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Ohio State Defeats Utah, 48-45, in Wild Rose Bowl Shootout

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In a Rose Bowl shootout for the ages, Ohio State ended the 2021 football season and started the 2022 calendar year with a victory.

Despite dropping 35 points in the first half, Ohio State rallied to defeat Utah, 48-45, in a game where CJ Stroud became the Buckeyes’ first 500-yard passer and Jaxon Smith. -Njigba became the Ohio State’s first-ever 300-yard receiver in a single game.

The Buckeyes scored all of their last five possessions to win the game, with Noah Ruggles netting a winning field goal of 19 yards with just nine seconds left.

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# 6 Ohio state

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# 11 UTAH

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The Ohio State defense forced a punt in the opening series of the game, but the Buckeyes went 3-and-out on their first possession. Utah recovered the ball at the 44-yard line and took advantage of the short field, generating 56 yards in five games – culminating with Britain Covey turning a short pass into a 19-yard touchdown – to score the game’s first points.

After another 3-and-out for the Buckeyes on their next possession, Utah returned to Ohio State territory on a 27-yard pass from Cameron Rising to Brant Kuithe and followed seven games later with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Rising to Micah Bernard, who beat Tommy Eichenberg on a wheel road and made a dramatic catch in the right-back corner of the end zone to give Utah a 14- lead 0, marking the first time this entire season that Ohio State has allowed 14 points in the first quarter.

The Ohio State offense began its third possession of the game. After CJ Stroud ran for a first down on 3rd and 8th, he completed a 30-yard pass to Emeka Egbuka, who had a spectacular catch along the left sideline. Four games later, the Buckeyes went there 4th and 1 and composed a passing play on which Stroud completed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Harrison Jr. for Harrison’s first touchdown of Harrison’s career in the Ohio State.

After that, the game quickly went into full shootout mode.

Utah fell back on the field on his next possession, going 79 yards on nine plays, closing the run with a 6-yard touchdown executed by Tavion Thomas one play after Jack Sawyer was kicked out of the game for targeting.

OHIO STATE

METRIC

UTAH

683

TOTAL LAND

463

110

COURAGE GROUND

226

20

QUICK ATTEMPTS

44

5.5

MEDIUM by RUSH

5.1

0

QUICK TOUCH

2

573

COURT OF PASSAGE

237

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COMPLETIONS – ATTEMPTS

19-24

15.5

AVERAGE PER COMPLETION

12.5

6

PASSING OF TASKS

3

28

1st LOW

25

67

TOTAL GAMES

68

10.2

YARDS PER GAME

6.8

4-5

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4-9

third down conv

5-12

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PENALTIES

5-50

25:58

POSSESSION

33:53

Two games in Ohio State’s subsequent possession, Stroud completed a 50-yard touchdown pass to Jaxon Smith-Njigba.

Covey returned Ohio State’s subsequent kickoff for 97 yards for a touchdown to extend Utah’s lead to two goals.

Stroud and Smith-Njigba connected for a 52-yard touchdown in Ohio State’s next offensive play to make it again a one-scoring game and complete a four-touchdown in just one minute and five seconds of time. of play between the two teams.

Less than two minutes later, Utah returned to the end zone when he went for a 4th and 1 from their own end of the field and Ohio State allowed Rising to run all the way for a touchdown. 62 yards.

Stroud and Smith-Njigba reconnected for what was close to a 50-yard touchdown on Ohio State’s next possession, but Smith-Njigba was stripped by the Utah cornerback and the Former Ohio State hired Clark Phillips III at the 6-yard line and Utes safety Cole Bishop picked up the fumble in the end zone.

Ohio State eventually forced their second punt of the game on their next possession and attempted to score before half-time after recovering the ball with 35 seconds left in the second quarter, but ran out of time when Julian Fleming had was tackled within 32-yard line after Ohio State ran out of time out.

