Ohio State and Pitt combined for 897 yards and scored 30 of their 51 points in the final 15 minutes of play to keep everyone in their seats. Trailing 23-21 after a 37-yard field goal by Snuffy Everett had given Pitt its first lead with 2:39 to play, Ohio State marched 89 yards for the winning score. Split end Thad Jemison scored the game winner, hauling in a 39- yard pass from Mike Tomczak with 39 seconds left on the clock. Still it wasn't over. Pitt had one more at bat and quarterback John Congemi marched the Panthers to the Ohio State 24 before being injured. He watched helplessly as sub Chris Jelic failed in his two tries to produce the winning score before time ran out. Keith Byars scored two touchdowns for the Buckeyes, one on a 99-yard kick return. Jemison, who tied a Fiesta Bowl record with eight catches, was the game's MVP.
"The way we came back at the end of the game with the last-second touchdown pass was amazing We just all banded together and it was definitely an Ohio State day." - Keith Byars