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Posted: January 02, 2019

Rose Bowl 2019: Urban Meyer goes out with a win as Ohio State beats Washington

What You Need to Know: Urban Meyer

By Marcus Hartman, Dayton Daily News

PASADENA, Calif. —

Dwayne Haskins threw three first-half touchdown passes to lead the No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes to a 28-23 victory against No. 9 Washington on Tuesday in the Rose Bowl.

>> PHOTOS: Ohio State holds off Washington to win 2019 Rose Bowl

Ohio State won despite being outscored 20-0 in the fourth quarter. The Buckeyes finished 13-1. It’s their best record since a 14-1 mark in 2014 when they won the national championship.

>> Sugar Bowl 2019: Texas overpowers, upsets Georgia

This was the final game with the Buckeyes for coach Urban Meyer, whose offensive coordinator Ryan Day will take over the program starting Wednesday. Meyer closed his coaching career at Ohio State with an 83-9 record in seven seasons. This was his first appearance in the Rose Bowl and Ohio State’s first since Jan. 1, 2010, when they beat Oregon 26-17.

“I’m going to enjoy tonight,” Meyer said on ESPN after the game. “I don’t believe I’ll coach again.”

>> PHOTOS: Texas beats Georgia in 2019 Sugar Bowl

Haskins completed 25 of 37 passes for 251 yards. Mike Weber led the ground game with 96 yards on 15 carries. Parris Campbell caught 11 passes for 71 yards.

The Buckeyes led 28-3 entering the fourth quarter. The Huskies got their first touchdown on a 2-yard pass from running back Myles Gaskin to Drew Sample with 12:17 to play and then cut the deficit to 28-17 on a 1-yard run by Gaskin with 6:42 left.

>> Orange Bowl 2018: Alabama beats Oklahoma to reach 4th consecutive title game

Gaskin scored again on a 2-yard run with 42 seconds to play. A two-point conversion pass was intercepted.

The Buckeyes clinched the victory moments later when Johnnie Dixon recovered an onside kick. Meyer pumped his fists in the air and took off his headset, and Haskins kneed on the ball as the clock wound down.

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Earlier in the third quarter, the Buckeyes picked up where they left off after a dominant first half. 

After stopping Washington’s opening drive, Ohio State drove 80 yards in seven plays for its fourth touchdown of the afternoon. 

J.K. Dobbins’ 3-yard touchdown run was set up by K.J. Hill’s diving 34-yard reception of a rainbow throw from Dwayne Haskins. 

That gave Ohio State a 28-3 lead with 8:23 to go in the third quarter.

Read more here.


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Rose Bowl 2019: Urban Meyer goes out with a win as Ohio State beats Washington

Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

Rose Bowl 2019: Urban Meyer goes out with a win as Ohio State beats Washington

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer holds up the trophy after Ohio State defeated Washington 28-23 during the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif.
Sugar Bowl 2019: Texas overpowers, upsets Georgia 

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Sugar Bowl 2019: Texas overpowers, upsets Georgia 

Texas dominated the first quarter and jumped to a 17-0 lead on the first play of the second quarter and held on for a 28-21 victory Tuesday night against Georgia in the Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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The No. 15 Longhorns outgained the No. 5 Bulldogs 101 yards to 8 in the quarter. Texas gained 83 of those yards through the air, a theme that continued on the Longhorns’ way to a 20-7 lead at halftime.

>> PHOTOS: Texas beats Georgia in 2019 Sugar Bowl

The Longhorns dominated the quarter from the start. A 2-yard touchdown run by quarterback Sam Ehlinger, his first of three rushing touchdowns, capped the first possession of the game, but Texas used its passing game to drive through Georgia’s defense. Ehlinger completed 6 of 6 passes for 68 yards on the team’s 75-yard drive.

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Ehlinger finished the game 19-of-27 passing for 169 yards, and he rushed 21 times for 64 yards.

Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm was 21-for-35 passing for 224 yards and three touchdowns.

Georgia was outgained 355-296 in total offense and was held to 72 yards rushing.

