Okay, maybe not all hope, but the season has come to an end after Ohio State was defeated by Clemson, 29-23.
The game seemed confidently in hand through the first and second quarters. Ohio State had put together a 16-point lead and was holding Clemson’s offense scoreless, but Clemson put together two quick scores before halftime and the score moved to 16-14.
J.K. Dobbins wasn’t the only one breaking off big runs, though.
The game was more tightly contest in the second half. Clemson scored on a 54-yard touchdown about halfway through the third quarter, then Ohio State answered back with a passing touchdown of its own to put the score at 23-21. Those would be the last points the Buckeyes scored, but Clemson was able to put together one final scoring drive to seal the game.
Justin Fields finished the game with 320 yards and a touchdown while throwing two interceptions. Fields threw only one interception all season prior to this game. J.K. Dobbins had the most impressive day of any Buckeye with 174 yards on 18 carries. K.J. Hill led receivers with 67 yards, and Chris Olave was the only Buckeye receiver to score a touchdown. One other thing that might get overlooked (because it wasn’t a scoring play) is this insane catch by Garrett Wilson
Chase Young was surprisingly quiet against Clemson, gathering only three total tackles. Davon Hamilton, Baron Browning and Tyler Friday each recorded a sack.
This game was only the fourth matchup between Clemson and Ohio State, and Ohio State remains winless in the series. Clemson has collected wins against the Buckeyes in 1976, 2014, 2016 and now, 2019.
Ryan Day has finished his first full season as Ohio State’s head coach with a 12-1 record.
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