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Sun Devil Stadium holds on to record after 2015 NFL Draft

Jan. 3, 2003 continues to live on as one of the greatest college football games ever played

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Sun Devil Stadium, where the 2003 BCS National Championship game was played, will remain host to the largest amount of future NFL draft picks ever to play in one game.

On that night in 2003 at Sun Devil Stadium, a record 52 future NFL Draft picks played. That mark was somewhat in jeopardy last weekend during the NFL Draft. The talent pool in Tuscaloosa during the 2011 matchup between LSU and Alabama was also large, but not big enough. A total of 45 players from that game were drafted, falling 7 players short of the Sun Devil Stadium record.

Jon Solomon of has been keeping track of this game for a number of years. Of the 43 players who started for either Miami or Ohio State that night, 37 (86 percent) went on to the league.

The night will also live on for another reason with perhaps the most infamous play not involving ASU to ever occur in Tempe. It will forever be known simply as "The Call."

With Miami up 24-17 in the first overtime, OSU wide receiver Chris Gamble went up for a pass which was defended by Glenn Sharpe. The Hurricanes believed they had won the game until referee Terry Porter threw a flag signaling pass interference on Miami. OSU went on to tie and then win the game in the 2nd overtime.

Of those players 58 players drafted from Ohio State and Miami, 18 went in the first round. Among the bigger names for Miami were Andre Johnson, Sean Taylor, Kellen Winslow Jr., Jonathan Vilma, Vince Wilfork and  Antrel Rolle.  The Buckeyes notably had Will Smith, Michael Jenkins, Bobby Carpenter, A.J. Hawk, Nick Mangold and Gamble drafted among the first 32 players taken.