>> Orange Bowl 2018: Alabama beats Oklahoma to reach 4th consecutive title game

Georgia’s early malaise showed up in several blunders that marked the first quarter. On a punt play at the end of the Bulldogs’ first drive, a low snap led punter Jake Camarda to drop to the ground to catch the ball. He kicked, and the punt was downed deep in Texas territory, but a video review showed that Camarda’s knee hit the ground at Georgia’s 27, giving Texas the ball at that spot. 

Texas capitalized with a 37-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead with 6:05 to play in the quarter.

>> PHOTOS: Alabama beats Oklahoma in 2018 Orange Bowl

Camarda’s next punt went for only 11 yards.

After a Texas punt gave Georgia the ball on its own 10-yard line with 1:05 to play in the first quarter, running back D’Andre Swift fumbled on a second-and-10 play, and Texas recovered on Georgia’s 12, setting up a touchdown drive that ended with a 9-yard run by Ehlinger, who eluded a near sack on the play.

On the next possession, Georgia finally scored. The Bulldogs covered 75 yards on 12 plays, with running back Brian Herrien scoring on a 17-yard touchdown pass with 9:03 remaining in the half.

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Texas added a 30-yard field goal at the end of the following drive to take a 20-7 lead with 4:37 to play in the first half. 

Because of an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty against Georgia’s Tyler Simmons on the last play of the first half, Texas kicked off from the 50 to start the second half. Texas coach Tom Herman called for an onside kick, which Georgia recovered at its 41. The Bulldogs moved into Longhorns territory at the 49, but Fromm’s pass was intercepted at the Texas 17 and returned to the 39. From there, neither team scored in the third quarter.

>> PHOTOS: Florida beats Michigan in Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

But the third quarter ended with Texas sitting on the Georgia 11, first-and-10.

After a penalty on the first play of the quarter, Texas eventually faced a third-and-10 on the 11. From there Ehlinger’s hard run through Georgia’s defense gave the Longhorns a first-and-goal at the 1. Ehlinger kept the ball and his knee hit the ground just before he crossed the goal line. He tried again on second down and third down, and was stopped each time. On fourth down, Ehlinger eked across the goal line for a touchdown.

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Georgia responded with a six-play drive that ended with a 3-yard touchdown pass from Fromm to Mecole Hardman. A 31-yard pass from Fromm to Jeremiah Holloman set up the TD play. The drive left Georgia trailing 28-14 with 10:25 to play. 

Georgia added a touchdown on a 5-yard pass from Fromm to Swift with 14 seconds remaining on the clock.

Georgia’s ensuing onside kick was recovered by Texas with 13 seconds to play. 

Alabama-Clemson championship game: What time, what channel, how to watch 

Who’s in?

That question was answered Saturday when Alabama and Clemson won their College Football Playoff National Championship games to set up a rematch of the 2017 title contest.

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Clemson won that one, but can quarterback Trevor Lawrence lead his team to a win against an Alabama team that averages 47 points per game? Can Alabama’s defense stop a Clemson team that gains 7 yards a play?

We will have to wait until Monday to find out.

Here's what you need to know about what time, what channel and how to watch the championship game.

When: Monday, Jan. 7 

WhereLevi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California

What time: 8 p.m. ET

What channelESPN

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Live streamWatchESPN

TV broadcast team: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor

Radio: ESPN Radio


Orange Bowl 2018: Alabama beats Oklahoma to reach 4th consecutive title game

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Orange Bowl 2018: Alabama beats Oklahoma to reach 4th consecutive title game

No. 1 Alabama topped No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on Saturday to again claim a spot in the College Football Playoff national championship game.

>> PHOTOS: Alabama beats Oklahoma in 2018 Orange Bowl

Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw four touchdowns to lead the defending national champs to a 45-34 win over the Sooners.

>> College football bowl games 2018: Here is the full schedule of bowl and playoff games

"It's always good to see your hard work pay off," said Tagovailoa, who completed 24 of 27 passes to set an Orange Bowl record, according to The Associated Press.

