New Orleans – During Ohio’s run for the National Championship in the 2014 season, Ezekiel Elliott took his game to new heights by dashing 220 yards in the Big Ten Championship Game, 230 yards in the College Football Playoff semi-finals at Sugar Bowl and 246 yards in the National Championship Game.
In Ohio’s last two matches to insert Buckeyes into the National Championship match of the season, Trey Sermon took his game to similar levels of grandeur.
After dashing for a school record 331 yards against Northwestern at the Big Ten Championship two weeks ago, the sermon followed with a dash of 193 yards, landing 31 bearers and adding four grips to 61 yards on Friday night. 49-28 victory over Clemson In the semifinals of the college football match at Sugar Bowl.
After a quiet start to the Sermon season, the Oklahoma graduate transfer has emerged as a legitimate star in the hottest games of the year, and has definitely made a huge impression on his head coach.
“In the last two games, he was excellent.” “He was a teammaker,” said Ryan Day. “It wasn’t early really. I guess he was kind of finding his way. But wow, I mean, whether it was in the passing game, whether it was in protection, and he was clearly running football, he was special. ”
The engagement says he has become “very comfortable with the passage of time” as he has now played seven matches in the Ohio State Offensive.
“Just getting used to the flow of attack and coincidence with the offensive line, every week I feel like I’m getting better,” Sermon said. “I know what I’m doing. I trust my ability. I just let the match come to me, and I’m only decisive.”
Olaf got his salvation
Perhaps no player was more hungry to beat Clemson on Friday night than Ohio State concierge Chris Olaf, whose running error in the last minute of last year’s CFP semi-final against Clemson resulted in Nolan Turner’s victory. Interception ended Ohio’s season.
In this year’s match against Clemson, Olaf made the payoff, playing a key role in Buckeyes’ 21-point victory as he led Ohio with six receptions to 132 yards and two touchdowns.
After Olave tested positive for COVID-19 prior to the Big Ten Championship match, there were some doubts about whether he would be able to play this week’s game, especially before Big Ten changed his return-to-play protocol from 21 to 17 days. He wasn’t able to train much before the Friday match. But just as he did at several big games throughout his three years in Ohio, Olaf rose to the occasion against the Tigers, re-establishing himself as the number one recipient in Ohio after his presence was apparently missed against Northwestern.
“We were really tense, when COVID hit us, we wouldn’t have had it back,” Day said. “He trained and wasn’t fully exercising. So it was a bit difficult as the week entered, but he started getting his legs back under him at the end of the week and then he gets out and plays the way he plays in the big place.
“I think he’s one of the most clutch players, as a receiver, perhaps in Ohio’s soccer history when you think about it again. Wow, what a player.”
The chance to return to CFP and make up for a season-ending mistake last year has been fuel for Olave for a long time, and making it happen on Friday makes all of the hard work in a challenging year worth it.
“It was a difficult year.” Olaf said, “But I had to fight through adversity, and fortunately I was finally out and had a huge game today.” Just being able to get over these men and have fun with my team-mates, I’m happy and proud to be here.
Chris Olaf had reason to smile after he got a redemption against Clemson.
Three narrow landings
The narrative that Ohio does not use its narrow endings in scrolling game as much as it can or should be a vocal story that has surrounded Buckeyes for years. But on Friday, Luke Farrell and Jeremy Ruckert had a chance to shine on the bigger stage.
Farrell scored his second touchdown for Ohio last night when he encountered a pass by covering Clemson Corner Break Dereon Kendrick for an 8-yard result. Rockert scored Ohio’s third and fifth touchdowns at night, both in the second quarter, with passes from 17 and 12 yards.
Their three touchdowns matched the total number of touchdowns the Ohio Tight Finals had seen throughout the season so far prior to Friday’s game, with Rockett having three touchdowns in Baki’s first six matches while Farrell had none. Throughout the year, though, Farrell and Ruckert never complained about doing their job and acting as a blocker of running – which they were excellent at, by the way – and on Friday, they were rewarded with the opportunity to put on big shows at a mega-game.
“Everything from week to week. “Coach’s day is one of the best I’ve ever seen in planning defenses and making sure he finds open play,” said Rockert. “Our narrow end has always been able to be a group that depends on whether it’s running or being able to play, and I think you saw today that no moment is too big for us.”
Luke Farrell scored his first full-season touchdown against Clemson.
Justin Fields was happy to have had the opportunity to throw some key passes en route – five in total, with Rockert having three passes for 55 yards and Farrell had twice fapped for 11 yards – Friday night – admitting he hadn’t always done a good enough job at Previous games to find them when they are open.
“I think throughout the year, I missed a lot of the tight ends in a lot of the plays,” Fields said. “So it was just going back to basics and seeing the plays that they were open to and kind of taking advantage of these guys. These are two of the best narrow endings in the country, and I’m glad we finally benefited from using them.”
Defense escalates after the shaky start
There were a lot of questions leading up to Friday’s game about whether the Ohio State defense would be able to get the job done against Trevor Lawrence and Clemson’s attack, and early on, those concerns seemed to have been verified. The Tigers scored touchdowns on two of their first three possessions in the game, driving 82 yards at the opening chain and 75 yards in the third.
From that point onwards, Ohio allowed only two additional landing engines on 10 Clemson possessions. Buckeyes forced three straight kicks after Clemson’s second touchdown in the match, knocking out two breaks (Justin Hilliard recovered at Tommy Togiai bar and Sevyn Banks intercept) in the second half and also imposed a relegation spin in the fourth half quarter.
Sure enough, the Ohio State’s passing defense was still taking its mass against the Tigers, allowing Lawrence to throw 400 yards. But Buckeyes ‘team defense was dominant, with Clemson keeping just 44 yards, and most importantly, they did what they needed to do to limit the Tigers’ score in the last three quarters of the game, eventually enabling Ohio State to dominate his game.
Buckeyes knew that Clemson’s crime was going to lead to some plays on Friday, and that it wouldn’t be realistic for you to stop playing or give up any plays. But the defense responded just the way it needed so that Ohio could continue winning the game by a comfortable margin.
“Look, we knew Clemson was one of the best crimes in the country,” said Ohio State Backer Tove Borland. “We couldn’t stand ourselves. We couldn’t lose confidence in what we were doing. And these guys, through this whole process, I think it just shows the personality of this group, just to bounce back like that.”
Day said he believed defensive coaches in Ohio had put together a “excellent” game plan, and he was proud of the way the players performed.
“We knew they were going to do plays.” Day said, “We didn’t flinch when they got some touchdowns. We just kept chasing after them. Was it perfect? I don’t know. But she was bold. And they played really well. And we played complementary football tonight.
“I thought what our defense did well, they didn’t give up on the big game. They kept it up front. They kept making them play again, another game, another game. And that’s the idea. I think we learned the lesson from the Indiana game there. Because of that,” We were able to play the way we did and finish the match the way it should be. ”