2002 Minnesota Golden Gophers Football Team
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2002 Minnesota Golden Gophers Football Team
2002 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Minnesota Golden Gophers logo.svg
Music City Bowl champion
Music City Bowl, W 29–14 vs. Arkansas
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
2002 record8–5 (3–5 Big Ten)
Head coach
Defensive coordinatorGreg Hudson (1st season)
CaptainAsad Abdul-Khaliq, Michael Lehan
Home stadiumHubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Seasons
← 2001
2003 →
2002 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 1 Ohio State $#+   8 0         14 0  
No. 8 Iowa %+   8 0         11 2  
No. 9 Michigan   6 2         10 3  
No. 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  
    1. – BCS National Champion
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll[1]

The 2002 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their sixth year under head coach Glen Mason, the Golden Gophers compiled an 8-5 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 376 to 319.[2] The 2001 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team was not ranked in either the final USA Today/AFCA Coaches poll or Associated Press poll.

Redshirt freshman defensive end Brandon Hall was shot and killed on September 1, 2002 in downtown Minneapolis after a fight that involved other teammates and other individuals. Hall's killer was convicted in his murder.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 316:00 pmSW Texas State*W 42-032,209[3]
September 77:00 pmat Louisiana-Lafayette*ESPN+W 35-1120,512[4]
September 141:30 pmToledo*
  • Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
  • Minneapolis, MN
W 31-2136,640[5]
September 211:30 pmBuffalo*
  • Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
  • Minneapolis, MN
W 42-1734,294[6]
September 285:00 pmat PurdueESPN2L 15-2856,839[7]
October 37:00 pmIllinois
  • Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
  • Minneapolis, MN
ESPN2W 31-1032,663[8]
October 107:00 pmNorthwestern
  • Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
  • Minneapolis, MN
W 45-4237,729[9]
October 1911:00 amat Michigan StateESPN+W 28-774,232[10]
November 22:30 pmat No. 6 Ohio StateNo. 23ABCL 3-34104,897[11]
November 96:45 pmNo. 13 Michigan
ESPNL 24-4153,773[12]
November 1611:00 amNo. 6 Iowa
ESPNL 21-4565,184[13]
November 2311:00 amat WisconsinESPNL 31-4978,843[14]
December 301:00 pmvs. No. 25 Arkansas*ESPNW 29-1439,183[15]
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Roster

Team players in the NFL

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Michael Lehan Cornerback 5 152 Cleveland Browns

References

  1. ^ "2002 NCAA Football Rankings - AP Top 25 Postseason (Jan. 5)". ESPN. Retrieved 2010.
  2. ^ "2002 Minnesota Golden Gophers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/080411abu.html
  4. ^ http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/080411abt.html
  5. ^ http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/080411abs.html
  6. ^ http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/080411abr.html
  7. ^ http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/080411abq.html
  8. ^ http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/080411abp.html
  9. ^ http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/080411abo.html
  10. ^ http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/080411abn.html
  11. ^ http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/080411abm.html
  12. ^ http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/080411abl.html
  13. ^ http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/080411abk.html
  14. ^ http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/080411abj.html
  15. ^ http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/080411abi.html

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