Updated: Sep 20, 2022
Photo: The Columbus Dispatch
It's been 20 seasons since the Ohio State Buckeyes stunned the world and destroyed one of the greatest dynasties of their time. On January 3rd, 2003, the now world famous Buckeyes of Ohio State went up against the legendary Miami Hurricanes, who were fresh off a 34-game win streak, a National Title the year prior, and were also coming in as the clear favorite to destroy the second year Buckeye coach Jim Tressel. Quarterback Craig Krenzel put in one of the most memorable games in Buckeye history with gutsy play after gutsy play and setting a then record for taking the most QB hits in National Championship game history.
Sophomore Chris Gamble played all three sides of the ball and played 117 of the 190 snaps in the game. Freshman running back Maurice Clarett would make one of the biggest momentum plays of the game, forcing a fumble on Sean Taylor after an interception to give the ball right back to the offense. The so called "Luckeyes" found a way to keep going and were able to force double overtime.
Thanks to one of the most controversial pass interference calls in College Football history, a second chance would allow the Buckeyes to score and win their first National Championship since 1980. The U's dynasty soon collapsed, and since then, they have struggled to put together a winning season. This win for Ohio State launched the start of the Tressel Era, and they've been at the top ever since.
The 2002 National Championship Team will be honored before the Notre Dame game on September 3rd for their 20th anniversary. Eleven Warriors is hosting the ceremony the day before kickoff on September 2nd, 2022 at 6 p.m. at Land-Grant Brewing Company, 424 West Town St, Cols, OH 43215. Tickets are available on their website.
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