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2002 Mid-American Conference Year Summary

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Record: 80-91, .468 W-L% (8th of 12) (Schedule and Results)

SRS: -6.82 (10th of 12) ▪ SOS: -5.18 (12th of 12)

Division Champions: Marshall (East) and Toledo (West)
Conference Champion: Marshall (Won Championship Game 49-45)

Ranked in Preseason AP Poll:(Marshall)
Ranked in Final AP Poll:(Marshall)

Standings

Overall Conference Pts/G SRS
East W L Pct W L Pct Own Opp SRS SOS Notes
Marshall 11 2 .846 7 1 .875 35.2 24.2 2.97 -7.03
Central Florida 7 5 .583 6 2 .750 32.6 26.3 0.29 -5.13
Miami (OH) 7 5 .583 5 3 .625 32.0 27.1 0.23 -2.44
Ohio 4 8 .333 4 4 .500 24.9 31.2 -10.71 -5.21
Akron 4 8 .333 3 5 .375 27.1 31.6 -9.42 -4.92
Kent State 3 9 .250 1 7 .125 16.8 35.3 -16.47 -4.72
Buffalo 1 11 .083 0 8 .000 17.8 34.7 -20.36 -6.69
West W L Pct W L Pct Own Opp SRS SOS Notes
Northern Illinois 8 4 .667 7 1 .875 31.3 24.8 -0.42 -4.75
Toledo 9 5 .643 7 1 .875 35.4 27.0 3.24 -3.12
Bowling Green State 9 3 .750 6 2 .750 40.8 25.3 2.70 -7.96
Ball State 6 6 .500 4 4 .500 23.2 27.8 -8.30 -5.30
Western Michigan 4 8 .333 3 5 .375 25.3 27.5 -6.65 -3.57
Central Michigan 4 8 .333 2 6 .250 22.3 32.0 -11.89 -5.80
Eastern Michigan 3 9 .250 1 7 .125 23.8 47.2 -20.64 -5.89

AP Poll Summary

School Pre 8/26 9/2 9/8 9/15 9/22 9/29 10/6 10/13 10/20 10/27 11/3 11/10 11/17 11/24 12/1 12/8 Final
Marshall 19 19 16 16                           24
Bowling Green State                 25 24 21 20            

2 Bowl Games

Date Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
2002-12-26 Motor City Bowl Boston College 51 Toledo 25 Motor City Bowl (Detroit, MI)
2002-12-18 GMAC Bowl Marshall 38 Louisville 15 GMAC Bowl (Mobile, AL)

Conference Leaders

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Pass Completions

1. Byron Leftwich* (MARSH) 331
2. Brian Jones* (TOL) 297
3. Ben Roethlisberger (MIAOH) 271
4. Ryan Schneider (CFL) 265
5. Charlie Frye (AKR) 250
6. Troy Edwards (EMI) 232
7. Randall Secky (BUF) 204
8. Josh Harris (BGSU) 198
9. Derrick Vickers (CMI) 175
10. Chad Munson (WMI) 162

Pass Attempts

1. Byron Leftwich* (MARSH) 491
2. Ryan Schneider (CFL) 430
3. Ben Roethlisberger (MIAOH) 428
4. Brian Jones* (TOL) 423
5. Randall Secky (BUF) 421
6. Troy Edwards (EMI) 410
7. Charlie Frye (AKR) 380
8. Josh Harris (BGSU) 353
9. Derrick Vickers (CMI) 320
10. Chad Munson (WMI) 309

Pass Completion Percentage

1. Brian Jones* (TOL) 70.2
2. Byron Leftwich* (MARSH) 67.4
3. Charlie Frye (AKR) 65.8
4. Ben Roethlisberger (MIAOH) 63.3
5. Ryan Schneider (CFL) 61.6
6. Troy Edwards (EMI) 56.6
7. Josh Harris (BGSU) 56.1
8. Andy Roesch (BALLST) 55.9
9. Derrick Vickers (CMI) 54.7
10. Chad Munson (WMI) 52.4

