While the spilling confetti this time was for a Cotton Bowl triumph rather than a title festivity like three seasons prior, mentor Urban Meyer still got an exceptional inclination from the fifth-positioned Buckeyes’ protectively overwhelming every minute of every day prevail upon No. 7 Southern California.
“The mentality was self-evident. We needed to go down as one of the immense groups at Ohio State, Big Ten champions, clearly a main five complete,” said Meyer, 73-8 out of six seasons at Columbus. “This will go down as a standout amongst other groups I’ve ever instructed and a standout amongst other gatherings of youngsters I’ve ever been around.”
With Buckeyes All-America junior cornerback Denzel Ward sitting out in the wake of choosing to go into the NFL draft, kindred guarded back Damon Webb restored a capture attempt for a touchdown subsequent to recouping a bungle to set up an early score.
The Big Ten and Pac-12 champions would more often than not play New Year’s Day in Pasadena rather than somewhere down in the core of Texas, however the Rose Bowl is a College Football Playoff elimination round amusement this season.
Ohio State (12-2) rather immediately settled in at the NFL stadium where it won the main national title in the four-group CFP design. The Buckeyes — with that awful misfortune at Iowa after an early difficulty to playoff group Oklahoma — were the principal group forgot this season.
USC (11-3), the Rose Bowl champion last season, lost for just the third time in its last 23 recreations. The Trojans had four turnovers that prompted 21 Ohio State focuses in what could have been third-year sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold’s last amusement.
“We sort of shot ourselves in the foot in this diversion,” USC mentor Clay Helton said. “You’re putting a hurt on your resistance, and it prompted focuses ahead of schedule in the diversion, and partition right on time in the amusement.”
Ward was on the sideline in his No. 12 shirt over road garments while Webb had a bobble recuperation on the third play of the amusement. That prompted J.T. Barrett’s 1-yard manager for a score that put the Buckeyes ahead to remain.
Webb’s 23-yard capture attempt return for a TD put Ohio State up 17-0 not as much as a moment into the second quarter. It was the main pick-six this season for the Buckeyes, and the group driving fifth capture attempt for Webb.
Ohio State was up 24-0 when Barrett ran 28 yards for another touchdown after the first of Darnold’s two bungles when stripped while being sacked. Darnold was sacked eight times by and large.
“The strip mishandles, when I’m in the pocket, those are intense,” Darnold said.
“That guarded line took a quarterback that we have a gigantic measure of regard for and he didn’t set his feet throughout the night,” Meyer said. “That is the way we won that amusement.”
Ohio State: Barrett, playing his last school amusement just around a two-hour drive from the place where he grew up of Wichita Falls, Texas, broke Drew Brees’ Big Ten profession record for add up to offense with 12,697 yards. Barrett played 50 diversions and was 38-6 as a starter. His 147 touchdowns (104 passing, 43 surging) are likewise a Big Ten record, 41 more than Brees at Purdue.
“It’s entirely insane. That is to say, since I was little I admired Drew Brees,” Barrett said. “To pass a record that way, simply extremely appreciative to the general population that were around me.”
USC: Darnold, who turned into the main Trojans quarterback ever with more than 4,000 yards going in a season, has until Jan. 15 to choose on the off chance that he will make a beeline for the NFL or come back to USC for another season.
“I’m extremely simply centered around simply hanging out with my colleagues for the following couple of days,” Darnold said. “Be that as it may, it’s intense. I’ll take a gander at everything and settle on my choice after that.”
Darnold was 26 of 45 for 356 yards passing, however his turnovers were exorbitant.
NOT FOR THE ROSES
This was the eighth time Ohio State and USC met in a bowl amusement. The initial seven were in the Rose Bowl. The Trojans had won seven straight in the matchup of powerhouse programs, including four normal season matchups since their last gathering in Pasadena 33 years back.
There was somewhat of a fight in the last two minutes after Buckeyes linebacker Malik Harrison conveyed a late hit on Darnold, who was escaping limits along the USC sideline in the wake of scrambling for 7 yards. A few Trojans went to Darnold’s safeguard, including one launched out for falling off the seat. Harrison was evaluated an individual foul punishment.
Ohio State will play its 2018 opener at home against Oregon State on Sept. 1, that day Southern Cal is home against UNLV. The Buckeyes and Trojans both come back to the Lone Star State for recreations next Sept. 15. Ohio State will be back in AT&T Stadium to play TCU, and USC will be at Texas that day to go up against the Longhorns.