Ohio State exits Rose Bowl with momentum for 2022 – San Bernardino Sun

PASADENA – In a sea of ​​brilliant second-half goals, Ohio State University coach Ryan Day said the Buckeyes lost, but they reacted well after halftime to win 48-45 first Utah in the Rose Bowl game on New Year’s Eve. Day.

Elderly Noah Ruggles scored the winning goal at 19 yards in less than 10 seconds.

“We were disappointed and there were some people who weren’t here today,” Day said.

However, it was play that stood out from the team’s younger players, like freshman defender CJ Stroud, who graduated from Rancho Cucamonga High School in December 2019, second-timer Jaxon Smith -Njigba and wide recipient is freshman Marvin Harrison Jr. brought the Buckeyes to a triumphant return.

Stroud finished the game by completing 37 of 46 attempts, with 573 passing yards, six touchdown passes and one interception.

Day believes that winning the Rose Bowl thanks to the strong play of the juniors is a good omen for the coming season.

“I think, as we go into this season, that’s the part where we’re really going to get back into this game is the leadership that drove us in the second half that we’re not going to be turned down, The date is shared regarding Stroud and Smith-Njigba.

“If we want to get where we want to be next year – it’s a long way off but I’ve been thinking about that first game and that means leadership from these two guys has to really have the springboard, especially the way they played in the second half of this game, really the whole game. It will really create some momentum. “

Ohio State ended the season 11-2. The Buckeyes will return key players like Smith-Njigba and Stroud but they will qualify for the draft next season, which raises questions about whether the dynamic duo played the first and only Rose Bowl Game. their best or not.


As the crowd watched Utah’s Brother Covey march down the field to return his 97-yard free kick for a touchdown, Ohio State had two players fall and injured across the field.

While defender Ryan Batsch briefly fell to the ground before hobbling off the field with some help. Safety Lanthan Ransom was trying to handle Covey when he walked down the field and needed extra assistance from paramedics. Ransom’s leg was in a cast and he was taken to the field a few minutes later.

According to ESPN, the ransom was sent to a local hospital for an X-ray.

“I don’t know exactly what happened,” Day said. “It shows you it’s a tough game. … Hoping that he recovers quickly.”

Utah defender Cameron Rising was dropped in the fourth round after he was tackled and his head hit the field. He appears briefly motionless before being able to stand up.

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said: “I don’t think he’s ever passed out. “Obviously I wasn’t there as soon as he hit the pitch. I went there right after that. He is currently fine according to post-match reports. Unless something we don’t know comes to fruition, he’ll be fine. ”

Injuries to Rising and Ransom were used as examples of why players opted out.

He did not return to the match but was spotted walking on the pitch after the game. Back-up defender Bryson Barnes ended the game in place of Rising.

“I couldn’t be more proud of what (Barnes) did when he got into a difficult situation and led the team down the pitch for a tense touchdown,” Whittingham said.


Ohio State freshman Jack Sawyer was the first of two players to be disqualified from the Rose Bowl in the first half for targeting.

Sawyer headed home Utah’s Rising as he contested a goalie for 16 yards. Boost was OK after the shot and Utes scored in the following play.

Utah recipient Connor O’Toole was also disqualified for a targeted call in the second quarter, after attempting to handle an Ohio State player and taking the lead with the crown of his helmet in a match.

Stroud threw a 52-yard pass to Smith-Njigba to make a touchdown the next game.

The three people who helped make the Rose Bowl Game what it is today were honored in the third quarter after being inducted into the Rose Bowl Class of 2021 Hall of Fame.

Anthony Davis played in three Rose Bowls for USC in the 1970s, leading Troys to victories in 1973 and 1975. Davis had 342 versatile yards and three touchdowns in three games. The USC legend, who won two national championships, was inducted into the USC Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005.

Jim Delany was also inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame. Delany served as a Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference from 1989 to 2020. He also helped create the BCS and the College Football League.

Ron Simpkins is a former Michigan ranked runner who played three consecutive Rose Bowl games in 1977, 1978, and 1979. Though he never won a Rose Bowl, Simpkins was a standout. defensively, who recorded a Rose Bowl Match then 16 encounters with Washington in 1978.

https://www.sbsun.com/2022/01/01/rose-bowl-game-displays-pros-and-cons-of-opting-out/ Ohio State exits Rose Bowl with momentum for 2022 – San Bernardino Sun

Huynh Nguyen

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