Now, this was one of the most controversial, exciting, thrilling games you could ever be part of as a college football fan. Miami came into the game riding a 34-game winning streak, boasting a national championship the previous season and NFL talent galore.
The Buckeyes came in ranked No. 2 with a plethora of close games, a nasty defense and a freshman running back who was one of the best Columbus, Ohio, had seen in a long time.
Miami scored first on a Roscoe Parrish touchdown catch in the first quarter, but the Buckeyes had a plan of their own in the second quarter. Ken Dorsey threw two picks that resulted in touchdown runs by Craig Krenzel and Maurice Clarett to give Ohio State a 14-7 halftime lead.
The teams traded punches in the third quarter with Ohio State adding a field goal and Miami scoring a touchdown.
With Ohio State leading by three late in the fourth, Parrish gave Miami great field position on a punt return, and Todd Sievers hit a 40-yard field goal to send the game to overtime.
Kellen Winslow Jr. caught a touchdown pass on Miami’s first possession, and then the Hurricanes stopped Ohio State on fourth down to win the national title...or did they? With Miami players running around celebrating, they failed to see a tiny yellow flag in the corner of the end zone. Pass interference was called, and that gave Ohio State new life.
Krenzel ran for a one-yard touchdown, and Clarett added another in the second OT to give the Buckeyes a seven-point lead. That would be the winning touchdown, as Ohio State stopped the Hurricanes on their next drive and captured the crystal football en route to a 14-0 season.