2002: Michigan 27 Penn State 24





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Published on Jun 13, 2011

Interesting notes about this game:

1. This was the final year of using natural grass at the Big House. It lasted 12 seasons before it became too much of a pain to maintain. The field never looked worse than for this game. You can see clumps of grass and dirt flying on almost every tackle.

2. The first 4 minutes of this game was never broadcast (at least in the Metro Detroit area) because the Florida State/Miami game went over. This was joined in progress right after the Zia Combs injury. Carr feared that he had suffered a neck injury but Zia regained full movement the following day.

3. This is one of those classic games where Penn State fans never bitched more about the refs screwing them over, they always favor Michigan, the Big 10 is out to get us, blah, blah, blah, yadda, yadda, yadda. It doesn't matter that UM was penalized for more yards in this game and that PSU was the least penalized team in the conference in 02. It doesn't matter that PSU got away with bad calls all night like Brian Scott mugging Braylon Edwards and not getting flagged (14:13) or Zach Mills hiking the ball after the clock had run out and PSU not getting charged with delay of game in OT (23:45) or the bogus 1st down "catch" on 3rd and long by Bryant Johnson that wasn't a catch (22:05). I always figured the second Johnson catch was a makeup call. Both feet were in bounds but tivo shows that he was juggling the ball as he went down. So, whatever. We cheat, we're dirty, the refs love us, hate PSU, etc. No matter what you point out to prove them wrong, you will not win this debate with a Penn State fan. So just smile and nod and accept their ignorance.

Game played on October 12, 2002 in Ann Arbor.

2002 Michigan Wolverines Starting Lineups...


Split End - Braylon Edwards
Left Tackle - Courtney Morgan
Left Tackle - Tony Pape
Left Tackle - Adam Stenavich
Left Guard - David Baas
Center - Dave Pearson
Right Guard - Dave Petruziello
Right Tackle - Tony Pape
Right Tackle - Courtney Morgan
Tight End - Bennie Joppru
Flanker - Ronald Bellamy
Flanker - Tyrece Butler
Flanker - Andy Mignery
Quarterback - John Navarre
Tailback - Chris Perry
Tailback - B.J. Askew
Fullback - B.J. Askew
Fullback - Sean Anderson


Defensive End - Dan Rumishek
Defensive End - Shantee Orr
Defensive End - Larry Stevens
Defensive Tackle - Grant Bowman
Defensive Tackle - Norman Heuer
Defensive Tackle - Shawn Lazarus
Defensive Tackle - Julius Curry
Defensive End - Larry Stevens
Defensive End - Shantee Orr
Defensive End - Dan Rumishek
Outside Linebacker - Victor Hobson
Inside Linebacker - Carl Diggs
Inside Linebacker - Zia Combs
Inside Linebacker - Zach Kaufman
Inside Linebacker - Scott McClintock
Cornerback - Marlin Jackson
Cornerback - Charles Drake
Strong Safety - Cato June
Strong Safety - Jon Shaw
Free Safety - Jeremy LeSeur
Free Safety - Markus Curry
Free Safety - Zia Combs

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