2002 Washington State Cougars football team
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.
|2002 Washington State Cougars football|
|2002 record||10–3 (7–1 Pac-10)|
|Head coach||Mike Price (14th season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Mike Levenseller (2nd season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Bill Doba (9th season)|
|Home stadium||Martin Stadium|
|2002 Pacific-10 football standings|
|No. 10 Washington State $+||7||–||1||10||–||3|
|No. 4 USC %+||7||–||1||11||–||2|
Rankings from AP Poll
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, but lost to unranked Washington in triple overtime in the Apple Cup at Pullman; WSU regrouped and beat UCLA by three touchdowns two weeks later. The seventh-ranked Cougars were invited to the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day, but were soundly defeated by the Oklahoma Sooners, and dropped to tenth in the final rankings.
The Rose Bowl was the final game for Price at WSU; he left for Alabama, but never coached a game for the Crimson Tide. Longtime defensive coordinator Bill Doba was promoted to head coach for 2003, and he led the Cougar program for five years.
|August 31||12:00 PM||vs. Nevada*||No. 12||W 31–7||63,588|
|September 7||3:00 PM||Idaho*||No. 11||W 49–14||30,110|
|September 14||12:30 PM||at No. 6 Ohio State*||No. 10||ABC||L 7–25||104,553|
|September 21||2:00 PM||Montana State*||No. 16||W 45–28||23,713|
|September 28||2:00 PM||at California||No. 16||W 48–38||29,297|
|October 5||4:00 PM||No. 18 USC||No. 17||TBS||W 30–27 OT||36,861|
|October 12||2:00 PM||at Stanford||No. 12||W 36–11||30,750|
|October 26||7:00 PM||at Arizona||No. 9||FSN||W 21–13||46,462|
|November 2||12:30 PM||No. 16 Arizona State||No. 8||ABC||W 44–22||37,444|
|November 9||12:30 PM||No. 15 Oregon||No. 5||ABC||W 32–21||37,600|
|November 23||3:30 PM||Washington||No. 3||FSN||L 26–29 3OT||37,600|
|December 7||1:30 PM||at UCLA||No. 7||ABC||W 48–27||56,335|
|January 1||2:00 PM||vs. No. 8 Oklahoma||No. 7||ABC||L 14–34||86,848|
|2002 Washington State Cougars football team roster|
- Head coach: Mike Price
- Assistants: Robb Akey, Chris Ball, Bob Connelly, Bill Doba, Kasey Dunn, Mike Levenseller, Robin Pflugrad, Aaron Price, Mike Walker
Washington State's first win versus USC at home since 1986.
2002 Cougars in professional footballEdit
- Grummert, Dale (October 6, 2002). "Cougars finish with classic flair". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B.
- Richardson, Vince (October 7, 2002). "Cougar celebration". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1B.
- Korte, Tim (November 24, 2002). "Anderson comes up big as Huskies clip Cougars". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. p. 9D.
- Nadel, John (December 8, 2002). "Gesser's heroic afternoon puts WSU in Rose Bowl". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. p. 8D.
- Trimmer, Dave (January 2, 2003). "Handful of thorns". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. A1.
- Grummert, Dale (January 2, 2003). "A thorny sendoff". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B.
- Canfield, Owen (January 2, 2003). "Sooners clobber the Cougs". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. p. 1D.
- Grummert, Dale (December 18, 2002). "Mike Price goes out with Tide". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1A.
- Richardson, Vince (December 18, 2002). "Southern comfort". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1B.
- Zenor, John (May 5, 2003). "Down and out". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). Associated Press. p. 1B.
- Yaeger, Don (May 12, 2003). "Bad Behavior - How he met his Destiny at a strip club - Mike Price: Fired". Sports Illustrated. p. 38.
- Grummert, Dale (December 19, 2002). "Crimson ties". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B.
- "Today's lineups". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). November 9, 2002. p. 4D.
- 2012 Washington State Cougars football information guide.
- USA Today. Retrieved April 24, 2013.