2002 West Virginia Mountaineers football team

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2002 West Virginia Mountaineers football
West Virginia Mountaineers logo.svg
Conference Big East Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 20
AP No. 25
2002 record 9–4 (6–1 Big East)
Head coach Rich Rodriguez (2nd season)
Co-defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel (1st season)
Co-defensive coordinator Todd Graham (1st season)
Home stadium Mountaineer Field
(Capacity: 63,500)
Seasons
← 2001
2003 →
2002 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 2 Miami (FL) $   7 0         12 1  
No. 25 West Virginia   6 1         9 4  
No. 19 Pittsburgh   5 2         9 4  
No. 18 Virginia Tech   3 4         10 4  
Boston College   3 4         9 4  
Syracuse   2 5         4 8  
Temple   2 5         4 8  
Rutgers   0 7         1 11  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

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.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 6:00 PM Chattanooga* Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, West Virginia W 56–7   54,455
September 7 12:00 PM at No. 21 Wisconsin* Camp Randall StadiumMadison, Wisconsin ESPN+ L 17–34   76,320
September 14 7:00 PM at Cincinnati* Nippert StadiumCincinnati W 35–32   28,806
September 28 12:00 PM East Carolina* Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, West Virginia ESPN+ W 37–17   54,497
October 5 12:00 PM Maryland* Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, West Virginia ESPN2 L 17–48   55,146
October 12 3:30 PM at Rutgers Rutgers StadiumPiscataway, New Jersey ESPN+ W 40–0   12,973
October 19 12:00 PM Syracuse Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, West Virginia ESPN+ W 34–7   45,088
October 26 12:00 PM No. 1 Miami Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, West Virginia ESPN2 L 23–40   56,817
November 2 12:00 PM at Temple Veterans StadiumPhiladelphia W 46–20   15,042
November 9 12:00 PM Boston College Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, West Virginia ESPN W 24–14   48,474
November 20 7:00 PM at No. 12 Virginia Tech Lane StadiumBlacksburg, Virginia ESPN2 W 21–18   62,723
November 30 1:00 PM at No. 18 Pittsburgh No. 21 Heinz FieldPittsburgh (Backyard Brawl) ABC W 24–17   66,731
December 28 11:00 AM vs. Virginia* No. 13 Ericsson StadiumCharlotte, North Carolina (Continental Tire Bowl) ESPN2 L 22–48   73,535
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Roster[edit]

2002 West Virginia Mountaineers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 85 Dee Alston Redshirt.svg Fr
C 51 Matt Ameri Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 21 Phil Braxton Sr
RB 22 Avon Cobourne Sr
WR 83 Miquelle Henderson So
FB 36 Adam King Jr
QB 18 Rasheed Marshall So
WR 86 John Pennington Jr
T 71 Justin Williams So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 32 Ben Collins Sr
DB 19 Lance Frazier Jr
DB 9 Adam Jones Fr
DE 92 Ben Lynch So
LB 6 Grant Wiley Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
LS 57 Chad Lavender So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

2002 season[edit]

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.

On November 30, they played at archrival Pitt in the Backyard Brawl, and won 24–17. In the Continental Tire Bowl, they lost to the Virginia Cavaliers 22–48 to finish the season.

Team players in the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Lance Nimmo Tackle 4 130 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
James Davis Linebcaker 5 144 Detroit Lions

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