Following a National Championship in 2001. the Hurricanes were on defense to defend their title the next season. While they lost great players from the year before like Ed Reed and Clinton Portis, they still returned stars such as Sean Taylor and Ken Dorsey.
Early in the 2002 year, Miami traveled to Gainesville to take on the sixth-ranked Gators and Rex Grossman.
In the third quarter, the Hurricanes were clinging to a 27-16 lead, but Grossman had the UF offense on the attack as they drove deep into UM territory.
The 99-yard pick six by Maurice Sikes is one of the longest in Miami history, and gave the Canes a comfortable 34-16 lead, as they eventually walked out of the Swamp with a 41-16 win.