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2002 Wisconsin Badgers football team

The 2002 Wisconsin Badgers football team represented the University of Wisconsin in the 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season.

2002 Wisconsin Badgers football
Wisconsin Badgers logo.svg
Alamo Bowl champion
Alamo Bowl, W 31–28 OT vs. Colorado
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
2002 record8–6 (2–6 Big Ten)
Head coachBarry Alvarez (13th season)
Offensive coordinatorBrian White
Defensive coordinatorKevin Cosgrove
Home stadiumCamp Randall Stadium
(Capacity: 76,634,[1] Astroturf)
Seasons
← 2001
2003 →
2002 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 1 Ohio State $#+   8 0         14 0  
No. 8 Iowa %+   8 0         11 2  
No. 9 Michigan   6 2         10 3  
No. 16 Penn State   5 3         9 4  
Purdue   4 4         7 6  
Illinois   4 4         5 7  
Minnesota   3 5         8 5  
Wisconsin   2 6         8 6  
Michigan State   2 6         4 8  
Northwestern   1 7         3 9  
Indiana   1 7         3 9  
  • # – BCS National Champion
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll[2]

Contents

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 237:00 p.m.Fresno State*No. 25
ESPNW 23–2175,136[4]
August 316:45 p.m.at UNLV*ESPN2W 27–742,075[4]
September 711:00 a.m.West Virginia*No. 25
  • Camp Randall Stadium
  • Madison, WI
ESPN+W 34–1776,320[4]
September 1411:00 a.m.Northern Illinois*No. 22
  • Camp Randall Stadium
  • Madison, WI
ESPN+W 24–2177,460[4]
September 2111:00 a.m.Arizona*No. 22
  • Camp Randall Stadium
  • Madison, WI
ESPN2W 31–1078,582[4]
October 52:30 p.m.No. 20 Penn StateNo. 19
  • Camp Randall Stadium
  • Madison, WI
ABCL 31–3479,403[4]
October 1211:00 p.m.at IndianaNo. 23ESPN+L 29–3231,156[4]
October 192:30 p.m.No. 4 Ohio State 
  • Camp Randall Stadium
  • Madison, WI
ABCL 14–1979,729[4]
October 266:00 p.m.at Michigan StateESPN2W 42–2474,507[4]
November 211:00 a.m.at No. 9 IowaESPNL 3–2070,397[4]
November 911:00 a.m.Illinois
  • Camp Randall Stadium
  • Madison, WI
ESPN+L 20–3778,709[4]
November 1611:00 p.m.at No. 12 MichiganESPN2L 14–21110,412[4]
November 2311:00 a.m.Minnesota
ESPNW 49–3178,843[4]
December 287:00 p.m.vs. No. 14 Colorado*ESPNW 31–28 OT50,690[4]
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Season summaryEdit

Coming off a disappointing 5–7 2001 season, the Badgers of 2002 wanted improvement. Despite amazing statistics from WR Lee Evans and RB Anthony Davis, the Badgers had issues closing out games, and an overworked defense managed lackluster efforts when the team could hardly afford them.

In the spring game, Wisconsin's offense suffered a devastating blow when top receiver Lee Evans was lost for the season with a torn ACL. Evan's loss was a significant blow, but despite it, Wisconsin managed to start off the season by winning all five of their nonconference games. From there, though, things did not go Wisconsin's way; the Badgers lost their first three Big Ten games by less than 7 points. Among those was a near-upset of eventual National Champion Ohio State, a 19–14 Ohio State win that was Jim Tressel's first over the Badgers (having lost 20–17 to Wisconsin the previous year). After going 0–3 to open their Big Ten slate, Wisconsin defeated Michigan State in Spartan Stadium 42–24 for their first conference win of the season. After that game, Wisconsin would lose their next 3 games against Big Ten opponents, including a 20–3 loss to Big Ten co-champion Iowa, and yet another close game against a Lloyd Carr-coached Michigan team. The loss to Michigan dropped Wisconsin to 1–6 in Big Ten play.

To close out the regular season, Wisconsin finally put together a complete game in a 49–31 blowout of rival Minnesota, taking back Paul Bunyan's Axe and keeping Minnesota's losing streak in Camp Randall alive. The Badgers improved to 7–6 on the season.

Wisconsin was awarded a berth in the Alamo Bowl, having gotten the required 6 wins in the regular season, and faced Colorado, a Big Twelve opponent that had won the Big Twelve North outright and lost the Big Twelve Championship Game 29–7 to Oklahoma. At 9-4, Colorado entered the game ranked 14th in the nation, and hoping for a ten-win season. But Wisconsin managed to keep up with Colorado, and won the game 31–28 in overtime for their 8th win of the season, knocking Colorado to 9–5 on the year.

