Wednesday, January 4, 2006
All the marbles: 1 vs. 2
By Jeff Merron Page 2
Everyone stayed up late to see if the Mighty Canes would go down.
2003 Fiesta Bowl: No. 2 Ohio State (13-0) 31, No. 1 Miami (12-0) 24 (2 OT)
It was a game that turned out to have three thrilling finishes. The first: with three seconds left in regulation, Ohio State led 17-14, and forced a 40-yard Miami field-goal attempt. Miami kicker Todd Sievers got it just barely straight enough to force the game into OT. The second: Trailing 24-17 after a great TD catch by Kellen Winslow Jr., it looked like Ohio State had lost after an incomplete pass on fourth-and-3. But Miami was called for pass interference, and Buckeye QB Craig Krenzel QB-sneaked the game into a second OT. The third: Maurice Clarett put Ohio State up with a 5-yard run in the second OT, but the Hurricanes followed with a drive to fourth-and-goal at the Buckeyes one. Miami QB Ken Dorsey, who had missed the third-down play after getting hit on second down (backup Derrick Crudup completed an 8-yard pass), re-entered with the season on the line. Incomplete pass. Miami's 34-game winning streak was over. Ohio State's 34-year championship drought was over. And college football fans couldn't have had it any better.
1987 Fiesta Bowl: No. 2 Penn State (11-0) 14, No. 1 Miami (11-0) 10
Some called the matchup "The Game of the Century." But it didn't turn out to be. Both teams averaged 30+ points coming into the game, but played ineptly when they had the ball. Penn State played tenacious D, sacking Miami's Vinny Testaverde four times and picking off five passes. Still, the Hurricanes, who finished the game with 445 total yards to Penn State's 162, led until D.J. Dozier's 6-yard TD run midway through the fourth quarter, which put Penn State up 14-10. Then, Heisman Trophy winner Testaverde marched the Hurricanes 71 yards as the final minutes ticked off. He completed six straight to get to Penn State's 6-yard line, but then was sacked at the 13, threw an incompletion, then, finally, was picked off by the perfectly named Pete Giftopoulous in the final seconds.