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2002 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Capital One Bowl, L 9–13 vs. Auburn
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 15
APNo. 16
2002 record9–4 (5–3 Big Ten)
Head coachJoe Paterno (37th season)
Offensive coordinatorFran Ganter
Defensive coordinatorTom Bradley
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium (c. 107,282; grass)
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 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season.[3] The team's head coach was Joe Paterno. It played its home games at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania.

PreseasonEdit

The Nittany Lions returned 16 starters from the previous season, who won five of its final seven games. Six starters returned on defense, led by defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy, who returned for his fifth year despite speculations he would enter the NFL Draft.[4]

The offensive unit averted a possible quarterback controversy when last year's starter Matt Senneca announced that he would not be returning for his final year of eligibility.[5] Redshirt sophomore Zack Mills would lead the offense, with expectations high after showing flashes of brilliance coming off the bench in 2001. Larry Johnson would also become the featured back, after spending three seasons playing in a tailback-by-committee that had inconsistent production. Johnson will have the luxury of running behind an offensive line that returned all five starters.

Penn State was ranked number 24 in both the AP and Coaches college football preseason polls.

Recruiting classEdit

Pre-season awardsEdit

Playboy pre-season All-American[6]
Second-team Athlon Sports pre-season All-American[7]
Second-team Lindy's pre-season All-American[7]
Lindy's pre-season Big Ten Most Valuable Player[7]

ScheduleEdit

Penn State did not play Big Ten teams Minnesota and Purdue this year.

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 3112:00 p.m.[8]UCF*No. 24ESPN[8]W 27–24103,029
September 148:00 p.m.[9]No. 8 Nebraska*
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ABC[9]W 40–7110,753
September 2112:00 p.m.[10]Louisiana Tech*No. 15
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPN+[10]W 49–17103,987
September 2812:00 p.m.[11]IowaNo. 12
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPN[11]L 35–42 OT108,247
October 53:30 p.m.[12]at No. 19 WisconsinNo. 20ABC[12]W 34–3179,403
October 123:30 p.m.[13]at No. 13 MichiganNo. 15ABC[13]L 24–27 OT111,502
October 1912:00 p.m.[14]NorthwesterndaggerNo. 20
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPN2[15]W 49–0108,853
October 263:30 p.m.[16]at No. 4 Ohio StateNo. 18ABC[16]L 7–13105,103
November 23:30 p.m.[17]IllinoisNo. 20
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPN[17]W 18–7105,589
November 93:30 p.m.[18]Virginia*No. 19
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ABC[18]W 35–14108,698
November 163:30 p.m.[19]at IndianaNo. 16ESPN2[20]W 58–2527,454
November 233:30 p.m.[20]Michigan StateNo. 15
ABC[20]W 61–7108,755
January 1, 20031:00 p.m.vs. No. 19 Auburn*No. 10ABC[21]L 9–1366,334
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

