The 2013 season is the last of the BCS era, an experiment that began in 1998 and proceeded to enrage nearly every college football fan along the way. Despite the flaws in the process, the underlying awesomeness of college football shined through time and time again, gifting us memorable games, plays and athletes over the last decade and a half.
Over the course of the week, we’re going to present you with the BCS Top 50, the best plays, players, storylines and games of the BCS era.
16) Holy Buckeye
Ohio State’s 2002 success was predicated on great defense, great special teams and running the ball. But when it was needed, quarterback Craig Krenzel could uncork one. The Buckeyes were 10-0 and ranked second in the country when they traveled to West LaFayette, Ind., and despite Purdue’s unimpressive record (4-5), the Boilermakers played a brilliant defensive game and held a 6-3 lead late in the fourth quarter. (See, kids: Really good Ohio State teams struggling against Purdue is a long tradition, not some new-fangled fad.)
I will now turn it over to Mr. Musburger:
This started a dramatic stretch run for the Buckeyes, who finished the season with a 23-16 overtime win at Illinois, a 14-9 victory vs. Michigan and a double-overtime victory against Miami in the Fiesta Bowl to win the BCS title.
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