Tuesday, January 7, 2003

Some final numbers ...

By Rusty Miller
The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Facts, figures and fallout by the numbers from Ohio State's 31-24 double-overtime victory over Miami in Friday night's Fiesta Bowl to win the national championship.

77,502 - Attendance at Sun Devil Stadium, the third largest Fiesta Bowl crowd.

2010 - Next time Miami and Ohio State are scheduled to meet.

120 - Plays Chris Gamble participated in, including all 77 on defense, 32 on offense and 11 on special teams. Gamble was a central figure in one of the key plays of the game, when Miami cornerback Glenn Sharpe was called for pass interference on an incompletion on fourth and 3 at the Miami 5 in the first overtime.

81 - Yards rushing for Ohio State quarterback Craig Krenzel, a career best.

70 - Temperature at game time.

47.7 - Andy Groom's punting average.

34 - Years since Ohio State last won a national championship, beating Southern Cal and Heisman Trophy winner O.J. Simpson in the 1969 Rose Bowl; number of games Miami had won in a row.

26 - Consecutive games in which Gamble has a reception.

25 - In yards, longest scoring drive of the game for Ohio State (once in each overtime).

18 - Touchdowns for tailback Maurice Clarett this season after scoring two in the Fiesta Bowl, extending his own Ohio State freshman record.

17 - Consecutive road games Miami had won coming in.

15 - Consecutive plays Ohio State ran in Miami territory to end the first half.

14 - Tackles by Miami linebacker Jonathan Vilma, a game high; victories by Ohio State this season, a school high.

13 - Seniors on the Ohio State roster playing their final game.

12:17 - Eastern Standard Time when game ended in Columbus; start time of one of biggest celebrations in the city.

11 - Catches for Miami tight end Kellen Winslow, a Fiesta Bowl record.

7 - Miami points in the first half, the Hurricanes' fewest in the opening two quarters since the last time they lost, 34-29 to Washington on Sept. 9, 2000.

6 - National championships for the Tressel family, with father Lee winning one at Baldwin-Wallace and son Jim previously winning four I-AA crowns at Youngstown State.

4 - Losses, in as many starts, for Miami in the Fiesta Bowl. Ohio State's consensus national championships, following titles in 1942, 1954, and 1968.

3:56 - Length of game in hours, minutes.

3 - Fourth-down conversions for the Buckeyes, including two in the first overtime.

2 - Uniform number of strong safety Mike Doss, who intercepted a pass and returned it 35 yards to set up first Ohio State touchdown.

1 - Ranking of Ohio State in final AP poll, unanimous on all 71 ballots.

Local Buckeyes

Players with Cincinnati-area ties on the national champion Ohio State Buckeyes' two-deep depth chart this season:

Redshirt freshman tight end Ryan Hamby (Moeller), freshman cornerback E.J. Underwood (Hamilton), fourth-year junior punter B.J. Sander (Roger Bacon), third-year sophomore long snapper Kyle Andrews (Middletown) and fifth-year senior offensive lineman Scott Kuhnhein (Highlands).

Third-year sophomore wideout Mike Young (Middletown) is also on the Buckeyes' roster.

Lakota West defensive tackle Brandon Maupin has given Ohio State an oral commitment for next season.

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