In 2002, McGahee, along with Ken Dorsey, Andre Johnson, Kellen Winslow II, and others led Miami to an undefeated regular season
and a No. 1 ranking, which included a trip to the National Championship game against second ranked Ohio State. Ohio State won
the game in double overtime. Following his 2002 sophomore season, he was a first-team All-Big east selection and was recognized
as a consensus first-team All-American. He was also a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.