2002 USC Trojans football team

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2002 USC Trojans football
USC Trojans logo.svg
Pac-10 co-champion
Orange Bowl champion
Orange Bowl, W 38–17 vs. Iowa
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 4
AP No. 4
2002 record 11–2 (7–1 Pac-10)
Head coach Pete Carroll (2nd season)
Offensive coordinator Norm Chow
Captain Carson Palmer
Captain Troy Polamalu
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 92,000, grass)
Seasons
← 2001
2003 →
2002 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 10 Washington State $+   7 1         10 3  
No. 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 conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2002 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California in the 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season. USC ended the regular season ranked #5 in both the AP Poll and the Coaches' Poll. Trojans quarterback Carson Palmer won the 2002 Heisman Trophy as the best college football player in America. During the bowl games, USC had a convincing 38–17 win over #3 Iowa in the Orange Bowl. USC became #4 in the final AP Poll and Coaches' Poll. Other notable players for the USC Trojans in 2002 include WR#2 Kareem Kelly, RB#21 Malaefou Mackenzie, QB#10 Matt Cassel, RB#4 Sultan McCullough, RB#34 Hershel Dennis (FR) RB#25 Justin Fargas, RB#39 Sunny Byrd, RB#34 Chad Pierson, WR#44 Gregg Guenther, TE#86 Dominique Byrd, WR#83 Keary Colbert, WR#1 Mike Williams, WR#7 Sandy Fletcher, WR#82 Donald Hale, TE#88 Doyal Butler, and WR#87 Grant Mattos.

Recruiting[edit]

USC was ranked highly (#12 by Scout, #13 by Rivals) for getting Darnell Bing, Manuel Wright, Winston Justice, Fred Matua, Tom Malone, Jason Mitchell, Hershel Dennis, Kyle Williams, Dominique Byrd, Dallas Sartz, Justin Wyatt, Chris McFoy, Mike Williams, LaJuan Ramsey, Oscar Lua and Brandon Hancock among others.

Schedule[edit]

The Trojans finished the season with an 11–2 record, 7–1 in the Pac-10.[10]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 5:00 PM Auburn* No. 20 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles ABC W 24–17   63,269[1]
September 14 12:30 PM at No. 18 Colorado* No. 18 Folsom FieldBoulder, Colorado ABC W 40–3   53,119[1]
September 21 4:00 PM at No. 25 Kansas State* No. 11 KSU StadiumManhattan, Kansas TBS L 20–27   49,276[1]
September 28 3:30 PM No. 23 Oregon State No. 18 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles FSN W 22–0   56,417[1]
October 5 4:00 PM at No. 17 Washington State No. 18 Martin StadiumPullman, Washington TBS L 27–30 OT  36,861[1]
October 12 3:30 PM California No. 20 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles FSN W 30–28   63,113[1]
October 19 12:30 PM No. 22 Washington No. 19 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles ABC W 41–21   52,961[1]
October 26 12:30 PM at No. 14 Oregon No. 15 Autzen StadiumEugene, Oregon ABC W 44–33   56,754[1]
November 9 5:00 PM at Stanford No. 10 Stanford StadiumStanford, California ABC W 49–17   44,950[1]
November 16 4:00 PM Arizona Statedagger No. 8 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles TBS W 34–13   73,923[1]
November 23 12:30 PM at No. 25 UCLA No. 7 Rose BowlPasadena, California ABC W 52–21   91,084[1]
November 30 5:00 PM No. 7 Notre Dame* No. 6 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles ABC W 44–13   91,432[1]
January 2 5:00 PM vs. No. 3 Iowa* No. 5 Pro Player StadiumMiami Gardens, Florida (Orange Bowl) ABC W 38–17   75,971[1]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Pacific Time.

