The Ohio State Buckeyes beat the Oregon Ducks to become the first-ever College Football National Champions.
Tonight's greatest story was the explosive Ohio State running back, Ezekiel Elliott. "Zeke" ran for 246 yards, averaging 6.8 yards per carry, and finished with four touchdowns. His quarterback, Cardale Jones, went 16 for 23 with 242 yards and a touchdown of his own. It was his third start. Despite Ohio State's dominant performance and ultimately lopsided score, the Bucks struggled with turnovers, finishing with three lost fumbles and one interception. However, the Oregon Ducks and quarterback Marcus Mariota struggled to capitalize on their gifted possessions. The Ducks went an appalling 2 for 12 on third downs, and zero for two on fourth downs, including being stuffed for a game-changing goal-line stop in the first half. Still, Mariota threw for 333 yards, though the Ducks were only able to put up 132 rushing yards on the Ohio State defense.
Ohio State came into the playoffs as the fourth seed, but upset Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.
Cardale's fumble immediately drew comparisons to Florida State's Jameis Winston's super fumble during the Rose Bowl.
It should be very clear who Very Famous Ohioan LeBron James is rooting for:
The Ohio State team almost trampled a cheerleader as the team ran out on the field before the game.
Luckily, she got up on her own and didn't appear to be injured.
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