2002 Utah Utes football team

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2002 Utah Utes football
Utah Utes - U logo.svg
Conference Mountain West Conference
2002 record 5–6 (3–4 MW)
Head coach Ron McBride (13th season)
Offensive coordinator Craig Ver Steeg (2nd season)
Defensive coordinator Kyle Whittingham (8th season)
Home stadium Rice–Eccles Stadium
(Capacity: 45,634)
Seasons
← 2001
2003 →
2002 Mountain West football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Colorado State $   6 1         10 4  
New Mexico   5 2         7 7  
Air Force   4 3         8 5  
San Diego State   4 3         4 9  
Utah   3 4         5 6  
UNLV   3 4         5 7  
BYU   2 5         5 7  
Wyoming   1 6         2 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

This season was Ron McBride's last at Utah. The team won their first two games, before dropping six straight. At 2–6 with only three games remaining, the team was guaranteed a losing record and would be ineligible for bowl play. However, the team then won the final three games of the season, capped by a 13–6 home victory over their biggest rivals, the BYU Cougars, finishing the season with a 5–6 record.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 7:00 PM at Utah State* Romney StadiumLogan, UT (Battle of the Brothers) KJZZ W 23–3   30,757
September 7 6:00 PM Indiana* Rice–Eccles StadiumSalt Lake City, UT KJZZ W 40–13   33,419
September 14 7:22 PM at Arizona* Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ KJZZ L 17–23   44,243
September 21 10:00 AM at No. 14 Michigan* Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ESPN L 7–10   109,734
September 28 1:00 PM Air Forcedagger Rice–Eccles Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT ESPN+ L 26–30   35,659
October 12 5:00 PM at San Diego State Qualcomm StadiumSan Diego, CA KJZZ L 17–36   20,410
October 19 1:00 PM Colorado State Rice–Eccles Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT ESPN+ L 20–28   34,374
October 26 1:00 PM at New Mexico University StadiumAlbuquerque, NM (The Bowl) ESPN+ L 35–42 OT  27,300
November 9 5:00 PM UNLV Rice–Eccles Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT KJZZ W 28–17   28,528
November 16 10:00 AM at Wyoming War Memorial StadiumLaramie, WY KJZZ W 23–18   10,611
November 23 1:00 PM BYU Rice–Eccles Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT (Holy War) ESPN+ W 13–6   45,167
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Mountain Time.

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After the season[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

Three players went in the 2003 NFL Draft, including first rounder and future pro bowler Jordan Gross.

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Jordan Gross Offensive tackle 1 8 Carolina Panthers
Lauvale Sape Defensive tackle 6 187 Buffalo Bills
Antwoine Sanders Defensive back 7 258 Baltimore Ravens

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ute Record Book" (PDF). University of Utah. Retrieved October 21, 2009. 
  2. ^ "2002 record". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved June 1, 2009. 
  3. ^ "2003 Media Guide" (PDF). University of Utah. Retrieved June 4, 2009. 
  4. ^ "2002 Season Results". Utah Official Athletic Site. Retrieved June 4, 2009.