Winston's 2004 season ended eight games early because of three torn ligaments in his left knee, an injury that probably played a major role in Miami's three-loss campaign - one in which the Hurricanes failed to reach a Bowl Championship Series game for the first time since 1999.
It happened early in the fourth quarter of Miami's 27-3 win at Georgia Tech last Oct. 2. A missed block on the right side of the line allowed Georgia Tech linebacker Chris Reis an unimpeded path to Miami quarterback Kyle Wright, who tumbled to the turf in Reis' grasp.
Winston fell backward over Wright and shredded his knee.
Season over, just like that.
The plane ride home from Atlanta - which should have been joyous, with the Hurricanes celebrating their first Atlantic Coast Conference road win - instead was one on which Miami president Donna Shalala spent time comforting Winston and telling him a fourth year in school could be a good thing.
ITS A PLAYOFF HOCKEY NIGHT IN PITTSBURGH!