The last time Ohio State was shutout in a bowl game? The 1920 Rose Bowl
The last time Urban Meyer was shutout as head coach? Never
The Clemson Tigers absolutely dominated the Ohio State Buckeyes en route to a 31-0 shutout in the Fiesta Bowl and will play Alabama for the second straight year in the National Championship game.
Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson threw for 259 yards, threw one touchdown and ran in two others in his second to last college game. He threw two interceptions but his confidence never seemed to waiver during the entire game.
Ohio State kicker Tyler Durbin barely missed two field goals early in the game and the Tigers capitalized with scoring drives after both misses to go up 10-0 after the first quarter.
Watson hit wide reciever C.J. Fuller with a 30 yard strike to make it 17-0 by halftime.
Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett in what could be his final start as a Buckeye whether he decides to go to the NFL or if he transfers to another school was terrible in his first playoff game.
He finished 19 of 33 for 127 yards and two interceptions. Now there was some dropped passes along the way but Barrett’s accuracy continues to diminish as the season wore on.
The running game from Ohio State which at times was one of the best in the nation was silenced by the dominant Clemson defense. They were held to just 88 yards on 23 carries.
Gareon Conley and Malik Hooker each recorded interceptions for the Ohio State defense which was the lone positives on the defensive side of the ball.
Clemson will now head to Tampa to get the rematch they wanted after losing to Alabama 45-40 in last year’s championship game. The team and their fans said all season that this is what they wanted and it’s what they’re going to get a week from Monday night.
They’re in for a tough matchup much like last year. Alabama dominated Washington in the Peach Bowl on Saturday afternoon. Crimson Tide running back Bo Scarborough ran for a school bowl record 180 yards and two touchdowns in the victory as head coach Nick Saban seeks his fifth national championship with Alabama, sixth overall tying him with Bear Bryant.
As for Ohio State, Urban Meyer and his staff will come back with another strong recruiting class incoming including USA Today’s Offensive Player of the Year quarterback Tate Martell and Defensive Player of the Year defensive back Shaun Wade.