Tigers escape with win over Buckeyes in 2019 CFB Semifinal

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The (3) Clemson Tigers and the (2) Ohio State Buckeyes were going the way of the first College Football Playoff game. The (1) LSU Tigers blew out (4) Oklahoma Sooners in Atlanta, Georgia. 

The Buckeyes led 10-0 at the end of the first quarter. However, following the conclusion of the fourth quarter, the Tigers won 29-23 in the second College Football Playoff game at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. 

Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence attempts a pass against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl in the 2019 College Football Playoff
Trevor Lawrence attempts a pass against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl in the 2019 College Football Playoff (Photo by Clemson Tigers Athletic Department)

The Tigers improved to 14-0 with the win. They will face a fellow Tigers team, the No. 1 LSU Tigers, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on Monday, Jan. 13. 

With the huge deficit in the first quarter, it was the first-time that the Tigers trailed by double-digits since Sept. 29, 2018 against the Syracuse Orange. Clemson won 27-23. 

The Buckeyes lost their first game of the season. They fell to 13-1 on the season. 

This was also the 40-year-old Ryan Day’s first as the Buckeyes head coach. He is now 16-1 overall. 

The Buckeyes had a chance late in the contest to win the game. However, a late interception ended the contest.

Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence went 18 of 33 for 259 yards. He also had two touchdown passes. 

Lawrence had 16 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown. Travis Etienne had three receptions for 98 yards and two touchdowns.

Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields went 30 of 46 for 320 yards. He had one touchdown pass and two interceptions. 

Before this game, Fields had one interception in the previous 13 games.

J.K. Dobbins had 18 carries for 174 yards and a touchdown. K.J. Hill had six receptions for 67 yards.

Tigers outscored the Buckeyes 15-7 in the second half. Lawrence hit Etienne for a 53-yard touchdown reception. 

Lawrence also hit Etienne for a 34-yard touchdown reception. Following the touchdown, Lawrence hit Tee Higgins for a two-point conversion. 

Buckeyes’ Fields hit Chris Olave for a 23-yard touchdown reception.

Ohio State led 16-14 at halftime. Dobbins scored on a 68-yard rushing touchdown. Blake Haubeil also made three field goals. 

Tigers’ Etienne scored on an eight-yard rushing touchdown. Lawrence also scored on a 67-yard rushing touchdown. 

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