2015 College Football Playoff National Championship
No. 2 Oregon vs. No. 4 Ohio State
Monday, January 12, 2015
8:30 p.m. ET
FINAL SCORE: Ohio State 42, Oregon 20 – Box Score
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The Ohio State Buckeyes claimed the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship, defeating the Oregon Ducks, 42-20, in front of a crowd of 85,689 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Led by Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, the Ducks came out charging, putting up 75 yards in 11 plays on the opening drive. However, the Buckeyes and Cardale Jones had different plans on a night that marked just the third career start for the Ohio State quarterback. The redshirt sophomore passed for 242 yards and a touchdown, while helping orchestrate 538 yards of total offense to help the team overcome four turnovers. Offensive Player of the Game, Ezekiel Elliott, had a breakout night, running for a career-high 246 yards, setting a championship game (BCS and CFP) record for rushing yards, to go along with four touchdowns.
Defensively, Ohio State held Oregon to a season-low 20 points and 465 yards of total offense, almost 100 yards below the team’s season average. The Buckeyes also held Oregon to 132 yards on the ground, over 100 yards fewer than its season average of 241.9. Defensive Player of the Game Tyvis Powell had nine tackles throughout the game, five of which were solo, and a pass breakup.
14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter sealed Ohio State’s fate to become the first champions of the playoff era, marking the team’s 8th national championship in program history. The Buckeyes’ 14 victories tied the NCAA record for most in a season, while Ohio State extended its winning streak to 13, the longest in the nation as of January 2015.