No. 20 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA ESPN[16] W 18–7   105,589
November 9 3:30 p.m.[17] Virginia* No. 19 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA ABC[17] W 35–14   108,698
November 16 3:30 p.m.[18] at Indiana No. 16 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN ESPN2[19] W 58–25   27,454
November 23 3:30 p.m.[19] Michigan State No. 15 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (Land Grant Trophy) ABC[19] W 61–7   108,755
January 1, 2003 1:00 p.m. vs. No. 19 Auburn* No. 10 Citrus BowlOrlando, FL (Capital One Bowl) ABC[20] L 9–13   66,334
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game summaries[edit]

UCF[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
UCF 3 6 0 15 24
Penn State 10 0 10 7 27

After a sloppy first half, Penn State scored 17 unanswered points in the second half and then withstood a late charge to hold off the Golden Knights for a 27–24 win. Zack Mills was 13 of 20 for 194 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. On defense, Anthony Adams recovered a fumbled snap to set up a field goal, and Derek Wake blocked a field goal attempt. Trailing 27–9 in the fourth quarter, UCF got within three points with 24 seconds remaining but failed to recover the onside kick, and Penn State ran out the clock.[21]

Nebraska[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 0 7 0 0 7
Penn State 0 13 20 7 40

In front of a crowd of 110,753, a new Beaver Stadium attendance record, Penn State routed the Cornhuskers 40–7, as Larry Johnson and backup quarterback Michael Robinson each had two touchdown runs. Cornerback Rich Gardner had his first career interception and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. It was Penn State's first victory over a top 10 team since 1999.[22]

Louisiana Tech[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Louisiana Tech 10 0 7 0 17
Penn State 14 7 28 0 49

Penn State beat the Bulldogs 49–17, despite Tech's quarterback Luke McCown throwing for more than 400 yards but also threw three interceptions and had a fumble lost. Larry Johnson ran for 147 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns and also had a touchdown reception. Michael Robinson also had three rushing touchdowns.[23]

Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Iowa 17 9 9 0 7 42
Penn State 0 7 6 22 0 35

After trailing the Hawkeyes by 22 points in the fourth quarter, Zack Mills threw for three touchdowns in the final 7:13 to tie the game 35–35 and force overtime, but the Nittany Lions were unable to score in overtime and lost 42–35. For the game, Mills completed 23 of 44 passes for a school record 399 yards and four touchdowns. The team finished with only 54 yards rushing, and Michael Robinson, who had five touchdowns in twelve carries in the past two games, was held to minus-2 yards on four carries.[24]

But the play that was most shown repeatedly on sports highlights shows throughout the rest of the season happened after the game. Following a couple questionable calls by the line judge in overtime, Joe Paterno sprinted down the field to catch up with referee Dick Honig as he approached the tunnel and grabbed Honig by the back of the shirt to voice his displeasure with the way the game ended. Paterno was angered that Penn State wide receiver Tony Johnson caught a pass with both feet in bounds according to the stadium's video replay board, but the play was ruled an incompletion.[25]

Wisconsin[edit]

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

Penn State scored on four of its first five possessions as the Lions beat the Badgers 34–31. Penn State scored on touchdowns from Zack Mills, Larry Johnson, and Sean McHugh and got four Robbie Gould field goals. Defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy and defensive end Michael Haynes each had three sacks, as the Lions sacked Wisconsin quarterback Brooks Bollinger seven times. Wisconsin scored to close it to three points with 1:17 remaining, but Bryan Scott covered up the onside kick to seal the game.[26]

Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Penn State 7 0 6 8 3 24
Michigan 0 7 0 14 6 27

The Wolverines beat Penn State 27–24 in overtime. A slow first half gave way to a shootout in the second half. The game was tied 7–7 at halftime, and the teams combined for only 240 yards. Penn State led 13–7 late in the third quarter and looked to seize control of the game after forcing a Michigan punt at their own 20, but a roughing the punter penalty kept the drive alive, and Michigan found the end zone eight plays later. Zack Mills finished the day 19 of 31 for 264 yards and two touchdowns.[27]

