2002 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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2002 NCAA Division I-AA season
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Regular season
DurationAugust–November
Payton Award Tony Romo (QB, Eastern Illinois)
Buchanan Award Rashean Mathis (FC, Bethune-Cookman)
Playoff
DurationNovember 30–December 20
Championship date December 20, 2002
Championship site Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Champion Western Kentucky
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The 2002 NCAA Division I-AA football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I-AA level, began in August 2002, and concluded with the 2002 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game on December 20, 2002, at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers won their first I-AA championship, defeating the McNeese State Cowboys by a final score of 34−14. [1]

Contents

Conference changes and new programs

School2001 Conference2002 Conference
Charleston Southern I-AA Independent Big South
Elon I-AA Independent Big South
FIU New Program I-AA Independent
Gardner-Webb D-II Independent Big South
Liberty I-AA Independent Big South
Savannah State D-II Independent I-AA Independent
Troy State I-AA Independent I-A Independent

Conference standings

2002 Atlantic 10 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 6 Maine $^ 72    113 
No. 11 Northeastern $^ 72    103 
No. 4 Villanova ^ 63    114 
UMass  63    84 
William & Mary  54    65 
Richmond  45    47 
Delaware  45    66 
Hofstra  45    66 
James Madison  46    57 
New Hampshire  27    38 
Rhode Island  18    39 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2002 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 7 Montana +^ 52    113 
No. 19 Montana State +^ 52    76 
No. 18 Idaho State + 52    83 
Eastern Washington  34    65 
Northern Arizona  34    65 
Portland State  34    65 
Sacramento State  34    58 
Weber State  16    38 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2002 Big South Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 22 Gardner–Webb $ 30    91 
Elon  21    47 
Liberty  12    29 
Charleston Southern  03    48 
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2002 Gateway Football Conference standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 1 Western Kentucky +^ 61    123 
No. 5 Western Illinois +^ 61    112 
Youngstown State  43    74 
Illinois State  43    65 
Indiana State  34    57 
Northern Iowa  25    56 
Southern Illinois  25    48 
SW Missouri State  16    47 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2002 Ivy League football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 17 Penn $ 70    91 
Harvard  61    73 
Princeton  43    64 
Yale  43    64 
Cornell  34    46 
Dartmouth  25    37 
Brown  25    28 
Columbia  07    19 
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2002 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Duquesne $ 80    111 
Marist  53    74 
Saint Peter's  53    65 
Fairfield  53    56 
Iona  44    56 
Siena  35    37 
St. John's  26    28 
Canisius  26    29 
La Salle  26    29 
  • $ Conference champion
2002 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 15 Bethune-Cookman $^ 71    112 
Florida A&M  53    75 
Hampton  53    75 
Morgan State  53    75 
South Carolina State  44    75 
Howard  44    65 
Norfolk State  26    56 
North Carolina A&T  26    48 
Delaware State  26    48 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2002 Northeast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Albany $ 61    84 
Stony Brook  52    82 
Sacred Heart  52    73 
Wagner  43    74 
Central Connecticut  34    56 
Robert Morris  25    34 
Monmouth  25    28 
Saint Francis (PA)  16    28 
  • $ Conference champion
2002 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 13 Eastern Illinois +^ 51    84 
No. 20 Murray State +^ 51    75 
No. 21 Eastern Kentucky  42    84 
No. 24 Southeast Missouri State  42    84 
Tennessee Tech  24    57 
Tennessee State  15    210 
Tennessee–Martin  06    210 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2002 Patriot League football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 12 Fordham +^ 61    103 
No. 25 Colgate + 61    93 
Lafayette  52    75 
Lehigh  43    84 
Towson  34    65 
Georgetown  25    56 
Holy Cross  25    48 
Bucknell  07    29 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2002 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
North Division
Dayton $ 40    111 
San Diego  31    55 
Butler  22    46 
Drake  13    56 
Valparaiso  04    110 
South Division
Morehead State  30    93 
Davidson  21    73 
Austin Peay  12    75 
Jacksonville  03    37 
  • $ Conference champion
2002 Southern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 3 Georgia Southern $^ 71    113 
No. 14 Wofford  62    93 
No. 10 Appalachian State ^ 62    84 
No. 9 Furman ^ 62    84 
VMI  35    66 
Western Carolina  35    56 
East Tennessee State  26    48 
Chattanooga  26    210 
The Citadel  17    39 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
2002 Southland Football League standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 2 McNeese State $^ 60    132 
No. 16 Northwestern State ^ 42    94 
No. 23 Nicholls State  33    74 
Stephen F. Austin  33    65 
Jacksonville State  24    55 
Sam Houston State  24    47 
Southwest Texas State  15    47 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Ranking is from the Sports Network Poll
2002 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East
Alabama A&M x 61    84 
Jackson State  52    74 
Alcorn State  34    65 
Mississippi Valley State  34    56 
Alabama State  25    66 
West
No. 8 Grambling State x$ 61    112 
Southern  52    66 
Texas Southern  34    47 
Arkansas–Pine Bluff  25    38 
Prairie View A&M  07    110 
Championship: Grambling State 31, Alabama A&M 19
December 14, 2002
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
2002 NCAA Division I-AA independents football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Saint Mary's  00    66 
FIU  00    56 
Samford  00    47 
Cal Poly  00    38 
Florida Atlantic  00    29 
Savannah State  00    18 
Southern Utah  00    110 
Morris Brown  00    111 

Conference champions

Conference Champions

Atlantic 10 Conference – Maine and Northeastern
Big Sky Conference – Idaho State, Montana, and Montana State
Big South ConferenceGardner-Webb
Gateway Football Conference – Western Illinois and Western Kentucky
Ivy League – Penn
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference – Duquesne
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – Bethune-Cookman
Northeast Conference – Albany (NY)
Ohio Valley Conference – Eastern Illinois and Murray State
Patriot League – Colgate and Fordham
Pioneer Football League – Dayton
Southern Conference – Georgia Southern
Southland Football League – McNeese State
Southwestern Athletic Conference – Grambling State

Postseason

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket

The top four teams in the tournament were seeded; [2] seeded teams were assured of hosting games in the first two rounds. [3] [4]

First Round
November 30
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 7
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 14
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 20
Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, TN
            
1McNeese State* 21
Montana State 14
1McNeese State* 24
Montana 20
Montana * 45
Northwestern State 14
1McNeese State* 39
Villanova 28
Villanova* 45
Furman 38
Villanova* 24
Fordham 10
4 Northeastern* 24
Fordham29
1 McNeese State 14
Western Kentucky34
3 Georgia Southern * 34
Bethune-Cookman 0
3Georgia Southern* 31
Maine 7
Appalachian State* 13
Maine14
3 Georgia Southern* 28
Western Kentucky31
Western Kentucky * 59
Murray State 20
Western Kentucky31
2 Western Illinois* 28
2Western Illinois* 48
Eastern Illinois 9

*Denotes host institution

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