2002 Washington State Cougars football
Pac-10 co-champion
Rose Bowl, L 14–34 vs. Oklahoma
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 10
APNo. 10
2002 record10–3 (7–1 Pac-10)
Head coachMike Price (14th season)
Offensive coordinatorMike Levenseller
(2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorBill Doba (9th season)
CaptainJason Gesser
CaptainCurtis Nettles
CaptainMarcus Trufant
Home stadiumMartin Stadium
(Capacity: 37,600)
Seasons
← 2001
2003 →
2002 Pacific-10 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#10 Washington State §   7 1         10 3  
#4 USC §   7 1         11 2  
Arizona State   5 3         8 6  
UCLA   4 4         8 5  
Oregon State   4 4         8 5  
California   4 4         7 5  
Washington   4 4         7 6  
Oregon   3 5         7 6  
Arizona   1 7         4 8  
Stanford   1 7         2 9  
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2002 Washington State Cougars football team represented Washington State University in the 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was led by fourteenth-year head coach Mike Price, and played its home games on campus at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington.

Washington State was 10–2 in the regular season and 7–1 in the Pac-10, co-champions with USC. They defeated the Trojans in overtime in early October,[1][2] but lost to unranked Washington in triple overtime in the Apple Cup at Pullman;[3] WSU regrouped and beat UCLA by three touchdowns two weeks later.[4] The seventh-ranked Cougars were invited to the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day, but were soundly defeated by the Oklahoma Sooners,[5][6][7] and dropped to tenth in the final rankings.

The Rose Bowl was the final game for Price at WSU; he left for Alabama,[7][8][9] but never coached a game for the Crimson Tide.[10][11] Longtime defensive coordinator Bill Doba was promoted to head coach for 2003,[9][12] and he led the Cougar program for five years.

Schedule[edit | edit source]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 3112:00 PMvs. Nevada*No. 12
W 31–763,588
September 73:00 PMIdaho*No. 11W 49–1430,110
September 1412:30 PMat No. 6 Ohio State*No. 10ABCL 7–25104,553
September 212:00 PMMontana State*No. 16
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
W 45–2823,713
September 282:00 PMat CaliforniaNo. 16W 48–3829,297
October 54:00 PMNo. 18 USCdaggerNo. 17
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
TBSW 30–27 OT36,861
October 122:00 PMat StanfordNo. 12W 36–1130,750
October 267:00 PMat ArizonaNo. 9FSNW 21–1346,462
November 212:30 PMNo. 16 Arizona StateNo. 8
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
ABCW 44–2237,444
November 912:30 PMNo. 15 OregonNo. 5
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
ABCW 32–2137,600
November 233:30 PMWashingtonNo. 3
FSNL 26–29 3OT37,600
December 71:30 PMat UCLANo. 7ABCW 48–2756,335
January 12:00 PMvs. No. 8 OklahomaNo. 7
ABCL 14–3486,848
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Pacific time

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Roster[edit | edit source]

2002 Washington State Cougars football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
OL 67 Armstrong, CalvinCalvin Armstrong So
SE 5 Bush, MikeMike Bush Sr
WR 1 Darling, DevardDevard Darling Jr
QB 17 Gesser, JasonJason Gesser Sr
QB 4 Kegel, MattMatt Kegel Jr
QB 9 Swogger, JoshJosh Swogger Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 28 Abdullah, HamzaHamza Abdullah So
DB 27 Coleman, ErikErik Coleman Jr
DB 29 David, JasonJason David Jr
LB 51 Derting, WillWill Derting Fr
DL 88 Long, RienRien Long Sr
DB 15 Paymah, KarlKarl Paymah So
CB 45 Trufant, MarcusMarcus Trufant Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 8 Basler, KyleKyle Basler Fr
K 10 Dunning, DrewDrew Dunning Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster

Source:[13]

Coaching staff[edit | edit source]

Source:[14]

Game summaries[edit | edit source]

USC[edit | edit source]

#20 USC at #17 Washington State
by Quarter 1 2 3 4 OT Total
USC 7 0 7 13 0 27
Washington St 10 0 7 10 3 30
  • Date: October 5
  • Location: Martin Stadium • Pullman, Washington

Washington State's first win versus USC at home since 1986.[15]

2002 Cougars in professional football[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Grummert, Dale (October 6, 2002). "Cougars finish with classic flair". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1B. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=GspeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=gjIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=5051%2C1324215.
  2. Richardson, Vince (October 7, 2002). "Cougar celebration". Moscow-Pullman Daily News ((Idaho-Washington)): p. 1B. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=KMcjAAAAIBAJ&sjid=QtEFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4163%2C3610589.
  3. Korte, Tim (November 24, 2002). "Anderson comes up big as Huskies clip Cougars". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press ((Oregon)): p. 9D. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=bFBWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=jesDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6632%2C6441916.
  4. Nadel, John (December 8, 2002). "Gesser's heroic afternoon puts WSU in Rose Bowl". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press ((Oregon)): p. 8D. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=q05WAAAAIBAJ&sjid=0usDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6641%2C1967273.
  5. Trimmer, Dave (January 2, 2003). "Handful of thorns". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. A1. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=u2VWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ofIDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5934%2C1229621.
  6. Grummert, Dale (January 2, 2003). "A thorny sendoff". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1B. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=sMVeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=AjIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=3390%2C329081.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Canfield, Owen (January 2, 2003). "Sooners clobber the Cougs". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press ((Oregon)): p. 1D. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=VU9WAAAAIBAJ&sjid=v-sDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5531%2C291820.
  8. Grummert, Dale (December 18, 2002). "Mike Price goes out with Tide". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1A. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=g79eAAAAIBAJ&sjid=UTEMAAAAIBAJ&pg=5067%2C630162.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Richardson, Vince (December 18, 2002). "Southern comfort". Moscow-Pullman Daily News ((Idaho-Washington)): p. 1B. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ucUjAAAAIBAJ&sjid=HNEFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5180%2C1678257.
  10. Zenor, John (May 5, 2003). "Down and out". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Associated Press ((Idaho-Washington)): p. 1B. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=98UjAAAAIBAJ&sjid=JdEFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5051%2C548952.
  11. Yaeger, Don (May 12, 2003). "Bad Behavior - How he met his Destiny at a strip club - Mike Price: Fired". Sports Illustrated: 38. https://www.si.com/vault/2003/05/12/342806/how-he-met-his-destiny-at-a-strip-club-mike-price-fired.
  12. Grummert, Dale (December 19, 2002). "Crimson ties". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1B. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=hL9eAAAAIBAJ&sjid=UTEMAAAAIBAJ&pg=2799%2C1011567.
  13. "Today's lineups". Eugene Register-Guard ((Oregon)): p. 4D. November 9, 2002. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=XVBWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=jesDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5352%2C2329732.
  14. 2012 Washington State Cougars football information guide.
  15. USA Today. Retrieved April 24, 2013.

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