Sunday was Kelly's debut as Miami's starter, and late in the first half he bootlegged for one touchdown and then completed a 67-yard pass to Santana Moss—the aforementioned high school triple jumper—who caught the underthrown ball in the vicinity of three defenders and sprinted across the field for a touchdown with eight seconds left before halftime, giving Miami a shocking 23-9 advantage.
But the win wasn't secured until the fourth quarter. A field goal brought the Buckeyes within 11 points, and they started the final quarter by pinning Miami to its 11. The Hurricanes responded with a 16-play, 79-yard drive that ended with a missed field goal attempt but swallowed up nearly eight minutes. All but nine of the yards came on the ground, many of them behind the Harvard not-wannabe, 6' 5", 275-pound tackle Joaquin Gonzalez, the biggest long shot of all the Hurricanes. While growing up just 15 minutes from the Miami campus, Gonzalez wanted nothing more than to play for the Hurricanes. He was recruited by Oklahoma State, Wake Forest and several Ivy League schools, including Harvard, which offered him a full academic scholarship. He decided to walk on at Miami. "People said, 'You can go to Harvard—what are you doing?' " says Gonzalez. "But it's like I say: You can have caviar, or you can have fries. Me, all I want is fries and ketchup."
Gonzalez earned a football scholarship before the 1998 season and responded by winning Big East rookie of the year honors. He clearly speaks for the new breed of Hurricanes. When he and his teammates came off the field after beating Ohio State, nobody was boasting, dancing or shouting. Gonzalez said, "I just think we're too tired."