The First Ever College Football Playoff National Championship Is a Resounding Success
After weeks of college bowl games, it all finally came to a head Monday evening in Arlington, TX. That’s right: the first ever College Football Playoff National Championship went down at AT&T Stadium—and what a game it was. After beating the Seminoles in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day, the Oregon Ducks went on to play the Ohio State Buckeyes, who had their own victory New Year’s Day against the Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl.
The Buckeyes were 14-1 this season, and the Ducks were 13-2. Oregon started things off with a 7-yard touchdown by wide receiver Keanon Lowe in the first quarter. But then Buckeye Running Back Ezekiel Elliot evened things up not long after with a 33-yard touchdown run for Ohio. They then pulled ahead just a few minutes later with another touchdown, followed by another in the second quarter, putting the score at 21-7 Buckeyes.
Ohio State managed to keep their lead for the rest of the game, though a valiant effort from Oregon did nearly manage to even things out in the third quarter, especially after a 23-yard field goal by Aidan Schneider—which followed a 26-yard field goal by Schneider in the second quarter, bringing the score up to 21-20.
Sadly, their shot at redemption was short-lived, as Ezekiel Elliott scored three more touchdowns for the Buckeyes before the end of the game: one in the third quarter, and two more in the fourth, making the final score 42-20 Buckeyes.
It was a tense and hair-raising game all through, but in the end, Ohio State earned their victory. They suffered a number of setbacks this season, including quarterback Braxton Miller’s shoulder injury, followed an ankle fracture by quarterback J.T. Barrett. But both players plan to come back for the 2015 season, and hopefully will be able to lead the Buckeyes to even more victories to come. In the meantime, the College Football Playoff National Championship was a resounding success, and will hopefully continue to be great football entertainment for years to come.