The Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-2) and the Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1) will face each other in the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl. They’ll kick off at 1 pm on ESPN from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
This is a match-up between two top-10 teams, as the Irish is 8th and the Buckeyes are 7th. This is also the sixth all-time meeting between the schools.
The Buckeyes currently hold a 3-2 lead and the last Ohio State win came in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl.
The Fighting Irish will defeat the Buckeyes, 34-17. This is according to our whatifsports.com simulation.
The Fighting Irish had the ball for 31 minutes and a second, while the Buckeyes had it for 28:59. Notre Dame had 542 yards compared to Ohio State, who had 394 yards.
Buckeyes starting quarterback J. T. Barrett went 17-of-28 for 252 yards with two touchdowns. Fighting Irish signal caller Deshone Kizer went 14-of-28 for 221 yards and a touchdown.
C.J. Prosise, who was the player of the game, had 142 rushing yards and a touchdown. Josh Adams had 120-yards and a touchdown, while Dexter Williams had 61-yards and a touchdown. Kizer had -2-yards.
Prosise also had 67 receiving yards, while Will Fuller had 6-yards and Amir Carlise had 50-yards and a touchdown. Chris Brown had 28-yards and Josh Adams had 10-yards, while Alize Jones had six-yards.
Ezekiel Elliott had 79 rushing yards for the Buckeyes. Barrett had 49-yards, while Braxton Miller had 14-yards.
Michael Thomas had 76 receiving yards, while Jalin Marshall had 63-yards. Nick Vannett had 42-yards and a touchdown, while Elliott had 34-yards. Miller had 20-yards and Curtis Samuel had 17-yards and a touchdown.
The Buckeyes defense was led by Joey Bosa, who said yesterday that he’ll enter the NFL draft, had two sacks in his final collegiate game. Jerome Baker and Raekwon McMillan also had a sack each.
KeiVarae Russell had two sacks for the Fighting Irish. His teammate Jarrett Grace also had a sack.
Notre Dame kicker Justin Yoon made a 30-yard field goal with 3:50 left in the game to make it 34-17. Five minutes earlier, the Buckeyes made it 31-17 when Samuel caught a one-yard touchdown reception.
Vannett made it 31-10 when he caught a 16-yard touchdown reception from Barrett.
The Fighting Irish scored 31 unanswered points in the first and second quarter.
The Irish had three first quarter touchdowns. Carlisle caught a 14-yard touchdown reception to make it 7-3. Then, three minutes later, Williams made it 14-3 with a 39-yard run.
Adams scored on a 30-yard run to make it 21-3 with 36 seconds left in the quarter.
Yoon made a 33-yard field goal for the 24-3 lead. Then Prosise made a 64-yard run to make it 31-3 as the time expired in the second half.
Buckeyes kicker Jack Willoughby made a 35-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead.
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