|2002 Wisconsin Badgers football|
Alamo Bowl Champions
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|2002 record||8–6 (2–6 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Barry Alvarez (13th season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Brian White|
|Defensive coordinator||Kevin Cosgrove|
|Home stadium||Camp Randall Stadium|
(Capacity: 76,634, Astroturf)
|2002 Big Ten football standings|
|#1/1 Ohio State †§||8||–||0||14||–||0|
|#8/8 Iowa ‡§||8||–||0||11||–||2|
|#16/15 Penn State||0*||–||3||0*||–||4|
|† – BCS representative as champion |
‡ – BCS at-large representative
§ – Conference co-champions
|August 23*||7:00 PM||Fresno State||#25||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI (John Thompson Foundation Classic)||ESPN||W 23–21||75,136|
|August 31*||6:45 PM||at UNLV||Sam Boyd Stadium • Whitney, NV||ESPN2||W 27–7||42,075|
|September 7*||11:00 AM||West Virginia||#25||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||ESPN+||W 34–17||76,320|
|September 14*||11:00 AM||Northern Illinois||#22||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||ESPN+||W 24–21||77,460|
|September 21*||11:00 AM||Arizona||#22||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||ESPN2||W 31–10||78,582|
|October 5||2:30 PM||#20 Penn State||#19||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||ABC||L 31–34||79,403|
|October 12||11:00 AM||at Indiana||#23||Memorial Stadium • Bloomington, IN||ESPN+||L 29–32||31,156|
|October 19†||2:30 PM||#4 Ohio State||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||ABC||L 14–19||79,729|
|October 26||6:00 PM||at Michigan State||Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI||ESPN2||W 42–24||74,507|
|November 2||11:00 AM||at #9 Iowa||Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA||ESPN||L 3–20||70,397|
|November 9||11:00 AM||Illinois||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||ESPN+||L 20–37||78,709|
|November 16||11:00 AM||#12 Michigan||Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI||ESPN2||L 14–21||110,412|
|November 23||11:00 AM||Minnesota||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI (Paul Bunyan's Axe)||ESPN||W 49–31||78,843|
|December 28*||7:00 PM||vs. #14 Colorado||Alamodome • San Antonio, TX (Alamo Bowl)||ESPN||W 31–28 OT||50,690|
|*Non-Conference Game. †Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.|
Coming off a disappointing 5–7 2001 season, the Badgers of 2002 wanted improvement. Despite amazing statistics from WR Lee Evans and RB Anthony Davis, the Badgers had issues closing out games, and an overworked defense managed lackluster efforts when the team could hardly afford them.
In the spring game, Wisconsin's offense suffered a devastating blow when top receiver Lee Evans was lost for the season with a torn ACL. Evan's loss was a significant blow, but despite it, Wisconsin managed to start off the season by winning all five of their nonconference games. From there, though, things did not go Wisconsin's way; the Badgers lost their first three Big Ten games by less than 7 points. Among those was a near-upset of eventual National Champion Ohio State, a 19–14 Ohio State win that was Jim Tressel's first over the Badgers (having lost 20–17 to Wisconsin the previous year). After going 0–3 to open their Big Ten slate, Wisconsin defeated Michigan State in Spartan Stadium 42–24 for their first conference win of the season. After that game, Wisconsin would lose their next 3 games against Big Ten opponents, including a 20–3 loss to Big Ten co-champion Iowa, and yet another close game against a Lloyd Carr-coached Michigan team. The loss to Michigan dropped Wisconsin to 1–6 in Big Ten play.
To close out the regular season, Wisconsin finally put together a complete game in a 49–31 blowout of rival Minnesota, taking back Paul Bunyan's Axe and keeping Minnesota's losing streak in Camp Randall alive. The Badgers improved to 7–6 on the season.
Wisconsin was awarded a berth in the Alamo Bowl, having gotten the required 6 wins in the regular season, and faced Colorado, a Big Twelve opponent that had won the Big Twelve North outright and lost the Big Twelve Championship Game 29–7 to Oklahoma. At 9-4, Colorado entered the game ranked 14th in the nation, and hoping for a ten-win season. But Wisconsin managed to keep up with Colorado, and won the game 31–28 in overtime for their 8th win of the season, knocking Colorado to 9–5 on the year.
For Wisconsin, Freshman WR Jonathan Orr put together a good season in the absence of Lee Evans, catching 47 passes for 842 yards, with 8 receiving touchdowns. RB Anthony Davis ran for 1,555 yards on 300 carries, with 13 touchdowns. QB Brooks Bollinger, in his senior season, completed 131 passes on 245 attempts for 1,758 yards and 14 touchdowns, with just 4 interceptions.
Team players selected in the 2003 NFL DraftEdit
|Player||Position||Round||Overall Selection||NFL Team|
|Al Johnson||Center||2||38||Dallas Cowboys|
|B.J. Tucker||Cornerback||6||178||New York Jets|
|Brooks Bollinger||Quarterback||6||200||Miami Dolphins|
|Ben Johnson||Offensive Tackle||7||216||Detroit Lions|
- ↑ http://www.nationalchamps.net/NCAA/college_football_2002_schedules/wisconsin.htm
- ↑ "2002 NCAA Football Rankings - AP Top 25 Postseason (Jan. 5)". ESPN. http://espn.go.com/college-football/rankings/_/poll/1/year/2002/seasontype/3. Retrieved November 29, 2010.
- ↑ "2002 NCAA Football Rankings - USA Today Coaches' Poll Postseason (Jan. 5)". ESPN. http://espn.go.com/college-football/rankings/_/poll/2/year/2002/seasontype/3. Retrieved November 29, 2010.
- ↑ Stapleton, Arnie (August 24, 2002). "Late FG Lifts Wisconsin". The Beaufort Gazette. Associated Press. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=sosiAAAAIBAJ&sjid=tKkFAAAAIBAJ&pg=1330,7384410&dq=en. Retrieved October 12, 2011.
- ↑ 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 "The Automated ScoreBook For Football". University of Wisconsin Department of Athletics. http://www.uwbadgers.com/pdfs/1125.pdf.
- ↑ http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=102&season=2002
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/2002-2003/teamcume.html
- ↑ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/2003.htm