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2002 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
BCS Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
{{{Visitor School}}} 7 0 0 9 16
{{{Home School}}} 7 14 7 10 38
Date January 1, 2002
Season 2001
Stadium Sun Devil Stadium
Location Tempe, Arizona
MVP Joey Harrington, QB
Steve Smith, CB
National anthem Boston
Referee Al Ford (SEC)
Attendance 74,118
United States TV coverage
Network ABC
Announcers: Brent Musburger, Gary Danielson
Nielsen ratings 11.3
Fiesta Bowl
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The 2002 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, played on January 1, 2002, was the 31st edition of the Fiesta Bowl. The game was played at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona between the Colorado Buffaloes (ranked #3 in the BCS) and the Oregon Ducks (ranked #4 in the BCS). Oregon was ranked #2 in both the AP Poll and Coaches Poll, leading to some controversy that Oregon should have played for the 2002 BCS National Championship.

In the game, Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington threw for 350 yards and 4 touchdowns and led the Ducks to a 38–16 victory. Harrington was named offensive player of the game. Oregon cornerback Steve Smith had three interceptions, a Fiesta Bowl record, and was named defensive player of the game.[1]

This was the first edition of the Fiesta Bowl to match two schools from the Western United States. Previous editions had either only one representative from the West, or none.

Colorado and Oregon became conference rivals when the Buffaloes joined Oregon's conference, the Pac-12 Conference (formerly the Pacific-10 Conference), in 2011.


  1. "2002 Fiesta Bowl". University of Oregon Football 2007 Media Guide. p. 196. Retrieved November 28, 2007.