Miami hadn’t lost in two seasons and had 11 NFL players in the starting lineup. Everybody outside of Columbus already had given away the national title to the Hurricanes. But that’s why we play the game.
I vividly remember watching this game from a family party and covering my eyes with a pillow when I saw Willis McGahee’s leg get folded in half. Ohio State’s defense did more than that though.
The Buckeyes held the potent Hurricanes for most of the game, limiting them to 17 points in regulation. Each team missed field goals in regulation and the game went to overtime No. 1.
Miami predictably scored, but OSU got stuck and a fourth-and-6 pass was incomplete in the end zone. But Wait. A. Minute, sports fans. Hands hit foreheads all across the nation as a yellow flag tumbled onto the turf. Pass interference got the Buckeyes a new set of downs while a replay seemed to show no foul on the play.
OSU scored, then held, then scored again. It was over and “the controversy” was born.