For Wisconsin, Freshman WR Jonathan Orr put together a good season in the absence of Lee Evans, catching 47 passes for 842 yards, with 8 receiving touchdowns. RB Anthony Davis ran for 1,555 yards on 300 carries, with 13 touchdowns.[5] QB Brooks Bollinger, in his senior season, completed 131 passes on 245 attempts for 1,758 yards and 14 touchdowns, with just 4 interceptions.[5]

Game summariesEdit

Fresno StateEdit

1 234Total
Fresno St 7 077 21
• Wisconsin 0 1076 23

[6]

UNLVEdit

1 234Total
• Wisconsin 0 2403 27
UNLV 0 700 7

[7]

West VirginiaEdit

1 234Total
West Virginia 0 377 17
• Wisconsin 7 2700 34

[8]

Northern IllinoisEdit

1 234Total
N Illinois 3 3312 21
• Wisconsin 0 1077 24

[9]

ArizonaEdit

1 234Total
Arizona 0 073 10
• Wisconsin 0 2470 31

[10]

Penn StateEdit

1 234Total
• Penn St 10 1176 34
Wisconsin 0 14611 31

[11]

IndianaEdit

1 234Total
Wisconsin 6 10130 29
• Indiana 3 7715 32

[12]

Ohio StateEdit

1 234Total
Ohio St 10 306 19
Wisconsin 7 700 14

[13]

Michigan StateEdit

1 234Total
• Wisconsin 21 777 42
Michigan St 0 3147 24

[14]

IowaEdit

1 234Total
Wisconsin 0 300 3
Iowa 0 10100 20

[15]

IllinoisEdit

1 234Total
• Illinois 10 14310 37
Wisconsin 3 1070 20

[16]

MichiganEdit

1 234Total
Wisconsin 7 700 14
Michigan 14 070 21

[17]

MinnesotaEdit

1 234Total
Minnesota 3 11107 31
• Wisconsin 7 14721 49

[18]

Alamo BowlEdit

1 234OTTotal
Colorado 14 01400 28
• Wisconsin 7 14073 31

[19]

RosterEdit

2002 Wisconsin Badgers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
TE 88 Mark Bell Jr
FB 45 Matt Bernstein Fr
FB 39 Erik Bickerstaff Sr
QB 5 Brooks Bollinger Sr
G 67 Dan Buenning So
QB 11 Owen Daniels So
RB 28 Anthony Davis So
WR 3 Lee Evans Jr
C 72 Al Johnson Sr
T 64 Ben Johnson Sr
OL 56 Jason Jowers Sr
TE 38 Jason Pociask So
WR 9 Jonathan Orr Fr
C 53 Donovan Raiola Fr
QB 19 Jim Sorgi Jr
OL 66 Andy Ulrich Jr
WR 25 Brandon Williams Fr
OL 78 Jake Wood So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 7 Ryan Aiello Jr
DB 8 Michael Broussard Jr
LB 53 Craig Cummings So
DT 77 Anttaj Hawthorne So
DE 90 Erasmus James So
DT 74 Jason Jefferson So
S 18 Jim Leonhard So
LB 12 Alex Lewis Jr
LB 46 Jeff Mack Sr
DE 95 Joe Monty Fr
DB 21 Levonne Rowan Fr
DE 99 Jake Sprague Sr
CB 2 Scott Starks So
CB 23 B. J. Tucker Sr
DE 92 Jonathan Welsh So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 97 Matt Allen So
K 16 Scott Campbell Jr
LS 86 Matt Katula Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Regular startersEdit

Team players selected in the 2003 NFL DraftEdit

Player Position Round Overall Selection NFL Team
Al Johnson Center 2 38 Dallas Cowboys
B.J. Tucker Cornerback 6 178 New York Jets
Brooks Bollinger Quarterback 6 200 Miami Dolphins
Ben Johnson Offensive Tackle 7 216 Detroit Lions

[20]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.nationalchamps.net/NCAA/college_football_2002_schedules/wisconsin.htm
  2. ^ "2002 NCAA Football Rankings - AP Top 25 Postseason (Jan. 5)". ESPN. Retrieved November 29, 2010.
  3. ^ Stapleton, Arnie (August 24, 2002). "Late FG Lifts Wisconsin". The Beaufort Gazette. Associated Press. Retrieved October 12, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "The Automated ScoreBook For Football" (PDF). University of Wisconsin Department of Athletics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-06-12. Retrieved 2011-10-13.
  5. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-22. Retrieved 2010-12-23.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  20. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/2003.htm