2002 Pittsburgh Panthers football team

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2002 Pittsburgh Panthers football
Pitt Panthers wordmark.svg
Insight Bowl champion
Insight Bowl, W 38–13 vs. Oregon State
Conference Big East Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 18
AP No. 19
2002 record 9–4 (5–2 Big East)
Head coach Walt Harris (6th season)
Offensive coordinator J. D. Brookhart (3rd season)
Offensive scheme Pro-style
Defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads (3rd season)
Base defense Multiple 4–3
Home stadium Heinz Field
(Capacity: 64,450)
Seasons
← 2001
2003 →
2002 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 2 Miami (FL) $   7 0         12 1  
No. 25 West Virginia   6 1         9 4  
No. 19 Pittsburgh   5 2         9 4  
No. 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 Pittsburgh Panthers football team represented the University of Pittsburgh in the 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
Sat. Aug. 31 7:00 p.m. Ohio* Heinz FieldPittsburgh, PA W 27–14   41,579
Sat. Sep. 7 12:00 p.m. No. 20 Texas A&M* Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA ESPN L 12–14   45,489
Sat. Sep. 14 7:00 p.m. at UAB* Legion FieldBirmingham, AL W 26–20   15,027
Sat. Sep. 21 12:00 p.m. Rutgers Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA ESPN+ W 23–3   32,519
Sat. Sep. 28 1:30 p.m. Toledo* Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA W 37–19   39,713
Sat. Oct. 5 12:00 p.m. at Syracuse Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY (Rivalry) ESPN+ W 48–24   39,947
Sat. Oct. 12 2:30 p.m. at No. 8 Notre Dame* Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN (Rivalry) NBC L 6–14   80,795
Sat. Oct. 26 12:00 p.m. Boston Collegedagger Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA ESPN+ W 19–16 OT  45,060
Sat. Nov. 2 7:30 p.m. at No. 3 Virginia Tech Lane StadiumBlacksburg, VA ESPN2 W 28–21   64,971
Sat. Nov. 9 12:00 p.m. Temple No. 22 Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA ESPN+ W 29–22   39,880
Thu. Nov. 21 7:30 p.m. at No. 1 Miami (FL) No. 17 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL ESPN L 21–28   64,897
Sat. Nov. 30 1:00 p.m. No. 24 West Virginia No. 17 Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA (Backyard Brawl) ABC L 17–24   66,731
Thu. Dec. 26 8:30 p.m. vs. Oregon State* No. 24 Bank One BallparkPhoenix, AZ (Insight Bowl) ESPN W 38–13   40,533
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Roster[edit]

2002 Pittsburgh Panthers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
OL 77 Bryan Anderson Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 85 Princell Brockenbrough Jr
WR 1 Larry Fitzgerald Fr
RB 25 Brandon Miree Redshirt.svg Jr
T 75 Matt Morgan Redshirt.svg Jr
QB 10 Tyler Palko Fr
RB 32 Lousaka Polite Jr
QB 12 Rod Rutherford Jr
TE 83 Kris Wilson Redshirt.svg Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 15 Brian Beinecke Redshirt.svg Sr
DB 22 Reggie Carter Fr
DB 5 Torrie Cox Sr
LB 51 Gerald Hayes Sr
DB 19 Shawntae Spencer Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 36 Andy Lee Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster
Last update: 2002-10-15

Coaching staff[edit]

2002 Pittsburgh Panthers football staff
Coaching staff
  • Walt Harris – Head Coach
  • Bob Junko – Assistant Head Coach/Defensive tackles
  • J.D. Brookhart – Offensive Coordinator/Wide receivers
  • Paul Rhoads – Defensive Coordinator/Secondary
  • David Blackwell – Linebackers
  • Curtis Bray – Defensive ends
  • Bryan Deal – Recruiting Coordinator/Specialists
  • Tom Freeman – Offensive Line/Run Game Coordinator
  • Bob Ligashesky – Tight ends/Special teams
  • Shawn Simms – Running backs
  Support Staff
  • Chris LaSala – Assistant Athletic Director/Football Operations
  • Matt Williamson – Recruiting Assistant
  • Mark Nori – Graduate Assistant
  • Adam Waugh – Graduate Assistant
  Strength and Conditioning Staff
  • Dave Kennedy – Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Dave Langworthy – Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Gerald Hayes Linebacker 3 70 Arizona Cardinals
Torrie Cox Defensive back 6 205 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bryan Anderson Guard 7 261 Chicago Bears

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