Robert Stephens, Featured Writer
Ohio State wins NCAA Playoff Championship
January 15, 2015 - The Ohio State Buckeyes, a controversial fourth pick
in the NCAA’S first ever pay $ for play Division One football championship,
defeated the Oregon Ducks 42-20 before 85,689 fans at Jerry World’s
AT&T stadium Monday night.
The Buckeyes, behind their “third string” quarterback
Cardale Jones used a remarkable run to convince the playoff
committee to select the Big 10 champion Buckeyes over TCU, securing a
final spot along with top seed Alabama, second seed Oregon and third seed
Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliot in Ohio State’s
run broke the Big-10 championship game record with 220
yards. The sophomore for good measure continued his
torrid pace breaking the Sugar Bowl record rushing for 230
yards against Alabama and in the Buckeyes finale torching
Oregon for (36-246-246-4tds.) setting the new NCAA playoff record.
MVP Ezekiel Elliott kisses the National
Championship Trophy, while head coach Urban Meyer looks on. (KWR)
Ohio State’s defense to their credit put Oregon’s video
game offense in stall mode in the latter stages of the third
quarter and the entire fourth quarter to secure their 42-20
The Ducks on their first possession came out blazing
scoring on their first possession with 12:21 remaining in
the first quarter taking a 7-0 lead on a 7 yard pass from
Marcus Mariota to Keanon Lowe.
State came back on a Ezekiel Elliott 33 yard run to
tie the score 7-7 with 4:36 to go in the first quarter.
Ohio State’s defense after stopping the Duck’s offense,
scored on a Cardell Jones 1 yard pass to Nick Vannett to
take a 14-7 lead with 1:08 left in the first quarter.
The Buckeyes defense led by Joey Bosa continued to shut down Oregon’s
video game assault which was crippled to a degree by the absence of Darren
Carrington (37-704-4tds.) who failed a pre game drug test and Devon Allen
(7tds.) injured in the Rose Bowl.
OSU jumped out to a 21-7 lead with 4:49 remaining in the half on a quarterback
keeper from Jones.
Oregon’s offense stalled late in the second quarter
and the Ducks had to settle for a 26 yard field goal by
Aidan Scheider with :48 seconds left in the half , as Ohio
State took a 21-10 lead into the half.
The Ducks returned to their offensive ways with a
70 yard pass from Marcus Mariota to Byron Marshall
with 11:23 in the third to close the lead to 21-17.
Ohio State, with some sloppy play let the Ducks back
into the game, however their defense continued to shine
and Oregon was only able to muster a 23 yard field goal
with 6:39 remaining in the third quarter, closing the lead to 28-20. Little
did the national televised audience
of 33.3 million on ESPN - the largest in the cable network's history -
that the Ducks video game offense would be shut down in the fourth quarter.
Ohio State's Cardale Jones.
The Buckeyes scored on Ezekiel 2 yard run with 9:44
remaining in the game to take a 35-20 lead as the Buckeye
defense dominated play.
Ezekiel scored his 4th touchdown on a 1 yard plunge
with : 28 seconds remaining to make the final score 42-20.
Redshirt sophomore Cardale Jones (16-23-242-1td.)
(21-38-1td.) rushing was the focal point of the Buckeyes
offense. The start of the season saw Jones from Cleveland
(Glenville Prep) listed as the third string quarterback on the
depth chart. Jones played in the waning seconds in the
Michigan game (2-3-7yds.) rushing (2-18) when “second string”
starter J.T. Barrett when down.
Jones, handed the keys to the offense, proceeded to become MVP of the
Sugar Bowl and in a three game post season run defeating Wisconsin, Alabama,
and Oregon completed 46-75-742yds.-4tds. also rushing for 46-90-td.
Oregon’s Heisman trophy winner Marcus Mariota in what
most likely will be his last game as a collegian finished his nights work
Wide receiver Byron Marshall had an outstanding game
for the Ducks (8-169yds.-1td.) but the Buckeye defense
which stalled the video game offense was too much for
the duo to overcome.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer now has a ridiculous 37-3 (.925) record
for his three seasons at State.
At his post game press conference the quote of the
hour from Coach Meyer was “ The chase is complete.”
Meyer for his success received a years extension on
his contract which will now run up to 2019 with incentives
to the tune of $4.5 million per year according to Forbes.
The final top 16 $ according to the coaches poll.
#1 Ohio State 14-1 BIG-10
#2 Oregon 13-2 PAC-12
#3 TCU 12-1 BIG-8
#4 Alabama 12-2 SEC
#5 Michigan St. 11-2 BIG-10
#6 Florida St. 13-1 ACC
#7 Georgia Tech 11-3 ACC
#8 Baylor 11-2 BIG-8
#9 Georgia 10-3 SEC
#10 UCLA 10-3 PAC-12
#11 Missouri 11-3 SEC
#12 Mississippi St. 10-3 SEC
#13 Wisconsin 11-3 BIG-10
#14 Arizona St. 10-4 PAC-12
#15 Clemson 10-3 ACC
#16 Boise State 12-2 MT. West