RosterEdit

2002 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 2 Hannum, JoshJosh Hannum Fr
QB 3 Ganter, ChrisChris Ganter 10px Fr
RB 5 Johnson, LarryLarry Johnson 10px Sr
WR 6 Johnson, DonnieDonnie Johnson Fr
QB 7 Mills, ZackZack Mills So
WR 9 Phillips, TerranceTerrance Phillips 10px Fr
WR 11 Johnson, TonyTony Johnson Jr
QB 12 Robinson, MichaelMichael Robinson Fr
WR 13 Palmer, KintaKinta Palmer 10px Fr
RB 13 Walker, ReginaldReginald Walker So
QB 14 Kubic, AndyAndy Kubic Fr
WR 15 Darling, KevinKevin Darling Fr
QB 16 Corrado, DanDan Corrado Fr
QB 17 Hennigar, GregGreg Hennigar Fr
QB 19 Lundquist, TomTom Lundquist 10px Fr
WR 19 Smith, GeraldGerald Smith 10px So
RB 20 Shaw, TimTim Shaw Fr
WR 22 Gilmore, PetePete Gilmore 10px So
RB 23 Heffelfinger, AricAric Heffelfinger Fr
WR 24 Johnson, BryantBryant Johnson Sr
RB 26 Gasparato, MikeMike Gasparato 10px So
RB 30 Snow, BranDonBranDon Snow Fr
WR 31 Terrell, ErnieErnie Terrell 10px Fr
RB 32 Wilson, ChrisChris Wilson Fr
TE 33 Lukac, MikeMike Lukac 10px Jr
FB 36 Fairchild, BrianBrian Fairchild 10px Fr
FB 39 Jefferson, PaulPaul Jefferson 10px Jr
FB 42 McHugh, SeanSean McHugh 10px Jr
RB 44 Upton, RickyRicky Upton 10px Jr
FB 45 Senk, AdamAdam Senk 10px Fr
WR 46 Moran, ZacheryZachery Moran Fr
G 50 Lenda, TylerTyler Lenda Sr
OL 52 Iorio, BlaseBlase Iorio Fr
G 54 Davis, ScottScott Davis 10px So
OL 56 McHugh, TommyTommy McHugh Fr
OL 59 Rickenbach, EricEric Rickenbach Sr
C 60 Price, RobertRobert Price Fr
C 61 Costlow, DavidDavid Costlow 10px Jr
OL 62 Daise, NickNick Daise Fr
C 63 Iorio, JoeJoe Iorio Sr
T 64 Schmitt, MattMatt Schmitt Sr
OL 66 Antolick, LanceLance Antolick 10px Fr
G 67 Nabavi, JonathanJonathan Nabavi 10px Jr
T 68 Wilson, JohnJohn Wilson 10px Fr
C 70 Marmo, NickNick Marmo 10px So
G 71 Farris, MarkMark Farris Fr
T 72 Felder, GusGus Felder Sr
G 74 Reed, TylerTyler Reed 10px Fr
T 75 McKelvy, ChrisChris McKelvy Jr
T 76 Jones, DamoneDamone Jones Jr
G 77 Smith, E.Z.E.Z. Smith Fr
OL 78 Borgoyn, BrianBrian Borgoyn Fr
OL 79 Campbell, ShawnShawn Campbell Sr
WR 80 Shirley, ScottScott Shirley 10px Jr
WR 81 Stryker, JasonJason Stryker 10px So
WR 82 Surma, VicVic Surma Fr
WR 83 Scott, RyanRyan Scott 10px So
WR 84 Delich, SteveSteve Delich 10px Sr
TE 85 Smolko, IsaacIsaac Smolko 10px Fr
TE 88 Kranchick, MattMatt Kranchick 10px Jr
TE 89 Richardson, AndrewAndrew Richardson 10px Fr
TE 91 Pawlikowski, MikeMike Pawlikowski 10px So
TE 93 Williams, CaseyCasey Williams 10px Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 1 Phillips, AnwarAnwar Phillips 10px Fr
LB 2 Toles, DeryckDeryck Toles Jr
S 8 Neumeyer, JesseJesse Neumeyer Fr
DB 9 Kanuch, JimJim Kanuch Fr
DB 10 Lowry, CalvinCalvin Lowry 10px Fr
S 15 Yisrael, YaacovYaacov Yisrael Jr
LB 16 Ryland, AndyAndy Ryland Jr
DE 17 Chisley, LavonLavon Chisley 10px Fr
S 18 Guman, AndrewAndrew Guman 10px So
DB 20 Mills, MarcusMarcus Mills 10px Fr
CB 21 Zemaitis, AlanAlan Zemaitis Fr
DB 22 Humphrey, MauriceMaurice Humphrey Fr
S 23 Mayer, ShawnShawn Mayer Sr
CB 25 Gardner, RichRich Gardner Jr
DB 26 McCready, NolanNolan McCready Fr
S 27 Harrell, ChrisChris Harrell So
CB 28 Millon, JamesJames Millon Sr
S 29 Cronin, PaulPaul Cronin 10px Fr
LB 29 Pinckney, RyanRyan Pinckney Sr
CB 30 Dare, EricEric Dare Jr
CB 32 Scott, BryanBryan Scott Sr
DB 34 Vendemia, GioGio Vendemia 10px Fr
DB 35 Royse, JohnJohn Royse 10px Fr
LB 35 Zwierzynski, J.R.J.R. Zwierzynski Fr
LB 37 Stewart, LaMarLaMar Stewart So
LB 38 Mitchell, JimiJimi Mitchell So
LB 40 Cosby, T.C.T.C. Cosby So
LB 41 Paxson, ScottScott Paxson 10px Fr
DB 43 Taliaferro, AdamAdam Taliaferro Jr
LB 44 Hall, PatrickPatrick Hall Fr
LB 45 Bedics, PatPat Bedics Fr
DB 46 Reese, CurtCurt Reese 10px So
LB 47 Capone, GinoGino Capone Jr
DB 48 Lego, BenBen Lego 10px Jr
LB 48 Pierce, ZackZack Pierce Fr
LB 51 Johnson, TimTim Johnson 10px So
DL 53 Roach, SteveSteve Roach Fr
DE 55 Rice, MatthewMatthew Rice 10px Fr
DT 57 Rush, CharlesCharles Rush 10px Fr
LB 58 Garcia, DethrellDethrell Garcia Fr
DT 60 Valoczki, TylerTyler Valoczki Sr
DT 62 Buck, RandyRandy Buck Sr
LB 65 Ruhe, SamSam Ruhe Jr
DT 69 Robinson, JasonJason Robinson 10px So
DT 73 Kennedy, JimmyJimmy Kennedy Sr
DE 81 Haynes, MichaelMichael Haynes Sr
DE 86 Davis, JeremiahJeremiah Davis So
DE 87 Bronson, JohnJohn Bronson 10px So
DT 90 Brown, LeviLevi Brown Fr
DT 91 Hali, TambaTamba Hali 10px Fr
DL 92 Johnson, EdEd Johnson Fr
LB 94 Wake, DerekDerek Wake 10px So
DL 95 Sothern, MikeMike Sothern Fr
DL 96 Alford, JayJay Alford Fr
DE 97 Bauer, GregGreg Bauer Fr
DT 98 Adams, AnthonyAnthony Adams Sr
DT 99 Falls, TimTim Falls Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 4 Gould, RobbieRobbie Gould 10px So
P 14 Royer, DavidDavid Royer Sr
K 25 Huet, MattMatt Huet So
P 36 Kapinos, JeremyJeremy Kapinos Fr
K 95 Kimball, DavidDavid Kimball Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

