An Oral History of the 2003 Title Game Between Miami, Ohio State

By Jason Priestas on January 4, 2013 at 4:35p

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gosolow2000's picture

Awesome read.

Mush's picture

World War III

Whosisbrew's picture

"COKER: That play -- (pause) Maurice Clarett was a football player."
My favorite part of the story.

bedheadjc's picture

Almost in tears reading that (corny, I know). Greatest play I ever saw.
Just ran up to the most grown-assed superman on the field and TOOK IT.

Normal Buck's picture

I've always seen that play as pure heart.

BrewstersMillions's picture

"Krenzel threw the ball to Jenkins in the end zone and the pass fell incomplete. Miami players began celebrating, but there was a late penalty flag."
Come on SI, get your shit together. The best college football game of all time, one of the most important plays of the game and you can't even get the actors right?

Edit-And piss off Kellen. It was a loss. Your team didn't win.

Brutus Greyshield's picture

The guy who committed that infamous penalty (Glenn Sharpe) has just been charged with murder.

OSUStu's picture

That is interesting.  Upvote for the info.  I was not aware.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

Maestro's picture

Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.  Yes, Miami you actually lost.

vacuuming sucks

Poison nuts's picture

Awe - you said it Maestro. I wanted to write a big thing about them not being able to accept the loss, but your sentence covers it.  OSU won. The end.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

Troy0782's picture

This was a good read, brought back a lot of great memories; however, the little jab about the pass interference call being a "bad call" was weak and should've never been allowed in a supposedly unbiased piece.

Bucksfan's picture

C'mon, man.  That is a big part of that game.  Can't just ignore it.

BuckGnome's picture

Yeah, the article mentioned Gamble's would-have-been game sealing catch late in the 4th.
The contoversy over that call doesn't bother me.  The crystal is in the case! ;-)

Buckeye Chuck's picture

I can't read enough about this game. But man, the amount of butthurt still coming from THE U   is enough to make me wish I owned stock in Preparation H.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

Normal Buck's picture

Well, Miami has been just about completely irrelevant since then, so . . .

Ramzy Nasrallah's picture

I chuckle whenever I see "Clarett was unavailable for comment." If he takes longer that two minutes to respond to a text he's either 1) working out, or 2) asleep. Not responding to an SI story means they either had a bad number or didn't identify themselves correctly.

Brutus Greyshield's picture

So true. A random person could probably just ask him on Twitter what he thinks of the article and get a response.

Idaho Helga's picture

This was absolutely fantastic! Thank you, thank you.

Torpedo Vegas's picture

Just thinking of Krenzel saying "I'll put that bitch right on you. No thinkin' about it" with Tressel listening in makes me laugh.

Normal Buck's picture

Hilarious.  I thought the same thing when reading that.

dr green's picture

I think you could actually read Krenzel's lips during the game at this point.

popeurban's picture

I can't believe the number of guys who were concussed to the point that they barely remember the game.

Pam's picture

I have heard stories of Dorsey puking his guts out on the bus going back to the hotel. I doubt he would be allowed to go back in today

Denny's picture

Yeah this is what I thought while reading the article too. Nickey and Fox both saying they barely remember the game was kind of eye-opening.


Phillips.449's picture

Fantastic is an understatement!  Thanks so much!

Dougger's picture

i still have to read the second overtime and i am on the edge of my seat like i don't know what happens. to hear both sides of the story - especially coker's - is really good stuff. thank you for finding this!!!

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chromedomebuck's picture

I'm a homer probably but this gives me chills when I read it from Will Allen...
"It was quiet and as we approached the field the place erupts, this roaring sea of red. And I just felt this peace over me, this overwhelming peace."

Champions Bleed Scarlet & Gray

741's picture

Great line. Great player. One of my all time favorite Buckeyes.

Savage45's picture

I enjoyed the read but Krenzel was a Junior, not a 230-pound Senior

kareemabduljacobb's picture

Yes!  This got me scouring youtube now and found a good Vid of Lights Out aka Doss..

kareemabduljacobb's picture

^Pretty sure that Wolverweeny was crying on the sidelines as well.

dubjayfootball90's picture

that was an amazing read.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

gravey's picture

Cool...especially the reminder that a bad call that went against us was the actual bad call.  That game shouldn't have gone to overtime.  
There was a LOT of NFL talent on that field.  Only a few didn't play in the NFL.

TBDBITL0509's picture

Agreed. I always forget about the botched call on his catch.
Wow, that was a great read.

faux_maestro's picture

Great read and thanks for posting! Some great quotes, " If you got one-on-one, I'll put that bitch right on you. No thinkin' about it", lots of whining from Miami. It inspired me to watch some highlights of the game and I (as I always do, and did that night) cried like a baby when Cie Grant got his mits on Dorsey.
BTW, the winning touchdown run by Clarrett in the second overtime looked like DAVE, FWIW.

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Melissa's picture

Cool article.  Great information from all the different players. There were a lot of grown ass men on this team..

Nik's picture

ended up finally rewatching it last night since i didn't get a chance Thursday.  Two thoughts:
1) Fucking Lydell Ross!
2) Forgot what a beast Matt Wilhelm was

BuckeyeNut's picture

The really bad thing about re-watching that game is listening to Dan Fouts.  I can still hear him yelling 'Bad call! Bad call!'.  It also sounds like Winslow Jr. just can't let it go ... sucks to be him!

741's picture

Kellen is a soldier - he'll be fine.

741's picture

One of the better articles I've read in years.

FUqUespin's picture

Two thoughts.
The U was done after this game.  No one knew it then...  they've been gone since then.
scum was done after this game.  Yeah, they won the next year, but they were done after this and even now they are not back.
Thank you, Jim Tressel.  This is a gift that keeps on giving for the rest of my life.  I watch this game with my dad several times each year.
This article gives context that makes this game more amazing than it already is.

cajunbuckeye's picture

That was a season of "living the dream."

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

urbanmdg's picture

I bought so much National Championship stuff that year...Even a Waterford Crystal replica of the Trophy..... what a dream year....hoping for another real soon... like in 2013

Go Buckeyes

gumtape's picture

Occasionially one gets to read an actual piece of sports journalism. Not a stupid list of crap like Bleacherreport or SBnation. Not mindless fluff that any smart fan can vomit up like buckeyenation. When it happens to be one of the greatest sporting events of my lifetime, all I can say is wow. Absolutely superb.

High and tight boo boo