2002 Iowa Hawkeyes football
Iowa Athletics wordmark.svg
Big Ten co-champion
Orange Bowl, L 17–38 vs. USC
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
CoachesNo. 8
APNo. 8
Record11–2 (8–0 Big Ten)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorKen O'Keefe (4th season)
Defensive coordinatorNorm Parker (4th season)
Home stadiumKinnick Stadium
(Capacity: 70,397)
← 2001
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2002 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 1 Ohio State $#+   8 0     14 0  
No. 8 Iowa %+   8 0     11 2  
No. 9 Michigan   6 2     10 3  
No. 16 Penn State   5 3     9 4  
Purdue   4 4     7 6  
Illinois   4 4     5 7  
Minnesota   3 5     8 5  
Wisconsin   2 6     8 6  
Michigan State   2 6     4 8  
Northwestern   1 7     3 9  
Indiana   1 7     3 9  
  • # – BCS National Champion
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll[1]

The 2002 Iowa Hawkeyes football team represented the University of Iowa during the 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Hawkeyes played their home games at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa and were led by head coach Kirk Ferentz.

Iowa finished the regular-season with an 11–1 record, and were unbeaten in Big Ten Conference games at 8–0. The one loss came to rival Iowa State. With all the regular season success, which included a Co-Big Ten championship, the Hawkeyes could do little right in the 2003 Orange Bowl and lost 38-17 to the USC Trojans. Despite the loss, the 11 wins established an Iowa record for wins in a single season (matched in 2009, surpassed in 2015).


Coming off a 7–5 season that included an Alamo Bowl victory over Texas Tech, things were looking up for the Iowa Hawkeyes. However, the Hawkeyes had to replace six offensive starters and four defensive starters. Quarterback Brad Banks and running back Fred Russell looked to take a much bigger role in the offense. Russell would ultimately secure the starting spot as junior Aaron Greving decided to quit the team. Tight end Dallas Clark would also play a big role in the passing game.

On defense, the Hawkeyes lost all-conference defensive tackle Aaron Kampman, but had three players – Fred Barr, Benny Sapp, and Bob Sanders – on the Nagurski watch list. However, on August 5, 2002 Benny Sapp was arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and public intoxication leading to his being kicked off the team before the season started and his eventual transfer to the University of Northern Iowa and leaving the Hawkeyes very thin at cornerback. In total, Iowa returned six defensive starters as opposed to only five offensive starters. The Hawkeyes also returned punter David Bradley and kicker Nate Kaeding.

For lack of experience on offense, the Hawkeyes were unranked in both polls to start the season. They were also picked by Sports Illustrated to have a season similar to the year before, saying that another trip to the Alamo Bowl "should be viewed as a success."[2]


August 3111:00 amAkron*ESPN+W 57–2151,495[3]
September 711:00 amat Miami (OH)*ESPN+W 29–2425,934[4]
September 145:00 pmIowa State*
ESPN2L 31–3670,397[5]
September 212:30 pmUtah State*
  • Kinnick Stadium
  • Iowa City, Iowa
ESPN+W 48–754,211[6]
September 2811:00 amat No. 12 Penn StateESPNW 42–35 OT108,247
October 511:00 amPurduedaggerNo. 24
  • Kinnick Stadium
  • Iowa City, Iowa
ESPNW 31–2868,249
October 1211:00 amMichigan StateNo. 17
  • Kinnick Stadium
  • Iowa City, Iowa
ESPN2W 44–1670,397[7]
October 1911:00 amat IndianaNo. 15ESPN+W 24–833,458
October 2611:00 amat No. 8 MichiganNo. 13ESPNW 34–9111,496
November 211:00 amWisconsinNo. 9
  • Kinnick Stadium
  • Iowa City, Iowa (rivalry)
ESPNW 20–370,397[8]
November 911:00 amNorthwesternNo. 6
  • Kinnick Stadium
  • Iowa City, Iowa
ESPN2W 62–1068,728
November 1611:00 amat MinnesotaNo. 6ESPNW 45–2165,184
January 27:00 pmvs. No. 5 USC*No. 3ABCL 17–3875,971
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time


