2002 Washington State Cougars Football Team
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2002 Washington State Cougars Football Team
2002 Washington State Cougars football
Washington State COUGARS logo.gif
Pac-10 co-champion
Rose Bowl, L 14-34 vs. Oklahoma
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 10
APNo. 10
2002 record10-3 (7-1 Pac-10)
Head coachMike Price (14th season)
Offensive coordinatorMike Levenseller (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorBill Doba (9th season)
Captains
Home stadiumMartin Stadium
(Capacity: 37,600)
Seasons
← 2001
2003 →
2002 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 10 Washington State $+   7 1         10 3  
No. 4 USC %+   7 1         11 2  
Arizona State   5 3         8 6  
UCLA   4 4         8 5  
Oregon State   4 4         8 5  
California   4 4         7 5  
Washington   4 4         7 6  
Oregon   3 5         7 6  
Arizona   1 7         4 8  
Stanford   1 7         2 9  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2002 Washington State Cougars football team represented Washington State University in the 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was led by fourteenth-year head coach Mike Price, and played its home games on campus at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington.

Washington State was 10-2 in the regular season and 7-1 in the Pac-10, co-champions with USC. They defeated the Trojans in overtime in early October,[1][2] but lost to unranked Washington in triple overtime in the Apple Cup at Pullman;[3] WSU regrouped and beat UCLA by three touchdowns two weeks later.[4] The seventh-ranked Cougars were invited to the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day, but were soundly defeated by the Oklahoma Sooners,[5][6][7] and dropped to tenth in the final rankings.

The Rose Bowl was the final game for Price at WSU; he left for Alabama,[7][8][9] but never coached a game for the Crimson Tide.[10][11] Longtime defensive coordinator Bill Doba was promoted to head coach for 2003,[9][12] and he led the Cougar program for five years.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 3112:00 PMvs. Nevada*No. 12
W 31-763,588
September 73:00 PMIdaho*No. 11W 49-1430,110
September 1412:30 PMat No. 6 Ohio State*No. 10ABCL 7-25104,553
September 212:00 PMMontana State*No. 16
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
W 45-2823,713
September 282:00 PMat CaliforniaNo. 16W 48-3829,297
October 54:00 PMNo. 18 USCdaggerNo. 17
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
TBSW 30-27 OT36,861
October 122:00 PMat StanfordNo. 12W 36-1130,750
October 267:00 PMat ArizonaNo. 9FSNW 21-1346,462
November 212:30 PMNo. 16 Arizona StateNo. 8
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
ABCW 44-2237,444
November 912:30 PMNo. 15 OregonNo. 5
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
ABCW 32-2137,600
November 233:30 PMWashingtonNo. 3
FSNL 26-29 3OT37,600
December 71:30 PMat UCLANo. 7ABCW 48-2756,335
January 12:00 PMvs. No. 8 OklahomaNo. 7
ABCL 14-3486,848
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Pacific time

Personnel

Roster

Source:[13]

Coaching staff

Source:[14]

Game summaries

USC

#20 USC at #17 Washington State
1 234OTTotal
USC 7 07130 27
Washington St 10 07103 30
  • Date: October 5
  • Location: Martin Stadium o Pullman, Washington
  • Television network: TBS

Washington State's first win versus USC at home since 1986.[15]

2002 Cougars in professional football

References

  1. ^ Grummert, Dale (October 6, 2002). "Cougars finish with classic flair". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B.
  2. ^ Richardson, Vince (October 7, 2002). "Cougar celebration". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1B.
  3. ^ Korte, Tim (November 24, 2002). "Anderson comes up big as Huskies clip Cougars". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. p. 9D.
  4. ^ Nadel, John (December 8, 2002). "Gesser's heroic afternoon puts WSU in Rose Bowl". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. p. 8D.
  5. ^ Trimmer, Dave (January 2, 2003). "Handful of thorns". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. A1.
  6. ^ Grummert, Dale (January 2, 2003). "A thorny sendoff". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B.
  7. ^ a b Canfield, Owen (January 2, 2003). "Sooners clobber the Cougs". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. p. 1D.
  8. ^ Grummert, Dale (December 18, 2002). "Mike Price goes out with Tide". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1A.
  9. ^ a b Richardson, Vince (December 18, 2002). "Southern comfort". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1B.
  10. ^ Zenor, John (May 5, 2003). "Down and out". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). Associated Press. p. 1B.
  11. ^ Yaeger, Don (May 12, 2003). "Bad Behavior - How he met his Destiny at a strip club - Mike Price: Fired". Sports Illustrated. p. 38.
  12. ^ Grummert, Dale (December 19, 2002). "Crimson ties". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B.
  13. ^ "Today's lineups". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). November 9, 2002. p. 4D.
  14. ^ 2012 Washington State Cougars football information guide.
  15. ^ USA Today. Retrieved April 24, 2013.

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