Needing double-overtime the week before to stay undefeated, the 2002 Ohio State-Michigan game would also come down to the last play of the game. With Ohio State trailing 9-6 in the 4th Quarter, Maurice Clarett caught a wheel route out of the backfield for 26 yards to setup the Buckeyes. Maurice Hall punched in the go-ahead score from three yards out with less than five minutes remaining. On the game's last play, All-American Will Allen intercepted a John Navarre pass near the goal line that preserved the win and OSU's undefeated season. Ohio State would go on to defeat Miami in double overtime in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl to claim the school's seventh National Championship.
This 6" x 12" x 4" black hardwood base trophy with a removable genuine crystal football is a scale replica model of the original trophy hoisted by Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel. "The Circuit City Trophy" is affixed at the top of the base beneath the mounted football and "The National Champion / The Ohio State University 2002 / USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches' Poll" with the Bowl Championship Series logo is etched onto a metallic black name plate on the front of the trophy. "The Official 2002 Coaches National Championship Trophy" gold Danbury Mint label sticker is affixed to the underside of the base.