2002 West Virginia Mountaineers football team
|2002 West Virginia Mountaineers football|
|Conference||Big East Conference|
|2002 record||9–4 (6–1 Big East)|
|Head coach||Rich Rodriguez (2nd year)|
|Co-defensive coordinator||Jeff Casteel (1st year)|
|Co-defensive coordinator||Todd Graham (1st year)|
|Home stadium||Mountaineer Field
|2002 Big East football standings|
|#2 Miami (FL) $||7||–||0||12||–||1|
|#25 West Virginia||6||–||1||9||–||4|
|#18 Virginia Tech||3||–||4||10||–||4|
The 2002 West Virginia Mountaineers football team completed the regular season with a 9–4 record and traveled to the Continental Tire Bowl, where they lost to the Virginia Cavaliers 48–22. They finished with a ranking of 25/20.
WVU's 9–4 record marked the biggest one-season turnaround in Big East Conference history, after posting a 3–8 record the previous season.
|August 31||6:00 PM||Chattanooga*||Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV||W 56–7||54,455|
|September 7||12:00 PM||at No. 21 Wisconsin*||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||ESPN+||L 17–34||76,320|
|September 14||7:00 PM||at Cincinnati*||Nippert Stadium • Cincinnati, OH||W 35–32||28,806|
|September 28||12:00 PM||East Carolina*||Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV||ESPN+||W 37–17||54,497|
|October 5||12:00 PM||Maryland*||Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV||ESPN2||L 17–48||55,146|
|October 12||3:30 PM||at Rutgers||Rutgers Stadium • Piscataway, NJ||ESPN+||W 40–0||12,973|
|October 19||12:00 PM||Syracuse||Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV||ESPN+||W 34–7||45,088|
|October 26||12:00 PM||No. 1 Miami||Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV||ESPN2||L 23–40||56,817|
|November 2||12:00 PM||at Temple||Veterans Stadium • Philadelphia, PA||W 46–20||15,042|
|November 9||12:00 PM||Boston College||Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV||ESPN||W 24–14||48,474|
|November 20||7:00 PM||at No. 12 Virginia Tech||Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA||ESPN2||W 21–18||62,723|
|November 30||1:00 PM||at No. 18 Pittsburgh||No. 21||Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA (Backyard Brawl)||ABC||W 24–17||66,731|
|December 28||11:00 AM||vs. Virginia*||No. 13||Ericsson Stadium • Charlotte, NC (Continental Tire Bowl)||ESPN2||L 22–48||73,535|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.|
Rasheed Marshall was the starting quarterback for the Mountaineers. He led the team with 1616 passing yards and 9 touchdowns. Leading the team in rushing was Avon Cobourne with 1710 net yards. Miquelle Henderson led the team in receiving with 40 receptions for 496 yards.
The home opener for the West Virginia Mountaineers was against Chattanooga, in which the Mountaineers won handily 56–7. In the second game of the season, WVU played at Wisconsin, where they lost 34–17. They then traveled to Cincinnati, where they beat the Bearcats 35–32.
They then defeated East Carolina by a 37–17 margin at home. They got demolished at home by ACC powerhouse Maryland 17–48. They then traveled to Rutgers, where they won handily 40–0. The next game was a 34–17 home win over Syracuse.
They played host to the number 1 team in the land, the Miami Hurricanes, but lost by a 23–40 count. They played at Temple, and blew out the Owls 46–20. A home game against Boston College resulted in a 24–14 Mountaineer victory. Their next game was against Virginia Tech, where they won 21–18, in Blacksburg.