( Editor's Note: A look at the last 10 No. 1 vs. No. 2 regular-season matchups. ) The Sooners fumbled the ball 10 times, losing five, but still held a 24-14 lead in the fourth quarter. Then USC tailback Marcus Allen, who finished with 208 yards, scored his second TD to get the Trojans within three. USC quarterback John Mazur led a miraculous drive to get the Trojans into field goal range, but USC coach John Robinson had no interest in a tie. On third-and-goal from the seven, Mazur scrambled before finding Fred Cornwell for the game-winning score with two seconds left.
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No. 1 Iowa 12, No. 2 Michigan 10
Entering the game, Michigan's defense had given up only 21 points in its first five games, while Iowa's offense -- led by 1985 Davey O'Brien Award-winning QB Chuck Long -- had averaged 44.2 points per game. Late in the fourth quarter Long put together a 16-play, 66-yard drive that set up the game-winning 29-yard field goal as time expired.
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No. 2 Miami 28, No. 1 Oklahoma 16
This game pitted Miami QB Vinny Testaverde against Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth. The Boz finished with 14 tackles, but it wasn't enough. Testaverde launched his Heisman Trophy campaign by completing 21 of 28 passes (including a school-record 14 in a row) for 261 yards and four touchdowns.
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No. 2 Oklahoma 17, No. 1 Nebraska 7
The "Game of the Century II" didn't provide the drama of its predecessor. Nebraska's offense -- the top unit in the country -- scored an early touchdown, but Oklahoma's defense locked down for the rest of the game, holding the Cornhuskers 289 yards below their season average. Barry Switzer's team had three 100-yard rushers, including freshman QB Charles Thompson, who went on to grace the cover of SI after being arrested for selling cocaine.
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No. 1 Notre Dame 27, No. 2 USC 10
The Irish struck early and often in this game. Tony Rice connected with "Rocket" Ismail for a 55-yard touchdown to start off the game. Then Rice kept the ball on an option play and scampered 65 yards down the sideline to give Notre Dame a 14-0 lead. Stan Smagala intercepted a Rodney Peete pass and took it 64 yards to the house, giving the Irish a comfortable 21-7 lead at the half. USC never really threatened after the break. Notre Dame went on to win its first national title in 11 years.
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No. 1 Notre Dame 24, No. 2 Michigan 19
In a very evenly matched game, the Irish benefited from an outstanding day by "Rocket" Ismail. The Wolverines had not allowed a kick-return touchdown in 32 years, but Ismail changed that. On his first opportunity, he took a kick 88 yards for a score. Surprisingly, Michigan kicked to him again. Ismail fielded the ball at the 8 and scurried down the sideline for a second score.
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No. 2 Miami 17, No. 1 Florida State 16
Known simply as Wide Right, this game was the beginning of much heartbreak for Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden. Miami overcame a 16-7 fourth-quarter deficit to take a one-point lead. After nailing three field goals earlier in the game, Florida State kicker Gerry Thomas lined up for a 34-yard attempt on the last play of the game. As the clock expired, Thomas' kick infamously sailed to the right.
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No. 2 Notre Dame 31, No. 1 Florida State 24
The Seminoles and the Irish each carried a 16-game winning streak into this showdown. Notre Dame led 24-7 in the third quarter, but eventual Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward led a huge comeback. Florida State had the ball on Notre Dame's 14 in the final seconds, but Shawn Wooden preserved the Irish win by knocking down a pass in the end zone as time expired. Notre Dame lost to Boston College the next week, while FSU went on to win the national title.
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No. 2 Florida State 24, No. 1 Florida 21
This battle of unbeatens closed out the regular season for both teams. Eventual Heisman winner Danny Wuerffel passed for 362 yards and four touchdowns, but he also had three interceptions and was sacked six times. Warrick Dunn led the Seminoles to victory by rushing for 184 yards on 30 carries. But the Gators earned redemption by stomping Florida State 52-20 in the Sugar Bowl and staking claim to its first national title.
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No. 1 Ohio State 42, No. 2 Michigan 39
One day after legendary Michigan coach Bo Schembechler passed away, the Wolverines and Buckeyes faced off as the top two teams in the country for the first time ever. Trailing for most of the game, Michigan appeared to gain the momentum in the fourth quarter, but Shawn Crable's helmet-to-helmet hit on Heisman trophy winner Troy Smith (and the ensuing 15-yard penalty) doomed the Wolverines. Florida blew out heavily favored Ohio State in the national title game.
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