Re: Great Day for College Football
McGahee hadn't done squat that game. It wasn't until the 4th quarter that he got hurt. He had 20 carries in the game. And his backup was some guy named Frank Gore. If people want to play up conference stereotypes, then that was a game where Miami couldn't handle the hard hitting of the Buckeyes. Ohio State came out and hit Miami like they had never been hit before and it tooko them by surprise. They didn't have an answer for it. They just out-toughed the Hurricanes that particular game.
And honestly, I also thought the PI call was a bad one. Actually, it kind of ruined my night. I didn't feel as elated as a fan should when their team wins the National Championship because I felt like they got help from that call. But a couple of things got me past that. First, it allowed Ohio State to tie, not win. They still had to play another round of overtime with a clean slate.
But more importantly, Lee Corso of all people before the next season was on one of the ESPN radio shows and was asked about it. He said he was so tired of being asked about that call. He said if you really want to be fair, you have to go back to OSU's final drive in regulation. They had 3rd down and long with just a couple of minutes left to play in Miami territory. Krenzel threw a pass to Michael Jenkins that would have given them the first down and pretty much let them run the clock out from there. It was the most important play of the game. The ref called Jenkins out of bounds, but the replay showed he was clearly in. So the refs blew that call that forced OSU to punt. Roscoe Parrish returned i 50 yards into FG terriotory and they tied it with a FG.
So the refs blew a call that would have virtually ended the game in regulation. They also blew a call that would ended it in overtime. IMO, they're a wash. OSU played a better game than Miami. They came out with a gameplan Miami never anticipated and wasn't prepared for. I don't disagree with you that Miami was the best team that year. Had they played again, Miami probably wins. But on that night, the Bucks outplayed them from start to finish. The best team doesn't always win. We see it all the time. All you have to do it be better on a single night. That's the upside of having such a huge amount of time between the final game and the title game. It allows a team time to devise and practice for weeks an entirely new gameplan that the other team would never expect. You can't do that in one or two weeks.
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Last edited by MWM; 11-07-2007 at 09:10 PM.