Well, football fans, we might be witnessing the making of an all-time coaching legend in Urban Meyer. In the first ever (and long overdue) official college football National Championship, Meyer took fourth-seeded Ohio State all the way and won his third national title as a head coach!
The Buckeyes were a controversial selection, as many believed that Big 12 co-champions Baylor and TCU were both more deserving of playoff bids. But Meyer, using his third string quarterback and shepherding his team through a season full of adversity, quieted doubters with back to back thumpings of both playoff opponents.
Early on, the game looked like it might be the shootout many folks predicted. Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota led the second-seeded Oregon Ducks down the field in short order, putting six on the board to open the scoring. But then the Ducks began to miss opportunities, and third-string quarterback (seriously?) Cardale Jones and running back Ezekiel Elliot took over.
Jones has become widely known, in short order, for almost stupefying arm strength; but Jones was also masterful in his decision-making, and impressive with his variety of throws. He threw receivers open, hit wised open guys downfield, threw from the pocket, and delivered back-shoulder passes to the sidelines. He also showed his running ability, buying time with his legs and using his 250-pound frame to impose his will in traffic. And Elliot was dominant, scoring four touchdowns and shredding the Ducks’ defense for 246 rushing yards.
Going into the fourth quarter, the game was still 28-20. When the Buckeyes took a two score lead, the floodgates opened and the Ducks never recovered. The final score was 42-20, and Ohio State fans felt vindicated, while Urban Meyer entered the conversation as one of the best college football coaches ever. One can make the argument that losing two key wideouts during the playoffs hurt the Ducks’ chances, but one thing is clear: the Ohio State Buckeyes earned their national championship. The inaugural college football Championship will be a hard act to follow for next year’s final two!
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