The day is filled with four big-time quarterbacks, including Heisman Trophy victor Joe Burrow (LSU), two other Heisman finalists in Jalen Hurts (Oklahoma) and Justin Fields (Ohio State), as well as Clemson's Trevor Lawrence who guided the Tigers to the 2018 national title.
The Tigers (14-0) will play No. 1 LSU on January 13 in New Orleans, looking for their third national title in the last four seasons. "It didn't seem like we got any of those plays". Wade was trying to make a play, and at full speed, did it just incorrectly enough to get a flag.
"He thought Justin was in scramble mode", said Ohio State's Ryan Day, who took his first loss as the Buckeyes' coach.
On 1st-and-10 from Ohio State's own 32-yard line, Dobbins embarrassed Clemson's defense with a stunning 68-yard touchdown, giving the Buckeyes an early 10-0 lead. The Buckeyes drove to the Clemson 23, but on second-and-7, Fields fired to the end zone and was picked off by Nolan Turner with 37 seconds left. They had to go 75 meters in 1:49 and get a touchdown to come from behind, win and crack their ticket to the national title game. "Especially because it was on third down and we were about to get off the field, and they get a first down off that and they get a PI right after".
"That ball was supposed to go to me and I was supposed to run a post and I believe it would have been a touchdown".
"I'm probably too emotional to really talk about those, but we'll have to look at the film and see what that was", Day said.
But Dobbins' run wasn't just the one of the biggest the Tigers have given up all season. If this is the start of a long rivalry, bring it on. And then with this wild 64-yard play in the final seconds of the first quarter, he passed Eddie George to be at the top of that category.
The next call Ohio State fans will remember is the strip fumble scoop-and-score in the second half by Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah, who appeared to rip the ball away from Clemson wide receiver Justyn Ross. A video review ruled Ross had not completed the catch and turned a touchdown into an incomplete pass.
Clemson: The Tigers were in danger of being blown out in the first half, but they managed to come up with three red-zone stops, where Ohio State settled for fields goals. Clemson won that meeting 25-24.