Joe Paterno expressed his displeasure with the officials for the second time this season as he yelled at referee David Witvoet after regulation. There were a number of odd and questionable actions by the officials during the game, as pointed out by the TV commentators, including the roughing the punter penalty and the referee refusing to ask for measurements when it appeared Michigan had been stopped short of first down. Each time he glanced at the sideline and signaled first down. It was most noticeable in the third quarter when he signaled first down even as Michigan was lining up in short-yardage formation, thinking it was third-and-1.

But Paterno and the coaching staff were most livid about a blown call with 40 seconds remaining in regulation and the score tied at 21–21. Receiver Tony Johnson had just made a leaping catch of a Mills pass at the Michigan 22. The side judge ruled Johnson out of bounds despite replays showing he had both feet at least a yard inbounds. Numerous replays on TV showed the large divot in the field where Johnson's feet had landed. Instead of a field goal opportunity to win the game in regulation, the game was forced into overtime.

Northwestern[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Northwestern 0 0 0 0 0
Penn State 7 28 7 7 49

Larry Johnson set Penn State's single-game rushing record as the Nittany Lions shut out the Wildcats 49–0. Johnson rushed for 257 yards on 23 carries and scored twice before sitting out the final 28 minutes. In all, twelve Penn State players carried the ball for a total of 423 yards. The defense recorded its first shutout since the 1999 Alamo Bowl, holding the Wildcats to 9 yards rushing and 202 total yards.[28]

Ohio State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Penn State 7 0 0 0 7
Ohio State 0 3 10 0 13

The Buckeyes defense held Zack Mills to only 98 yards passing and intercepted three passes, including one by Chris Gamble returned for a touchdown, to beat the Nittany Lions 13–7. Penn State was held to only 179 yards of offense and eight first downs, fewest under Joe Paterno.[29] Despite this, Penn State led 7–3 at halftime and very nearly won the game at the end.

Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Illinois 0 0 0 7 7
Penn State 9 9 0 0 18

Larry Johnson set the school record for rushing yards in a game, beating his own record from two weeks prior, as the Nittany Lions beat the Fighting Illini 18–7. Johnson rushed for 279 yards on 31 carries, including an 84-yard touchdown run. The Penn State defense went 11-plus quarters without allowing a touchdown before Illinois scored with 5:22 remaining.[30]

Virginia[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Virginia 7 0 0 7 14
Penn State 7 3 10 15 35

The defense held the Cavaliers to only 30 yards rushing as Penn State won 35–14. Zack Mills was 19 of 30 for 227 yards and two touchdowns. The Lions had 289 yards on the ground, including 118 yards on 31 carries and a touchdown by Larry Johnson. Backup quarterback and holder Chris Ganter also scored on a 30-yard run off of a fake field goal.[31]

Indiana[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Penn State 14 14 10 20 58
Indiana 12 6 0 7 25

Larry Johnson broke two school records as Penn State beat the Hoosiers 58–25. For the third time in five weeks, Johnson set the school's single-game rushing record with 327 yards on 28 carries. Johnson also broke Penn State's single-season rushing record with a total of 1,736 yards with two games left to play.[32]

Michigan State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan State 0 0 7 0 7
Penn State 14 34 7 6 61

Larry Johnson became the ninth player in NCAA history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season[33] as Penn State blew out the Spartans 61–7. Johnson finished the day with 279 yards and four touchdowns, all in the first half. Bryant Johnson also scored on an 81-yard punt return and a 41-yard touchdown reception. Penn State had 400 yards of offense at halftime and finished with 536 total yards, including 422 yards rushing.[34]

2003 Capital One Bowl – Auburn[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Auburn 0 0 7 6 13
Penn State 3 3 0 3 9

