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When Miami and Ohio State played on January 3 2003... It was The greatest game I ever saw
It has been almost 10 years now, Ohio State's 31-24 double-overtime victory has not faded.
The Texas' 41-38 shootout victory over Southern California in the 2005 BCS Championship Game. The stars were everywhere in the Rose Bowl -- USC's Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush had won the Heisman Trophy and Texas' Vince Young certainly was good enough to have won one.
Texas-USC was a better video game. Ohio State-Miami was a better football game.
First of all, both teams played defense in the desert. Ohio State went after Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey like a pack of wild junkyard dogs. Defensive end Will Smith swung an arm at Dorsey on the first play from scrimmage and down goes Dorsey! Linebacker Matt Wilhelm later hit him with a pile-driver of a tackle in the second overtime, knocking Dorsey out for a play and rendering him helpless on the last play of the game on fourth down at the Ohio State 1-yard line.
Because of the vicious punishment, it was a game of attrition. In addition to Dorsey's dazed, reduced state at the end, OSU nickel back Will Allen knocked Miami running back Willis McGahee out of the game with a helmet-to-knee hit just when McGahee's speed had begun to dominate the fourth quarter.
The kicking game and field position mattered in the game, too. OSU's lone breakdown in punt coverage led to the last-play tying field goal. The kicking game was an afterthought in the 2005 title game.
While USC-Texas fans will debate the absence of Reggie Bush, even as a decoy, on the critical fourth-and-2 late-game plunge, and Bush's wacky lost lateral, and the knee-down lateral Young got away with, those plays can't compare to the binge of controversies in the Miami-Ohio State game.
Start with the endings. There were two of them, one in each overtime, and two sets of fireworks going off and two fan bases storming the field.
The first was set up by "The Call," the pass interference penalty in the end zone on Miami's Glenn Sharpe against OSU's Chris Gamble. "Cryami" still thinks back judge Terry Porter was some lone gunman out to change history. In fact, Sharpe held Gamble as he tried to get off the line, then chest-bumped him after Craig Krenzel threw the ball. It has since been named the "Call of the Decade," despite the initial infamy that attended it.
The Miami fans celebrated, the flag flew, the field was cleared, and it was the Buckeyes fans who celebrated last, turning the turf into a sea of scarlet in the second overtime.
There was also "The Steal," when Maurice Clarett ran down Miami safety Sean Taylor after an end zone interception, and not only tackled him but stole the ball as they tumbled to the ground.
There was also "The Pass." Facing fourth-and-14 just before "The Call," Krenzel beamed a 17-yard laser to a spot just inside the sideline, to which Michael Jenkins had just cut. Many people think Miami, with 10 first-round NFL draft choices in 2003 and 2004, had more talent. But you have to be able to get a stop on fourth-and-14..Not to mention 4 failed cracks from the 2 yard in the 2nd overtime
Texas beat USC because of the play of one man, Young.
But many Buckeyes made big plays -- Krenzel, the leading rusher and Most Valuable Player; Clarett, the freshman, whose last carry as a Buckeye won the game after he broke a tackle in the backfield; Gamble, who played offense and defense and was in on 107 snaps; Jenkins; Mike Doss; Allen; Wilhelm. It was the ultimate team victory.
I may rewatch the "The 2003 Fiesta Bowl" DVD on Janauary 3 2013..It was the greatest game I ever saw
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"Bad call. Bad call".
Gateway to Heaven on Earth
I know this is crazy but my heart rate still increases when I watch the o.t. part of the game. I mean I know who's going to win but still I can't control my excitement. It was like a dream. What a great game.
I was in the endzone of that game and notice Grant lined up to the outside and watched him the whole play come in and make the hit. I was in a sea of Miami fans that cleared out faster than "blown out snot in a hanky".
Craig Krenzel to Michael Jenkins, converting the 4th and 14 play in the first overtime to keep the game alive.
PS4 initial Metacritic scores: Killzone: SF (74), Knack (59).
Greatness awaits?? Please.
I was upper deck 50 YL Cryami side and had an awesome view. Four observations:
1. For such a supposedly rabid fan base and "big time" program, OSU fans outnumbered 'Canes fans about 85-15.
2. I've never been so physically and emotionally drained after a Buckeyes game and that includes Iowa 87 and USC couple years ago. Truly gut-wrenching.
3. Gamble was in bounds on the fourth quarter sideline pass. That first down would've iced it. Cryami fans never mention that.
4. There was obvious clipping on the punt return that didn't get called.
As much as I despise Miami, I gained respect for Dorsey, McGahee, Vilma, and Winslow. That was a great team in spite of their gun-toting, crack smoking image.
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How Firm Thy Friendship...O-HI-O!!!
Miami was favored by 12 1/2. That's a guaranteed win in a MNC game.....only they didn't.
Biggest play of that game was Will Allen taking McGahee out (totally clean, innocent solid hit). McGahee was hitting his stride. If he doesn't get hurt the Bucks lose.
You can't handle the truth
You are so right here with number 3! I run into these Cryami fans all the time on the plane and all they do is tell me that they got robbed and Miami was the better team. BUT the truth is GAMBLE was IN bounds on the fourth quarter sideline pass. GAME OVER. wtf?? They don't even remember that when I bring that up.
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