The 2002 Ohio State Buckeyes—a team that many expected to be blown out by the vastly favored Miami Hurricanes in the 2003 national title game—shocked the world when they came out on top with a wild, 31-24 double-overtime victory.
The No. 2 Buckeyes came into the game following a season filled with nail-biting victories. Six of Ohio State's 13 regular-season games weren't decided until the last play, and the Buckeyes' final three victories over Purdue, Illinois and Michigan all went down to the wire.
Top-ranked Miami, however, came into the game riding one of college football's longest winning streaks. The Hurricanes had won 34 straight games and were beating their opponents by an average of 24 points in 2002.
Miami was favored by 11.5 points, but when the game kicked off, it was the Buckeyes who took control.
The Hurricanes got a quick touchdown midway through the first quarter, but Ohio State's defense flexed its muscle from there. After Miami's first two drives, the Hurricanes offense gained just 59 yards and turned the ball over three times in the first half.
Ohio State's defense continued to dominate in the second half, and the Buckeyes gained a 17-7 lead midway through the third quarter.
Miami bounced back with 10 unanswered points, including a 40-yard field goal as time expired, to force overtime.
The Hurricanes dominated the start of overtime, scoring a quick touchdown on the first possession. Miami had the Buckeyes in fourth-down situations twice on defense, but Ohio State converted the first one with a 17-yard pass from Craig Krenzel to Michael Jenkins and earned a first down on the highly criticized pass interference later in the drive.
The Buckeyes tied the game with a quarterback sneak from Krenzel, took the lead at the beginning of the second overtime on a touchdown run from Maurice Clarett, and the Buckeyes held the Hurricanes with a four-play goal-line stand to claim Ohio State's seventh national title.