The Auburn Tigers rushed for 200 yards, controlled the clock, and outscored the Lions 13–3 in the second half to upset the Nittany Lions 13–9 in the Capital One Bowl. Larry Johnson finished with only 72 yards on 20 carries. Zack Mills was also ineffective, going 8 of 24 for 67 yards and an interception. He was pulled for a couple drives in the third quarter, and backup quarterback Michael Robinson led to the Lions for a field goal to go up 9–7.[35]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Final
AP 24 24 NR NR 15 12 20 15 20 18 20 19 16 15 11 10 10 16
Coaches 24 23 25 25 15 12 21 17 21 17 21 19 16 16 12 10 10 15
BCS Not released NR NR NR 15 15 14 13 12 Not released

Awards[edit]

Watchlists[edit]

Players[edit]

Post season[edit]

Penn State finished the season ranked #16 in the final AP college football poll and #15 in the final Coaches college football poll, earning Penn State its 25th Top 15 finish under Joe Paterno.[72]

Tailback Larry Johnson would finish the season as the first Nittany Lion to lead the nation in rushing and all-purpose yardage. Johnson become the ninth player in Division I-A history to gain 2,000 yards rushing in the regular season, finishing third in Heisman Trophy balloting.[73]

Penn State claimed second place in football attendance for the second consecutive season, averaging 107,239 through eight home games, ranking in the top four for the 12th consecutive year. The Nittany Lions also broke the NCAA record for total season attendance with 1,247,707 during the 13-game schedule, including a Beaver Stadium record of 110,753 for the Nebraska game.[74]

NFL draft[edit]

A school record six seniors would be drafted in the first two rounds of the 2003 NFL Draft, including another school record four players in the first round.[75]

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
1st 12 12 Jimmy Kennedy Defensive tackle St. Louis Rams
1st 14 14 Michael Haynes Defensive end Chicago Bears
1st 17 17 Bryant Johnson Wide receiver Arizona Cardinals
1st 27 27 Larry Johnson Running back Kansas City Chiefs
2nd 23 55 Bryan Scott Free safety Atlanta Falcons
2nd 25 57 Anthony Adams Defensive tackle San Francisco 49ers

All-star games[edit]

Game Date Site Players
57th Hula Bowl February 1, 2003 War Memorial Stadium, Wailuku, Hawaii Gus Felder, Joe Iorio, Shawn Mayer
54th Senior Bowl January 18, 2003 Ladd Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama Anthony Adams, Michael Haynes, Bryant Johnson, Larry Johnson, Bryan Scott

Instant replay[edit]

A few other conference coaches had lobbied for instant replay before, but they had fallen on deaf ears until Joe Paterno, who had been against instant replay citing the length of games as a factor, changed his opinion after a number of questionable officiating calls in the Iowa and Michigan games. Paterno and Penn State athletic director Tim Curley called for a comprehensive review of Big Ten officiating. At the news conference after the Michigan game, Paterno went further and said that the conference should change the way that officials are assigned, referring to the assignment of the officiating crew that worked the Michigan game, three of whom live in the state of Michigan.[76]

After the Big Ten concluded its comprehensive review of its officiating, the conference implemented a pilot program during the 2003 season to evaluate the use of instant replay. The pilot was used to gather data and did not interfere with games or overturn any missed calls.[77]

