Allstate #SugarBowl Photo Recap: Jonathan Bachman
Sermon's strategy was to run right at the Northwestern in the Big Ten Title game and HE DID!!
Graduate transfer RB Trey Sermon broke Eddie George’s 25-year-old single game rushing record of 314 yards vs. Illinois in 1995 with 331 yards in the Big Ten title game win over Northwestern. The yardage total was the most-ever in a conference championship game, and Sermon’s 271 yards in the second half was the most in one half by a Buckeye (Ezekiel Elliott; 243 vs. Indiana in 2015). Sermon was named the game’s MVP.
Once the Sugar Bowl started, Ohio State running back Trey Sermon took the same approach with outstanding results.
Sermon ran for 1 touchdown and 193 yards on 31 carries, the Ohio State defense largely held Clemson's offense in check, and the Buckeyes earned a trip to the National Championship game by beating the Tigers 49-28 in the Sugar Bowl on Friday night.
The Buckeyes are now 3-2 in Sugar Bowls with losses to Alabama (35-6 in 1978) and Florida State (31-14 in 1998) and wins over Texas A&M (24-14 in 1999) and Alabama in a 2015 CFP semifinal (42-35) and Clemson in 2021.
Heisman Trophy finalist Trevor Lawrence fell to 34-2 for his career as Clemson’s starting quarterback while throwing for 400 yards on 33-for-48 passing in the losing effort.
In addition, Travis Etienne, in his last collegiate game, found the end zone on a three-yard rush, and in the process became the ACC’s all-time leading scorer (468) surpassing Florida State kicker Dustin Hopkins’s record of 466 set from 2009-12.
CLEMSON GAME NOTES