By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes wanted to make a statement after being left out of the Final Four for the College Football Playoff earlier this month. Boy, did they make a statement.
The Buckeyes defeated the No. 8 USC Trojans, 24-7, from the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on Friday night from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The Buckeyes ended their season with a Bowl win and a 12-2 record. The Trojans fell to 11-3.
Since its inception, the Buckeyes have been a top contender for the College Football Playoff every year. However, this year, they were beaten out by the Committee, who put Alabama Crimson Tide, as the fourth team in.
Last year, in the College Football Playoff, the Buckeyes were dismantled by the Clemson Tigers 31-0. Maybe that was a factor, along with a loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes, as to why they were not in the College Football Playoff this season.
This is their second Cotton Bowl Classic win in school history. They defeated the Texas A&M Aggies, 28-12, on January 1st, 1987 in their first appearance in this Bowl game.
Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett went 11 of 17 for 114 passing yards. He also broke Drew Brees’ all-time Big Ten Conference record with total yards.
He broke Brees’ record in the fourth quarter with a pass to Marcus Baugh to reach 12,962 yards.
Barrett also had 16 carries for 66 yards, including two touchdowns. Parris Campbell had three carries for 42 yards, while J.K. Dobbins had 13 carries for 39 yards.
Austin Mack had three receptions for 56 yards. Baugh had four receptions for 40 yards. Mike Weber also had a 16 yard reception.
Buckeyes kicker Sean Nuernberger also made a field goal.
Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold went 26 of 45 for 356 passing yards. He also had an interception.
Ronald Jones II had 19 carries for 64 yards, including a touchdown. Aca’Cedric Ware had three carries for nine yards. Vave Malepeai also had a two yard carry.
Deontay Burnett had 12 receptions for 139 yards. Tyler Vaughns had six receptions for 116 yards. Michael Pittman Jr. had three receptions for 69 yards.
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