2002 Iowa Hawkeyes football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
QB 7 Brad Banks Sr
QB 6 Matt Bohnet
QB 10 Nathan Chandler Jr
QB 16 Jason Manson Fr
QB 12 Cy Phillips Fr
QB 5 David Raih Jr
QB 4 Clinton Solomon Fr
RB 40 Edgar Cervantes Jr
RB 34 Aaron Greving Jr
RB 29 Jermelle Lewis So
RB 46 Mike Mangan So
RB 43 Aaron Mickens So
RB 2 Fred Russell Jr
RB 23 Marcus Schnoor
RB 25 Kevin Sherlock
WR 9 Maurice Brown Jr
WR 22 Calvin Davis Fr
WR 11 Ed Hinkel
WR 86 Warren Holloway So
WR 8 C. J. Jones Sr
WR 12 Marqueas McLaurin Sr
WR 84 Matt Melloy
WR 15 Miguel Merrick Fr
WR 13 Ramon Ochoa Jr
WR 83 David Vickers Fr
TE 87 C.J. Barkema
TE 44 Dallas Clark Jr
TE 82 Ben Gates
TE 81 Tony Jackson So
TE 35 Erik Jensen Jr
TE 80 John Morscheiser II Sr
TE 89 Andy Thorn So
OL 77 Sam Aiello Jr
OL 66 Kody Asmus So
OL 75 Kory Borchers Jr
OL 68 Jacob Bowers So
OL 66 Erik Chinander Sr
OL 59 Ben Cronin
OL 55 Adam Densmore Jr
OL 64 Chris Felder Fr
OL 61 Brian Ferentz
OL 78 Robert Gallery Jr
OL 76 Jason Hoveland Sr
OL 53 Will Lack Sr
OL 58 Blake Larsen
OL 70 Andy Lightfoot Sr
OL 69 Pete McMahon So
OL 72 Bruce Nelson Sr
OL 73 David Porter Sr
OL 71 Eric Rothwell Jr
OL 65 Ben Sobieski Sr
OL 56 Eric Steinbach Sr
OL 64 Pete Traynor Sr
Pos. # Name Class
DL 45 Jonathan Babineaux So
DL 92 Steve Burch Fr
DL 90 Jared Clauss Jr
DL 94 Colin Cole Sr
DL 97 Fabian Dodd
DL 79 Marshall Freeman So
DL 99 Lee Gray
DL 93 Jory Helms Jr
DL 48 Howard Hodges Jr
DL 60 Tyler Luebke Jr
DL 88 Warren McDuffey Fr
DL 59 John Mickelson Sr
DL 78 O.J. Payne Jr
DL 98 Derreck Robinson So
DL 31 Matt Roth So
DL 63 Larry Thomas Fr
DL 96 John Traynor Jr
DL 58 Scott Webb Sr
LB 51 Fred Barr Sr
LB 54 Mike Elgin Fr
LB 49 Mike Follett
LB 55 Jacob Gancarczyk So
LB 18 Chad Greenway
LB 52 Abdul Hodge
LB 50 George Lewis Jr
LB 30 Ryan Majerus Fr
LB 27 Edmond Miles Fr
LB 38 Matt Neubauer
LB 57 Tom Revak So
LB 42 Grant Steen Jr
LB 53 Kevin Worthy Jr
LB 47 Eric Zilisch Fr
DB 20 Antwan Allen Fr
DB 4 Scott Boleyn Sr
DB 37 Sean Considine So
DB 36 Chigozie Ejiasi So
DB 17 Aramis Haralson So
DB 5 D.J. Johnson Sr
DB 26 Jovon Johnson Fr
DB 25 Derek Pagel Sr
DB 39 Marcus Paschal Fr
DB 7 Jermire Roberts Jr
DB 33 Bob Sanders Jr
DB 14 Adolphus Shelton Fr
DB 19 Chris Smith Jr
DB 41 Richey Williams Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 95 Nate Kaeding Jr
K 1 Kyle Schlicher Fr
P 28 David Bradley So
P 91 John Gallery

Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Ken O'KeefeOffensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • Norm ParkerDefensive Coordinator/Linebackers
  • Ron AikenDefensive line
  • Lester Erb – Receivers/Special Teams
  • Carl Jackson – Running backs
  • Reese Morgan – Recruiting/Tight Ends
  • Phil Parker – Defensive Backs
  • Joe PhilbinOffensive line
  • Darrell Wilson – Linebackers and Special Teams
  • Chris DoyleStrength and Conditioning

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


Further information: 2002 NCAA Division I-A football rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
— = Not ranked. RV = Received votes.
BCSNot released1310887555Not released

Game summaries


Zips (0-0) at Hawkeyes (0-0)
1 234Total
Zips 0 1470 21
Hawkeyes 37 1433 57

See also: 2002 Akron Zips football team

Iowa’s offense proved unstoppable as Fred Russell and Jermelle Lewis combined for 293 of the Hawkeyes' 376 rushing yards. Quarterback Brad Banks was steady in his debut, completing five of his eight passes, two for touchdowns. Wide receiver Mo Brown was on the receiving end of both of Banks' touchdowns. The defense was suspect at times (nearly 300 passing yards by Akron), but linebacker Kevin Worthy picked up the slack with a 72-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Iowa's 37 points in the first quarter was a school record for points in a single quarter.[9][10]

at Miami (OH)

Hawkeyes (1-0) at RedHawks (1-0)
1 234Total
Hawkeyes 7 697 29
RedHawks 0 1077 24

See also: 2002 Miami RedHawks football team

Facing a Ben Roethlisberger-led Miami squad, the Hawkeyes struggled to a five-point victory. Fred Russell ran for over 100 yards for the second straight week and Mo Brown caught five passes for 115 yards and one touchdown. Banks went head-to-head with Roethlisberger, throwing for 256 yards. Roethlisberger passed the ball 51 times, and completed 33 of them for 343 yards but had two interceptions. Capitalizing on several Iowa mistakes, the RedHawks were in the game late into the fourth quarter but could not pull off the upset at home.[11]

Iowa State

Cyclones (2-1) at Hawkeyes (2-0)
Cy-Hawk Game
1 234Total
Cyclones 7 0236 36
Hawkeyes 7 1707 31

See also: 2002 Iowa State Cyclones football team

Having not beaten their in-state rivals in the four previous seasons, the Hawkeyes quickly grabbed a 17-point halftime lead. But Iowa State's Seneca Wallace was not about to leave Iowa City with a loss. Coupled with two Banks fumbles in Iowa territory, a stellar performance by the senior quarterback led to 29 straight Iowa State points. Despite holding Iowa State to 85 yards rushing, Iowa's last touchdown was a little too late, and the Cyclones ran out the clock after Iowa failed an onside kick attempt.[12]

Utah State

Aggies (1-2) at Hawkeyes (2-1)
1 234Total
Aggies 0 700 7
Hawkeyes 14 10240 48

See also: 2002 Utah State Aggies football team

For the second straight week, the Hawkeyes held a 24–7 advantage at halftime. But this time, the Hawks did all the scoring in the 3rd quarter to salt the game away. Iowa was without starting running back Fred Russell but Jermelle Lewis did an excellent job in replacement. The sophomore had 109 yards on only 9 rushes. The Hawkeyes also got scores off a blocked punt by Sean Considine recovered by Mike Follett and a fumble recovery by Jared Clauss. As a team, the Hawkeyes racked up exactly 300 yards rushing and 518 yards of total offense.[13][14]

at No. 12 Penn State

Hawkeyes (3-1) at #12 Nittany Lions (3-0)
Big Ten Opener
1 234OTTotal
Hawkeyes 17 9907 42
No. 12 Nittany Lions 0 76220 35

See also: 2002 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

Iowa opened up Big Ten play against the #12 team in the country, the Penn State Nittany Lions. On the heels of three quick touchdowns and one field goal, the Hawkeyes opened up the game with an unexpected 23–0 lead. When Penn State finally got on the scoreboard, Iowa quickly answered back with a Nate Kaeding 55-yard field goal as time expired in the first half. Holding a 35–13 lead going into the 4th quarter, things were looking ripe for a Hawkeye upset. But Penn State quarterback Zack Mills had the game of his career and threw three touchdown passes in the final 7:13 to tie the game at 35. Mills had a total of 399 passing yards in the game. However, Penn State was not able to answer an Iowa touchdown in the first overtime and, for the first time since 1996, Iowa had beaten a ranked opponent on the road. The win vaulted the Hawkeyes into the AP Top 25 for the first time since 1997.[15][16][17]


