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2002 Florida Gators football
Outback Bowl, L 38–30 vs. Michigan
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 24
2002 record8–5 (6–2 SEC)
Head coachRon Zook (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorEd Zaunbrecher
Defensive coordinatorJohn Thompson
CaptainEarnest Graham
Rex Grossman
Byron "Bam" Hardman
Taylor Jacobs
Todd Johnson
Home stadiumBen Hill Griffin Stadium
Seasons
← 2001
2003 →
2002 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#3 Georgia x   7 1         13 1  
Florida   6 2         8 5  
Tennessee   5 3         8 5  
Kentucky   3 5         7 5  
South Carolina   3 5         5 7  
Vanderbilt   0 8         2 10  
Western Division
#11 Alabama   6 2         10 3  
Arkansas xy   5 3         9 5  
#14 Auburn x   5 3         9 4  
LSU x   5 3         8 5  
Ole Miss   3 5         7 6  
Mississippi State   0 8         3 9  
Championship: Georgia 30, Arkansas 3
† – BCS representative as champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
  • Alabama had the best division record, but did not participate in postseason play due to NCAA probation.
    Rankings from AP Poll

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

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
8–31–2002* Alabama-Birmingham #6 Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, 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 StadiumKnoxville, 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 StadiumOxford, 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 StadiumJacksonville, FL ESPN W 20–13   84,433
11–9–2002 Vanderbilt #23 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, 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 StadiumTallahassee, FL ABC L 14–31   83,938
1–1–2003* #12 Michigan #15 Raymond James StadiumTampa, FL (Outback Bowl) ESPN L 30–38   65,101
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

Sources: 2012 Florida Football Media Guide,[1] and GatorZone.com.[2]

Game notesEdit

GeorgiaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Florida 0 12 0 8 20
Georgia 7 6 0 0 13

[3]


Coaching staffEdit

Season links Edit

1. Schedule/Results - http://gatorzone.com/sched.php?sport=footb
2. Coaching Staff - http://gatorzone.com/football/bios.php?year=2002

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. 2012 Florida Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 113 & 116 (2012). Retrieved September 16, 2012.
  2. GatorZone.com, Football, History, Florida Football 20032. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
  3. "Gators Upend No. 5 Georgia, 20-13". Gatorzone.com. Retrieved 02-May-2012.

Bibliography Edit

  • 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.

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