A 45-yard connection between Stroud and Smith-Njigba put Ohio State in the red zone in their first practice of the second half, but the Buckeyes again left points on the table when a pass from Stroud intended at Fleming was intercepted by Phillips at the end of the zone.

Ohio State took a break after its defense forced a 3-and-out in its next streak, however, when the Utah punter missed the snap and Bryson Shaw recovered the ball at the 11-yard line. . Three plays later, Stroud and Harrison connected for an 8-yard touchdown to reduce Utah’s lead to one score.

Utah moved back into the red zone on his next possession, but a pair of tackles from Tommy Eichenberg and a 3rd and 7th save from Kourt Williams held the Utes to a 24-yard Jadon Redding field goal, which would be the only points. Utah would score in the third quarter.

Ohio State was also forced to settle for a placement in the red zone in its final series of the third quarter, which Noah Ruggles made at 31 yards.

Utah chose to go on the 4th and 3rd of the Ohio State 31-yard line on his next possession, and Ronnie Hickman tackled Kuithe short of the line to win on a two-yard catch, giving the ball to the Buckeyes. with a chance to tie the game.

Ohio State delivered with 71 yards in seven plays, closing the run with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Stroud to Harrison for their third scoring connection of the day.

The Buckeyes forced another punt on their next defensive streak for a chance to take the lead, and the Ohio State offense was delivered again as Stroud and Smith-Njigba connected for a Spectacular 30-yard touchdown to take a 45-38 lead with 4:22 play.

After limiting Utah to just three points on their first four possessions of the second half, Ohio State allowed the Utes to score a tying touchdown with just 1:54 to go when Bryson Barnes – who entered the the game after Cameron Rising was injured on a Kourt Williams sack – completed a 16-yard touchdown pass to Dalton Kincaid.

It didn’t matter, as the Buckeyes covered 56 yards in seven games in their last possession of the game before Ruggles kicked off the winning kick. Chris Booker tackled Covey on Utah’s subsequent kick-off return, on which time ran out, to seal the 48-45 victory for Ohio State.

In the record-breaking days for both players, Stroud finished the game with 37 completed passes in 46 attempts for 573 yards and six touchdowns with one interception while Smith-Njigba finished with 15 catches for 347 yards and three touchdowns.

With the Rose Bowl victory, Ohio State ends the 2021 season with an 11-2 record. The Buckeyes will play their next game on September 3, when they kick off their 2022 season with a home game against Notre Dame at Ohio Stadium.

Play Notes

  • Thayer Munford, Zach Harrison and Teradja Mitchell – the only three captains available for the Rose Bowl – were the game captains for the pre-game draw. Ohio State lost the toss for the 10th time in 13 games.

  • Cade Stover started the game as a third linebacker while Kourt Williams also made his first career start as Ohio State started the game with bigger bodies on the field while Utah started the game with 13. people.

  • Lathan Ransom was hauled off the field with a leg injury after being injured during Britain Covey’s second quarter kick-off return touchdown. Ryan Batsch was also injured on the same kickoff.

  • Julian Fleming left the game with an apparent shoulder injury in the third quarter, but returned later.

  • Jaxon Smith-Njigba broke the Ohio State record in one game and the all-time record for receiving yards, while also breaking the Ohio State records in a single season for receptions and touchdowns and by tying his own record for receptions in one game.

  • CJ Stroud broke Ohio State’s single-game passing record by becoming the first Ohio State quarterback to throw 500 yards in a single game, while also tying the school’s record for passing. hit in a match.

  • Ohio State now has a 9-7 Rose Bowl record, including four consecutive wins. The Buckeyes’ nine Rose Bowl wins are now the second for any school behind USC.

  • Ohio State has now won 12 straight games after a loss.

  • Ohio State is now 4-0 in non-playoff bowls in the playoff era of college football.

  • Ohio State has now won at least 11 games in each of the past 10 seasons, with the exception of 2020, when the Buckeyes have only played eight games due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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