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This Day in College Football History: Buckeyes Edge Hurricanes for BCS Title

Jim Tressel's crowning achievement. Getty Images.

This day in 2003

Jim Tressel's crowning achievement. Getty Images.

No. 2 Ohio State claimed its first national championship since 1968 by upsetting No. 1 Miami (Fla.) 31-24 in double overtime at the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Ariz. Miami, the defending national champions and riding a 34-game winning streak, opened the scoring with a 25-yard scoring strike from quarterback Ken Dorsey to wide receiver Roscoe Parrish in the first quarter. The Buckeyes responded by notching 17 straight points, but Miami responded with a nine-yard run by tailback Willis McGahee and kicker Todd Sievers sent the game to overtime with a 40-yard field goal as time expired. The Hurricanes opened overtime with a seven-yard touchdown grab by tight end Kellen Winslow II, and seemingly had the game won on Ohio State’s possession until pass interference was called on a pass from Buckeyes quarterback Craig Krenzel to wide receiver Chris Gamble (video below). Krenzel, who would win the William V. Campbell Trophy 11 months later, registered his second touchdown run of the game to send the game to double overtime. Running back Maurice Clarett gave Ohio State the lead with a five-yard touchdown plunge, and the Buckeyes’ defense held Miami out of the end zone on the ensuing possession.

Source: National Football Foundation

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