Ohio State falls to Clemson in Fiesta Bowl; 29-23

Ohio State Coach Ryan Day smiles as Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney makes a point during the Playstation Fiesta Bowl press conference Friday

The Tigers' reward for winning their 29th in a row? A CFP final match with No. 1 Louisiana State on January 13 in New Orleans' Superdome in front of tens of thousands of rowdy Cajuns. "They've got the heart of a champion, they've got the eye of a tiger".

Day has been a mastermind when facing top ranked defenses in his three years at Ohio State and we can expect more of the same in the desert. On New Year's Eve in 2016, Clemson systematically slaughtered the Buckeyes 31-0 inside this same shiny and silver desert orb that's now called State Farm Stadium.

From arguably the best player in the 2020 NFL Draft pool to some linebackers with loads of potential to some late-round offensive line depth, these two teams offer draft prospects across the board on both sides of the ball.

Fields, a transfer from Georgia, fit right in with the skill players Ohio State was already collecting from locales outside the Big Ten footprint. Buckeyes star J.K. Dobbins ran for 174 yards, including two 60-plus yarders in the first half, but was slowed by a twisted left ankle late in the second quarter. Ohio State receiver Chris Olave had broken off his route and left Fields throwing to no one.

Ohio State went into the fourth quarter trailing 21-16, and with everything seemingly going Clemson's way.

The teams last met in the Playstation Fiesta Bowl back in late 2016, where Deshaun Watson and the Tigers crushed the Buckeyes 31-0 on their way to a National Championship. Swinney is the first to acknowledge that he doesn't have to go far to stock his roster with blue-chippers, especially now that the results match the Southern charm.

Trevor Lawrence wasn't phased whatsoever when it came time to come through in the clutch. The Tigers scored two touchdowns before the half and cut the OSU lead to just two heading into halftime.

That would have given the Buckeyes a 23-21 lead - and perhaps the win - but SEC officials overturned the call on the field, ruling Ross never had complete control of the ball.



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