The 2001 NCAA Division I-A football season
ended with the University of Miami
winning the national title for the fifth time.
The Hurricanes were led by Larry Coker
, who was in his first year as head coach after five years as Miami's offensive coordinator under Butch Davis
. Coker had the benefit of inheriting a star-studded program that Davis had rebuilt in the aftermath of NCAA sanctions in the mid-to-late 90s. Miami completed a perfect 12-0 season, which culminated in a 37-14 win over Nebraska
in the Rose Bowl BCS National Championship Game
In yet another controversial season for the BCS, #4 Nebraska was chosen as the national title opponent despite not having even played in the Big 12 championship game. The Huskers went into their last regularly scheduled game at undefeated, but left Boulder having lost the game by a score of 62-36. The Buffaloes went on to win the Big 12 championship game. However, the BCS computers didn't take into account time of loss, so one-loss Nebraska came out ahead of two-loss #3 Colorado and one-loss, #2 Oregon
. Some fans chanted "number 4" at the title game held at the Rose Bowl.Florida State
did not win the ACC championship for the first time since joining the conference in 1991, losing out to Maryland
. Steve Spurrier
left the Florida Gators
at the end of the season to coach the Washington Redskins
, accepting what was then the largest salary for an NFL head coach
The season had one of the more competitive Heisman Trophy races with......