With four minutes remaining before the half, the football rested on the Miami 37-yard line. Dorsey led a 10-play drive that culminated in a touchdown pass to Ethenic Sands with a little less than a minute to go in the quarter. The score seemed to carry an offensive spark over to the third quarter.
Clinton Portis cemented his game MVP honors on Miami's first two offensive possessions of the second half. The running back scored from 17 and 31 yards out in the span of 5-1/2 minutes as the Hurricanes took their first lead of the game, 21-20. The lead was short-lived. Leigh Tiffin kicked a field goal a few minutes later to hand the lead back to the Tide.
Not to be outdone, Miami kicker Todd Sievers turned into Ray Allen in crunch time. He hung three triples on the scoreboard, and Alabama found itself down by seven. Portis delivered the knockout blow on a 25-yard touchdown run with a little more than a minute to go in the game. Alabama did score on the final play of the game but fell seven points short.
The 2001 Miami Hurricanes took the ultimate title in the NCAA Football Tournament of Champions.
Winning Percentage of 2,001 Simulations: Miami-FL 68.2% - Alabama 31.8%