For the 2004 season, the Big Ten introduced college football's first instant replay system. A technical advisor in the press box with access to the television feeds will be able to stop a game for a replay review and potentially overturn a play, with no limit on the number of plays that can be reviewed.[78]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2002 NCAA Football Rankings - AP Top 25 Postseason (Jan. 5)". ESPN. Retrieved November 29, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Penn State Yearly Results (2000-2004)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Kennedy To Return For Senior Season". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. January 10, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Matt Senneca Not Returning for Senior Season". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. January 16, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Kennedy Named To Playboy All-America Team". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. April 24, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Kennedy Named to Lindy's & Athlon Pre-Season All-America Teams". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. June 18, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  7. ^ a b "Nittany Lions' Season Opener with UCF To Be Televised by ESPN". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. May 21, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  8. ^ a b "Nittany Lion Football Team To Battle Nebraska in Primetime Clash in Beaver Stadium". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. April 8, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  9. ^ a b "Nittany Lions' Clash With Louisiana Tech To Be Televised by ESPN Regional". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. June 13, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  10. ^ a b "Penn State-Iowa Football Game Selected As ESPN Telecast". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. September 16, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  11. ^ a b "Penn State-Wisconsin Clash Selected As ABC Telecast". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. September 23, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  12. ^ a b "Penn State-Michigan Clash Selected As ABC Telecast". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. September 30, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  13. ^ "Penn State-Northwestern Homecoming Football Game Set For 12:10 p.m. Kickoff". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. June 19, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  14. ^ "Penn State-Northwestern Homecoming Clash To Air on ESPN2". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. October 7, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  15. ^ a b "Penn State-Ohio State Clash To Air on ABC". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. October 13, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  16. ^ a b "Penn State-Illinois Clash Set for 3:30 Kickoff on ESPN". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. October 27, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  17. ^ a b "Penn State-Virginia Clash Set for 3:30 Kickoff on ABC". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. November 3, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  18. ^ "Penn State-Indiana Clash Set for 3:30 Kickoff on ESPN". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. November 4, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  19. ^ a b c "Penn State-Michigan State Clash Set for 3:30 p.m. Kickoff on ABC; Indiana Game To Air on ESPN2". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. November 11, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  20. ^ "Penn State To Tangle With Auburn In Capital One Bowl on January 1". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. December 8, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  21. ^ "Nittany Lion Football Starts Fresh with 27–24 Victory over UCF". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. August 31, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  22. ^ "Penn State Dominates Nebraska 40–7, Jump to #15 in ESPN Poll". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. September 15, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  23. ^ "Penn State Tames Bulldogs 49–17, Improves to 3–0". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. September 21, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  24. ^ "Penn State Falls Short in OT Against Iowa, 42–35". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. September 28, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  25. ^ Fittipaldo, Ray (October 2, 2002). "Football: Paterno Says No Apology Needed". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  26. ^ "Penn State Edges Wisconsin 34–31 to Notch 50th Big Ten Victory". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. October 5, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  27. ^ "Penn State falls to Michigan 27–24 in Overtime". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. October 12, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  28. ^ "Lions Celebrate 83rd Homecoming with 49–0 Shutout of Northwestern". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. October 19, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  29. ^ "Nittany Lions Fall 13–7 to Buckeyes in Defensive Dogfight". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. October 26, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  30. ^ "Defensive Power Surge in Happy Valley, Lions Win 18–7". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. November 2, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  31. ^ "Sweet Revenge! Lions Roll over Cavaliers 35—14". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. November 9, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  32. ^ "Larry Johnson and Lions Pound Hoosiers 58–25". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. November 16, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  33. ^ "Johnson runs past 2,000-yard mark with huge half". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. November 23, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  34. ^ "Oh, the Wonder of it! Penn State Pummels Spartans 61–7". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. November 23, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  35. ^ "Auburn Upsets Penn State in Capital One Bowl". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. January 1, 2003. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  36. ^ "Haynes Named A Semifinalist For Inaugural Ted Hendricks Defensive End Award". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. October 24, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  37. ^ a b "Haynes Among Four Finalists For Inaugural Ted Hendricks Defensive End Award". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. November 12, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  38. ^ "Bryant Johnson Named to Biletnikoff Award Watch List". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. August 27, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  39. ^ "Tailback Larry Johnson Named A Doak Walker Award Candidate". