January 1, 2022

Buckeyes complete second-half comeback in 48-45 Rose Bowl win over Utah


PASADENA, Calif. – The 108th edition of the Rose Bowl showcased why they call it “The Grandaddy of Them All.”

The No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the No. 11 Utah Utes in a 48-45 shootout Saturday night in Pasadena, Calif. Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud threw for a school-record 573 yards for six touchdowns, while wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba claimed 15 receptions with three touchdowns for a school-record 347 yards. The 347 receiving yards was also a bowl record in FBS history. Wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. had three touchdown receptions on six catches for 71 yards. Running back TreVeyon Henderson rushed for 84 yards on 17 carries. The OSU offense finished with 683 total yards in the team’s ninth Rose Bowl win.

🎥 HIGHLIGHTS: Every Buckeyes touchdown from 2022 Rose Bowl win

Ohio State 0 | Utah 14

The Utes struck the scoreboard first midway through the opening quarter following a five-play, 56-yard drive. Cameron Rising connected with Britain Covey for a 19-yard touchdown pass at 9:29. The drive took 1:37.

Utah kept the early momentum going when Micah Bernard caught a diving 12-yard touchdown reception inside the back pylon at 4:47. The drive took eight plays for 67 yards to make it 14-0.


Ohio State 21 | Utah 35

The second quarter was chaotic as the Rose Bowl became a scoring show. The two teams combined for 42 points and 443 total yards in the 15-minute duration.

Ohio State answered on the following drive to cut the Utah lead in half to begin the quarter. Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud dropped in a 25-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Harrison Jr. at 14:17. The Buckeyes went 10 plays for 76 yards in 4:05 span. The catch was Harrison Jr.’s first career touchdown reception.

🎥 Harrison Jr. with the 4th-down TOUCHDOWN

The Utes struck right back to go up two scores. Tavion Thomas ran in from six yards out through the left side at 9:07. A targeting call against Jack Sawyer set up the scoring play for the Utes. Utah went nine plays for 79 yards in 5:04 to make it 21-7.

But in a blink of an eye, the Buckeyes made it a one-score game. Stroud found Jaxon Smith-Njigba open down the left sideline for a 50-yard touchdown strike at 8:32.


👏 ALL IN: Sideline celebration following Smith-Njigba’s 50-yard score


The shootout was just getting started. Utah punched right back on the following kickoff when Covey weaved through traffic and took it all the way for 97 yards to make it 28-14.

Just 15 seconds later, Ohio State answered on another big play by Smith-Njigba from Stroud to put the Buckeyes back within one score. Smith-Njigba sprinted past the Utah defense for a 52-yard touchdown reception at 8:02.

2️⃣ Back-to-back 50-yard touchdowns by JSN

Four plays later, Utah found the endzone again when Rislng broke off a tackle into a spin move with space and ran for a 62-yard touchdown at 6:24.

On the next OSU drive, Smith-Njigba was headed into the end zone, but Utah cornerback Clark Phillips punched away the ball and the Utes recovered the fumble in their endzone for the touchback. It marked the game’s first turnover.

At the half, Ohio State trailed, 35-21. In the first half, the Buckeyes collected 326 total yards, while Utah was just behind with 324 yards.

Ohio State 31 | Utah 38

A promising OSU drive to begin the second half ended with a Utah interception in the end zone at 13:43. Smith-Njigba caught his eighth reception that went for 48 yards to set up the scoring chance.

Following a stop by the OSU defense, Utah coughed up the football on a punt attempt to set up the Buckeye offense at the Utes’ 11-yard line. An easy pitch-and-catch from Stroud to Harrison Jr. from eight yards out pushed the Scarlet and Gray closer, 35-28, at 11:20.

📸 Harrison Jr. scores his second touchdown of the game

The Buckeye defense held Utah to the game’s first field goal at 7:10 when Jadon Redding knocked it through the uprights from 24 yards out to make it 38-28. Noah Ruggles answered with a 31-yard field goal to keep the Buckeyes within one score at the end of the third.

Ohio State 48 | Utah 45

At the start of the fourth, Ronnie Hickman came up with a huge fourth-down stop when he dropped Utah tight end Brant Kuithe a yard shot of the first down marker to get the Buckeye offense back on the field.

Stroud continued to throw the hot hand and led the Scarlet and Gray down the field to tie it at 38-all. He found Harrison Jr. for the third time on a five-yard touchdown pass at 10:12.

🎥 TIE GAME! Harrison Jr. scores his THIRD TD

Smith-Njigba went over the 300-yard receiving mark when he gave the Buckeyes their first lead of the game at 4:22 to go in the fourth. Stroud tossed a 30-yard strike to the back of the endzone to Smith-Njigba for the 45-38 lead.





But backup Utah quarterback Bryson Barnes drove the Utes down the field in 2:20 to tie the game at 45-all. He found Kincaid for a 15-yard touchdown reception with 1:54 to play.

Stroud and the Buckeye offense didn’t miss a beat and once again drove down the field in the final two minutes of the game to set up Ruggles with the game-winning field goal. Ruggles hit a 19-yard field goal to give Ohio State the 48-45 win.


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