ESPN Airing Special Broadcast of 2003 Ohio State-Miami Fiesta Bowl Tonight

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If it’s been a while since you’ve sat down and watch Ohio State’s national championship win over Miami, you’re in for a treat.

ESPN is airing a 3-hour edition of OSU’s double-overtime win over the Hurricanes Thursday night, beginning at 8:00 pm.

Several Buckeyes and Hurricanes will be taking part in the broadcast, including 3-time All-American safety Michael Doss.

Here is the full release from ESPN regarding their special, which is lazily titled “The Call That Changed It All.”

2003 Fiesta Bowl National Championship between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 1 Miami is Tonight’s Throwback Thursday: College Football Classics Presented by Allstate 

  • Undefeated Matchup was First Overtime CFB National Championship; Game Remembered in Part for Controversial Penalty Call
  • Seven Participating Players Join Telecast Including Buckeyes’ Mike Doss and Hurricanes’ Jonathan Vilma

The 2003 Fiesta Bowl National Championship between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 1 Miami is tonight’s Throwback Thursday: College Football Classics Presented by Allstate, as the encore presentation will airs on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET (Thursday, May 28). The 2002 college football season finale, in which both teams entered the game undefeated, featured a game-tying field goal with seconds remaining in regulation to force the sport’s first ever national championship overtime contest. Adding to the encore presentation, seven players from that game will be part of the telecast, including Ohio State’s three-time All-American Mike Doss and Miami’s All-American Jonathan Vilma.

The Hurricanes came into the Fiesta Bowl riding a 34-game winning streak and looking to capture back-to-back national championships. While also boasting a perfect record on the season (13-0), many considered the Buckeyes a longshot against the uber talented Hurricanes. Despite the pregame prognosis, the Buckeyes would take a 14-7 lead into halftime and extend their lead to 17-7 in the third quarter. In addition to a third quarter touchdown, Miami hit a 40-yard field goal with mere seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to force the first of two overtime sessions. In that overtime, a controversial pass interference call cemented the historic nature of the game.

Keith Jackson and Dan Fouts were on the call with Lynn Swann and Todd Harris working the sidelines.

Participating Buckeyes and Hurricanes Reminisce about the Classic Game
As with past Throwback Thursday: College Football Classics, fans will hear from participating players during the encore presentation. This week, Ohio State’s Dustin Fox, Cie Grant, and Michael Jenkins along with Doss, join ESPN’s Matt Barrie, an Arizona native, to reminisce. On the Miami side, Brett Romberg and DJ Williams will join Vilma and Barrie.

Special Elements around CFP Encore Presentation
All on Thursday, May 28

  • Leading into the game, Fox and Vilma will join Chris “The Bear” Fallica and Allison Williams for a special 15 minute social pregame show via the ESPN App and @ESPN Twitter handle.
  • Now on Inside the latest chapter of former Ohio State star Maurice Clarett’s life turnaround; plus Bill Connelly and Mark Schlabach debate controversial finishes
  • ESPN’s College Football and the Fiesta Bowl’s Twitter handle will also amplify the presentation; ESPN’s Stats and Info Twitter handle will conduct trivia
  • ESPN’s BottomLine will add provide historical context and supplemental information all day.
  • Airing before the game, ESPN CFB 150 – The American Game: Bowls, Polls, and Champions dives into the sport’s history of crowning national champions (7 p.m.)
  • ESPNU will lead into the ESPN presentation with airings of 30 for 30s: “The U” (8 a.m.), “The U Part 2” (10 a.m.), and “Youngstown Boys” (2 p.m.). The network will also show re-airs of the 2002 Rose Bowl National Championship featuring the Hurricanes vs. Nebraska (noon) and the 2002 Ohio State at Purdue matchup, containing the “Holy Buckeye” play (4 p.m.).

9 Responses

  1. I won’t be watching this game to help espn ratings. I have a dvd of this game and I can watch that any time I want to. Fortunately I was able to attend that game at Sundevil stadium on Jan. 3, 2003.

  2. I will bring up another missed call in this game. On Ohio States last drive in regulation (3rd and 6 with 2:30 left0 Chris Gamble catches the ball and controls it he slides out of bounds after getting at least one foot if not two feet in-bounds for an apparent first down. The Refs call it an incomplete pass. If this play is called correctly the game never goes into overtime and Ohio State still wins the National Title.

    I remember this play, not just because of the game but also because at the beginning of the 2003 season ESPN Pre-Season Preview, Lee Corso highlights the play and show it to prove that the game should never have gone into overtime.

    Go Buckeyes!

  3. The Miami dbs were mugging the wide outs on every play almost challenging the refs to call interference.

  4. Frickin ESPN. The title should be – Buckeyes break the 34 game winning streak and upset one of the greatest teams of all time!

    I always keep two pictures on my phone just in case someone mentions “the call”. With two minutes to go and OSU running out the clock with a 17-14 lead, Jenkins does the parachute drill on 3rd down. Cuts to the middle with a Hurricane pulling his jersey behind him, then cuts to the sideline with the Hurricane again pulling his jersey behind him. Blatantly obvious, but no call. If it’s called, 1st down – game over.

    Then on the punt, AJ Hawk gets blatantly clipped as he is about to tackle Parrish on the 37 yd line. No call. The ball should have been placed on the Miami 22 yd line – game over again.

    I agree the refs were terrible, but in Miami’s favor.

    1. Agree with everything you said. All anyone wants to talk about is Terry Porter’s “late” flag as the reason the Buckeyes won the game. Of course the fact that Miami turned the ball over 4 or 5 times in that game had nothing to do with the outcome at all. The game should have never went into OT.

    2. joe,
      one big one you forgot to include was the first down catch made by Gamble on the right, tight sideline, late 2nd half (that was sick in its own right) on 3rd down, that was ruled incomplete. with replay, that is 1st down, and Ohio St. can continue to kneel down-game over and no tying fg; hold, nothing. game was really won by Bucks in regulation. the narrative that this was referee-tainted game is patently unfair and wrong.

      1. Dallas:

        That was actually the same play as the parachute drill. He still caught the ball.

    3. Everything that Joe said lol–that sums it up perfectly! the refs were horrible and this game should not have gone into OT if they hadn’t missed earlier calls against Miami–still the greatest game of all-time in my opinion (along with EVERY win against scUM)…

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