Game summaries[edit]

Auburn[edit]

1 234Total
Auburn 7 703 17
USC 7 737 24

[2]

Colorado[edit]

1 234Total
USC 14 6020 40
Colorado 0 030 3

[3]

Kansas State[edit]

1 234Total
USC 0 6014 20
Kansas State 0 1278 27

[4]

Oregon State[edit]

1 234Total
Oregon State 0 000 0
USC 0 1363 22

[5]

Washington State[edit]

1 234OTTotal
USC 7 07130 27
Washington State 10 07103 30

[6]

California[edit]

1 234Total
California 14 707 28
USC 3 1476 30

[7]

Washington[edit]

#22/17 Washington at #19/20 USC
1 234Total
Washington 7 0014 21
USC 7 10177 41

[8]

Oregon[edit]

Stanford[edit]

Arizona State[edit]

UCLA[edit]

1 234Total
• USC 21 71410 52
UCLA 0 7014 21
  • Date: November 23
  • Location: Rose Bowl, Pasadena
  • Game start: 3:30 p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:26
  • Game attendance: 91,084
  • Television network: ABC

[9]

Notre Dame[edit]

1 234Total
Notre Dame 6 700 13
• USC 0 171314 44
  • Date: November 30
  • Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
  • Game start: 8:00 p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:26
  • Game attendance: 91,432
  • Game weather: Cloudy; 60°F; wind variable
  • Referee: Chuck McFerrin
  • Television network: ABC

[10]

Orange Bowl[edit]

#3/5 Iowa Hawkeyes at #5/4 USC Trojans
1 234Total
Iowa 10 007 17
• USC 7 31414 38

USC played third ranked Iowa in the Orange Bowl. The matchup featured the top two finalists for that season's Heisman Trophy; Trophy winner Carson Palmer and runner up Brad Banks.[12] Banks was the quarterback for the Hawkeyes. The Hawkeyes had only lost one game all year and it was to their rival Iowa State. Iowa opened the play up with a bang and set an Orange Bowl record when C.J. Jones returned the opening kickoff of the game 100 yards for a touchdown. USC responded with a touchdown run on from running back Justin Fargas. Iowa regained the lead with a field goal from Nate Kaeding. USC would kick a field goal in the second quarter to even the score 10-10 at the half. USC came out in the second half and separated themselves from Iowa scoring twice in the third quarter to take a 24-10 lead. The first score was a pass from Palmer to Mike Williams and the second was another run from Fargas. USC ended the third quarter with the ball and scored quickly in the fourth quarter giving them a 31-10 lead. The lead grew when Iowa continued to be unable to do anything with the ball and USC took advantage on a rushing touchdown from fan favorite Sunny Byrd to make the score 38-10. Iowa would score off a touchdown pass from Banks however it was too late. USC would end up winning 38-17.

The Trojans dominated time of possession in the game, having control of the ball for 38:06 seconds. This allowed for the Trojans defense to rest while keeping the Iowa defense out on the field and making them tired. USC's defense did not give up a touchdown to Iowa until the fourth quarter of the game and forced Banks to throw his first interception since October 19.[13]

Roster[edit]

2002 USC Trojans football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 31 Will Buchanon Fr
TE 88 Doyal Butler Jr
RB 39 Sunny Byrd So
WR 19 Greig Carlson Fr
TE 86 Dominique Byrd Fr
QB 10 Matt Cassel So
WR 83 Keary Colbert Jr
RB 25 Justin Fargas Sr
TE 44 Gregg Guenther Fr
TE 81 Alex Holmes Jr
C 62 Norm Katnik Jr
WR 2 Kareem Kelly Sr
RB 37 David Kirtman Fr
QB 11 Matt Leinart Fr
RB 4 Sultan McCullough Sr
FB 21 Malaefou MacKenzie Sr
QB 3 Carson Palmer Sr
T 77 Jacob Rogers Jr
G 78 Lenny Vandermade So
RB 35 Lee Webb So
WR 1 Mike Williams Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 8 Marcell Allmond Jr
LB 59 Collin Ashton Fr
DT 84 Shaun Cody Fr
LB 6 Matt Grootegoed So
DB 27 Jason Leach So
DT 99 Mike Patterson So
S 43 Troy Polamalu Sr
DT 93 Bernard Riley Sr
LB 42 Dallas Sartz Fr
DE 94 Kenechi Udeze So
CB 24 Justin Wyatt Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 16 Ryan Killeen Fr
P 14 Tom Malone Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster
Last update: 2004-05-13

2002 team players in the NFL[edit]

References[edit]