Fourth title memorable for Buckeyes


Miami wide receiver Andre Johnson speaks to reporters in Coral Gables, Fla., Saturday after returning from Phoenix where Miami lost to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl on Friday. Johnson said he is considering opting for the NFL draft.

The Associated Press
Published: Sunday, January 5, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 4, 2003 at 11:08 p.m.

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For the first time since 1989, the Florida Gators did not finish ranked in the AP Top 25. Since 1990, the Gators had finished no worse than 12th in the final AP poll.

TEMPE, Ariz. - Ohio State's fourth national title was its most memorable of all.
The Buckeyes needed two overtimes to win their first championship in 34 years, beating Miami 31-24 in the Fiesta Bowl on Friday night.
Ohio State (14-0) received all 71 first-place votes in the final Associated Press media poll after finishing as the nation's only major unbeaten team.
In the final, post-bowl AP poll, the No. 1 votes from the writers and broadcasters gave the Buckeyes 1,775 points.
For the second time in 11 seasons, Miami was denied a repeat one game short of a title. The Hurricanes, who have won five titles in the past 20 seasons, also lost the Sugar Bowl 34-13 to Alabama in 1993.
Miami also had its 34-game winning streak snapped. It was the longest streak since Toledo won 35 in a row from 1969-71 and 13 wins shy of Oklahoma's record set from 1953-57.
Miami was second, followed by Georgia, Southern California, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas State, Iowa, Michigan and Washington State. The coaches poll had the same top five teams.
"Our guys know what they're capable of when they all work together," Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said. "And I was confident they would do the thing they know how to do."
Tressel, in his second year at Ohio State, joined Woody Hayes and Paul Brown as the only coaches to lead the Buckeyes to the national title. Brown did it in 1942 and Hayes won it in 1954 and '68.
The Buckeyes became the first team in major college football history to win 14 games in a season.
Ohio State's four titles are tied with Minnesota and Nebraska for fifth place all-time. Notre Dame leads all schools with eight.
The Buckeyes became just the second Big Ten team to win the national title since 1968, joining the 1997 Michigan team. The Wolverines shared that title with Nebraska, which won the coaches' poll.
There have been eight different champions in the past eight seasons, the longest stretch since 1956-63. Nebraska (1994-95) is the only team to win back-to-back titles since the Crimson Tide did it in 1978-79.

Associated Press Top 25

Team Record Pts Pvs
1. Ohio St. 14-0 1,775 2
2. Miami 12-1 1,693 1
3. Georgia 13-1 1,598 4
4. Southern Cal 11-2 1,590 5
5. Oklahoma 12-2 1,476 8
6. Texas 11-2 1,363 9
7. Kansas St. 11-2 1,356 6
8. Iowa 11-2 1,334 3
9. Michigan 10-3 1,182 12
10. Washington St. 10-3 1,085 7
11. Alabama 10-3 988 13
12. N.C. State 11-3 943 17
13. Maryland 11-3 844 20
14. Auburn 9-4 821 19
15. Boise St. 12-1 692 18
16. Penn St. 9-4 675 10
17. Notre Dame 10-3 657 11
18. Virginia Tech 10-4 544 21
19. Pittsburgh 9-4 520 24
20. Colorado 9-5 307 14
21. Florida St. 9-5 291 16
22. Virginia 9-5 250 -
23. TCU 10-2 231 -
24. Marshall 11-2 201 -
25. West Virginia 9-4 195 15
  • Others receiving votes: Florida 120, Texas Tech 80, Oklahoma St. 73, Boston College 52, Colorado St. 44, LSU 38, South Florida 27, Wisconsin 15, Minnesota 4, Arkansas 3, Air Force 2, Hawaii 2, Purdue 2, Fresno St. 1, North Texas 1.

    ESPN-USA Today Top 25

    Team Record Pts Pvs
    1. Ohio State 14-0 1,525 2
    2. Miami, Fla. 12-1 1,451 1
    3. Georgia 13-1 1,378 4
    4. Southern Cal 11-2 1,362 5
    5. Oklahoma 12-2 1,244 8
    6. Kansas State 11-2 1,230 6
    7. Texas 11-2 1,140 9
    8. Iowa 11-2 1,105 3
    9. Michigan 10-3 1,011 11
    10. Washington St. 10-3 932 7
    11. N.C. State 11-3 876 17
    12. Boise State 12-1 808 15
    13. Maryland 11-3 803 18
    14. Virginia Tech 10-4 644 19
    15. Penn State 9-4 619 10
    16. Auburn 9-4 579 22
    17. Notre Dame 10-3 525 12
    18. Pittsburgh 9-4 486 23
    19. Marshall 11-2 333 24
    20. West Virginia 9-4 297 13
    21. Colorado 9-5 291 14
    22. TCU 10-2 274 -
    23. Florida State 9-5 219 16
    24. Florida 8-5 145 20
    25. Virginia 9-5 141 -
  • Others receiving votes: Boston College 129; Colorado St. 100; Texas Tech 60; South Florida 28; LSU 25; Fresno St. 19; Oklahoma St. 17; Hawaii 8; Minnesota 6; Air Force 4; Wisconsin 4; Bowling Green 2; North Texas 2; Tennessee 2; UCLA 1.
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