History lesson: Check out Ohio State's epic, transformative win over Miami on ESPN Thursday

Rob Oller
Ohio State coach Jim Tressel holds up the championship trophy after the Buckeyes beat Miami 31-24 in two overtimes in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, ending OSU's 34-year national-title drought.

Ohio State fans go borderline biblical when recalling the football program’s salvation moment, when a vest-wearing Moses of the Horseshoe led OSU out of bondage and into the Promised Land.

It happened on Jan. 3, 2003, when eight days after wandering into the desert the Buckeyes defeated the Miami Hurricanes 31-24 in double overtime for Ohio State’s first national championship in 34 years.

The Buckeyes’ Fiesta Bowl victory in the Bowl Championship Series title game gets a national audience replay at 8 p.m. Thursday on ESPN, which touts it as a Throwback Thursday classic.

For those who have never watched the game, and that probably includes one-quarter of Buckeye Nation, considering it was 17 years ago, I suggest you tune in, or DVR it for later. It rates among the biggest wins in school history, with memorable twists and turns in a season known for its close-calls.

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