Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Bilo's Quick Fiesta Bowl Recap

Clemson 31, Ohio State 0

Clemson held Ohio State to just 215 yards of offense, and the Buckeyes finished with 2 losses in a season for the first time under Urban Meyer in the Fiesta Bowl loss. Clemson earns a rematch against Alabama next Monday in the national title game, which Clemson lost 40-35 last season.
Deshaun Watson passed for a TD, and rushed for 2 more, and finished with 259 yards passing in the win, but did toss 2 early INTs to give him 17 total for the year so far, a high number for certain for a Heisman candidate QB.
The shutout loss for Ohio State was the first for Urban Meyer in his head coaching career. JT Barrett, who was the source of pinup board material when Clemson defenders stated that they had played against better QBs, certainly was not fired up by that fact, and was held without a TD pass for the 4th time on the season. This was his first time in 2016 tossing multiple picks in a game, as he finished with 2. Barrett was held to 127 yards passing and -2 yards rushing. The Buckeyes, as a team, were held to just 63 total yards in the 2nd and 3rd quarters combined.
Clemson won the battle of the rushing yards, as they racked up 205 yards on the ground, just 10 fewer yards than the Buckeyes totaled. Wayne Gallman, who was largely inconsistent in 2016, rushed for 85 of those yards. Barrett carried the ball 11 times for Ohio State, but no other Buckeye back carried the football more than 6 times in the game.
Ohio state had not been shut out since 1993, and had the longest streak in the nation of not being shut out.

2017 Openers: Kent State at Clemson (9/2); Ohio State at Indiana (9/1)

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