Passing Yards

1. Byron Leftwich* (MARSH) 4268
2. Ryan Schneider (CFL) 3770
3. Brian Jones* (TOL) 3446
4. Ben Roethlisberger (MIAOH) 3238
5. Charlie Frye (AKR) 2824
6. Troy Edwards (EMI) 2762
7. Josh Harris (BGSU) 2425
8. Chad Munson (WMI) 2160
9. Joshua Haldi (NIL) 2027
  Josh Haldi (NIL) 2027

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Ryan Schneider (CFL) 8.8
2. Byron Leftwich* (MARSH) 8.7
3. Brian Jones* (TOL) 8.1
4. Josh Haldi (NIL) 8.0
  Joshua Haldi (NIL) 8.0
6. Ben Roethlisberger (MIAOH) 7.6
7. Charlie Frye (AKR) 7.4
8. Chad Munson (WMI) 7.0
9. Josh Harris (BGSU) 6.9
10. Troy Edwards (EMI) 6.7

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Byron Leftwich* (MARSH) 9.0
2. Ryan Schneider (CFL) 8.5
3. Brian Jones* (TOL) 8.3
4. Joshua Haldi (NIL) 8.1
  Josh Haldi (NIL) 8.1
6. Ben Roethlisberger (MIAOH) 7.4
7. Charlie Frye (AKR) 7.2
8. Andy Roesch (BALLST) 6.6
9. Josh Harris (BGSU) 6.5
10. Troy Edwards (EMI) 5.8

Passing Touchdowns

1. Ryan Schneider (CFL) 31
2. Byron Leftwich* (MARSH) 30
3. Brian Jones* (TOL) 23
4. Ben Roethlisberger (MIAOH) 22
  Troy Edwards (EMI) 22
6. Josh Harris (BGSU) 19
7. Andy Roesch (BALLST) 15
  Joshua Haldi (NIL) 15
  Charlie Frye (AKR) 15
  Josh Haldi (NIL) 15

Passing Interceptions

1. Troy Edwards (EMI) 18
2. Chad Munson (WMI) 17
3. Ryan Schneider (CFL) 16
4. Joshua Cribbs (KENT) 14
5. Randall Secky (BUF) 13
6. Josh Harris (BGSU) 11
  Ben Roethlisberger (MIAOH) 11
8. Byron Leftwich* (MARSH) 10
9. Brian Jones* (TOL) 9
  Charlie Frye (AKR) 9
  Talmadge Hill (BALLST) 9

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Byron Leftwich* (MARSH) 156.5
2. Brian Jones* (TOL) 152.3
3. Ryan Schneider (CFL) 151.6
4. Ben Roethlisberger (MIAOH) 138.7
5. Charlie Frye (AKR) 136.5
6. Josh Haldi (NIL) 133.0
  Joshua Haldi (NIL) 133.0
8. Andy Roesch (BALLST) 129.3
9. Josh Harris (BGSU) 125.3
10. Troy Edwards (EMI) 122.1

Rush Attempts

1. Michael Turner (NIL) 338
2. Marcus Merriweather (BALLST) 332
3. Ime Akpan (EMI) 267
4. Robbie Mixon (CMI) 255
5. Aaron Leeper (BUF) 235
6. Chad Brinker (OH) 228
7. Luke Clemens (MIAOH) 223
8. Philip Reed (WMI) 221
9. Bobby Hendry (AKR) 208
10. Alex Haynes (CFL) 204

Rushing Yards

1. Michael Turner (NIL) 1915
2. Marcus Merriweather (BALLST) 1618
3. Robbie Mixon (CMI) 1361
4. Ime Akpan (EMI) 1221
5. Chad Brinker (OH) 1099
6. Joshua Cribbs (KENT) 1057
7. Philip Reed (WMI) 1053
8. Alex Haynes (CFL) 1038
9. Bobby Hendry (AKR) 1021
10. Luke Clemens (MIAOH) 1009

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Joshua Cribbs (KENT) 7.7
2. Joe Alls (BGSU) 6.6
3. Astin Martin* (TOL) 5.8
4. P.J. Pope (BGSU) 5.7
5. Michael Turner (NIL) 5.7
6. William Bratton* (TOL) 5.6
7. Robbie Mixon (CMI) 5.3
8. Eddie Beccles (KENT) 5.3
9. Alex Haynes (CFL) 5.1
10. Bobby Hendry (AKR) 4.9

