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2002 Eastern Illinois Panthers football team

[1] The 2002 Eastern Illinois Panthers represented Eastern Illinois University in the 2002 NCAA Division I-AA football season. Finishing the regular season with a record of 8–3, the panthers were invited to the I-AA (now FCS) playoffs, falling in the first round to Western Illinois by a final of 9–48. Quarterback Tony Romo's efforts earned him mass attention including making him the 2002 recipient of the Walter Payton Award. Despite not being selected at the 2003 NFL draft. Romo eventually signed with the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent, eventually landing the starting job in 2006, racking up four Pro Bowl Selections until his retirement in 2016.

2002 Eastern Illinois Panthers football
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ConferenceOhio Valley Conference
Ranking
Sports NetworkNo. 15
FCS CoachesNo. 15
2002 record8–4 (5–1 OVC)
Head coachBob Spoo (16th season)
Home stadiumO'Brien Stadium
(Capacity 10,000)
Seasons
← 2001
2003 →
2002 Ohio Valley football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 13 Eastern Illinois +^   5 1         8 4  
No. 20 Murray State +^   5 1         7 5  
No. 21 Eastern Kentucky   4 2         8 4  
No. 24 Southeast Missouri State   4 2         8 4  
Tennessee Tech   2 4         5 7  
Tennessee State   1 5         2 10  
UT Martin   0 6         2 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll

ScheduleEdit

[2]

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
August 31at Hawaii*L 36–6139,958
September 14at Kansas State*L 13–6345,642
September 21Indiana StateW 26–198,340
September 28Illinois StateW 45–1010,731
October 5at Tennessee TechW 35–2810,850
October 12Eastern KentuckyW 25–248,397
October 19at Southeast Missouri StateW 44–279,178
November 2at Tennessee StateW 54–487,216
November 9UT Martin
  • O'Brien Stadium
  • Charleston, Illinois
W 55–433,822
November 16FAU*
  • O'Brien Stadium
  • Charleston, Illinois
W 47–63,740
November 23at Murray StateL 35–376,112
November 30at Western Illinois*
L 9–482,500
  • *Non-conference game

RosterEdit

2002 Eastern Illinois Panthers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 17 Tony Romo Sr
RB 22 J. R. Taylor Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 8 Nick Allison So
LB 99 Lance Thompson Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster
Last update: 2002-12-16

Game summariesEdit

at Kansas StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 13 0 0 0 13
Wildcats 15 28 13 7 63
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Tony Romo was 13-14 for 120 yards and a TD in the first quarter, but Kansas State grabbed control and cruised to the 50-point win.[3]

Team players in the NFLEdit

No Eastern Illinois players were selected in the 2003 NFL Draft.

The following finished their college career in 2002, were not drafted, but played in the NFL.

Player Position First NFL team
Tony Romo Quarterback Dallas Cowboys

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://totalfootballstats.com/Team_College.asp?id=1230&Season=2002
  2. ^ http://www.eiupanthers.com/custompages/football/Career%20Stat%20Files/2002.htm
  3. ^ "Kansas State Rout Is a Dunn Deal". Los Angeles Times. September 15, 2002. Retrieved September 9, 2019.