Roster
Last update: October 12, 2002

Game summariesEdit

UCFEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
UCF 3 6 0 15 24
Penn State 10 0 10 7 27




After a sloppy first half, Penn State scored 17 unanswered points in the second half and then withstood a late charge to hold off the Golden Knights for a 27–24 win. Zack Mills was 13 of 20 for 194 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. On defense, Anthony Adams recovered a fumbled snap to set up a field goal, and Derek Wake blocked a field goal attempt. Trailing 27–9 in the fourth quarter, UCF got within three points with 24 seconds remaining but failed to recover the onside kick, and Penn State ran out the clock.[22]

NebraskaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 0 7 0 0 7
Penn State 0 13 20 7 40




In front of a crowd of 110,753, a new Beaver Stadium attendance record that stood intact for 15 years, (110,823 VS Michigan 2017) Penn State routed the Cornhuskers 40–7, as Larry Johnson and backup quarterback Michael Robinson each had two touchdown runs. Cornerback Rich Gardner had his first career interception and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. It was Penn State's first victory over a top 10 team since 1999.[23]

Louisiana TechEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Louisiana Tech 10 0 7 0 17
Penn State 14 7 28 0 49




Penn State beat the Bulldogs 49–17, despite Tech's quarterback Luke McCown throwing for more than 400 yards but also threw three interceptions and had a fumble lost. Larry Johnson ran for 147 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns and also had a touchdown reception. Michael Robinson also had three rushing touchdowns.[24]

IowaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Iowa 17 9 9 0 42
Penn State 0 7 6 22 35




After trailing the Hawkeyes by 22 points in the fourth quarter, Zack Mills threw for three touchdowns in the final 7:13 to tie the game 35–35 and force overtime, but the Nittany Lions were unable to score in overtime and lost 42–35. For the game, Mills completed 23 of 44 passes for a school record 399 yards and four touchdowns. The team finished with only 54 yards rushing, and Michael Robinson, who had five touchdowns in twelve carries in the past two games, was held to minus-2 yards on four carries.[25]

But the play that was most shown repeatedly on sports highlights shows throughout the rest of the season happened after the game. Following a couple questionable calls by the line judge in overtime, Joe Paterno sprinted down the field to catch up with referee Dick Honig as he approached the tunnel and grabbed Honig by the back of the shirt to voice his displeasure with the way the game ended. Paterno was angered that Penn State wide receiver Tony Johnson caught a pass with both feet in bounds according to the stadium's video replay board, but the play was ruled an incompletion.[26]

WisconsinEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Penn State 10 11 7 6 34
Wisconsin 0 14 6 11 31




Penn State scored on four of its first five possessions as the Lions beat the Badgers 34–31. Penn State scored on touchdowns from Zack Mills, Larry Johnson, and Sean McHugh and got four Robbie Gould field goals. Defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy and defensive end Michael Haynes each had three sacks, as the Lions sacked Wisconsin quarterback Brooks Bollinger seven times. Wisconsin scored to close it to three points with 1:17 remaining, but Bryan Scott covered up the onside kick to seal the game.[27]

MichiganEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Penn State 7 0 6 8 24
Michigan 0 7 0 14 27




The Wolverines beat Penn State 27–24 in overtime. A slow first half gave way to a shootout in the second half. The game was tied 7–7 at halftime, and the teams combined for only 240 yards. Penn State led 13–7 late in the third quarter and looked to seize control of the game after forcing a Michigan punt at their own 20, but a roughing the punter penalty kept the drive alive, and Michigan found the end zone eight plays later. Zack Mills finished the day 19 of 31 for 264 yards and two touchdowns.[28]

Joe Paterno expressed his displeasure with the officials for the second time this season as he yelled at referee David Witvoet after regulation. There were a number of odd and questionable actions by the officials during the game, as pointed out by the TV commentators, including the roughing the punter penalty and the referee refusing to ask for measurements when it appeared Michigan had been stopped short of first down. Each time he glanced at the sideline and signaled first down. It was most noticeable in the third quarter when he signaled first down even as Michigan was lining up in short-yardage formation, thinking it was third-and-1.

But Paterno and the coaching staff were most livid about a blown call with 40 seconds remaining in regulation and the score tied at 21–21. Receiver Tony Johnson had just made a leaping catch of a Mills pass at the Michigan 22. The side judge ruled Johnson out of bounds despite replays showing he had both feet at least a yard inbounds. Numerous replays on TV showed the large divot in the field where Johnson's feet had landed. Instead of a field goal opportunity to win the game in regulation, the game was forced into overtime.

NorthwesternEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Northwestern 0 0 0 0 0
Penn State 7 28 7 7 49




Larry Johnson set Penn State's single-game rushing record as the Nittany Lions shut out the Wildcats 49–0. Johnson rushed for 257 yards on 23 carries and scored twice before sitting out the final 28 minutes. In all, twelve Penn State players carried the ball for a total of 423 yards. The defense recorded its first shutout since the 1999 Alamo Bowl, holding the Wildcats to 9 yards rushing and 202 total yards.[29]

Ohio StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Penn State 7 0 0 0 7
Ohio State 0 3 10 0 13




The Buckeyes defense held Zack Mills to only 98 yards passing and intercepted three passes, including one by Chris Gamble returned for a touchdown, to beat the Nittany Lions 13–7. Penn State was held to only 179 yards of offense and eight first downs, fewest under Joe Paterno.[30] Despite this, Penn State led 7–3 at halftime and very nearly won the game at the end.

IllinoisEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Illinois 0 0 0 7 7
Penn State 9 9 0 0 18




Larry Johnson set the school record for rushing yards in a game, beating his own record from two weeks prior, as the Nittany Lions beat the Fighting Illini 18–7. Johnson rushed for 279 yards on 31 carries, including an 84-yard touchdown run. The Penn State defense went 11-plus quarters without allowing a touchdown before Illinois scored with 5:22 remaining.[31]

VirginiaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Virginia 7 0 0 7 14
Penn State 7 3 10 15 35




The defense held the Cavaliers to only 30 yards rushing as Penn State won 35–14. Zack Mills was 19 of 30 for 227 yards and two touchdowns. The Lions had 289 yards on the ground, including 118 yards on 31 carries and a touchdown by Larry Johnson. Backup quarterback and holder Chris Ganter also scored on a 30-yard run off of a fake field goal.[32]

IndianaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Penn State 14 14 10 20 58
Indiana 12 6 0 7 25




Larry Johnson broke two school records as Penn State beat the Hoosiers 58–25. For the third time in five weeks, Johnson set the school's single-game rushing record with 327 yards on 28 carries. Johnson also broke Penn State's single-season rushing record with a total of 1,736 yards with two games left to play.[33]

