2002 Central Michigan Chippewas Football Team
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2002 Central Michigan Chippewas Football Team
2002 Central Michigan Chippewas football
Central Michigan Chippewas logo.svg
ConferenceMid-American Conference
DivisionWest Division
2002 record4-8 (2-6 MAC)
Head coach
MVPRobbie Mixon
Home stadiumKelly/Shorts Stadium
Seasons
← 2001
2003 →
2002 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 24 Marshall x$   7 1         11 2  
UCF   6 2         7 5  
Miami   5 3         7 5  
Ohio   4 4         4 8  
Akron   3 5         4 8  
Kent State   1 7         3 9  
Buffalo   0 8         1 11  
West Division
Toledo xy   7 1         9 5  
Northern Illinois x   7 1         8 4  
Bowling Green   6 2         9 3  
Ball State   4 4         6 6  
Western Michigan   3 5         4 8  
Central Michigan   2 6         4 8  
Eastern Michigan   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Marshall 49, Toledo 45
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2002 Central Michigan Chippewas football team represented Central Michigan University in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) during the 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their third season under head coach Mike DeBord, the Chippewas compiled a 4-8 record (2-6 against MAC opponents), finished in sixth place in the MAC's West Division, and were outscored by their opponents, 384 to 267.[1][2] The team played its home games in Kelly/Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant, Michigan,[3] with attendance of 103,865 in six home games.[4]

The team's statistical leaders included Derrick Vickers with 1,828 passing yards, Robbie Mixon with 1,361 rushing yards, and Rob Turner with 506 receiving yards.[5] At the time, Mixon's 1,361 yards ranked as the seventh best season total in Central Michigan history.[6] Mixon also set a Mid-American Conference record with 377 rushing yards (on 43 carries) in a 47-21 victory over against Eastern Michigan on November 2, 2002.[7] Mixon was also selected at the end of the 2002 season as the team's most valuable player.[8]

Jovan Clark had 20 tackles for loss for 62 yards, which was at the time tied for the second best total in school history.[9] Offensive guard Kyle Croskey was selected as a first-team All-MAC player.[10]

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteResult
Aug 29Sam Houston State*W 34-10
Sep 7Wyoming*
  • Kelly/Shorts Stadium
  • Mount Pleasant, MI
W 32-20
Sep 14at AkronW 24-17
Sep 21at Indiana*L 29-39
Sep 28at Boston College*L 0-43
Oct 12Bowling Green
  • Kelly/Shorts Stadium
  • Mount Pleasant, MI
L 35-45
Oct 19at Northern IllinoisL 0-49
Oct 26Marshall
  • Kelly/Shorts Stadium
  • Mount Pleasant, MI
L 18-23
Nov 2at Eastern Michigan W 47-21
Nov 9at ToledoL 17-44
Nov 16Ball State
  • Kelly/Shorts Stadium
  • Mount Pleasant, MI
L 21-38
Nov 23Western Michigan
  • Kelly/Shorts Stadium
  • Mount Pleasant, MI (rivalry)
L 10-35
  • *Non-conference game

References

  1. ^ "2002 Central Michigan Chippewas Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ "Central Michigan 2015 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Central Michigan University. 2015. pp. 100, 114. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "Football Facilities". Central Michigan University. Archived from the original on June 25, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ 2015 Media Guide, p. 87.
  5. ^ "2002 Central Michigan Chippewas Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ 2015 Media Guide, p. 81.
  7. ^ "Mixon's record run paces CMU win". Daily Chronicle (DeKalb, Ill.). November 3, 2002. p. B2.
  8. ^ 2015 Media Guide, p. 95.
  9. ^ 2015 Media Guide, p. 82.
  10. ^ 2015 Media Guide, p. 93.

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