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This will mark the fourth consecutive year that Alabama has advanced to the title game. This time, the Tide will face No. 2 Clemson on Jan. 7 in Santa Clara, California.

Read more here.

– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Peach Bowl 2018: Florida has peach of a time at Michigan's expense


Peach Bowl 2018: Florida has peach of a time at Michigan's expense

OK, so maybe Florida hadn’t played indoors in Atlanta for a couple of years, their fortunes on the wane with Jim McElwain. But the Gators looked plenty comfortable and at home beneath the metallic petals of Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday, easily stepping over what once was a sizable maize-and-blue stumbling block.

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Playing like they were mad about the various past miseries dealt it by Michigan, the Gators decided to take it no longer, beating the Wolverines 41-15 at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

Thus, the book of 2018 closed on two high-profile 10-win teams, their epilogues written in starkly contrasting tones.

For Michigan, now 1-3 in bowl games under Jim Harbaugh, it must reflect upon how a team that once boasted the No. 1-ranked defense in the country gave up 103 points in its last two games (62 of those to Ohio State). It must digest another season that began with great promise yet ended on the wrong side of a physical mismatch.

“It was a very good season. It would have been a great season had we won this game. Didn’t get that done,” Harbaugh (10-3 this season) said. “My feeling about the team is we’re right there to the top, but we have to put it over the top. Especially in the big games at the end of the year.”

For the Gators, also 10-3, the Peach Bowl gave the Dan Mullen Revival another significant cardiac jolt. Since taking over for McElwain this season, Mullen prodded a team that won four games in 2017 to the double-digit-win plateau with Saturday’s victory. Theirs was a strong finish since losing on back-to-back weeks to Georgia and Missouri, winning the last four. Michigan was the third ranked pelt Florida mounted on its wall, the second inside the top 10.

>> On PHOTOS: Florida beats Michigan in Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Yoked to an oppressive history when playing Michigan – oh-and-four they were versus the Wolverines, including 16- and 34-point losses against Harbaugh creations – the Gators emphatically broke free Saturday.

“A lot of people thought they were just going to come out, punch us in the mouth, push us around because they’re bigger than us,” Gators defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson said. “We showed a lot of heart and a lot of fight and treated it like a regular week.”

“I don’t know how they prepared,” Gardner-Johnson said, referring to Michigan, “but I don’t think they prepared too well. We definitely came out there and won the game on both sides of the ball.”

That pretty well summed it up, but rather than cut short the story, there are a few other points to consider.

With his two interceptions, one returned 30 yards for Florida’s final score, Gardner-Johnson was voted the Peach Bowl’s defensive MVP. His decision to play in the bowl game rather than to leave early to prepare for the NFL draft was amply rewarded, as he was spotted on the sideline at game’s end in tears of happiness as encircling teammates chanted “M-V-P.”

Offensive MVP went to Florida sophomore quarterback Feleipe Franks, who threw for 173 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 74 yards and another score. Franks, too, was emotional at the close of the business day because, he said, of how far both he and his team has come this season under the new regime.

There was no shortage of candidates for either award on the Gators side. Junior running back Lamical Perine rushed for 76 yards on only six carries, including a touchdown. He also had a TD reception. Cornerback C.J. Henderson was all over the lot, making eight tackles, two of them for a loss. 

Michigan took a 7-3 lead in the first quarter, finishing off a 75-yard drive with a 9-yard pass from Shea Patterson to Donovan Peoples-Jones. With that, the Wolverines would visit the end zone no more this day. 

Meanwhile, emphasizing the imprint the offensively minded new coach has made, the Gators showed themselves capable of scoring in myriad, imaginative ways. It seemed as if one guy’s playbook was in color and the other’s in black and white.

First, Florida took the lead near the end of the half when Franks looked over a defense spread to cover Florida’s five-wide alignment and called for a quarterback draw. He slithered inside for a 20-yard touchdown run.

A 44-yard third-quarter touchdown drive, set up by Gardner-Johnson’s first interception, was kept alive on a fourth-and-1 jet sweep by wideout Kadarius Toney that gained 30 yards. The Gators scored two plays later on a tunnel screen to Perine.

