2002 Marshall Thundering Herd Football Team
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2002 Marshall Thundering Herd Football Team
2002 Marshall Thundering Herd football
Marshall Thundering Herd logo.svg
MAC champion
MAC East Division champion
GMAC Bowl champion
GMAC Bowl, W 38-15 vs. Louisville
ConferenceMid-American Conference
DivisionEast
Ranking
CoachesNo. 19
APNo. 24
2002 record11-2 (7-1 MAC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorMark McHale
Defensive coordinatorBill Wilt
Home stadiumMarshall University Stadium
(Capacity: 38,019)
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 Marshall Thundering Herd football team represented Marshall University in the 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season. Marshall won its fifth Mid-American Conference (MAC) title in six years and its fifth consecutive bowl game.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 317:00 pmNo. 2 (I-AA) Appalachian State*No. 19ESPN+W 50-1731,042
September 127:45 pmat No. 11 Virginia Tech*No. 16ESPNL 21-4765,049
September 207:00 pmUCF
  • Marshall University Stadium
  • Huntington, WV
ESPN2W 26-2132,900
October 52:00 pmat Kent StateW 42-2115,337
October 124:30 pmBuffalo
  • Marshall University Stadium
  • Huntington, WV
W 66-2128,200
October 194:30 pmTroy State*dagger
  • Marshall University Stadium
  • Huntington, WV
ESPN+W 24-727,121
October 261:00 pmat Central MichiganW 23-1814,564
November 23:30 pmat AkronL 20-3413,762
November 128:00 pmMiami (OH)
  • Marshall University Stadium
  • Huntington, WV
ESPNW 36-3426,851
November 233:30 pmat OhioW 24-2121,110
November 304:30 pmBall State
  • Marshall University Stadium
  • Huntington, WV
ESPN2W 38-1423,824
December 72:30 pmToledo
ESPN2W 49-4524,582
December 188:00 pmvs. Louisville*ESPN2W 38-1540,646
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Game summaries

Appalachian State

1 2 3 4 Total
Mountaineers 7 3 7 0 17
No. 19 Thundering Herd 3 20 14 13 50

Virginia Tech

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 16 Thundering Herd 0 0 0 21 21
No. 11 Hokies 10 10 6 21 47

UCF

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Knights 7 7 0 7 21
Thundering Herd 3 17 6 0 26

Kent State

1 2 3 4 Total
Thundering Herd 7 14 14 7 42
Golden Flashes 14 0 7 0 21

Buffalo

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulls 0 0 7 14 21
Thundering Herd 21 31 7 7 66

Troy State

1 2 3 4 Total
Trojans 0 0 0 7 7
Thundering Herd 10 7 0 7 24

Central Michigan

1 2 3 4 Total
Thundering Herd 13 7 3 0 23
Chippewas 0 9 3 6 18

Akron

1 2 3 4 Total
Thundering Herd 7 3 7 3 20
Zips 7 17 10 0 34

Miami (OH)

1 2 3 4 Total
Redhawks 3 14 10 7 34
Thundering Herd 10 7 12 7 36

While Stan Hill and his Marshall teammates were celebrating a dramatic win, Miami (Ohio) defensive coordinator John Wauford was being led off the field in handcuffs by state police.

Moments after Hill scored on a 1-yard run with 5 seconds left for a 36-34 victory Tuesday night, Wauford allegedly shoved a Marshall fan and was arrested. The fan, Robert A. Flaugher of Pickerington, Ohio, hit his head on the artificial turf and was taken on a stretcher to a hospital with a concussion, according to a report filed by State Police in Huntington. Flaugher was in stable condition at St. Mary's Medical Center, said a nursing supervisor who did not want her name released.

Wauford was charged with battery, a misdemeanor. He was transported to Cabell County Magistrate Court and posted bail. The amount wasn't immediately released. Miami officials refused to comment on the incident, and did not make players or coaches available to media.

Marshall fans stormed the field after Stan Hill's winning score. Playing in place of the injured Byron Leftwich and making his first career start, Hill also threw four touchdown passes.

Ben Roethlisberger twice brought Miami back from double-digit deficits, and Luke Clemens' 17-yard TD run gave the RedHawks a 34-29 lead with 6:33 left.

After a dropped pass in the end zone by Darius Watts - who caught three TD passes from Hill - a pair of interference calls against Miami put the ball at the 1, setting up Hill's run.

External link: http://www.muredhawks.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/111202aaa.html

Ohio

1 2 3 4 Total
Thundering Herd 0 3 14 7 24
Bobcats 7 0 6 8 21

Ball State

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 7 0 0 7 14
Thundering Herd 10 14 14 0 38

Toledo

1 2 3 4 Total
Rockets 0 17 15 13 45
Thundering Herd 14 14 7 14 49

A month's worth of limping on a sore shin didn't deter Byron Leftwich, and neither did getting flattened by Toledo's David Gardner. Leftwich got up from the third-quarter hit to throw two late touchdowns, including a 40-yarder to Darius Watts with 49 seconds left, as Marshall beat the Rockets 49-45 in the Mid-American Conference championship game.

Marshall atoned for a loss at Toledo in the 2001 championship game, in which the Rockets overcame a 23-0 deficit to win 41-36.

Leftwich completed 32 of 42 passes for 404 yards and four TDs to overshadow the four rushing touchdowns by Toledo redshirt freshman Trinity Dawson, who finished with a career-high 130 yards. Leftwich became the conference's all-time leading passer with 11,654, surpassing the 11,299 yards set by Tim Lester from 1996-99.

External link: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=223410276

Louisville

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 7 0 8 15
Thundering Herd 7 10 7 14 38

Roster

Team players drafted in the NFL

The following players were selected in the 2003 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Byron Leftwich Quarterback 1 7 Jacksonville Jaguars
Chris Crocker Defensive Back 3 84 Cleveland Browns
Steve Sciullo Guard 4 122 Indianapolis Colts

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Rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: Increase in ranking. Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ? = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Final
AP 19 19 16 16 RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 24
Coaches 21 22 18 17 RV RV RV RV RV RV 25 RV RV RV RV RV 24 19
BCS Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

References


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