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. August 21, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  40. ^ a b c "Larry Johnson Selected A Semifinalist for Doak Walker Award". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. November 20, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  41. ^ "Larry Johnson Selected A Finalist for Doak Walker Award". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. December 2, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  42. ^ "Larry Johnson Selected A Finalist for Maxwell Award". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. December 3, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  43. ^ "Larry Johnson Named A Finalist for Walter Camp Player of the Year". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. December 4, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  44. ^ "Kennedy Named To Watch List For Bronko Nagurski Trophy". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. April 11, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  45. ^ "Kennedy Named To Watch List For 33rd Annual Rotary Lombardi Award". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. April 3, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  46. ^ "Kennedy Named A Semifinalist For Rotary Lombardi Award". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. October 30, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  47. ^ "Quarterback Mills Named To Davey O'Brien Award Watch List". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. August 20, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  48. ^ "Quarterback Zack Mills Named A Semifinalist for Davey O'Brien Award". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. November 13, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  49. ^ "Nittany Lion Bryan Scott Named to Jim Thorpe Award Watch List". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. August 29, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  50. ^ a b c d e f g h "Six Nittany Lions Named To All-Big Ten Football Squad; Haynes & Kennedy Earn Player of the Year Honors". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. November 26, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  51. ^ a b c d "2002 Verizon Academic All-District Football Team" (PDF). College Sports Information Directors of America. Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  52. ^ "Gardner Named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. September 16, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  53. ^ a b "Penn State's Kennedy and Gould Named Big Ten Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. October 7, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  54. ^ a b c "Johnson, Haynes & Kennedy Named To Associated Press All-America Teams". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. December 17, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  55. ^ a b "Michael Haynes & Larry Johnson Named To CNNSI.com All-America Team". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. December 9, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  56. ^ a b "Michael Haynes & Larry Johnson Named To Football Writers All-America Team". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. December 2, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  57. ^ "Haynes Named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. September 23, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  58. ^ "Iorio Named To Verizon Academic All-America Football Team". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. December 2, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  59. ^ a b "Larry Johnson Wins Maxwell And Doak Walker Awards". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. December 12, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  60. ^ "Larry Johnson Named To AFCA All-America Team". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. December 5, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  61. ^ "Larry Johnson Named Chevrolet Offensive Player of the Year". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. December 7, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  62. ^ "Nittany Lion Senior Tailback Larry Johnson Named Walter Camp Player of The Year". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. December 12, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  63. ^ a b "Larry Johnson and Jimmy Kennedy Named To Walter Camp All-America Team". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. December 12, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  64. ^ "Larry Johnson Named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. October 22, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  65. ^ "Larry Johnson Named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. November 4, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  66. ^ "Larry Johnson Earns Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week For Third Time This Season". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. November 16, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  67. ^ "Larry Johnson named USA Today Player of the Week". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. November 19, 2002. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  68. ^ "Larry Johnson Earns Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week For Fourth Time This Season". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. November 25, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  69. ^ "Nittany Lions Shine in Senior Bowl; Johnson & Haynes Earn MVP Honors in North Win". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. January 20, 2003. Retrieved January 27, 2007. 
  70. ^ "Shawn Mayer Named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. October 28, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  71. ^ "Zack Mills Named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. September 30, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  72. ^ "Nittany Lions Earn 25th Top 15 Final Ranking Under Paterno". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. January 4, 2003. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  73. ^ "Larry Johnson Is First Nittany Lion to Lead Nation in Rushing & All-Purpose Yardage; Haynes Among NCAA Defensive Leaders". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. January 16, 2003. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  74. ^ "Penn State Claims Second In NCAA Football Attendance; Breaks NCAA Record For Total Attendance with 1.2 Million Fans". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. February 10, 2003. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  75. ^ "Nittany Lions Lead All Schools With Six Selections in First Two Rounds of NFL Draft". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. 2003-04-28. Retrieved 2007-01-23. 
  76. ^ Lewerenz, Dan (October 15, 2002). "Paterno wants further review of Big Ten officiating practices". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  77. ^ Fittipaldo, Ray (August 15, 2003). "Big Ten to Experiment with Program for Instant Replay". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  78. ^ Fittipaldo, Ray (August 4, 2004). "Instant Replay Comes to Big Ten for a One-Year Look". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved January 23, 2007.