Rushing Touchdowns

1. Josh Harris (BGSU) 20
2. Michael Turner (NIL) 19
3. Luke Clemens (MIAOH) 16
4. Ime Akpan (EMI) 15
5. Trinity Dawson* (TOL) 12
  Marcus Merriweather (BALLST) 12
7. Joshua Cribbs (KENT) 10
  Chad Brinker (OH) 10
  Philip Reed (WMI) 10
  Aaron Leeper (BUF) 10
  William Bratton* (TOL) 10

Receptions

1. Kevin Walter (EMI) 93
2. Denero Marriott* (MARSH) 86
3. Robert Redd (BGSU) 83
4. Carl Ford* (TOL) 79
5. Josh Davis* (MARSH) 75
  Doug Gabriel (CFL) 75
7. Darius Watts* (MARSH) 71
8. Donta Greene* (TOL) 63
9. Jimmy Fryzel (CFL) 58
10. Andre Forde (BUF) 54

Receiving Yards

1. Kevin Walter (EMI) 1368
2. Doug Gabriel (CFL) 1237
3. Josh Davis* (MARSH) 1191
4. Jimmy Fryzel (CFL) 1126
5. Carl Ford* (TOL) 1062
6. Darius Watts* (MARSH) 1030
7. Denero Marriott* (MARSH) 993
8. Robert Redd (BGSU) 973
9. Dan Sheldon (NIL) 783
10. Andre Forde (BUF) 748

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Dan Sheldon (NIL) 19.6
2. Jimmy Fryzel (CFL) 19.4
3. Curtis Jones* (MARSH) 17.4
4. Jermaine Lewis (WMI) 17.2
5. Doug Gabriel (CFL) 16.5
6. Josh Davis* (MARSH) 15.9
7. Chris Talley (EMI) 14.8
8. Kevin Walter (EMI) 14.7
9. Darius Watts* (MARSH) 14.5
10. Korey Kirkpatrick (MIAOH) 14.4

Receiving Touchdowns

1. Darius Watts* (MARSH) 12
2. Doug Gabriel (CFL) 11
3. Robert Redd (BGSU) 9
  Kevin Walter (EMI) 9
  Carl Ford* (TOL) 9
6. Michael Larkin (MIAOH) 8
  Denero Marriott* (MARSH) 8
8. Chris Roberson (EMI) 7
  Andre Forde (BUF) 7
  Andrew Clarke* (TOL) 7
  Jason Branch (MIAOH) 7
  Chris R. Roberson (EMI) 7

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Marcus Merriweather (BALLST) 354
2. Michael Turner (NIL) 348
3. Ime Akpan (EMI) 293
4. Robbie Mixon (CMI) 281
5. Aaron Leeper (BUF) 262
6. Luke Clemens (MIAOH) 250
7. Chad Brinker (OH) 241
8. Philip Reed (WMI) 236
9. Alex Haynes (CFL) 228
10. Bobby Hendry (AKR) 220

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Michael Turner (NIL) 2015
2. Marcus Merriweather (BALLST) 1825
3. Robbie Mixon (CMI) 1614
4. Kevin Walter (EMI) 1368
5. Luke Clemens (MIAOH) 1343
6. Ime Akpan (EMI) 1336
7. Doug Gabriel (CFL) 1289
8. Philip Reed (WMI) 1252
9. Chad Brinker (OH) 1214
10. Josh Davis* (MARSH) 1196

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Josh Harris (BGSU) 22
2. Michael Turner (NIL) 19
3. Luke Clemens (MIAOH) 17
4. Ime Akpan (EMI) 15
5. Marcus Merriweather (BALLST) 14
6. Trinity Dawson* (TOL) 12
  Darius Watts* (MARSH) 12
  Doug Gabriel (CFL) 12
9. Chad Brinker (OH) 11
  Philip Reed (WMI) 11

