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2002 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Music City Bowl Champions
Music City Bowl, W 29–14 vs. Arkansas
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. Not ranked
APNo. Not ranked
2002 record8–5 (3–5 Big Ten)
Head coachGlen Mason
Home stadiumHubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
(Capacity: 64,172)
Seasons
← 2001
2003 →
2002 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1/1 Ohio State §   8 0         14 0  
#8/8 Iowa §   8 0         11 2  
#9/9 Michigan   6 2         10 3  
#16/15 Penn State   0* 3         0* 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 representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
§ – Conference co-champions

The 2002 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the college football season of 2002–2003. The team's coach was Glen Mason. It played its home games at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2001 was the fifth season under head coach Glen Mason. He led the team to an 4–7 record.

The 2002 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team was not ranked in either the final USA Today/AFCA Coaches poll or Associated Press poll.

Redshirt freshman defensive end Brandon Hall was shot and killed on September 1, 2002 in downtown Minneapolis after a fight that involved other teammates and other individuals. Hall's killer was convicted in his murder.

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 31* 6:00 PM [[{{{school}}}|SW Texas State]] Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN W 42–0   32,209[3]
September 7* 7:00 PM at Louisiana–Lafayette Cajun FieldLafayette, LA ESPN+ W 35–11   20,512[4]
September 14* 1:30 PM Toledo Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 31–21   36,640[5]
September 21* 1:30 PM Buffalo Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 42–17   34,294[6]
September 28 5:00 PM at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ESPN2 L 15–28   56,839[7]
October 3 7:00 PM Illinois Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN ESPN2 W 31–10   32,663[8]
October 10 7:00 PM Northwestern Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN W 45–42   37,729[9]
October 19 11:00 AM at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ESPN+ W 28–7   74,232[10]
November 2 3:30 PM at #4 Ohio State #19 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ABC L 3–34   104,897[11]
November 9 6:45 PM #13 Michigan Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN (Little Brown Jug) ESPN L 24–41   53,773[12]
November 16 11:00 AM #6 Iowa Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN (Floyd of Rosedale) ESPN L 21–45   65,184[13]
November 23 11:00 AM Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI (Paul Bunyan's Axe) ESPN L 31–49   78,843[14]
December 30* 1:00 PM vs. #25 Arkansas Adelphia ColiseumNashville, TN (Music City Bowl) ESPN W 29–14   39,183[15]
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.


ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

Eric Thrall's Gopher History

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