When a trick throw-back to Franks flopped in the fourth quarter, leaving the Gators third-and-20, Florida went vanilla. And even that worked wonders as Perine turned a simple inside handoff into a 53-yard touchdown run.

All this left Florida feeling pretty proud of their season. “It’s really special for me,” Mullen said, “that these guys all bought in and believed. We finished a 10-win season and as a top-10 team in the country. That’s pretty special.”

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And even those who are planning to throw their fate to the NFL were feeling very bullish about Florida’s future. While the Gators haven’t yet shown they’ve closed the gap on teams such as Georgia and Alabama in its own conference, the departing Gardner-Johnson felt it necessary to inform everyone that Florida had eyes on returning to Mercedes-Benz Stadium maybe a couple times next year. 

“We told them all week, the playoff’s going to be here (a Peach Bowl semifinal, not to mention the SEC Championship game beforehand),” he said. “Like coach Mullen said, the playoff’s going to be here, so if you act like a big-time team, perform like a big-time team, you’ll be here next year on a bigger stage.” 

Must-see: Bald eagle lands on Notre Dame fans before Cotton Bowl

Although their team lost to Clemson in Saturday's Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas, two Notre Dame fans got a consolation prize before the game even started: a surprise visit from a rogue bald eagle.

>> College football bowl games 2018: Here is the full schedule of bowl and playoff games

According to ESPN, the stately bird, which was brought to AT&T Stadium for the national anthem, took a couple of detours while flying over the crowd, landing on a shocked spectator before resting on another Notre Dame fan's arm. 

>> Watch the moments here

The second fan, Tuyen Nguyen of South Bend, Indiana, told ESPN that stretching his arm out to the eagle was an "instant reaction."

"He looked pretty tired," Nguyen told ESPN. "I just put my hand out to see if he was going to land on me, and he did."

>> See one of the viral photos here

Handlers eventually retrieved the eagle, whose name is Clark, ESPN reported.

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Clemson defeated Notre Dame 30-3 to advance to the college football national title game, where the No. 2 Tigers will face No. 1 Alabama on Jan. 7 in Santa Clara, California.

Read more here.

  Orange Bowl 2018: Alabama beats Oklahoma to reach 4th consecutive title game
  Photos: Alabama beats Oklahoma in 2018 Orange Bowl
  Peach Bowl 2018: Florida has peach of a time at Michigan's expense
  Photos: Florida beats Michigan in Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
  College football bowl games 2018: Here is the full schedule of bowl and playoff games

College football bowl games 2018: Here is the full schedule of bowl and playoff games

The college football bowl season begins Saturday and continues over the next few weeks with more than 40 games including the National Championship game on Jan. 7 in Santa Clara, California. 

Here is the schedule, the teams, the times and the channels for this year’s bowl games:

All times are Eastern.


Celebration Bowl, Atlanta

NC A&T (9-2) vs. Alcorn State (9-3), Noon (ABC)

Cure Bowl, Orlando, Fla.

Tulane (6-6) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (7-6), 1:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

New Mexico Bowl, Albuquerque

North Texas (9-3) vs. Utah State (10-2), 2 p.m. (ESPN)

Las Vegas Bowl

Fresno State (11-2) vs. Arizona State (7-5), 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Camellia Bowl, Montgomery, Ala.

Georgia Southern (9-3) vs. Eastern Michigan (7-5), 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)

New Orleans Bowl

Middle Tennessee (8-5) vs. Appalachian State (10-2), 9 p.m. (ESPN)


Boca Raton (Fla.) Bowl

UAB (10-3) vs. North Illinois (8-5), 7 p.m. (ESPN)


Frisco (Texas) Bowl

San Diego State (7-5) vs. Ohio (8-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN)


Gasparilla Bowl, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Marshall (8-4) vs. South Florida (7-5), 8 p.m. (ESPN)


Bahamas Bowl, Nassau

Toledo (7-5) vs. FIU (8-4), 12:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Boise

Western Michigan (7-5) vs. BYU (6-6), 4 p.m. (ESPN)


Birmingham (Ala.) Bowl

Memphis (8-5) vs. Wake Forest (6-6), Noon (ESPN)

Armed Forces Bowl, Fort Worth, Texas

Houston (8-4) vs. Army (9-2), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Dollar General Bowl, Mobile, Ala.

