2003: No. 2 Ohio State 31, No. 1 Miami 24 (2 OT) In first OverTime national title game, Buckeyes prevail

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- For three quarters, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl was a perfectly good, if not memorable, college football championship game.

By the end of the fourth quarter, with Ohio State and Miami tied at 17, it was a classic.

After two overtimes, and the Buckeyes' 31-24 victory, it was one of the greatest ever.

"It was just like two great heavyweights slugging it out.'' - Jim Tressel

The Buckeyes' ferocious defense had Dorsey in trouble from the opening series with two sacks. Although Ohio State fell behind 7-0, the constant pressure paid huge dividends in the second quarter as the Buckeyes took a 14-7 halftime lead, turning two turnovers into touchdowns in a 78-second span.

From there, it took seven plays before Krenzel fought his way into the end zone on fourth down from the 1 with 2:28 left in the half. Two Miami defenders, Roger McIntosh and Jamaal Green, hit Krenzel at the 2, but he twisted his way in for the score.

Trailing 24-17 in the first OT, Ohio State converted a 4th-and-14 on a pass by Craig Krenzel. But the Buckeyes then faced a 4th-and-3 at the 5 when Krenzel threw to the right corner of the end zone for Chris Gamble. A flag was thrown from the back of the end zone indicating pass interference and three plays later Krenzel scored from the 1 to send the game to a second OT. In the second OT, the Buckeyes went first and Clarett capped the five-play drive.

From there, it took seven plays before Krenzel fought his way into the end zone on fourth down from the 1 with 2:28 left in the half. Two Miami defenders, Roger McIntosh and Jamaal Green, hit Krenzel at the 2, but he twisted his way in for the score.

And on the last play of the game, on fourth-and-goal at the 1, Cie Grant blitzed and forced Dorsey to heave a desperation pass that linebacker Matt Wilhelm batted to the ground.

When the game ended, players and red-clad Buckeyes fans converged on the field to celebrate their first national title since 1968.

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