Game Result: Ohio State 31, Miami 24 (OT); Jan. 3, 2003
To this day, there are many who believe this is one of the greatest college football games ever played.
It’s hard to argue against that. The game featured the defending national champion against one of the fiercest running backs college football had seen in quite some time.
That running back, Maurice Clarett, also happened to make a huge play in the game…as an offensive player-turned-defender.
With the Buckeyes leading 14-7 in the third quarter, quarterback Craig Krenzel made a poor decision and threw a ball into the end zone that was picked off by the Hurricane’s Sean Taylor. With open field ahead of him, Taylor looked poise for a long return, maybe even a touchdown.
All he needed to do was get by Clarett.
But that’s when the Ohio State back came from out of nowhere to jar the ball lose and help Ohio State recover the fumble. The Buckeyes would go on to kick a field goal.
It was a potential 10-point swing that had a drastic impact on the game’s outcome.