Total Plays

1. Josh Harris (BGSU) 539
2. Byron Leftwich* (MARSH) 528
3. Ben Roethlisberger (MIAOH) 510
4. Brian Jones* (TOL) 508
5. Charlie Frye (AKR) 482
6. Randall Secky (BUF) 480
7. Ryan Schneider (CFL) 467
8. Troy Edwards (EMI) 455
9. Derrick Vickers (CMI) 382
10. Chad Munson (WMI) 343

Total Yards

1. Byron Leftwich* (MARSH) 4267
2. Brian Jones* (TOL) 3860
3. Ryan Schneider (CFL) 3681
4. Ben Roethlisberger (MIAOH) 3184
5. Josh Harris (BGSU) 3162
6. Charlie Frye (AKR) 2949
7. Troy Edwards (EMI) 2667
8. Joshua Cribbs (KENT) 2071
9. Chad Munson (WMI) 2040
10. Joshua Haldi (NIL) 1937
  Josh Haldi (NIL) 1937

Total Yards Per Play

1. Byron Leftwich* (MARSH) 8.1
2. Ryan Schneider (CFL) 7.9
3. Brian Jones* (TOL) 7.6
4. Ben Roethlisberger (MIAOH) 6.2
5. Josh Harris (BGSU) 5.9

Total Touchdowns

1. Josh Harris (BGSU) 39
2. Byron Leftwich* (MARSH) 33
  Ryan Schneider (CFL) 33
4. Brian Jones* (TOL) 28
5. Ben Roethlisberger (MIAOH) 23
6. Charlie Frye (AKR) 22
  Troy Edwards (EMI) 22
8. Michael Turner (NIL) 19
9. Andy Roesch (BALLST) 16
  Luke Clemens (MIAOH) 16

Touchdowns

1. Josh Harris (BGSU) 22
2. Michael Turner (NIL) 20
3. Luke Clemens (MIAOH) 17
4. Ime Akpan (EMI) 15
5. Marcus Merriweather (BALLST) 14
6. Doug Gabriel (CFL) 12
  Darius Watts* (MARSH) 12
  Trinity Dawson* (TOL) 12
9. Philip Reed (WMI) 11
  Chad Brinker (OH) 11

Extra Point Attempts

1. Jason Robbins* (TOL) 62
2. Shaun Suisham (BGSU) 59
3. Curtis Head* (MARSH) 53
4. Matt Prater (CFL) 47
5. Jared Parseghian (MIAOH) 46
6. Billy Sullivan (AKR) 43
  Steve Azar (NIL) 43
8. Eric Klaban (EMI) 39
9. Kevin Kerr (OH) 36
10. Mike Langford (BALLST) 33

Extra Points Made

1. Shaun Suisham (BGSU) 57
2. Jason Robbins* (TOL) 54
3. Curtis Head* (MARSH) 49
4. Jared Parseghian (MIAOH) 44
  Matt Prater (CFL) 44
6. Steve Azar (NIL) 41
7. Billy Sullivan (AKR) 40
8. Eric Klaban (EMI) 37
9. Mike Langford (BALLST) 31
  Kevin Kerr (OH) 31

Field Goal Attempts

1. Steve Azar (NIL) 25
2. Matt Prater (CFL) 21
  Curtis Head* (MARSH) 21
4. Mike Gruzwalski (CMI) 19
5. Kevin Kerr (OH) 16
  Jason Robbins* (TOL) 16
7. Jared Parseghian (MIAOH) 14
  Travis Mayle (KENT) 14
  Billy Sullivan (AKR) 14
  Anthony Apa (WMI) 14
  Shaun Suisham (BGSU) 14

Field Goals Made

1. Steve Azar (NIL) 18
2. Curtis Head* (MARSH) 16
3. Mike Gruzwalski (CMI) 14
  Matt Prater (CFL) 14
  Jared Parseghian (MIAOH) 14
6. Jason Robbins* (TOL) 13
7. Travis Mayle (KENT) 12
  Shaun Suisham (BGSU) 12
9. Kevin Kerr (OH) 10
10. Dallas Pelz (BUF) 9
  Mike Langford (BALLST) 9

