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2002 West Virginia Mountaineers football team

2002 West Virginia Mountaineers football
Continental Tire Bowl vs. Virginia, 22–48 loss
Conference Big East Conference (1979–2013)
Coaches #20
AP #25
2002 record 9–4 (6–1 Big East)
Head coach Rich Rodriguez
Co-defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel
Co-defensive coordinator Todd Graham
Home stadium Mountaineer Field
(Capacity: 63,500)
2002 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2 Miami (FL)   7 0         12 1  
#25 West Virginia   6 1         9 4  
#19 Pittsburgh   5 2         9 4  
#18 Virginia Tech   3 4         10 4  
Boston College   3 4         9 4  
Syracuse   2 5         4 8  
Temple   2 5         4 8  
Rutgers   0 7         1 11  
† – BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2002 West Virginia Mountaineers football team completed the regular season with a 9–4 record and traveled to the Continental Tire Bowl, where they lost to the Virginia Cavaliers 48–22. They finished with a ranking of 25/20.

WVU's 9–4 record marked the biggest one-season turnaround in Big East Conference history, after posting a 3–8 record the previous season.


Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 6:00 PM Chattanooga* Morgantown, WV W 56–7   54,455
September 7 12:00 PM at #21 Wisconsin* Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI ESPN+ L 17–34   76,320
September 14 7:00 PM at Cincinnati* Nippert StadiumCincinnati, OH W 35–32   28,806
September 28 12:00 PM East Carolina* Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV ESPN+ W 37–17   54,497
October 5 12:00 PM Maryland* Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV ESPN2 L 17–48   55,146
October 12 3:30 PM at Rutgers Rutgers StadiumPiscataway, NJ ESPN+ W 40–0   12,973
October 19 12:00 PM Syracuse Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV ESPN+ W 34–7   45,088
October 26 12:00 PM #1 Miami Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV ESPN2 L 23–40   56,817
November 2 12:00 PM at Temple Veterans StadiumPhiladelphia, PA W 46–20   15,042
November 9 12:00 PM Boston College Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV ESPN W 24–14   48,474
November 20 7:00 PM at #12 Virginia Tech Lane StadiumBlacksburg, VA ESPN2 W 21–18   62,723
November 30 1:00 PM at #18 Pittsburgh #21 Heinz FieldPittsburgh, PA (Backyard Brawl) ABC W 24–17   66,731
December 28 11:00 AM vs. Virginia* #13 Ericsson StadiumCharlotte, NC (Continental Tire Bowl) ESPN2 L 22–48   73,535
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

2002 season

Rasheed Marshall was the starting quarterback for the Mountaineers. He led the team with 1616 passing yards and 9 touchdowns. Leading the team in rushing was Avon Cobourne with 1710 net yards. Miquelle Henderson led the team in receiving with 40 receptions for 496 yards.

The home opener for the West Virginia Mountaineers was against Chattanooga, in which the Mountaineers won handily 56–7. In the second game of the season, WVU played at Wisconsin, where they lost 34–17. They then traveled to Cincinnati, where they beat the Bearcats 35–32.

They then defeated East Carolina by a 37–17 margin at home. They got demolished at home by ACC powerhouse Maryland 17–48. They then traveled to Rutgers, where they won handily 40–0. The next game was a 34–17 home win over Syracuse.

They played host to the number 1 team in the land, the Miami Hurricanes, but lost by a 23–40 count. They played at Temple, and blew out the Owls 46–20. A home game against Boston College resulted in a 24–14 Mountaineer victory. Their next game was against Virginia Tech, where they won 21–18, in Blacksburg.

On November 30, they played at archrival Pitt in the Backyard Brawl, and won 24–17. In the Continental Tire Bowl, they lost to the Virginia Cavaliers 22–48 to finish the season.


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