It's easy to get caught up in the amount of success the Clemson football program has seen over the past few years. Unfortunately, the College Football Playoff game will also be remembered for those botched referee calls, which impacted the game in a big way, giving Clemson momentum and even taking points off the board from the Bucks. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said the entire team is banged up.
Dobbins set a Buckeyes' season record and now ranks second among FBS players in 2019 with 2,003 rushing yards and scored 23 touchdowns to help Ohio State to a Big Ten championship and an appearance in the College Football Playoff semifinals. "But, this was a very odd game". Apparently, we didn't play anyone.
Swinney sounded up for it, and, with LSU set as the early betting favorite, he can continue to convince his Tigers that nobody gives them respect. Clemson defeated Texas A&M, 24-10, after the Aggies scored a late touchdown to make it a two-score game.
Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book says he plans to return next season after leading the No. 15 Fighting Irish to an 11-2 record and 33-9 rout of Iowa State in the Camping World Bowl.
INTERCEPTED! What a finish!
"We were the underdog in '06 and '08", Tebow said. Then came the miscommunication between Fields and Olave. That happens in life, and you really can't do anything about it now.
No. 2 Ohio State whiffed on a prove-it opportunity that was three years in the making. "That's not just who we are". We were right there all the way to the end.
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence completes a 67-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
The close game between the Clemson Tigers and the Ohio State Buckeyes, eventually won by Clemson, brought a crowd of 71,330 to State Farm Stadium in Glendale. Lawrence, after being up and down for much of the night, suddenly found the Golden Boy form that he used to lead Clemson to a national title as a freshman past year.
Clemson sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence helped the Tigers in many ways, including with his legs.
Blaring from the Clemson locker room after yet another playoff victory was Aretha Franklin's classic "Respect".
"It is just the DNA", Swinney said. That is just how we are built. Now, I don't think that can be said at all. That is what it is. Clemson would have been punting down 16-0 midway through the second quarter, but instead, the automatic first down awarded to Clemson led to a Tigers downtown moments later that completely changed the complexion of the game.
Though the defense allowed Ohio State to advance all the way back down to their own 23-yard line on the ensuing and final drive of the game, Nolan Turner came up with the interception when the Tigers needed it most.
Before the drive, Swinney said that Lawrence took over the huddle. "It was just a really bad stinger". The Clemson quarterback has never lost a game as a starting college quarterback.