Clemson books ticket to title game with thrilling win over Ohio State

Clemson books ticket to title game with thrilling win over Ohio State

Clemson books ticket to title game with thrilling win over Ohio State

No. 2 Ohio State's 29-23 loss to No. 3 Clemson in the 2019 Fiesta Bowl semifinal will go down as a classic case of missed opportunities.

A crew of officials from the Southeastern Conference worked the game between Atlantic Coast Conference champion Clemson and Big Ten champion Ohio State.

The first came on what was ultimately a targeting ejection levied against Ohio State defensive back Shaun Wade, who sacked Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence in the second quarter.

Running back J.K. Dobbins' dropped a touchdown pass in the first quarter that took six points off the board. Instead, Ohio State was penalized 15 yards and Clemson got a first down.

The Tigers were down 23-21 with just 3:07 remaining and were facing a lot of field ahead them, taking over on their own 6-yard line. Once he broke through a gap up front, he had nothing but open space in front of him and cruised to the end zone.

Justin Fields, who had thrown just one interception all season, threw his second of the night to Nolan Turner in the end zone after leading the Buckeyes down the field.

It was the Tigers' 29th-straight victory and they scored 29 points.

From that point on, the two teams traded blows to the end.

"I think when we look back on it, it is going to be overwhelming", Day said. "It didn't seem like we got any of those plays". The pick ended what looked like a potential game-winning drive for the Buckeyes and killed Ohio State's national title hopes. The sophomore quarterback who has never lost a college start passed for 259 yards and two scores and ran for a career-high 107 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown late in the first half.

A few plays later, Travis Etienne fought off a tackler with a stiff arm and scored from eight yards out for Clemson to make it 16-7 with 2:45 left in the second quarter.

Ohio State: Fields and the Buckeyes start next season against Bowling Green.

Williamson said the play was reviewed in the stadium as well as at the video review center the SEC uses in Birmingham, and said they determined when Ross moved, the ball was becoming loose in his hands and he did not complete the process of the catch.

"It's tough", Ohio State safety Jordan Fuller said.

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