Urban Meyer jumped in excitement as Ohio State recovered the onside kick with 42 seconds left to clinch his final victory as a Buckeye in his final game as head coach.
The 54-year-old collected his 83rd victory as the head coach of the Buckeyes as Ohio State hung on to beat Washington 28-23 in the 105th Rose Bowl to close out a dominant seven-year run led by Meyer.
Washington rallied from a 28-3 deficit early in the fourth quarter to within five but the Buckeye defense and special teams were able to put it away on the final two plays.
Dwayne Haskins capped off a historic 2018 season by throwing three touchdown passes to become the sixth player in FBS history to throw 50 touchdowns in a single season.
The Rose Bowl Offensive MVP finished the game 25 of 37 for 251 yards and three touchdowns and joins Cornelius Green, Joe Germaine and Terrelle Pryor as Ohio State quarterbacks to win the award.
Now the football world will await his announcement on whether he’ll return to Ohio State or declare for the NFL Draft.
Pro Football Talk reported during the game that he will declare for the draft but a formal announcement hasn’t been made.
Johnnie Dixon and Parris Campbell each had a touchdown catch in their final games as Buckeyes.
Campbell finished the game with 11 catches for 71 yards and became the first Ohio State wide receiver since Michael Jenkins in 2002 to have 1,000 receiving yards in a single season. He also set the single season record for catches in a season with 90.
Brendon White was the defensive MVP of the game and led the secondary which played a fantastic game as a unit. White had 8 tackles (2 for a loss) along with an interception.
Jordan Fuller led the team with 9 tackles and Jeffery Okudah was all over the field making plays from start to finish.
If the entire secondary comes back which Fuller and Kendall Sheffield could declare for the draft early, they’re going to be one of the top secondaries in the country heading into the 2019 season and essentially sent a message to all of college football with their performance Tuesday evening.
This chapter of Ohio State football ends on a high note with another Rose Bowl victory for the program and the final checkmark on Urban Meyer’s Hall of Fame career whether it is truly the end or not.
Now begins the Ryan Day era with hope and anticipation that the foundation Meyer started to lay down seven years ago will continue under Day.
Thank You Urban!