College Football Playoff: Clemson edges Ohio State to reach title game

After trailing at halftime for the first time in over 12 months, No. 3 Clemson rallied for a 29-23 win over No. 2 Ohio State in an exhilarating Fiesta Bowl semifinal game Saturday at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

The Tigers (14-0), searching for their third nationwide title throughout the ultimate 4 seasons, will play No. 1 LSU throughout the College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan. 13 in New Orleans.

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence directed a 4-play, 94-yard drive that was capped by working once more Travis Etienne’s game-clinching catch-and-run from 34 yards out with 1:49 remaining. The sophomore signal-caller, who has not at all misplaced a faculty begins, had 259 passing yards and three complete touchdowns.

Lawrence linked with receiver Tee Higgins on the 2-point conversion, nonetheless, it left a great deal of time for Justin Fields and Ohio State to reply. The Buckeyes drove to Clemson’s 23-yard line, nonetheless, Fields’ transfer on second-and-7 was picked off by Nolan Turner with 37 seconds remaining.

Ohio State receiver Chris Olave believed Fields was scrambling to the left sideline and broke off his route, essential to the errant throw. Lawrence then took a knee and secured Clemson’s 29th consecutive victory and fourth journey to the CFP title game in 5 years.

The Buckeyes grabbed a 10-0 lead throughout the first quarter after Blake Haubeil’s 21-yard kick and a 68-yard touchdown run by J.Ok. Dobbins. Haubeil added two further transient topic aims to improve Ohio State’s profit to 16-0 with 7:20 left sooner than halftime.

Etienne scored on an 8-yard run to give Clemson its first elements of the game late throughout the second quarter. After a quick three-and-out by the Buckeyes, the Tigers obtained the ball once more with beneath two minutes left and Lawrence broke free for a 67-yard touchdown run to reduce their deficit to 16-14 at halftime.

Clemson took a 21-16 lead midway through the third quarter when Etienne hauled in a transfer from Lawrence and scored from 53 yards out. Early throughout the fourth quarter, Ohio State regained administration after Fields found Olave on a 23-yard strike to make it 23-21.

That ranking set the stage for Lawrence’s late-game heroics, and the Buckeyes’ (13-1) 19-game profitable streak acquired right here to an end.

Fields achieved 30-of-46 passes for 320 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Dobbins accomplished with 18 carries for 174 yards and one dashing ranking, whereas together with six receptions for 47 yards.

Lawrence had 107 yards and one ranking on 16 carries. Etienne recorded 10 rushes for 36 yards and one ranking and added three catches for 98 yards and two receiving touchdowns.

Clemson will downside LSU for the first time due to the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl. Clemson gained that meeting 25-24.

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