The 2002 college football season officially gets under way this week. ESPN Classic commemorates the event with a look back at some of the top games and individual performances from last season with a two-day, 15-hour Classic College Football Kickoff on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24-25. Here's the schedule:
All times Eastern
Classic College Football Kickoff 2002
|Major Applewhite completed 37 of 55 passes for 473 yards -- all career highs and all Texas records -- in the 2001 Holiday Bowl comeback win over Washington.|
Saturday, Aug. 24 (Noon - 7 p.m. ET)
Sunday, Aug. 25 (Noon - 8 p.m. ET)
Saturday, Aug. 24
Noon - Clemson at Georgia Tech (2001)
Clemson QB Woody Dantzler proves why he started the season as a Heisman Trophy candidate. Dantzler completed a 63-yard bomb for a touchdown to J.J. McKelvey with just 1:18 to play in regulation that gave Clemson a 41-38 lead before the senior stepped up again in overtime, scampering 11 yards for the winning touchdown in overtime as the Tigers won, 47-44. Dantzler, who also had a dazzling 38-yard run for a TD on the last play of the first half, accounted for 418 total yards.
2 p.m. - Michigan State at Northwestern (2001)
Northwestern loves to shine in dramatic fashion. A 27-26 victory over Michigan State provided three scores -- and three lead changes -- in the final 30 seconds. David Wasielewski finally ended it, kicking a 47-yard field goal as time expired. The Spartans scored on two returns in the last 4:42 to take a 26-24 lead with 18 seconds left. With 16 seconds left and starting on their own 13-yard-line, Northwestern called the "Victory Right" play. Zak Kustok's pass was tipped by Kunle Patrick to Jon Schweighardt, who went 54 yards to the Spartans' 33. After a QB keeper for three yards, Wasielewski came on for the winning kick.
4 p.m. - 2001 Holiday Bowl: Washington vs. Texas
Washington dominated most of the game but it was the Longhorns who had the fourth quarter magic. The Huskies led 36-17 with four minutes remaining in the third quarter before the Texas rallied for 23 unanswered points -- 20 in the fourth -- to jump ahead 40-36 with six minutes remaining. Willie Hurst recaptured the Washington lead, 43-40, on a 34-yard run with 1:49 to play. That was enough time for senior QB Major Applewhite to engineer an 80-yard drive, capped by Ivan Williams' 3-yard score, for the final 47-43 margin. Applewhite finished with a Holiday Bowl record 473 yards, completing 37 of 55 throws with four touchdowns. Roy Williams and B.J. Johnson combined for 17 receptions and 291 yards for Texas.
Sunday, Aug. 25
Noon - Georgia at Tennessee (2001)
Verron Haynes caught a six-yard touchdown pass with five seconds remaining to give Georgia its first victory in Knoxville since 1980 by a 26-24 score. No. 6 Tennessee had taken the lead in dramatic fashion when Travis Stephens caught a screen pass and ran 62 yards for a touchdown with 44 seconds left for a 24-20 advantage. Stephens rushed 30 times for 176 yards. Redshirt freshman David Greene (21-of-34 for 303 yards) led the Georgia comeback. He hit a 14-yard pass to Randy McMichael before completing the winning score to Haynes.
2 p.m. - Oklahoma at Nebraska (2001)
|Eric Crouch's 63-yard trick play helped No. 3 Nebraska top No. 2 Oklahoma, 20-10.|
Eric Crouch scored on a 63-yard trick play as No. 3 Nebraska ended No. 2 Oklahoma's 20-game winning streak with a 20-10 victory. After taking a handoff around right end, Thunder Collins pitched it to freshman Mike Stuntz, who lofted a perfect pass to Crouch, who caught it around the 40 and ran in untouched. Crouch finished with 184 total yards. Dahrann Diedrick had 23 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown and Josh Brown kicked two field goals for the Huskers. Oklahoma starter Jason White was knocked out of the game early in the second quarter when he came down awkwardly on his left knee. Backup Nate Hybl was 17-for-36 for 184 yards in relief.
4 p.m. - Michigan at Michigan State (2001)
Michigan State running back T.J. Duckett, who rushed for 211 yards on 27 carries, caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from Jeff Smoker with no time left on the clock to give Michigan a dramatic 26-24 win over arch-rival and No. 6-ranked Michigan. Michigan set a school-record with 12 quarterback sacks but couldn't get to Smoker on the final play. Marquise Walker caught five passes for 131 yards and scored two touchdowns for Michigan, which led 17-14 at halftime.
6 p.m. - Florida at Auburn (2001)
Damon Duval's 44-yard field goal with 10 seconds left lifted Auburn to a stunning 23-20 victory. Auburn's defense was stifling, intercepting four Rex Grossman passes and held Florida to minus 36 yards rushing. Backup QB Daniel Cobb did an admiral job for Auburn, completing 11 of 23 passes for 152 yards, including 4-for-4 on the final drive. The Gators had outscored SEC opponents 140-25 and had collected 500-plus yards in all five games but managed just 328 against Auburn.
7 p.m. - SportsCentury: Pete Maravich