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OSU Beats Michigan, Fans Rush Field
November 23, 2002

Ohio State fans swarmed onto the field and climbed the south goal post at Ohio Stadium seconds after the Buckeyes beat Michigan 14-9.

Now, Ohio State is headed to its first national
football championship since 1968.

The Game
The Buckeyes needed every last tick of the clock to keep their season perfect.

Maurice Hall scored on a 4-yard run with less than five minutes left, and the second-ranked Buckeyes survived two late drives by Number 12 Michigan.

Will Allen intercepted John Navarre's pass just short of the end zone with no time left.

Ohio State is 13-0 for the first time ever. Six of those wins were by seven or fewer points.

The Wolverines finish at 9-3.

The Buckeyes now wait to see who their opponent will be in the Fiesta Bowl on January Third in Tempe, Arizona. Number One Miami is the likely opponent if the Hurricanes win their final two games.

The Fans
At first, fans were hugging, high-fiving and slapping players on the back, and singing as the marching band played the alma mater.

But then troopers and police sprayed a chemical irritant to keep the crowd away from the south goal post, and fans threw clumps of turf at the officers. Fans then broke through and climbed the goal post, rocking it and trying to rip it down.

Thousands of fans outside the stadium watched on large outdoor screens and scattered televisions, cheering every time the post rocked.

Very few fans left the stadium, and security were letting some tailgaters into the stadium through side gates.

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