Michigan StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan State 0 0 7 0 7
Penn State 14 34 7 6 61



Larry Johnson became the ninth player in NCAA history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season[34] as Penn State blew out the Spartans 61–7. Johnson finished the day with 279 yards and four touchdowns, all in the first half. Bryant Johnson also scored on an 81-yard punt return and a 41-yard touchdown reception. Penn State had 400 yards of offense at halftime and finished with 536 total yards, including 422 yards rushing.[35]

2003 Capital One Bowl – AuburnEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Auburn 0 0 7 6 13
Penn State 3 3 0 3 9



The Auburn Tigers rushed for 200 yards, controlled the clock, and outscored the Lions 13–3 in the second half to upset the Nittany Lions 13–9 in the Capital One Bowl. Larry Johnson finished with only 72 yards on 20 carries. Zack Mills was also ineffective, going 8 of 24 for 67 yards and an interception. He was pulled for a couple drives in the third quarter, and backup quarterback Michael Robinson led to the Lions for a field goal to go up 9–7.[36]

RankingsEdit

Ranking Movement
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Final
AP 24 24 NR NR 15 12 20 15 20 18 20 19 16 15 11 10 10 16
Coaches 24 23 25 25 15 12 21 17 21 17 21 19 16 16 12 10 10 15
BCS Not released NR NR NR 15 15 14 13 12 Not released

AwardsEdit

WatchlistsEdit

PlayersEdit

Post seasonEdit

Penn State finished the season ranked #16 in the final AP college football poll and #15 in the final Coaches college football poll, earning Penn State its 25th Top 15 finish under Joe Paterno.[73]

Tailback Larry Johnson would finish the season as the first Nittany Lion to lead the nation in rushing and all-purpose yardage. Johnson become the ninth player in Division I-A history to gain 2,000 yards rushing in the regular season, finishing third in Heisman Trophy balloting.[74]

Penn State claimed second place in football attendance for the second consecutive season, averaging 107,239 through eight home games, ranking in the top four for the 12th consecutive year. The Nittany Lions also broke the NCAA record for total season attendance with 1,247,707 during the 13-game schedule, including a Beaver Stadium record of 110,753 for the Nebraska game.[75]

NFL draftEdit

A school record six seniors would be drafted in the first two rounds of the 2003 NFL Draft, including another school record four players in the first round.[76]

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
1st 12 12 Jimmy Kennedy Defensive tackle St. Louis Rams
1st 14 14 Michael Haynes Defensive end Chicago Bears
1st 17 17 Bryant Johnson Wide receiver Arizona Cardinals
1st 27 27 Larry Johnson Running back Kansas City Chiefs
2nd 23 55 Bryan Scott Free safety Atlanta Falcons
2nd 25 57 Anthony Adams Defensive tackle San Francisco 49ers

All-star gamesEdit

Game Date Site Players
57th Hula Bowl February 1, 2003 War Memorial Stadium, Wailuku, Hawaii Gus Felder, Joe Iorio, Shawn Mayer
54th Senior Bowl January 18, 2003 Ladd–Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama Anthony Adams, Michael Haynes, Bryant Johnson, Larry Johnson, Bryan Scott

Instant replayEdit

A few other conference coaches had lobbied for instant replay before, but they had fallen on deaf ears until Joe Paterno, who had been against instant replay citing the length of games as a factor, changed his opinion after a number of questionable officiating calls in the Iowa and Michigan games. Paterno and Penn State athletic director Tim Curley called for a comprehensive review of Big Ten officiating. At the news conference after the Michigan game, Paterno went further and said that the conference should change the way that officials are assigned, referring to the assignment of the officiating crew that worked the Michigan game, three of whom live in the state of Michigan.[77]

After the Big Ten concluded its comprehensive review of its officiating, the conference implemented a pilot program during the 2003 season to evaluate the use of instant replay. The pilot was used to gather data and did not interfere with games or overturn any missed calls.[78]

For the 2004 season, the Big Ten introduced college football's first instant replay system. A technical advisor in the press box with access to the television feeds will be able to stop a game for a replay review and potentially overturn a play, with no limit on the number of plays that can be reviewed.[79]


Notes Edit

  • Penn State set a new single season attendance record of 857,911 fans.

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

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