Punts

1. Scott McMahan (BUF) 81
2. Brian Brandt (CMI) 71
3. David Rysko (EMI) 64
4. Jimmy Erwin (NIL) 63
5. Jared Fritz (KENT) 59
6. Reggie Hodges (BALLST) 57
7. Kevin Kerr (OH) 55
8. Pat Fleming (BGSU) 51
  Patrick Fleming (BGSU) 51
10. Andy Jerdon (AKR) 46

Punting Yards

1. Scott McMahan (BUF) 3258
2. Brian Brandt (CMI) 2815
3. David Rysko (EMI) 2660
4. Jimmy Erwin (NIL) 2412
5. Jared Fritz (KENT) 2409
6. Reggie Hodges (BALLST) 2299
7. Kevin Kerr (OH) 2258
8. Patrick Fleming (BGSU) 2000
  Pat Fleming (BGSU) 2000
10. Andy Jerdon (AKR) 1856

Punting Yards Per Punt

1. Michael Wafzig (MIAOH) 41.6
2. Pat Fleming (BGSU) 39.2

Punt Returns

1. Robert Redd (BGSU) 31
2. Donta Greene* (TOL) 30
3. Kendrick Mosley (WMI) 29
4. Eddie Tillitz (MIAOH) 28
5. Stafford Owens (OH) 27
6. Chris Roberson (EMI) 21
  Dan Sheldon (NIL) 21
  Sean Schembra (BALLST) 21
  Chris R. Roberson (EMI) 21
10. Andre Forde (BUF) 19
  Asante Samuel (CFL) 19

Punt Return Yards

1. Dan Sheldon (NIL) 477
2. Donta Greene* (TOL) 443
3. Kendrick Mosley (WMI) 440
4. Stafford Owens (OH) 271
5. Sean Schembra (BALLST) 246
6. Asante Samuel (CFL) 233
7. Chris Roberson (EMI) 232
  Chris R. Roberson (EMI) 232
9. Robert Redd (BGSU) 209
10. Eddie Tillitz (MIAOH) 206

Punt Return Yards Per Return

1. Chris Roberson (EMI) 11.0

Punt Return Touchdowns

1. Dan Sheldon (NIL) 3
2. Kendrick Mosley (WMI) 2

Kickoff Returns

1. Donta Greene* (TOL) 36
  Matt Carter (AKR) 36
3. Doug Gabriel (CFL) 31
4. Andre Forde (BUF) 30
  Antonio King (KENT) 30
6. Robbie Mixon (CMI) 28
7. Milt Bowen (MIAOH) 27
8. Dion Byrum (OH) 26
9. Jason Caesar (OH) 24
  Sean Schembra (BALLST) 24

Kickoff Return Yards

1. Matt Carter (AKR) 867
2. Donta Greene* (TOL) 809
3. Doug Gabriel (CFL) 632
4. Andre Forde (BUF) 626
5. Antonio King (KENT) 598
6. Milt Bowen (MIAOH) 592
7. Robbie Mixon (CMI) 563
8. Dion Byrum (OH) 541
9. Jason Caesar (OH) 505
10. Larry Bostic (BALLST) 481

Kickoff Return Yards Per Return

1. Martez Johnson (BGSU) 22.2
2. Chris Roberson (EMI) 20.5

Kickoff Return Touchdowns

1. Tyrone Walker (WMI) 2

Interceptions

1. Randee Drew (NIL) 7
2. Mark Graham (BUF) 6
  Brandon Hefflin* (TOL) 6
  Milt Bowen (MIAOH) 6
  Bop White (OH) 6
6. Vince Thompson (NIL) 5
  Tony Carr (WMI) 5
8. Asante Samuel (CFL) 4
  James King (CMI) 4
  Dante McKnight (CMI) 4
  Nashville Dyer (KENT) 4

Interception Return Yards

1. Randee Drew (NIL) 103
2. Mike Lambert (BUF) 90
3. Rob Stover (OH) 77
4. Shawn Armstead (KENT) 75
5. Mark Graham (BUF) 72
6. Keon Jackson* (TOL) 58
7. Omar Laurence (CFL) 57
8. Janssen Patton (BGSU) 52
  Bop White (OH) 52
10. Mike Johnson (WMI) 51

Interception Return Touchdowns

1. Keon Jackson* (TOL) 2