2002 Alabama Crimson Tide football
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern Division
Ranking
APNo. 11
2002 record10–3 (6–2 SEC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorLes Koenning (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorCarl Torbush (2nd season)
Captain
6
  • Jarret Johnson
  • Kenny King
  • Kindal Moorehead
  • Tyler Watts
  • Ahmaad Galloway
  • Lane Bearden
Home stadiumBryant–Denny Stadium
(Capacity: 83,818)
Legion Field
(Capacity: 83,091)
Seasons
← 2001
2003 →
2002 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 3 Georgia x$   7 1     13 1  
Florida   6 2     8 5  
Tennessee   5 3     8 5  
Kentucky   3 5     7 5  
South Carolina   3 5     5 7  
Vanderbilt   0 8     2 10  
Western Division
No. 11 Alabama   6 2     10 3  
Arkansas xy   5 3     9 5  
No. 14 Auburn x   5 3     9 4  
LSU x   5 3     8 5  
Ole Miss   3 5     7 6  
Mississippi State   0 8     3 9  
Championship: Georgia 30, Arkansas 3
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • Alabama had the best division record, but did not participate in postseason play due to NCAA probation.
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2002 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA", "Bama" or "The Tide") represented the University of Alabama in the 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 108th overall season, 70th as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and its 11th within the SEC Western Division. The team was led by head coach Dennis Franchione, in his second year, and played their home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. They finished the season with a record of 10–3 (6–2 in the SEC) to finish in first place in the SEC West; however, the team was ineligible to compete in the 2002 SEC Championship Game or a bowl game due to a two-year postseason ban imposed as part of the penalty for National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) violations.

Summary

The team was led by second-year head coach Dennis Franchione. The team began the season with a 4–1 record, only losing a very close game to then #8 ranked Oklahoma. On October 5, the Crimson Tide lost another hard-fought game to the #4 Georgia 27–25 at home. The team would then defeat their next five opponents by an average of 24.4 points. In the 2002 Iron Bowl, the team was defeated by the Auburn Tigers by a score of 17–7. The team would end their season by defeating Hawaii. Though the team finished at 10–3 (6–2) and atop the SEC West standings, they were ineligible to play in the postseason due to receiving NCAA sanctions in 2001.

On December 5, head coach Dennis Franchione left the University of Alabama to take a head coaching job at Texas A&M which was left vacant by the firing of R. C. Slocum.[1]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 3111:30 a.m.Middle Tennessee*JPSW 39–3480,091
September 72:30 p.m.at No. 2 Oklahoma*ABCL 27–3775,564
September 146:00 p.m.North Texas*PPVW 33–779,818
September 216:00 p.m.Southern Miss*
  • Bryant–Denny Stadium
  • Tuscaloosa, AL
ESPN2W 20–783,818
September 286:45 p.m.at ArkansasESPNW 30–1273,551
October 52:30 p.m.No. 7 GeorgiaNo. 22
CBSL 25–2783,818
October 192:30 p.m.No. 21 Ole MissdaggerNo. 24
  • Bryant–Denny Stadium
  • Tuscaloosa, AL (rivalry)
CBSW 42–783,818
October 266:45 p.m.at No. 16 TennesseeNo. 19ESPNW 34–14107,722
November 21:00 p.m.at VanderbiltNo. 12PPVW 30–836,407
November 91:00 p.m.Mississippi StateNo. 11
  • Bryant–Denny Stadium
  • Tuscaloosa, AL (rivalry)
PPVW 28–1483,818
November 168:00 p.m.at No. 14 LSUNo. 10ESPNW 31–092,012
November 232:30 p.m.AuburnNo. 9
  • Bryant–Denny Stadium
  • Tuscaloosa, AL (Iron Bowl)
CBSL 7–1783,818
November 306:45 p.m.at Hawaii*No. 14ESPNW 21–1650,000
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Roster

2002 Alabama Crimson Tide football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 14 Tyler Watts Sr
C 51 Evan Mathis So
C 58 Alonzo Ephraim Sr
WR 80 Zach Fletcher Jr
WR 84 Triandos Luke Jr
QB 12 Brodie Croyle Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 6 Derrick Pope Jr
LB 8 Freddie Roach Fr
SS 10 Carlos Andrews Jr
CB 41 Roman Harper Fr
DE 54 Kindal Moorehead Sr
DE 91 Chris Harris Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

Coaching staff

Name Position Consecutive seasons at Alabama
Dennis Franchione Head coach 2nd
Les Koenning Offensive coordinator/Quarterback coach 2nd
Kenith Pope Assistant head coach/Wide receivers coach 2nd
Jim Bob Helduser Offensive line coach 2nd
Mark Tommerdahl Special teams coordinator/Tight End coach 2nd
Lee Fobbs Running backs coach 2nd
Carl Torbush Defensive coordinator/ Linebackers coach 2nd
Chris Thurmond Cornerbacks coach 2nd
Melvin Smith Safeties coach 1st
Stan Eggen Defensive line coach 2nd
Reference:[3]

Game summaries

Middle Tennessee

See also: 2002 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders football team

1 2 3 4 Total
Middle Tennessee 0 11 3 20 34
Alabama 22 0 7 10 39

In the only game that Alabama would play at Legion Field in 2002, the Crimson Tide would score a season opening win for the first time since 1999.

