It only took Jim Tressel two seasons to give Ohio State its first national title since 1970.
It was a season of close victories, with the Buckeyes winning six of their final seven games by less than seven points.
A gutsy fourth-down call that turned out to be a touchdown scoring play gave the Buckeyes a notable win over Purdue, preserving their undefeated season. Another close victory over Michigan gave Ohio State a 13-0 overall record and a Big Ten championship.
Ohio State would face the heavily favored Miami Hurricanes in the Fiesta Bowl for the BCS title. A very late controversial pass interference call in overtime against Miami gave Ohio State a chance to extend the game.
The Buckeyes would score, forcing the game into double overtime.
After a Maurice Clarett touchdown, Miami got the ball back and would try to force a third overtime. The Hurricanes had a 1st-and-goal on the OSU two-yard line. The Buckeye defense only gave up one yard on the next three plays.
It was fourth and goal on the OSU one yard line when Hurricane quarterback Ken Dorsey dropped back to pass.
Ohio State linebacker Cie Grant timed the cadence perfectly and burst into the backfield, grabbing Dorsey's arm as he desperately threw the ball into the end zone.
The ball fell to the turf and the Ohio State Buckeyes were the national champions of college football.