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2002 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football team

The 2002 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football team represented Western Kentucky University in the 2002 NCAA Division I-AA football season. They were led by head coach Jack Harbaugh in his 14th, and final, season as head coach. They won the 2002 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game, beating McNeese State, 34–14, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

2002 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football
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NCAA Division I-AA National champion
Gateway Football Conference co-champion
ConferenceGateway Football Conference
2002 record12–3 (7–1 Gateway)
Head coachJack Harbaugh (14th season)
Home stadiumHouchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium
Seasons
← 2001
2003 →
2002 Gateway Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1 Western Kentucky +^   6 1         12 3  
#5 Western Illinois +^   6 1         11 2  
Youngstown State   4 3         7 4  
Illinois State   4 3         6 5  
Indiana State   3 4         5 7  
Northern Iowa   2 5         5 6  
Southern Illinois   2 5         4 8  
SW Missouri State   1 6         4 7  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll

Contents

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 316:10 PMat Kansas State*No. 18L 3–4845,844[1]
September 75:30 PMKentucky State*No. 22W 49–09,500[2]
September 141:30 PMWestern IllinoisNo. 21
  • L. T. Smith Stadium
  • Bowling Green, Kentucky
Gateway TVL 0–146,000
September 215:30 PMNo. 11 Youngstown State
  • L. T. Smith Stadium
  • Bowling Green, Kentucky
W 13–710,100[3]
September 287:00 PMat No. 3 McNeese State*No. 23L 13–3816,840[4]
October 54:05 PMat No. 6 Northern IowaNo. 25W 31–1214,684[5]
October 125:30 PMFlorida International*
  • L. T. Smith Stadium
  • Bowling Green, Kentucky
W 56–76,000[6]
October 191:30 PMat Southwest Missouri StateNo. 25W 31–713,002[7]
October 264:30 PMIndiana State No. 23
  • L. T. Smith Stadium
  • Bowling Green, Kentucky
W 24–711,200[8]
November 24:30 PMNo. 25 Illinois StateNo. 21
  • L. T. Smith Stadium
  • Bowling Green, Kentucky
W 9–05,600[9]
November 161:30 PMat Southern IllinoisNo. 13W 48–163,203[10]
November 301:00 PMNo. 23 Murray State*No. 15
  • L. T. Smith Stadium
  • Bowling Green, Kentucky (I-AA Playoffs First Round)
W 59–203,300[11]
December 71:00 PMNo. 2 Western Illinois*No. 15
W 31–283,300[11]
December 141:05 PMNo. 3 Georgia Southern*No. 15
W 31–286,573[12]
December 205:30 PMNo. 1 McNeese State*No. 15
W 34–1412,360[13]

Game summariesEdit

Kansas StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#18 Hilltoppers 0 0 0 3 3
Wildcats 3 31 7 7 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 1993 KSU, 38–13

ReferencesEdit

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