Buffalo (10-3) vs. Troy (9-3), 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Hawaii Bowl, Honolulu

Louisiana Tech (7-5) vs. Hawaii (8-5), 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)


SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, Dallas

Boston College (7-5) vs. Boise State (10-3), 1:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Quick Lane Bowl, Detroit

Minnesota (6-6) vs. Georgia Tech (7-5), 5:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Cheez-It Bowl, Phoenix

California (7-5) vs. TCU (6-6), 9 p.m. (ESPN)


Independence Bowl, Shreveport, La.

Temple (8-4) vs. Duke (7-5), 1:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Pinstripe Bowl, New York

Miami (7-5) vs. Wisconsin (7-5), 5:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Texas Bowl, Houston

Baylor (6-6) vs. Vanderbilt (6-6), 9 p.m. (ESPN)


Music City Bowl, Nashville, Tenn.

Purdue (6-6) vs. Auburn (7-5), 1:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Camping World Bowl, Orlando, Fla.

West Virginia (8-3) vs. Syracuse (9-3), 5:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Alamo Bowl, San Antonio

Iowa State (8-4) vs. Washington State (10-2), 9 p.m. (ESPN)


Peach Bowl, Atlanta

Florida (9-3) vs. Michigan (10-2), Noon (ESPN)

Belk Bowl, Charlotte, N.C.

South Carolina (7-5) vs. Virginia (7-5), Noon (ABC)

Arizona Bowl, Tucson, Ariz.

Arkansas State (8-4) vs. Nevada (7-5), 1:15 p.m. (CBSSN)

Cotton Bowl Classic, Arlington, Texas

CFP Semifinal: Notre Dame (12-0) vs. Clemson (13-0), 4 p.m. (ESPN)

Orange Bowl, Miami Gardens, Fla.

CFP Semifinal: Oklahoma (12-1) vs. Alabama (13-0), 8 p.m. (ESPN)


Military Bowl, Annapolis, Md.

Cincinnati (10-2) vs. Virginia Tech (6-6), Noon (ESPN)

Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas

Stanford (8-4) vs. Pittsburgh (7-6), 2 p.m. (CBS)

Redbox Bowl, Santa Clara, Calif.

Michigan State (7-5) vs. Oregon (8-4), 3 p.m. (Fox)

Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Tenn.

Missouri (8-4) vs. Oklahoma State (6-6), 3:45 p.m. (ESPN)

Holiday Bowl, San Diego

Northwestern (8-5) vs. Utah (9-4), 7 p.m. (FS1)

Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, Fla.

NC State (9-3) vs. Texas A&M (8-4), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)


Outback Bowl, Tampa, Fla.

Mississippi State (8-4) vs. Iowa (8-4), Noon (ESPN2)

Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Fla.

Kentucky (9-3) vs. Penn State (9-3), 1 p.m. (ABC)

Fiesta Bowl, Glendale, Ariz.

LSU (9-3) vs. UCF (12-0), 1 p.m. (ESPN)

Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif.

Washington (10-3) vs. Ohio State (12-1), 5 p.m. (ESPN)

Sugar Bowl, New Orleans

Texas (9-4) vs. Georgia (11-2), 8:45 p.m. (ESPN)


College Football Championship, Santa Clara, Calif.

Cotton Bowl winner vs. Orange Bowl winner, 8 p.m. (ESPN)


East-West Shrine Classic, St. Petersburg, Fla.

East vs. West, 3 p.m. (NFLN)

NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, Pasadena, Calif.

American vs. National, TBA (NFLN)


Senior Bowl, Mobile, Ala.

North vs. South, 2:30 p.m. (NFLN)



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