Jan. 2, 2015

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#4 Ohio State (13-1) 42, vs. #1 Alabama (12-2) 35
Jan. 1, 2015
Allstate Sugar Bowl, CFP Semifinal
New Orleans, La. – Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Attendance: 74,682

  • The win puts Ohio State in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship game vs. No. 2 Oregon Jan. 12 at AT&T Stadium in North Texas.
  • Ohio State extends the nation’s longest winning streak to 12 games with the victory.
  • The 13 wins in 2014, ranks second all-time at Ohio State in number of victories in a season to the 2002 Buckeyes that won the national championship with a 14-0 season.
  • The win marked the first victory for Ohio State over a No. 1 team since defeating Miami, Fla. in the 2003 BCS National Championship game.
  • Ohio State rushed for 256 yards and totaled 537 yards. Coming into the game, Alabama was giving up just 88.7 per game on the ground and 312.4.
  • Head coach Urban Meyer is 8-2 in his career in bowl games and 16-5 all-time in neutral site games.
  • Meyer is 39-3 in his career with more than a week to prepare for a game.
  • Meyer is now 3-3 in his career vs. Alabama and 2-2 vs. Nick Saban.
  • RB Ezekiel Elliott finished the game with 230 yards on 20 carries and 20 TDs, breaking the Sugar Bowl record for rushing yards in a game (204 by Steve Slaton of West Virginia in 2006).
  • Elliott also became the first player to rush for 100 yards against Alabama this season. It was the eighth 100-yard game of the season for Elliott and the ninth of his career.
  • Elliott now has 1,632 yards rushing in 2014, moving into fourth all-time for single season production, trailing 3.) Archie Griffin 1,695 in 1974 2.) Keith Byars 1,764 in 1984 1.) Eddie George 1,927 in 1995.
  • Elliott’s 54-yard run in the first half was his 10th of at least 20 yards this season and the fourth of at least 50 yards. He added an 85-yard TD run in the fourth quarter for his 11th rush of 20 or more and fifth of 50 yards-plus.
  • WR Devin Smith caught his 30th career TD, a 47-yarder from Cardale Jones early in the third quarter to give Ohio State a 27-21 lead.
  • Ohio State is now 22-0 the past 4 years when Smith catches a TD.
  • DL Steve Miller recorded his first career INT in the third quarter and returned it 41 yards for a TD.
  • Kicker Sean Nuernberger connected on FGs of 22 and 21 yards, tying his season high for FGs made in a game.
  • The Buckeyes are now 16-6 all-time indoors and 45-23 all-time in night games (games starting after 5 p.m. local time).
  • Ohio State is now 37-3 (.923) overall under Meyer, the second-highest winning percentage among FBS teams since the start of 2012.