Boilermakers (3-2) at #24 Hawkeyes (4-1)
1 234Total
Boilermakers 7 7014 28
No. 24 Hawkeyes 3 7147 31

See also: 2002 Purdue Boilermakers football team

In a game that was full of big plays, Iowa did just enough to win on Homecoming weekend. Iowa scored three times on special teams, once on a blocked field goal, once on a blocked punt and once on a 51-yard Nate Kaeding field goal. But even a 95-yard touchdown pass from Brad Banks to Dallas Clark wasn't enough to keep the Boilermakers from making a comeback. Scoring on two rushing touchdowns in the 4th quarter, Purdue quickly turned a 10-point deficit into a four-point lead. And after Banks was sacked on 4th down with only 2:44 remaining, it seemed as if Purdue would escape with the victory. But the Boilermakers could do nothing with their three downs and had to punt the ball away. Banks wasted no time, running for a 44-yard gain to the Purdue 43 on the first play of the drive. Later, on 4th down from the Purdue seven-yard line, Banks connected with Clark once again, this time for the game-winning touchdown. Purdue had one last chance, but a late interception by Adolphus Shelton secured the Iowa victory.[18]

Michigan State

Spartans (3-2) at #17 Hawkeyes (5-1)
1 234Total
Spartans 7 009 16
No. 17 Hawkeyes 17 10170 44

See also: 2002 Michigan State Spartans football team

Iowa's defense was strong against Michigan State, as the Hawkeyes held the Spartans to just 249 yards of total offense. No one really stood out on offense, but the Hawkeyes once again got scores from the defense and the special teams. Immediately following a Spartan touchdown, Iowa's Jermelle Lewis returned the kick 94 yards for the touchdown. Later in the 1st quarter, Derek Pagel took an interception 62 yards for the touchdown. C.J. Jones scored twice on passes from Brad Banks as Iowa scored 44 consecutive points spanning the first three quarters. Iowa also held Michigan State's Charles Rogers from scoring a touchdown, ending Rogers' consecutive game streak with a touchdown reception at 14.[19][20]

at Indiana

#15 Hawkeyes (6-1) at Hoosiers (3-3)
1 234Total
No. 15 Hawkeyes 17 007 24
Hoosiers 0 035 8

See also: 2002 Indiana Hoosiers football team

Running back Fred Russell was the star on offense, running for 110 yards and two touchdowns. But aside from Grant Steen's three interceptions and the eight points allowed, the defense was not up to par. The Hawkeyes allowed 480 yards of total offense, including 334 yards passing by Indiana's Gibran Hamdan. The Hawkeyes also made several mental errors by fumbling the ball twice while Brad Banks threw a rare interception. The game could have been much closer had Steen not intercepted all three passes deep in Iowa territory. The three interceptions is also an Iowa single-game record.[21][22]

at No. 8 Michigan

#13 Hawkeyes (7-1) at #8 Wolverines (6-1)
1 234Total
No. 13 Hawkeyes 10 01410 34
No. 8 Wolverines 0 630 9

See also: 2002 Michigan Wolverines football team

Behind a solid effort from running back Jermelle Lewis and wide receiver C.J. Jones, the Hawkeyes quickly jumped out to a 10–0 lead. And if it were not for a fumbled punt, the game wouldn't have gotten any closer. As it was, Michigan's Chris Perry scored moments later and Iowa took a 10–6 lead into halftime. After a Michigan field goal pushed the score to 10–9, Iowa took over. The Hawkeyes scored 24 unanswered points to finish the game as Lewis and Jones racked up two touchdowns each. Quarterback Brad Banks threw for 222 yards and three touchdowns as Iowa handed Michigan their worst home loss since 1967. The win propelled the Hawkeyes into the AP Top 10 for the first time since the 1991 season.[23][24][25][26]


