Ohio State Buckeyes - National Champs

Buckeyes are the champs
TEMPE, Ariz. - Perfectly shocking! Perfectly thrilling! Ohio State worked two overtimes to rip the national championship from the confident 'Canes in one of the greatest college football games ever.

TEMPE, Ariz. - Can we exhale now? Is it time to relax our stomachs, wipe our brows and ... breathe? Or shall we all stay perpetually, well, scarlet-faced?
Buckeyes win with heart and cool

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AP Poll: OSU No. 1
TEMPE, Ariz. - Ohio State won its first national title in 34 years, receiving all 71 first-place votes in the final Associated Press media poll.

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Columbus celebration peaceful so far
COLUMBUS - Police in full riot gear were there to greet joyous Buckeye fans as they streamed out of campus-area bars early today after Ohio State's Fiesta Bowl win.

Miami QB struggles in final game
TEMPE, Ariz. - Ken Dorsey sat in his locker stall with a towel draped over his head and tears rolling down his face.

Ref's late call nullifies Miami victory
TEMPE, Ariz. - As Craig Krenzel's fourth-down pass fell to the ground in the end zone, Miami players charged onto the field in celebration. They were certain they were national champions again with a 24-17 victory over Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl on Friday night.

Krenzel leads Buckeyes with steady hand
TEMPE, Ariz. -The Tennessee Titans' Eddie George was the first former Ohio State player Craig Krenzel met as he left the field after Friday night. George, a Heisman Trophy winner, wrapped his arms around the Buckeyes' quarterback and, with a wide grin, said, "You're a warrior, man!"

Clarett steps up when Buckeyes need him most
TEMPE, Ariz. - Miami could only hold down Maurice Clarett for so long.

Buckeyes' togetherness prevails
TEMPE, Ariz. - Most of us didn't get it about Ohio State. Maybe some of us still don't. We worship at the Temple of Me, so when we saw all those gaudy Miami numbers, those 4.3 times in the 40-yard dash, all that prospective NFL meat on the hoof, we forgot one thing:

OSU fans forgo sleep to seek souvenirs
COLUMBUS - At the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Ariz., the Ohio State Buckeyes wouldn't settle for anything less than coming home with a national championship trophy.

Ohio State on Coke cans
Ohio State fans can further celebrate their team's national championship when they pop open a commemorative can of Coca-Cola Classic beginning Monday.

Buckeyes-Hurricanes title game a classic
PHOENIX - Clearly, the fates of college football wanted Ohio State all along. It was Miami's misfortune to be in the way.

At moment of truth, 'Canes blinked
TEMPE, Ariz. - As painful as the Fiesta Bowl loss is for Miami fans, students and alumni, we need stories like that, stories like Ohio State slaying the giant.

Battered 'Canes reeling from agonizing loss
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Bruised, battered and beaten, University of Miami football players slowly trudged to the seven buses Saturday morning that would take them to Sky Harbor International Airport, where one of the most quiet flights ever awaited them.

Celebration continues for Buckeyes' fans
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The majority of Ohio State's players didn't fly back to Columbus on Saturday night but about 250 fans still showed up to thank coach Jim Tressel for bringing home the national title.

Fiesta Bowl MVP missed team bus
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Ohio State team bus caravan, complete with a 27-car police escort, departed Sun Devil Stadium to take the national championship victory celebration back to the hotel.

Knee injury will keep McGahee a Hurricane
PHOENIX - Willis McGahee's professional career will have to wait.

Fiesta Bowl highest-rated BCS title game
NEW YORK - The Fiesta Bowl drew the highest television rating since the Bowl Championship Series started pairing the top teams for the national title after the 1998 season.

Ref says he just wanted to be right
TEMPE, Ariz. - Referee Terry Porter would rather be late than wrong.

Buckeyes want to repeat
TEMPE, Ariz. - Jim Tressel loves to tell the story of how, after he won his first I-AA national championship as the coach of Youngstown State, he was met by a reporter as he left the field.
Bucks 2002 season recap

Buckeyes' instant classic
COLUMBUS - Over the 34 years that had passed since Ohio State last won a national football championship, the names and accomplishments of the players on that Buckeyes team had never been forgotten.
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Nice guys don't always finish last
TEMPE, Ariz. - As one of the greatest college football games ever spilled into double overtime, Ohio State coach Jim Tressel had to wonder whether it would finish at all.

McGahee OK after surgery
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Miami running back Willis McGahee underwent surgery Sunday on two torn ligaments in his left knee following a crushing hit during a Fiesta Bowl loss to Ohio State.

Florida Gov. Bush jumps on 'bad call' bandwagon
MIAMI - Gov. Jeb Bush is joining the chorus of University of Miami football fans still haunted by the delayed pass interference call in overtime of their Fiesta Bowl loss to Ohio State.

Buckeyes flaunt scarlet and gray gear
Across Greater Cincinnati and around the state, Ohio State University alumni and fans collected bets and replayed the final nail-biting seconds of the Buckeyes' double-overtime 31-24 upset of the University of Miami in Friday night's Fiesta Bowl.