Oklahoma

See also: 2002 Oklahoma Sooners football team

1 2 3 4 Total
Alabama 3 0 14 10 27
#3 Oklahoma 9 14 0 14 37

The first road game of the year for Alabama would prove to be one of the most exciting game of the year. Despite trailing 23-3 at halftime, Alabama roared back in the second half with 24 unanswered points to take a 27-23 lead late into the 4th quarter. Oklahoma however, scored the last 14 points to win 37-27.

North Texas

See also: 2002 North Texas Mean Green football team

1 2 3 4 Total
North Texas 0 7 0 0 7
Alabama 3 16 7 7 33

In the first game of the season at Bryant-Denny Stadium, The Crimson Tide would go over 500 yards of offense for the first time this season and win their first non-conference game at Bryant Denny Stadium since 1999. This game also was the first time since 1986 Alabama would not sellout their game at Bryant-Denny Stadium snapping a streak of 56 straight sellouts in Tuscaloosa.

Southern Miss

See also: 2002 Southern Miss Golden Eagles football team

1 2 3 4 Total
Southern Miss 0 0 7 0 7
Alabama 7 7 0 6 20

For the second straight week, Alabama would hold their opponent to under 150 yards of total offense to win their third game of the season. This would be Ahmaad Galloway final game at Alabama as he would tear his ACL in the 4th quarter.

Arkansas

See also: 2002 Arkansas Razorbacks football team

1 2 3 4 Total
Alabama 14 3 3 10 30
Arkansas 0 7 3 2 12

Shaud Williams would take the opening play 80 yards for a touchdown as the Crimson Tide beat Arkansas on the road for the first time since 1996.

Georgia

See also: 2002 Georgia Bulldogs football team

1 2 3 4 Total
#7 Georgia 7 7 3 10 27
#22 Alabama 3 6 3 13 25

Georgia would use a Billy Bennett 32 yard field goal to beat Alabama in the first meeting between teams since 1995.

Ole Miss

See also: 2002 Ole Miss Rebels football team

1 2 3 4 Total
#21 Ole Miss 7 0 0 0 7
#24 Alabama 14 7 7 14 42

Santonio Beard tied Shaun Alexander record of five rushing touchdowns in a game as Alabama dominated Ole Miss on Homecoming.

Tennessee

See also: 2002 Tennessee Volunteers football team

1 2 3 4 Total
#19 Alabama 7 7 10 10 34
#16 Tennessee 0 7 7 0 14

For the first time since 1994, Alabama beat Tennessee snapping a seven year win streak that the Vols had. To date, this was the longest streak by any opponent over the Tide.

Vanderbilt

See also: 2002 Vanderbilt Commodores football team

1 2 3 4 Total
#12 Alabama 7 6 7 10 30
Vanderbilt 0 0 0 8 8

For the second year in a row, the Crimson Tide traveled to Vanderbilt and for the 18th straight time Alabama would beat Vanderbilt. This would be the last time Alabama would meet Vanderbilt until 2006 snapping a 50 consecutive seasons streak of playing.

Mississippi State

See also: 2002 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team

1 2 3 4 Total
Mississippi State 3 11 0 0 14
#11 Alabama 14 7 7 0 28

Alabama used their offense in the first half and their defense in the second half to preserve second straight win against the Bulldogs for the first time since 1994-95. This game was not televised making it the first Alabama game since 1995 not to be on live television.

LSU

See also: 2002 LSU Tigers football team

1 2 3 4 Total
#10 Alabama 0 14 0 17 31
#14 LSU 0 0 0 0 0

Alabama defense would record a shutout for the first time since 1997 as the defeated the LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge.

Auburn

See also: 2002 Auburn Tigers football team

1 2 3 4 Total
Auburn 14 3 0 0 17
#9 Alabama 0 0 7 0 7

Alabama would trail for the first time since the Georgia game earlier in the season as Auburn would upset Alabama to continue their undefeated mark in Iron Bowl's played in Tuscaloosa.

Hawaii

See also: 2002 Hawaii Warriors football team

1 2 3 4 Total
#14 Alabama 0 14 0 7 21
Hawaii 0 0 3 13 16

Alabama would clinch 10 wins for the first time since 1999 as Alabama beat Hawaii to end the season 10-3. This would be Dennis Franchione last game as coach at Alabama as he would leave to be Texas A&M Head Coach on December 4th, 2002.

References

  1. ^ "Franchione bolts Alabama for Texas A&M". CNN. Retrieved February 10, 2008.
  2. ^ "All-time Football Results: 2002 Season". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Archived from the original on December 2, 2011. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  3. ^ 2002 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Media Guide, p. 2