Badgers (6-3) at #9 Hawkeyes (8-1)
1 234Total
Badgers 0 300 3
No. 9 Hawkeyes 0 10100 20

See also: 2002 Wisconsin Badgers football team

Quarterback Brad Banks threw for a career-high 275 yards while the Hawkeye defense held the Badgers to just 78 yards rushing. In total, Wisconsin had 215 yards of offense. Iowa's Mo Brown and Dallas Clark finished with a combined 204 receiving yards and had both of Iowa's touchdowns. As a result of Iowa's powerful defense, Wisconsin lost two quarterbacks to injury, Brooks Bollinger and Jim Sorgi. Iowa's defense also held running back Anthony Davis to a career-low 34 yards on 16 rushes. After the victory, Iowa was 6–0 in the Big Ten for the first time in school history.[27][28]


Wildcats (3-7) at #6 Hawkeyes (9-1)
Senior Day
1 234Total
Wildcats 7 300 10
No. 6 Hawkeyes 14 21216 62

See also: 2002 Northwestern Wildcats football team

On Senior Day, Brad Banks was a perfect 10-for-10 for 197 yards and three touchdowns. He also scored on two of Iowa's four rushing touchdowns. Iowa's receivers were busy as Mo Brown, Dallas Clark and C.J. Jones all had touchdowns. Freshman wideout Ed Hinkel even got in on the action, scoring on a 58-yard punt return. Running back Fred Russell returned from a hand injury, and ran for 100 yards in becoming Iowa's 10th player to have a 1,000-yard rushing season. Iowa's victory tied a school record for wins in a season at 10.[29][30]

at Minnesota

#6 Hawkeyes (10-1) at Golden Gophers (7-3)
Floyd of Rosedale
1 234Total
No. 6 Hawkeyes 14 14710 45
Golden Gophers 7 770 21

See also: 2002 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

Iowa's defense forced six Minnesota turnovers en route to a 45–21 victory. The Hawkeyes only had 100 yards passing, mainly because their running game couldn't be stopped. Fred Russell and Jermelle Lewis combined for 295 of Iowa's 365 rushing yards while Brad Banks threw for two touchdowns and ran for two touchdowns. Mo Brown caught his tenth touchdown pass of the season, which tied Quinn Early for touchdown receptions in a season. The win was Iowa's tenth straight Big Ten win, the longest such streak since a 13-game streak in the 1920s. The game was also played in front of the largest crowd to ever see a Minnesota Golden Gophers football game at the Metrodome.[31][32][33]

vs. No. 5 USC (Orange Bowl)

#3 Hawkeyes (11-1) vs. #5 Trojans (10-2)
Orange Bowl
1 234Total
No. 3 Hawkeyes 10 007 17
No. 5 Trojans 7 31414 38

Main article: 2003 Orange Bowl

See also: 2002 USC Trojans football team

The game opened up with a bang for the Hawkeyes, as C.J. Jones took the opening kickoff 100-yards for the touchdown. But as it turns out, it would be the only time until late in the fourth quarter that the Hawkeyes would see the endzone. Although the game was tied at halftime, USC blocked Iowa's last-second field goal, preventing a possible Iowa lead at the half. From there, Heisman winner Carson Palmer went to work. The senior quarterback threw for over 300 yards against the Big Ten's worst passing defense and led scoring drives of 79, 80, 99, 85 and 61 yards as the Trojans held a 16-minute advantage in time of possession. The USC defense was suffocating and Iowa's miscues were proof. The Hawkeyes had two turnovers, 13 penalties, and multiple missed opportunities. [34]

Postseason Awards

See also: 2002 College Football All-America Team and 2002 All-Big Ten Conference football team

Team Players in the 2003 NFL Draft

Main article: 2003 NFL Draft

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Dallas Clark Tight End 1 24 Indianapolis Colts
Eric Steinbach Guard 2 33 Cincinnati Bengals
Bruce Nelson Center 2 50 Carolina Panthers
Derek Pagel Defensive Back 5 140 New York Jets
Ben Sobieski Guard 5 151 Buffalo Bills



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