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2002 Utah Utes football
ConferenceMountain West Conference
2002 record5–6 (3–4 MW)
Head coachRon McBride (13th season)
Offensive coordinatorCraig Ver Steeg (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorKyle Whittingham (8th season)
Home stadiumRice-Eccles Stadium
(Capacity: 45,634)
Seasons
← 2001
2003 →
2002 Mountain West Conference football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Colorado State   6 1         10 4  
New Mexico   5 2         7 7  
Air Force   4 3         8 5  
San Diego State   4 3         4 9  
Utah   3 4         5 6  
UNLV   3 4         5 7  
BYU   2 5         5 7  
Wyoming   1 6         2 10  
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

This season was Ron McBride's last at Utah. The team won their first two games, before dropping six straight. At 2–6 with only three games remaining, the team was guaranteed a losing record and would be ineligible for bowl play. However, the team then won the final three games of the season, capped by a 13–6 home victory over their biggest rivals, the BYU Cougars, finishing the season with a 5–6 record.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 317:00 PMat Utah State*KJZZW 23–330,757
September 76:00 PMIndiana*KJZZW 40–1333,419
September 147:22 PMat Arizona*KJZZL 17–2344,243
September 2110:00 AMat No. 14 Michigan*ESPNL 7–10109,734
September 281:00 PMAir Forcedagger
  • Rice-Eccles Stadium
  • Salt Lake City
ESPN+L 26–3035,659
October 125:00 PMat San Diego StateKJZZL 17–3620,410
October 191:00 PMColorado State
  • Rice-Eccles Stadium
  • Salt Lake City
ESPN+L 20–2834,374
October 261:00 PMat New MexicoESPN+L 35–42 OT27,300
November 95:00 PMUNLV
  • Rice-Eccles Stadium
  • Salt Lake City
KJZZW 28–1728,528
November 1610:00 AMat WyomingKJZZW 23–1810,611
November 231:00 PMBYU
  • Rice-Eccles Stadium
  • Salt Lake City (Holy War)
ESPN+W 13–645,167
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Mountain time

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RosterEdit

2002 Utah Utes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
T 69 Gross, JordanJordan Gross Sr
TE 89 Hansen, MattMatt Hansen Jr
WR 88 LaTendresse, TravisTravis LaTendresse Fr
QB 11 Smith, AlexAlex Smith Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 4 Sanders, AntwoineAntwoine Sanders Jr
DL 97 Sape, LauvaleLauvale Sape Sr
DE 44 Savage, JoshJosh Savage Jr
DE 63 Smith, GarrettGarrett Smith Sr
DB 30 Taliauli, SoaneSoane Taliauli Fr
LB 5 Thompson, StevenSteven Thompson Fr
LB 49 Toone, SpencerSpencer Toone So
LB 13 Tune, ZachZach Tune So
DB 3 Weight, CodyCody Weight Sr
DB 10 White, AnthonyAnthony White Jr
DB 2 Young, AntonioAntonio Young Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster
Last update: 2002-12-02

After the seasonEdit

NFL draftEdit

Three players went in the 2003 NFL Draft, including first rounder and future pro bowler Jordan Gross.

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Jordan Gross Offensive tackle 1 8 Carolina Panthers
Lauvale Sape Defensive tackle 6 187 Buffalo Bills
Antwoine Sanders Defensive back 7 258 Baltimore Ravens

ReferencesEdit

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