2002 Miami Hurricanes football team
The 2002 Miami Hurricanes football team represented the University of Miami during the 2002 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was the Hurricanes' 77th season of football and 12th as a member of the Big East Conference. The Hurricanes were led by second-year head coach Larry Coker and played their home games at the Orange Bowl. They finished the season 12–1 overall and 7–0 in the Big East to finish as conference champion. They were invited to the Fiesta Bowl, which served as the BCS National Championship Game, and lost to Ohio State, 31-24, in double overtime, ending the 34-game winning streak they had brought into the game.
|2002 Miami Hurricanes football|
Big East champion
|Conference||Big East Conference|
|2002 record||12–1 (7–0 Big East)|
|Head coach||Larry Coker (2nd season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Rob Chudzinski (2nd season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Randy Shannon (2nd season)|
|Base defense||4–3 Cover 2|
|Home stadium||Miami Orange Bowl|
|2002 Big East football standings|
|No. 2 Miami (FL) $||7||–||0||12||–||1|
|No. 25 West Virginia||6||–||1||9||–||4|
|No. 19 Pittsburgh||5||–||2||9||–||4|
|No. 18 Virginia Tech||3||–||4||10||–||4|
Rankings from AP Poll
Miami had just come off a national championship season. Many of the starters left for the NFL, but a few key players, including quarterback Ken Dorsey, wide receiver Andre Johnson, and linebackers Jonathan Vilma and D. J. Williams returned. Despite the loss of numerous starters, Miami was still ranked 1st in the preseason coaches poll.
- JaVon Burse- Blietnikoff Award Watch List
- Ken Dorsey- Davey O'Brien Award Watch List, Walter Camp Player of the Year Award candidate
- Brett Romberg- Rimington Trophy Watch List, Outland Trophy Watch List
- Sherko Haji-Rasouli (OG)- Outland Trophy Watch List
- William Joseph (DT)- Outland Trophy Watch List
- Matt Walters (DT)- Outland Trophy Watch List
- Todd Sievers- Groza Award Preseason Watch List
|August 31||7:00 PM||Florida A&M*||No. 1||PPV||W 63–17||68,548|
|September 7||5:15 PM||at No. 6 Florida*||No. 1||CBS||W 41–16||85,777|
|September 14||12:00 PM||at Temple||No. 1||ESPN+||W 44–21||33,169|
|September 21||7:45 PM||Boston College||No. 1||ESPN||W 38–6||73,622|
|October 5||7:00 PM||Connecticut*||No. 1||PPV||W 48–14||52,131|
|October 12||12:00 PM||No. 9 Florida State*||No. 1||ABC||W 28–27||81,927|
|October 26||12:00 PM||at West Virginia||No. 1||ESPN2||W 40–23||56,817|
|November 2||12:00 PM||at Rutgers||No. 1||ESPN+||W 42–17||27,222|
|November 9||3:30 PM||at Tennessee*||No. 2||CBS||W 26–3||107,745|
|November 21||7:30 PM||No. 17 Pittsburgh||No. 1||ESPN||W 28–21||64,897|
|November 30||1:00 PM||at Syracuse||No. 1||ABC||W 49–7||45,679|
|December 7||1:00 PM||No. 18 Virginia Tech||No. 1||ABC||W 56–45||76,108|
|January 3||8:00 PM||vs. No. 2 Ohio State*||No. 1||ABC||L 24–31 2OT||77,502|
|2002 Miami Hurricanes football team roster|
Bold indicates starters at that position. Bold italics indicates a returning starter.
- QB- Ken Dorsey, Derrick Crudup, Eric Moore
- FB- Kyle Cobia, Quadtrine Hill
- RB- Willis McGahee, Jarrett Payton, Frank Gore
- WR- Andre Johnson, Roscoe Parrish Jason Geathers
- WR- Kevin Beard, Ethenic Sands
- TE- Kellen Winslow II, David Williams
- LT- Carlos Joseph, Tony Tella
- LG- Sherko Haji-Rasouli, Joe McGrath
- C- Brett Romberg. Joel Rodriguez
- RG- Ed Wilkins, Chris Myers
- RT- Vernon Carey , Rashad Butler
- DE- Andrew Williams, Jamaal Green
- DT- Matt Walters, Santonio Thomas
- DT- William Joseph, Vince Wilfork
- DE- Jerome McDougle, Cornelius Green
- WLB- D.J. Williams, Jerrel Weaver
- MLB- Jonathan Vilma, Leon Williams
- SLB- Howard Clark, Rocky McIntosh
- CB- Antrel Rolle, Jean Leone
- CB- Kelly Jennings, Al Marshall
- SS- Maurice Sikes, Marcus Maxey
- FS- Sean Taylor, James Scott
- QB Ken Dorsey: 222/393 (56.5%) for 3,369 yards (8.57) with 28 TD vs. 12 INT (3.05%).
- RB Willis McGahee: 282 carries for 1,753 yards (6.22) and 28 TD. 27 catches for 355 yards and 0 TD.
- WR Andre Johnson: 52 catches for 1,092 yards (21.00) and 9 TD.
- TE Kellen Winslow Jr.: 57 catches for 726 yards (12.74) and 8 TD.
- K Todd Sievers: 12/20 (60.0%) on FG with 63 XPM. Long FG of 53 yards.
- Brett Romberg- Rimmington Trophy 
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- "College Football Award winners, 2002". ESPN.com. July 24, 2007.