|2002 Florida Gators football|
|2002 record||8–5 (6–2 SEC)|
|Head coach||Ron Zook (1st season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Ed Zaunbrecher|
|Defensive coordinator||John Thompson|
Byron "Bam" Hardman
|Home stadium||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium|
|2002 SEC football standings|
|#3 Georgia x†||7||–||1||13||–||1|
|#14 Auburn x||5||–||3||9||–||4|
|Championship: Georgia 30, Arkansas 3|
|† – BCS representative as champion |
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
The 2002 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida in the sport of American football during the 2002 college football season. The Gators competed in Division I-A of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and played their home games at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus. They were led by first-year head coach Ron Zook, who coached them to a second-place finish in the SEC East, an Outback Bowl berth, and an overall record of 8–5 (.615).
Schedule and resultsEdit
|8–31–2002*||Alabama-Birmingham||#6||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL||PPV||W 51–3||85,575|
|9–7–2002*||#1 Miami||#6||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL||CBS||L 16–41||85,777|
|9–14–2002*||Ohio||#12||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL||PPV||W 34–6||84,002|
|9–21–2002||#4 Tennessee||#10||Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN||CBS||W 30–13||108,722|
|9–28–2002||Kentucky||#7||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL||CBS||W 41–34||85,333|
|10–5–2002||Mississippi||#6||Vaught–Hemingway Stadium • Oxford, MS||CBS||L 14–17||61,140|
|10–12–2002||#18 Louisiana State||#16||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL||ESPN||L 7–36||85,252|
|10–19–2002||Auburn||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL||ESPN||W 30–23 OT||85,135|
|11–2–2002||#5 Georgia||Alltel Stadium • Jacksonville, FL||ESPN||W 20–13||84,433|
|11–9–2002||Vanderbilt||#23||Vanderbilt Stadium • Nashville, TN||PPV||W 21–17||28,881|
|11–16–2002||South Carolina||#20||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL (HC)||ESPN||W 28–7||85,222|
|11–30–2002*||#23 Florida State||#15||Doak Campbell Stadium • Tallahassee, FL||ABC||L 14–31||83,938|
|1–1–2003*||#12 Michigan||#15||Raymond James Stadium • Tampa, FL (Outback Bowl)||ESPN||L 30–38||65,101|
|*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.|
- Ron Zook - Head Coach
- Ed Zaunbrecher- Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
- John Thompson (American football) - Defensive Coordinator
- Mike Woodford - Defense
- Jerry “Red” Anderson - Defensive
- Joe Wickline - Offensive Line
- Dwayne Dixon - Wide Receivers
- Larry Fedora - Running Backs
- Jerry Odom - Inside Linebackers
- Tyke Tolbert - Tight Ends/Recruiting Coordinator
See also Edit
- Auburn–Florida football rivalry
- Florida–Florida State football rivalry
- Florida Gators
- Florida–Georgia football rivalry
- Florida–LSU football rivalry
- Florida–Miami football rivalry
- Florida–Tennessee football rivalry
- History of the University of Florida
- List of Florida Gators football players
- ↑ 2012 Florida Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 113 & 116 (2012). Retrieved September 16, 2012.
- ↑ GatorZone.com, Football, History, Florida Football 20032. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
- ↑ "Gators Upend No. 5 Georgia, 20-13". Gatorzone.com. Retrieved 02-May-2012.
- 2009 Southeastern Conference Football Media Guide, Florida Year-by-Year Records, Southeastern Conference, Birmingham, Alabama, p. 60 (2009).
- 2012 Florida Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 107–116 (2012).
- Carlson, Norm, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia (2007). ISBN 0-7948-2298-3.
- Golenbock, Peter, Go Gators! An Oral History of Florida's Pursuit of Gridiron Glory, Legends Publishing, LLC, St. Petersburg, Florida (2002). ISBN 0-9650782-1-3.
- Hairston, Jack, Tales from the Gator Swamp: A Collection of the Greatest Gator Stories Ever Told, Sports Publishing, LLC, Champaign, Illinois (2002). ISBN 1-58261-514-4.
- College Football Data Warehouse, Florida Yearly Results: 2000–2004. Retrieved September 16, 2012.